Cracking event with a community feeling (about: 2010)|
A. G. from The Hague, NL (4/6/10)
50+ previous marathons
| 1 Leidsche-Rijn Marathon
I ran this for the first time in 2010. What a great, (relatively) little marathon. I wish I had discovered this before and made it an annual visit.
There were a few thousand runners running a mainly urban course through a very attractive Dutch town. Great location, around 500 meters from the train station. Adequate water and isotonic drinks every 5K or so, with bananas in the second half. As usual for The Netherlands, it was almost completely flat, so it's a good choice too for PR attempts. One of my few complaints (for other events too) is the obsession with pacers; on some of the narrow roads, it can be a real pain in the neck to fight through crowds of runners gathered around the two "balloon carriers." This was a small event, but it still had pacers in 15-minutes splits from three hours to four and a half. That can mean a lot of traffic jams for those of us gaining speed.
There were limited spectators except at the sports center where the start and finish were located - but then, it was Easter Monday. The changing, storage and toilet facilities at the start were outstanding. Nice technical t-shirt as well.
There were various distances of races throughout the day, so there were lots and lots of runners of all ages (and shapes) at the start and finish. Nice, simple entertainment laid on too. It genuinely felt like a community event. I would really recommend this race for others.