Well, we are home.
There have been a few first at this Royal Run.
It's the first time a member of the DRF, Frederik, has interacted directly with the public via Instagram. And it's the first time one of the DRF children has posted something to the public on Instagram. Christian.
There will be a Royal Run next year as well. With one run taking place in Southern Jutland - in commemoration of that part of DK being reunited with DK in 1920. After having been lost to Germany since 1864.
More than 80.000 took part in the official runs, but an additional number ran in unofficial socalled side-Royal Runs. All in all at least 90.000 ran today in the official and unofficial events.
The event organizers have said if they had included all who wanted to take part, the number would have exceeded 200.000. But it had to be limited for safety and logistic reasons.
A third of those signing up today have never run before.
We arrived in Aarhus, and courtesy of a nephew of mine, we had no problems finding a place to park very close to both the start zone and Dannebrog, so we arrived in time to see Frederik on deck, albeit from some distance. So we couldn't see he being received. But a few minutes later he cycled right past us in a group of cyclists. Presumably those who received him.
We strolled up Aarhus Cathedral where the start and finishing lines were located and here Frederik gave a speech. We couldn't hear him though.
We decided to stroll a bit down the pedestrian street and when it was Frederik's turn to walk the one mile we were placed very well. He walked right past almost within arms reach.
The weather was great. A few drops falling from time to time, but neither too warm nor too cold.
What was even greater was the mood. It was fair-ground mood and it was so much a family event. But among those who had signed up, and those who simply came to have a look. But the crown wasn't overwhelming, fortunately. This is after all a bank-holiday here in DK, so many must have been doing something else.
Chatting with people, it's clear to me that this especially appealed to women, wives and sweethearts to be exact. Quite a few husbands had been press-ganged into signing up for Royal Run.
In short it was a big communal party. - And it's pretty certain the hotdog stands, beer sellers, restaurants and ice-cream vendors had a great day! After all you need to replenish your energy depots, right?
Frederik wasn't around when it was our time to start, presumably he was on his way to Copenhagen.
And by that time the live TV-coverage switched to Aalborg, where Mary had just arrived. So mother-in-law kept an eye on that on her phone.
We finished in a little less than an hour. A even though there was a good flow, it was a good idea not to include more, otherwise it would have been claustrophobic rather than a pleasure.
Then we joined up with the in-laws and after praising our daughter to high heaven, for being able to walk on her feet (her parents got no praise...) we strolled a bit down around the harbor to get some appetite before driving to a nice little place for a delicious and well deserved lunch.
It was during the lunch the women of the family agreed to sign us up for the five km walk next year as well. As I have an excellent relationship with my father-in-law and don't wish to ruin it by suggesting he should be physically active, I remained quiet in the background.
Then my otherwise angelic daughter turned to me and suggested I signed up for a five km run, or ten km, as I admittedly have run quite a lot when I was young... My father-in-law sat quietly in the background...
All in all a good family-outing-event and I won't mind taking part next year. Now, I just have to find a way to get out of that running-bit...
It has been noticed and very positively so, that M&F's children ran on their own, among people and with a minimum of security.
Quite a few foreign residents had signed up as well.
In Aarhus it was a lot of Germans and in Aalborg it was in particular Rumanians.