Szymon Chojnacki with his trophy after winning the Bieg Niepodległości

Szymon Chojnacki was going for glory in the Bieg Niepodległości which was the Polish Indepence Run

Three weeks on from a successful outing in the Poznań Marathon where he recorded a time of 2:46:47, Szymon Chojnacki was back in action again. This time it was for the Bieg Niepodległości, which translates as the Independence Run. That took place in Zgierz in Poland, which is where Szymon finished his studies and graduated back in 2008.

The race was about six miles in distance and leading from the outset, Szymon always looked in control of the proceedings. Opening with a 5:25 for his first mile, Szymon was far too quick for anyone else to contend with.

Registering a 5:38 for his second mile and then a 5:44 for his third, he was well on his way to victory. Even though it was a very fast pace, it was one that Szymon is well capable of sustaining and he did just that, getting through the fourth mile in 5:41 before closing with a 5:47 and a 5:46 for his last two miles.

The winners from the Bieg Niepodległości

The trophy winners from the Bieg Niepodległości with the mascot

Reaching the line in 34:21, it was a strong performance from Szymon and he finished up way ahead of the second placed runner. His average pace for the six mile distance was 5:40 and all-in-all, it was a tremendous result from Szymon.

After the race he took his spot on the top step of the podium and was awarded a gleaming gold trophy which he could place on the mantlepiece with all the others he’s collected over the years.

Szymon takes his place on the top step of the podium at the Bieg Niepodległości

It was a proud moment for Szymon as he took his spot on the top step of the podium