Briton wins foot race along Black Sea coast celebrating EU’s freedom of movement

As Brexit headlines dominate the pages of European media, a British runner finished first in a marathon-length foot race on dirt roads alongside the Bulgarian and Romanian Black Sea coast, meant to celebrate the freedom of movement within the EU.

Welshman Nathan Flear, from Swansea, won the third edition of the Via Pontica race held on September 2 and organised by the Green Foot club, in three hours, 17 minutes and 30 seconds.

Bulgarian Boryana Nikolcheva was fastest among women, with a time of four hours, one minute and two seconds.

The race is meant to showcase the benefits of the freedom of movement within the European Union – participants ran across the border between Romania and Bulgaria without stopping, having passed border checks before the start of the race, organisers said.

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(Photo: Nathan Flear’s Instagram,