Last month, we were in Budapest for the Budapest Telekom Vivicitta Spring Half Marathon. What a race! If I hadn’t have had stitch for the whole damn 21km (not cool) I would have definitely have ranked it up there as one of my favourite races ever, but still, it was pretty damn special — one of the best half marathons out there. The route is seriously something — like a sightseeing tour of Budapest in trainers and lycra. You start on the Buda site, go back and forth across the bridges to the Pest side, run along the waterfront for a while, pass some serious architecture... it’s lush! So lush that I came up with 13 reasons you need to run its 13 miles next year. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
Joy oh JOY, Budapest Half Marathon is flat as a pancake. Perfect for those chasing PBs.
Ahhh, a race that you don’t have to get a mortgage for. Budapest Half is just €40 if you sign up before January '18.
Gotta love well organised bib collection and bag drop situs. Not complaints here, everything ran without a hitch and the start/finish is in the nicest leafy park in easy walking distance of the city centre.
April is always a great time for a race. Chances are you’re gonna get sunshine and who doesn’t love running in the sun. This year, it was about 20 degrees and whoops, we got a little sunburnt.
Hella cheap to fly to
Let me introduce you to Wizz Air. It is the one. Return flights to Budapest from £43.99? Get yourself involved.
I do like a race without any railings. This just felt like loads of of people decided to get up and run through the city together, and some kind people came out to give water and medals. Super relaxed, wide roads, just how we like it.
Seriously beautiful route
Can’t get over it! The route was BEAUTIFUL. Like the best city sightseeing tour you could have! The organisers should add an audio-guide to the architecture and sights for runners to listen to en route… “Now on your right are the Rudas Baths…” Maybe I’ll suggest that for next year…
Plentiful water stops
When you’ve committed to 21km I like it when the organisers commit to regular water stops. Budapest is all over those. Like every 4km, plus Lucozade drinks, bananas and glucose tablets at every stop. GOOD PLANNING.
Friendly fellow runners
Some races are uber competitive (Copenhagen Half Marathon, I’m looking at you), others are full of people just having a good time. Budapest is the latter. Friendly fellow runners make all the difference. Like ones who apologise when they stand on the heel of your shoe. Or ones that literally hold out their hand like a lifeline when you’re doubled-over with stitch on the sideline. YES to you guys.
A proper medal
For those of us who like to wear then hang up our medals after races, Budapest gives us a goodie. Chunky piece o’ metal to become your pride and joy.
All the bars to celebrate in afterwards
Yep, Budapest is full of hip, happening, trendy AF bars. After the race, get yourself to the old Jewish Quarter where the myriad of cool ruin bars are the ultimate celebration spot.
Get drunk CHEAP
…Oh, and I should mention wine is like £1.80 a glass. CHEERS to that people.
Budapest is just great
And the big one! The fact that Budapest is a freaking epic city. The ultimate city break in my eyes: slick hotels, cheap drinks, good food, sweet bars, beautiful architecture, spa baths to chill in, loads to see…IT ALL.