This time next week we will know all about it. Looking at the wather forecast, it looks like it will be about 3-4 degrees. So hopefully nothing like -15.
Anyone any idea how many entries they normally get for the marathon?
The Asselronde (27.5 km) is fairly popular. It starts at the same time and follows the same course as the marathon for practically its entire distance, so I expect it will seem as if there are many more than a few hundred running the marathon for quiet a while.
I recently saw a video on YouTube where the race chairman claimed that the Midwinter Marathon was, after Athens, the second most difficult marathon in the world on account of the deceptive inclines. I've since had a reaction from him via Twitter (albeit rather unclear) after I asked him what he based that opinion on and he admitted he'd made a mistake in what he said. I spend a bit of time on a Dutch forum (please don't think that I'm Dutch) and have tried to gauge the reaction of people who have already run in Apeldoorn. Nobody said it was an absolute killer, but I have been told that there is a total incline of about 225 metres.
I've just been browsing the Midwinter Marathon website and noticed something which may be of interested to anyone running the marathon distance which is not given (or I can't find) on the English pages. The sports hall (Sprengeloo) is not particularly close to the start/finish and there is a shuttle bus service. The changing facilities for the other distances are walking distance from the start/finish.