Low-key club event, but a good winter run (about: 2008)|
A. G. from The Hague, NL (12/7/08)
50+ previous marathons
| 1 Spijkenisse Marathon
Ran for the first time in 2008. Didn't know what to expect as all the pre-event material, website information, etc. was a bit "homespun." However, I shouldn't have worried as they had everything needed for a club-type, trouble-free run in great cold but still conditions. It did not lack anything - other than spectators. But it is the Netherlands in December.
Starts and ends at a running club's track. Excellent facilities in terms of toilets, drinks, heated cafe for spectators, etc. No chip facilities, but did have official timing and "big clock," which was good enough.
Full and half marathon runners start together. Would estimate that there were maybe 500 in total. The course is almost entirely on rural cycle paths with some nice views and countryside sections. Water and isotonic stations were every 5K. Very well organized, with marshals at all key corners, road crossings and route turns.
Being the Netherlands, this was a flat and fast course. This year was perhaps fortunate, but the weather was perfect at about 5 C and no wind or rain. Medal and sports drinks at the end, but no tee-shirt - but then at less than 20 euros for entry, it's still a great value.
I would heartily recommend this event to those looking for a winter marathon on an enjoyable course and can run without the "pampering" of the bigger events. Really, really enjoyed this run and I will be back next year.