Lets start at the very begining as the song says. I would not describe Athens as the Classic marathon.
In 2011 the year I ran it the city sanitation and transport workers were on strike and I passed several demonstrations on the way to my hotel. Lets say that I probably did not see the city in its finest hour! As when I vist all new cities I took a tour bus and saw the main sights which did not disapoint.
On the morning of the marathon you make your way to the centre and board buses for the trip to Marathon!! Gasp excitement or so I thought. I was convinced that the route would be lined with buildings and monuments unfortunately after being driven to a dreary, dilapidated and windswept stadium we ran back on the dual carriageway we had driven along!
Race No 10566. Time 3:57:40. Pos 208/2019