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Amsterdam 2013

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 14:01

Oh, and the Hole In The Wall on Leidseplein is Irish themed, so plenty of Guinness, Murphys and british beer served in real pint glasses.

Amsterdam 2013

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 13:55

The Dutch like their beers small with at least a few cm's of froth on top.  There's no fixed size, but a 'fluitje' is generally around 200ml and a 'vaasje' between 250 and 300ml.

Fortunately, if you go into a bar in Amsterdam and asked for a beer, they'll usually recognise the British accent and offer you a pint, or at least a 500ml glass.  Although it'll still have 2 inches of head on top.

The latest weather forecast for Sunday now predict that it will stay dry, or at least only very light showers.  13-15'C, although still a bit windy.  Maybe I'll drag myself out of bed afterall 




Amsterdam 2013

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 06:38

gravesylad - Yes, 1 stop from Zaandam to Amsterdam Sloterdijk and then switch to metro line 50 direct to Amstelveenseweg.  Simples.

Amsterdam 2013

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 21:35

Haarlemmermeerstation is about mile north of the Olympic Stadium.  The marathon course is an initial 5 mile loop back to the stadium and then out for the other 21, so we'll pass by Haarlemmermeerstation roundabout twice.

Amsterdam 2013

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 09:39

18 minute journey from Gaasperplas to Amstelveenseweg ( one stop before Zuid and a bit closer to the start ).  Metros run every 8 minutes on a Sunday morning.

Amsterdam 2013

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 09:16

Yep, it's only 200m between the Expo and Stadium if you take the footbridge, and maybe a few hundred meters more to get inside to the start pens.  Less than a mile from the Amstelveenseweg Metro to the start.

Amsterdam 2013

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 08:20

Dutch public transport is pretty comprehensive and reliable, even on a Sunday, so getting from Schiphol should be straightforward.  You can plan your route here:

I've ran Amsterdam 3 times and live in Leiden, which is about 15 mins by train south of Schiphol.  I've always taken the train that passes through Schiphol to "Amsterdam Zuid" ( 8 mins ), then crossed over to Metro 50 for 1 stop, and then the 5 min walk to the start.  Just follow the crowds .  You can also take a bus from directly outside Schiphol - every 15 mins and a 15 minute journey.

Which hotel are you in?  Presumably you'll be in Amsterdam on Saturday to practise the route?

Sub 3

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 06:38

Last year, GFA applications needed to be in by 13th July and the forms returned by 27th July.

A Shewsbury result *should* be fine, especially as they haven't even announced the application dates yet.  I did hear rumours that they'd be switching to a online application system this year, which might mean an even later entry date.

Sub 3

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 14:05
Electric Sheep wrote (see)

When does the GFA entry process for VLM typically close?

Last year, applications needed to be in by 13th July and returned/received by July 27th.

VLM 2014 - Ballot or Good for age??

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 07:52

I'd enter the ballot anyway if your GFA time is not already in the bag.  If you get your planned time next week, the GFA entry is guaranteed and will just replace your ballot entry.

I know of people in the past that have entered the ballot, replaced that with a GFA entry in August ( when GFA entry ran through until September), and then with a Champs start the following January.

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