Amsterdam Marathon 2011
Posted 20 June 2011 - 04:12 PM
Anyone planning on running the Amsterdam Marathon in 2011? I've just signed up for this race, and wanted to know what people generally think about it. This will be my second marathon this year - I hadn't planned to do it until last week - but from all the publicity that I read it seems like a well-respected race: well-organised, and fast. But can you believe the publicity...?
Any little tips and tricks (like what is the best way to get to the start line &c.) would be much appreciated.
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Posted 21 June 2011 - 07:28 PM
I ran the Amsterdam marathon in 2009.
The course is certainly flat as you would expect in the Netherlands. Quite a bit of scenic variation - but a relatively long middle section (10-25kms) through an outer suburban parkland started to wear me down a tad - although this bit does meander next to a nice canal. It also goes through Amsterdam's famous VondelPark twice - by the second time though (38kms) most runners are 'walling' it etc.
Whilst it did not have the massive crowds associated with Rotterdam, the start and finish had a good atmosphere being at the old Olympic Stadium. Another plus for me was that the numbers were not huge (circa 7-8,000) - so there is plenty of room to stick to whatever race plan you adopt. Seems now to be getting larger each year and some top Kenyans always turn up.
I stayed at the Citizen M hotel not far from the WTC building complex, close to a major train station (name escapes me) and within walking distance of the registration complex and the start - about 20-25 mins to the start. A tad pricey, but cheaper than central Amsterdam.
It was all highly enjoyable (gezellig as the Dutch would say) - well, apart from the last 10kms - when will I learn to go out steadily. All in all, I'd expect to do it again one day.
All the best
Posted 22 June 2011 - 03:26 PM
I ran Paris earlier this year. 40,000 runners meant that you had to run at the pace of the people around you. Not ideal for a personal best, but a hugely enjoyable and unforgettable experience. I'm hoping that Amsterdam will be faster, but still interesting.
Posted 22 June 2011 - 05:09 PM
I have run it three times when living in Amsterdam. It is a great race for a PB with a flat course and cool conditions (as long as it is not too windy).
It is my favourite Dutch marathon and I have run in Rotterdam, Leiden, Leeuwarden and Utrecht (Leidsche Rijn) - it was always good to have family and friends along the course giving some encouragement.
It is growing in size but it does not stop the city (there is too much else going on!) like some other big city races.
Getting to the start depends on where you are staying. Wherever you end up staying it will not be hard to reach via tram, bus or metro. Public transport in the Netherlands is far better than here!
And when you are finished go to De Klos (41 Kerkstraat) and pig out on the best ribs you will find anywhere.
Posted 08 October 2011 - 06:59 AM
This will be my second marathon for the year after doing sub 3hrs (2.59) in Canberra earlier this year. I have had an excellent lead up with my training and still injury free. I havent raced since a short 5km in late August which I did a PB (18:43).
With just over a week to go (Race on Sunday 16th Oct) & tapering Im feeling slower then I have in previous times before a marathon. I have been averaging between 70-100kms per week, a little more then before.
Im planning on a pace of 4.10 which should give me at faster time of 2.56 but Im concerned that the pace will be to fast to hold. Should I go for it from the start or hold back (4.15 pace) then go for it in the last 10km?
P.B the race 2.57.14, excellent weather, great fast flat race.
Edited by Chuck, 10 December 2011 - 10:20 PM.
Posted 16 October 2011 - 11:22 AM
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 08:15 PM
2:11:22 Still a PB
Edited by 0RTON, 17 October 2011 - 06:02 AM.
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Posted 17 October 2011 - 06:02 AM
Splits for Michael Shelley. Fantastic run.
5 Kilometer 15:42 (15:42)
10 Kilometer 30:44 (15:02)
15 Kilometer 46:20 (15:36)
20 Kilometer 1:02:09 (15:49)
Half marathon 1:05:38
25 Kilometer 1:17:56 (15:47)
30 Kilometer 1:33:33 (15:37)
35 Kilometer 1:48:56 (15:23)
40 Kilometer 2:04:28 (15:32)
Net time 2:11:22 65:38/65:44
Clint Perrett ran 2:17:24 on debut I think?
Posted 17 October 2011 - 09:04 AM
Clint run around 2.17 or 2.18 last year so it wasn't his debut
Edited by Long Arms, 17 October 2011 - 09:05 AM.