The purpose of the event was to promote competition of uniformed services from all over Europe, as well as to offer an opportunity to members of the Prison, Army, Police and Fire services to put themselves to the test in extreme conditions.
The participants would wear full combat gear and carry 10kg (22lb) backpacks. They would have 7 hours to complete a 26.2mile (42.6km) route, through woods and fields, in temperatures below zero degrees !!
Everyone who completed the run successfully would be rewarded with a medal, certificate and endorsed ‘Maraton Komandosa’ long-sleeved top.
On the morning of Friday 28th November, I made my way to Standstead Airport where I was met by Mario, his fiancee (Paulina) and 3 Prison Officers from Brixton Prison. We left London for Katowice, arriving in the late afternoon. A prearranged mini-bus took us to our hotel so that we could drop-off our luggage before heading to the City’s Police HeadQuarters, where we were met by two staff personnel who kindly showed us around and explained the history behind the building.
From here we returned to our hotel to freshen-up before heading out to eat at a Polish restaurant, which included a selection of Polish beers to round the thirsty evening off pleasantly.
We attended the 2-hour awards ceremony before heading back to our hotel for a well-deserved dinner and drinks-up!
The next morning, we headed to Krakow for a visit to the City’s main Prison., within which we were given a guided tour and background of the establishment. It was a real eye-opener compared to the British Prison system. Afterwards, we were given a tour of the City Center and then back to the mini-bus for our return to Katowice, where traditional dinner was served in a Polish tavern. We returned to our hotel’s bar for a late evening of socializing before calling it a night.
On the morning of 01st December, it was our last day so last-minute souvenir shopping was completed at the nearby shopping-center. Then our final trip to Silesia Airport for departure back to Stanstead.