One of my aims in India is to run 5km in every place I visit. Kolkata was tricky because the roads are very busy and the pavement is so crowded there is very little room to walk, let alone run.
Thankfully my hotel was near a park within jogging distance of the Victoria memorial.
I headed out early before the traffic got bad and before the pavements became too busy.
As I jogged we passed signs for the half marathon and full marathon. I’d like to know how this was done as there wasn’t any free space for a 100m race let alone a long distance event. I didn’t see any other joggers out so I’ve no idea how people train for the race.
The park was full of cricket matches which meant I had to watch carefully for flying cricket balls.
The route around the memorial was a mile. I did it clockwise and anti-clockwise to add enough distance to get to 5k
Ease of running score – 5/10 (but only if I run before 8am)
* I also had to continuously watch my footing even on the pavements as the surface is very uneven
– the park is full of interesting things. Cricket/football/herds of goats…