Amsterdam Marathon - 20 Oct 2013
Anyone else in for an Autumn marathon in Amsterdam?
2 of us going over, we are literally just flying out the day before, acing and flying back.
Sounds like you got a pretty reasonable deal though.
Hi there, you say you've done it before.... would you recommend it? I did Paris last year and would not recommend that marathon to anyone!! badly organised and the cobbles were horrendous!!! although I would love to do an Autumn marathon
Ran both Paris and Amsterdam marathons last year and have signed up to run Amsterdam again this year, a bit like you, after running paris once I had no real desire to do it again. I enjoyed Amsterdam, nice Olympic Stadium start and finish, flat course (as you'd expect), good crowd support in the city areas. The only possible down sides for me are the long stretch of the course that runs along the banks of the Amstel river, could be a bit exposed in windy / rainy weather conditions and not much support along this section, the other was the packed metro train from the city centre to the stadium start. We did leave it a bit late to set off for the stadium, so really didn't help ourselves with this issue, have booked a hotel outside of the city centre this year to try and avoid the crowds.
Hi guys, I have paid a deposit for a 2 bed apartment very close to the marathon start/finish but am no longer running it this year. If you are interested in taking on the apartment, please send me a message and I can give you all the details. I also ran Amsterdam as my 20th marathon last year so can give you some tips about the course!
Not bad Jimbo, it does seem very reasonable cost wise to get over and run there. Where are you flying from? I jsut settled for an EasyJet flight out of Gatwick.
The airport hotels do seem cheaper, but you will need to factor in getting to/ from the hotel back to the airport in order to get the train in (don't know if there are free hotel shuttle buses).
Takes about 15mins on the fast train to Central station and the 24/48hr metro/ tram/ bus pass is not valid on the trains
You are also then tied to ther hotel for food, or you have to travel in to more central AMS
Me and a friend are running it, flying out from Manchester on the Friday morning and flying back Monday Eveing, booked into the Crown Plaza south, which is near to the start at the stadium I think, got a good deal through a rewards programme. Flights and 3 nights in a hotel for £160
Did Nice to Cannes marathon last year, mini break with a marathon is a good idea for a holiday.
Hotels near the start finish... look up the Holiday Inn, Novotel and Crowne plaza.
I ran this last year and stayed with a LOVELY architect man who rented out his two spare rooms upstairs (with shared bathroom between them) on Wimdu.com (it's like the German Air BnB). It was 10min walk to the start/finish and actually ON the race route. The room was big, clean, and he even brought me up a cup of tea and truffles to "enjoy" in my ice bath! Absolutely lovely experience for my first marathon!
(I'm totally not advertising as I don't know the guy but here's one of the room's if anyone's interested: https://www.wimdu.co.uk/offers/7Y5G67IW )
Thank you all for your suggestions. I booked a room with airbnb in the end.
I've been looking into this too. Sounds good for a first overseas event, plus a half marathon my girlfriend can enter
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