Copenhagen Marathon

Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen

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08/11/2003 at 17:52
CR, new pb 1:04:35. But CA can do 58mins!
Happy to run any pace.

Looking forward to the fireworks tonight. Don't eat all the chocs before wednesday!

I know Denmark is more relaxed than here but would The Emperor's New Clothes really be a good plan? I suppose you could consider it a tribute to Hans Cristian Andersen.
09/11/2003 at 11:23
CR - I'll pass on the suggestion of the Emperor's new clothes to Seaweed and I wouldn't put it past him! Mrs OB and I have had a good weekend in Copenhagen a couple of years ago so we've done the sights. We found out in New York that it doesn't work us going to a marathon together as our needs don't coincide. That's not the issue though. I picked up a nasty virus after New York and she thinks that at my grand old age (!) marathons aren't good for me.
09/11/2003 at 16:49
...sorry to butt in ;-)..<blush>..where can I check the starter list that the email confrmation makes reference to...cannot find anything on the website that looks like this??

PS added a sub 1.50 half to my goals for next year..have done two that have crept under 2 hours (just)but want to break this barrier...(wern't you talkign about half's a couple of pages ago...sorry cant keep up!!)
09/11/2003 at 16:59
Hi Ian
Yes, CR emailed the organiser and the list should be on the website soon. If CR finds it before we do I'm sure she'll tell us where to look.
Yes, we were talking about halfs a couple of pages ago, in relation to training. I would like to do a sub 2hr half before starting serious marathon training.pb is 2:05:22. Slight possibility of Bedford on 14 Dec but transport problems (i.e no car, but might think of hiring one). I often post on the sub 2hr half thread under "training". You are just a bit too quick for us but feel free to visit!
09/11/2003 at 19:01

That's interesting about NY. I went with my husband last year, when he ran. I thought NY was the coolest city!

I managed to do a lot of shopping and sights, while husband went to the EXPO etc.

It was a great trip and a fantastic marathon event. I was really impressed with the whole logistical operation...

The Americans make you feel really welcome, and they are great spectators! The NY marathon inspired me to start running...

I began running in March this year and I ran my first marathon in Dublin.

Hopefully, I will be able to run NY one fine day. That would be a dream come true...

Sorry, I don't think there is a bad age for marathons! Better to be run and be fit, than to sit in the couch and sleep!
09/11/2003 at 19:12
BTW Seaweed is more likely to run a PB in The Emperor's New Clothes...

Imagine all the Danish girls chasing him ;-)

Also, it'll be a lot easier, than dressed up as The Little Mermaid...
09/11/2003 at 19:15
Ian, I copied earlier posting, in case you did not get the info..

Just got an email with kind regards from Bente Frøkjær at Sparta.

She thinks it's great, that we want to run Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen.

Answers to your questions:

The registration has just started. A list of names should be found at the website from November 15th.

There is no loft on the number of runners. In recent years there have been around 6.000 runners. They are hoping for the marathon to grow even bigger in 2004,- maybe up to 10.000.

There is not cut-off time. It's NOT only for serious athletes. However, it is a run, and only a few have spent more than 6 hours completing it.

Nobody knows, if the hotel prices will go up that particular week-end. The Danish newspapers say, that there are too many hotelrooms in CPH. If that is true, it's doubtful, that the prices will rise.

Sparta has made a special deal with Cab Inn Hotels
These hotels are quite cheap and centrally located.

Also they are in contact with Scandic Hotels

Another option is a hostel.

There are no current plans on offering private accommodation, but they will discuss the possibility at Sparta...

Also Bente Frøkjær has checked, how to get from Malmø in Sweden to Copenhagen.

You will need take the bus nr. 110 from Sturup Airport to Malmø station (it takes about 45 min.).

After about 10 min. waiting you can take the train to København H.

Traveltime is about 1 1/2 hours all in all during rushhours. In the evening it will probably take longer.

Bente ends her e-mail by wishing us all a good winter season.

Sparta is looking forward to welcoming us in Copenhagen on the 16th of May 2004...

