Michael’s Nordic adventure continues in Stockholm

The Nordic adventure that Michael McNeela started in 2106 continued today in Stockholm, Sweden’s capital.  Michael ran in the Midnight Sun marathon in Tromso, Norway in June 2016. He finished in 3:24.58 – a creditable performance on a difficult course.

In September 2017, he ran the Oslo Marathon and finished in 3:24.29.

Today in Stockholm he was among thousands of runners from about 80 nations competing in the 18th running of the city’s Half Marathon.

The city encompasses 14 islands and more than 50 bridges on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago.

The start and finish is close to the Royal Palace, Parliament building and the Opera House. The course is through the central parts of the city with much of it along the waterside and over lots of bridges, with some cobblestone sections.
Michael finished in 1:31.52 running even paced ks – he passed 10k in 43:37. 
 “The race had a marathon feel to it in terms of numbers. Different start times. I set off with the 1.40 pacers and gradually got to my own pace. Not a pb course with a few nasty hills, and stiff breeze. Happy enough all the same.”

Well done, Michael.

It’s another significant milestone for our Castlebar based member, who obviously enjoys travel and exploring the varied experiences and opportunities on offer through the sport of athletics.