Sofia Running Festival May 2019

GGxEuro Trip


After a hugely successful trip to Bucharest with 90 amazing GoodGymers painting Romania red, your favourite combo – Ax & PB – will be bringing you GGxSofia 2019!

We're off to the capital of Bulgaria next May, with the races taking place on Sunday 12th May (waiting to be fully confirmed). This will be the 5th year GGxEuro Trip - come make it awesome! We will be bringing you:

  • Four day's in an Eastern-European City
  • With various race distances - 5km, 10km or Half Marathon (21km)
  • Good food, good drinks and GREAT company!

To inspire you to sign up for the trip of a lifetime we'll leave you with these quotes about Bucharest 2018:

Steve Coman: "I absolutely loved the spa, cocktails in the pool - why not!"

Pritesh Mistry: "I love getting three medals in a day - all the bling!"

Hayley Oberlander: "I brought my karoke game, and I won life"

Race: You've got 5k, 10k or 21.1k (half marathon) too choose from. These cost somewhere between £5 and £20 at the moment - bargain! You can register by following this link.

Flights: Of course there is plenty of choice with these and as ever with the GGxEuro trip we only recommend things, you can do what you like. So these are the ones we recommend:

Outbound - Either 4.20pm from London Stansted with Ryanair on Friday 10th or 6.00am with Ryanair from London Stansted on Saturday 11th. I will likely be on the first flight, I'm not good with early starts ha!

Return - 12.05pm with Ryanair on Tuesday 14th to London Stansted.

Spreadsheet: It helps for us to know who is coming and what you are all doing. Therefore please fill in this spreadsheet.

Accommodation: Recommendations on it's way.

Please note that this event/race is not organised by the GoodGym Race Team and its not part of the big six races for 2019. This event is organised by Paul Bown ( and Axel Manzano (

Looking forward to it!

PB and Ax

Date and time

9:00am - 1:40am Sunday, 12th of May 2019


1 Banski Sq
1000 Sofia
Bulgaria View Map

What to look out for

Make sure you've read our general guidelines for safety when running and at a task.

This event is not organised by GoodGym and GoodGym takes no responsibility for your participation in the event.

Led by

Paul Bown

Paul Bown
GoodGym Trainer for Camden and Islington, England Athletics Qualified Endurance Coach, 2h51 marathoner, & big sweet potato advocate


Peter Gillibrand
Peter Gillibrand
Wednesday September 5th, 2018 12:38


Benjamin Annear
Benjamin Annear
Wednesday October 10th, 2018 20:59

Is this all confirmed now?

Paul Bown
Paul Bown
Thursday October 11th, 2018 09:51

Hey Ben, we are still waiting for the Sofia Half Marathon website to update with details for 2019. From previous experience most East European races don't seem to do this until November -

Jay Rosenberg
Jay Rosenberg
Thursday December 20th, 2018 09:40

A little 'where to' while in Sofia.

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Who's going

  • Helena Waters
  • Tabitha Skinner
  • Laura Hyrapetian
  • Mo
  • Al Smith
  • Jon
  • Martin Jackson
  • Amber Maurice
  • Sophie Hastings
  • Will Bourchier
  • Andrew Swanton
  • Rachel Ho
  • Liam Scott
  • Barnet runner
  • Liz James
  • Caroline Thomas
  • Charlotte Prinsley
  • Sarah Wren
  • John D Wren
  • Jordan Murphy
  • Jonny Knight
  • Mumtaz
  • Tiffany Anderson
  • Emma Hughes-McEwan
  • Lorna Gott
  • Rebecca Gibbs
  • Katie Allan
  • Islington runner
  • Cardiff runner
  • Luis
  • Kat Kelly
  • Dave Gilbert
  • Hannah Cox
  • Paul Becker
  • George Clarkson
  • Meredith Olson
  • Elizabeth Pang
  • Sarah Rajabalee
  • Ella Jeffries
  • Carol
  • Redbridge runner
  • Francis Bradley
  • Jay Rosenberg
  • Bristol runner
  • Lucy Victor
  • Mikey
  • Abigail White
  • Charlie
  • Bath runner
  • Nedelina
  • Chris Bennett
  • Benjamin Annear
  • Su Fernandez
  • Steven Hitcham
  • Lavinia Walsh
  • Tav
  • Abi Perrin
  • Alice Whale
  • Jack Wong
  • Aimee Giles
  • Alex
  • Barnet runner
  • Kim Parker
  • Fay McKnight
  • Claire Oxlade
  • James Gilbert
  • Hayley Oberlander
  • David Ewens
  • Vicki Bakhshi
  • Andy
  • Victoria Louise
  • Steve Lee
  • Peter Gillibrand
  • Martin Graff
  • Darren Raz-Nick
  • Ellen
  • Nathan Swain
  • Jim
  • AL
  • Leanne
  • Laura Hall
  • Michelle
  • Alex Watkins
  • Nykolette
  • Ax Man
  • Katie Roberts
  • Madeleine Austin
  • Catriona Sibert
  • Rob Riley
  • Elizabeth
  • Sally
  • Frances Powrie
  • Pritesh Mistry
  • Aidan Padfield
  • Danica Priest
  • Steve Coman
  • Jessie Shaw
  • Luke Woodward
  • Remy Maisel
  • Graham Atkins
  • Frances Collier-Wright
  • Alex Brown
  • Paul Bown

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