How kind is that??
09/11/2003 at 20:31
Thanks for directing me towards this thread Lady Lucan. It does sound as if this will be a great marathon. As it will be my first attempt, I want it to be really special so this will be high on my list if I don't get into the FLM.
09/11/2003 at 22:18
Welcome Redhead. I'm also waiting to hear about FLM. If I get in, I'll do both.
Fingers crossed for you.
09/11/2003 at 22:41
Still trying to decide if I could commit to marathon training. Although have found someone at work who might be interested in doing it with me which would make things easier. We run about the same speed although she has more experience racing than me.
10/11/2003 at 07:38
Welcome Redhead and Hoover,

It is a big commitment!I understand you both!

Before I made my decision, I did quite a lot of research on marathons, read books and articles in the RW's magazines, spoke to friends etc. Also I got a good training schedule with both running and crosstraining.

It is good to have someone to run with and necessary to have support from home, friends or family, as it is quite time consuming...

Try and set yourselves some smaller realistic goals underway e.g. your first 5k, 10k and half marathon races.

Even after my first half, I found the marathon distance quite daunting, but if you build up your training gradually, it will seem easier. Your body and mind will adapt.

I found a lot of support on the forums, especially "Shades" was great, when I struggled with my long runs!

Anyway, good luck to you both. Let us know how you decide!!
10/11/2003 at 09:15
CR - am so impressed that you ran Dublin so soon after taking up running. My first race was FLM last year but I'd been running for fitness for a few years before that. Mrs OB and I straightened out the marathon issue over the weekend. I said It was ironic that she felt I was risking my health when to do nothing at all would be an even greater risk. You'd better put me in the "definites"!

Hi Redhead, nice to bump into you again. I hope you are well and good luck with the marathon training.

10/11/2003 at 10:36
CR you're a star - thanks for the summary!!
PS I'm in FLM as well and doing my 2 x 2 (two marathons in two months!!)
10/11/2003 at 10:44
Old Bones is that really you?! Hi, lovely to see you too.

Hoover, if you decide to go for a marathon, I'd gladly be your cyber-training buddy. Wannaberunner and I used to email eachother every day with our training schedules when we were training for the Windsor 1/2 and Brighton 10k last year. It really helps tp motivate you when you have to report to someone else!

CR, thanks for the encouragement. You're right about the forums being supportive, particularly when you are struggling.
10/11/2003 at 13:16

Yipeeeeeeeeee!!Great stuff. And thanks, I am blushing! Am glad you managed to straighten things out with your Mrs. Does she run?

I have taken the liberty of putting your name on the list of probables... Hopefully, we can all convince you to come along!!

Am pleased that you are already offering your help to Hoover! And you even know LL and OB. Fantastic!

Runners, who have entered
Ian Wood,

Peppermint Hippo,
10/11/2003 at 13:25

Thanks, my pleasure...

I'm still waiting to hear from FLM.
It is a big challenge to run 2 x 2, I must admit!!

I am eager to hear, how it is done!
Do you have a special schedule?

Do you take time off between the two marathons?

10/11/2003 at 13:43
CR Do you like my new forum pic? Clever old Lord Lucan sorted it out for me.
10/11/2003 at 13:53
Gosh, LL,
What on earth is that??
10/11/2003 at 14:07

Hi LL, what a clever old Lord he is . . even if nobody else can work out what you are?

BK e-mailed me about the family friendliness of the Holly and Mistletoe Frolic, as follows "Please note the pub should be child friendly as mine have been there before but I'm not sure about animals. If you bring your kids and they need entertaining then there is a leisure centre 5 minutes further along Richfield Avenue (past parking 3 on Map 3) with a swimming pool, a TGI Friday at the big roundabout on the way into town where Vastern Road and Caversham Road meet (see Map 2) or there are a limited selection of shops across the Bridge in Caversham. Reading town centre in approx 20 minutes
away from Pipers Island."

The maps referred to are now on my site.

Can't stop, need to get back to work from lunch, but welcome Redhead and Hoover, and great to hear you're officially on board OB . .
10/11/2003 at 14:13
Hope I don't upset you, but is it something one of the little Lucans made at school?

It looks like a cross between a red/pink bug and the topping of a cake? Am I close?
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