Mrkonjic-Grad - With their usual keen
sense of humour, the British named the hills surrounding
the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment at Mrkonjic-Grad
after the Spice Girls.
on Sunday morning no one in the camp was laughing.
Drenched in sweat, with sore feet and wobbly legs some
367 runners participating to the fourth edition of the
Mrkonjic-Grad Mountain Half Marathon crossed the finish
line in what they called one of their most difficult
Namely because of Scary and Sporty Spice, two formidable
"On that second hill, Scary Spice, most people
were walking," said British Sgt. Simon Louis, 28.
"I just couldn't feel my feet anymore."
The run looped around two hills on the left and right
of the camp totalling about 11 kilometres uphill and
Terrence Craig, 20, who wore a curly red wig after crossing
the finish line said: "Next time they will have
to pay us to do this."
Indeed every runner had to shell out 20 DM to be part
of the race.
The fact didn't escape some jokers, who mid-way through
Scary Spice made sure to post a sign that read: "You
paid 20 marks for this."
But not all went well. Although the race started at
8 a.m., the temperature soon reached 28 C when the race
ended around 10:45 p.m. leaving two people collapsed
because of heat injuries, said Medical Sgt. Paul Gerber.
"We also had to deal with some blisters, cuts and
bruises," he said. "A lot of people have not
really trained for it."
But one person couldn't have been better prepared.
Staff Sgt. Mark Carlisle, 32, arrived first by covering
the 22k race in one hour and twenty minutes.
"We trained hard for the past couple months,"
Carlisle said about his Equipment Support team of 15.
"We started with six-mile runs and then the last
month we did a lot exercises to strengthen ourselves."