Amsterdam Marathon Sunday 16 October 2011

Any tips for us first timers?

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04/01/2011 at 16:47

Going to do this one and it will be my first marathon abroad.

I'd be grateful for any hotel recommendations and any other useful information

04/01/2011 at 16:58

Me and OH stayed here last year:

Pricey but lovely and fantastic owners who made us a special brekkie and left it in our room for the early morning start

We got the metro to the start but because it was Sunday it didnt start till a bit later than we planned (watch that on the hour long tickets!).

It was freezing cold before the race - so try to stay indoors as long as possible!

04/01/2011 at 17:03

Thanks for that curly

Looking around it seems that hotels are ALL pricey!

05/01/2011 at 14:29

Anyway thats our flights booked

05/01/2011 at 15:39

There are squillions of hotels in Amsterdam.  Try sites like or

I stayed in the Hotel Wilhelmina, near the Vrondelpark, last time I went.  I can't remember how much it was, but it was handy for the start - you can walk there in about 15 minutes.

It wasn't fantastic, but it was OK.  Steep stairs to get up, though (but that applies to most older buildings in Amsterdam).  I can't remember what the race day breakfast arrangements were, but I think they were satisfactory.

It's a tram-ride from Centraal station and the centre of town.

05/01/2011 at 16:57
Thanks Wilkie
08/01/2011 at 15:02

Yay - I'm entered, but I'm only doing the Half Marathon!

Flights booked, on hotel search now!! 

08/01/2011 at 19:47
I would say the full is a lot better than the half - the half starts at 1pm (or did last year) so you are running into the slower marathon runners which is a pta because it means pacing is difficult and you have to run around them! Hopefully they will change it this year back to them starting at the same time...
09/01/2011 at 10:11

I was hoping to do the full, but with a busy summer schedule would probably have been approaching burn out if doing the full then.  I'm slow myself so will more than likely run alongside the slow mararthoners rather than round them!

Am looking forward to it anyway as never been there and is only my second race abroad!! 

09/01/2011 at 12:48

It is a great event. It was oonly my secong Marathon, Edinburgh being the first. Organisation was great, seemed friendly and relaxed. Crowds were good and the cheers of Allez Allez! seemed slighly more up lifting than the British "Go on!".

Route is nice and varied, town, country, river, windmills, industrial estate, park, town and stadium. The variation I found very helpul in staving off the monotony.

Most helpfully it is flat.

The above posters are right about it being cold at the start though. Usual advice about taking old clothing is spot on here.

Definitely a PB course. Good luck with it I am sure you will enjoy it.

10/01/2011 at 17:47

Ive just booked into the Hilton in Amsterdam for just over £110 for a double room(incl breakfast)

A bargain price at the moment if you book before the end of the month

13/01/2011 at 13:56

Myself and running club at looking at this.  We're just checking out flights at the moment. 

We will go with Running Crazy, so much easier as there's a group of us and booking hotels for several individuals would be a nightmare.  Also, they organise a great post race party  .

15/01/2011 at 20:46

Our little group are looking at going with Running Crazy too LWJ   I assume you've raced via them before?  Was that in Amsterdam or elsewhere?

It'll be my first marathon and my first race abroad...dying to crack on with some training, but I'm under the weather at the moment  so I'll have to be patient.

15/01/2011 at 21:10

Hi Pegg

Yes, a group of us did Benidorm in November with Running Crazy.   It was such good fun and we were well looked after. 

15/01/2011 at 21:26
Mr K should be along soon.  I think he too may be doing Amsterdam this year.
15/01/2011 at 21:50


Highly recommend `Running Crazy`. Have a look on their website & facebook page. Malcolm & his team are excellent.

My Benidorm blog 

Yes thinking about Amsterdam - maybe the half. Chat more tomorrow

19/01/2011 at 11:54

Amsterdam was my second marathon and I really enjoyed it.

The pros are that it flat, oh boy is it flat - as someone on the 2010 thread pointed out its as flat as a pancake that has been run over by a steamroller.  Therefore v fast, very few people on the thread didn't get a pb, 31 minute pb for me.

Also very good organisation, has the feel of a big marathon without the huge numbers, support was good (not London numbers but then where else is).  Reduced spectator numbers mean its easy to spot friends and family on way round if organised, the underground made it easy for them to get around. Was fantastic to start and finish in the stadium - my six year old loved seeing me on the big screen in the stadium as my name was read over the tannoy (can't say I noticed it as in a world of pain by then).   Good pictures and video available to commemorate achievement.

Only downsides are that drinks are only provided in cups and not bottles and I hate drinking from cups and that it can get quite breezy on the Amstel.

All in all a great marathon especially if targetting a pb - hopefully will see you there as am planning to do it again this year.



20/01/2011 at 09:53
I'm entered
20/01/2011 at 16:19

Haven't done that bit yet, but flights booked today. 

20/01/2011 at 20:33
Sounds like we need to organise our group to be in strategic places with bottled water Min!!
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