Racing London with Reading as a prep. I swore I was done with serious marathoning last year but keep getting the itch to do some more training.
If you're pacing I may not see you in London, but hope we can race again at some point
Back in training David? Thought you were hanging up your trainers for a bit after your sixfold challenge last year....
Welcome back anyway!
Frankfurt is a great marathon but lord, that town is dull place to spend a weekend. As Frank Skinner said, 'you don't realise how long a weekend is, until you've spend a long weekend in Frankfurt'...
I ran Amsterdam this year, my second time. Overall I have to say that it's not the best, and probably not as good as it could be. I always run well here (2x PBs) but unlikley to be back I think.
It's flat as a pancake
Good city to visit generally, plenty of options for post-race pint
Course isn't great - not expecting to constantly run down packed city centre streets but this has too many featureless sections
Water in cups not bottles
Not much food/drink at the end
Field a bit thin at the top end - i was 104th overall and ran on my own for large sections of the 2nd half
Berlin definitely the best Autumn marathon in Europe for my money
Yes I saw Kimutai - I actually did a double take, couldn't believe it as he was so fast. One to watch in the future no doubt.
Hi Samir, that's awesome, very well done indeed. A little off GB standard just yet but who knows in a year or so if you keep the progress up.
Just a thought - did we speak on the course? I made a comment to someone about the course seeming to be all uphill and they replied saying it was their first race - was that you by any chance?
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