Sunday November 10th 2019 I completed the Havana – La Habana – Marathon 2019 in Cuba. Find below my full race coverage plus many tourist impressions from Havana and a day trip to the famous Bay of Pigs.
Havana, Old Havana, crocodiles and the Bay of Pigs Havana and Old Havana is a strange mix of beauty, poverty, old American cars and many historic landmarks within walking distance. Havana is – especially by night – an extremely scenic city but the sparkling colours go hand in hand with the very, very poor and suppressed cubanes, all in all leaving a somewhat bad and sad flavour to the experience. I’m not sure I would like to revisit, but I am glad I have.
Out of Havana I had the pleasure to visit the Bay of Pigs and a crocodile farm en route, the trip was directly out from my hotel and it was fun to drive in one of those old, beautiful american cars.
Havana Marathon 2019 Havana Marathon ( La Habana – Marabana – Maracuba Marathon event) turned out to be a surprisingly well-arranged event: nice, scenic route (by the Malecón), friendly helpers, lots of water and juice, effective traffic control. In toto: no issues what so ever!
Well, the weather was a kind of it’s own, first heavy rain showers, then on the second leg of the marathon very warm and humid conditions. However, I guess was still better that possible temperatures above 30 degrees Centigrade.
As you can infer from the pictures in the race report the km’s by the Sea at the Malecón are out of this world breathtaking! For this main reason I’d suggest you to consider this race.
Below my race report from the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon 2019, which turned out to be a very well organized marathon around this tiny country of Jersey, one of the British canal islands (near the cost of France, actually). You will find my impressions of the event and a few tourist snaps in the report, but let me give my recommondations for the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon right away!
See or relive Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon 2019 here:
Below my race report from my 6th Berlin Marathon. This event was my second World Marathon Major this year (London in May) and my overall 16th apperance at a World Marathon Major. And yes, I am a 6 Star holder.
The day turned out to be quite wet as the rain started pouring early in the race and the atmosphere in Berlin was hence a bit off it’s usual enthusiasm both among the runners and the spectators. But I guess it’s always a special thing when you run through the Brandenburger Tor.
Saturday September 7th 2019 I completed the awesome Petra Desert Marathon 2019 in Jordan. Find below my full race coverage plus a few tourist impressions from this adventure organized by Albratos Travels.
Petra and the Dead Sea So, I was on the “deluxe” tour including a day (actually, only half a day due to my own poor research) at the Dead Sea on the Jordan side. There is something magical to be at the lowest point of the surface of the planet and to float around in that soo salty water!
And Petra ? Oh, man! It is difficult to find the words here, I’d rather have the pictures speak for themselves. I can only say that I feel very privileged to have experienced Petra and to furthermore have it in physical context of a marathon, that is pretty mindblowing. More about that below.
Petra Desert Marathon 2019 Petra Desert Marathon 2019 was a very well organized event featuring a half marathon and a full marathon. The route for the marathon was VERY HILLY and was comprised by a desert loop (the absolutely best and most funny part of the race), an out-back loop on road (nice, scenic at places, dead tough in the end) and the just-last 11 kilometers including the mountain climb that also the half marathoneers had to conquer. My Garmin said +1100 heightmeters up, +1000 heightmeters down and with temperatures reaching 27 C in the shadows – which we did NOT have the luxery of – and the highest altitude approx. 1400 meters above sea level, I was very happy to finish in 5.56. In conclusion, Petra Desert Marathon was an experience for a lifetime! If you’re a runner: get this in!
Albatros Event Video recap Though I will be happy for your interest in my race report above, I will also draw your attention to the official video from Albatros Travel. You’ll even find me in there for some 10 elusive seconds (at about 2.50 and onwards).
Sunday June 30th 2019 I completed the White Nights Marathon 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Find below my full race coverage plus quite a few tourist impressions from the amazing and incredibly beautiful city of St. Petersburg.
White Nights Marathon 2019 White Nights Marathon 2019 was a very well organized event featuring the full marathon distance plus a 10K event as well. The route for the marathon was quite flat (take away a few easy bridges) and was very representative of the city and it’s many landmarks and attractions, most notably the start and finish at the square of the Winter Palace! I’d say without hesitation that this event is one of the best and most important ones of all my marathons and I give it the very, very best of my recommendations. Just allow much more time in St. Petersburg than the sparse 54 hours I had in toto.
See or relive White Nights Marathon 2019 here (and in russian):
Sunday April 28th 2019 I completed the fabulous Virgin Money London Marathon. Find below my full race coverage plus a few tourist impressions from the beautiful city of London.
London City I had only Saturday to make a few tourist impressions, but this was ok as I have been many times in London previously. Of course I needed to visit Covent Garden and the flagship store of Paul Smith and that was pretty much it, well, Picadilly Cirkus, Regent Street, Oxford Street and New Bond Street and Old Bond Street also came in handy. London is simply a very nice methropole to visit.
Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the six World Marathon Majors and as such one of the most prestigeous and famous marathons in the world. This year was actually my fourth show at this event but this year still very special as I ran the whole race together with my wife-to-be, Maria. And you will find more interesting details in the race report about that too. So about the race itself: just awesome! So many people out there in the streets supporting and cheering and the finish at The Mall is incredible each time!
Monday June 10th 2019 I participated in Royal Run ’19. Find below my full race coverage from the second edition of this unique and now extremely popular event in Denmark originally created for the celebration of the 50th year birthday of the Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in year 2018.
Royal Run ’19
Royal Run ’19 took place in 5 different places this year, namely in The Faroe Islands (!), the danish cities Aalborg, Aarhus and Copenhagen and on Bornholm. My report below covers the 10 K run in Copenhagen with a stunning +37.000 runners out on a truly majestic route in the danish capital.
Sunday May 19th I completed Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2019. Find below my full race coverage with pictures also from the Breakfast Run in the Tivoli Gardens Saturday morning.
Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2019 – 40th edition
Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2019 took of at Islands Brygge 09.30 AM in the Danish capital. The race day in Copenhagen was once again very warm for running but nevertheless event records were set both on the male and female side. There was furthermore a record 11.497 participants crossing the start line in Copenhagen making this 40th edition of the event a truly outstanding and memorable one. You will understand all this much better by reading my full race report below. My best of congratulations and applause to Sparta for this 40th anniversary Telenor Copenhagen Marathon!
See or relive Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2019 here :
Telenor Copenhagen Marathon – my precious 2004 Telenor Copenhagen Marathon – this is where it all started for me, in 2004. After nearly 2 years of training and preparing I had my marathon debut at this wonderful race and I was hooked right away! At the expo I saw the boot for Marathon Travel Club and purchased a trip to Berlin Marathon the same year, also 2004, and boy, this did me in for good. Life has not been the same since. As you can imagine from reading off this blog and my marathon race reports. Wow!
2006, 2007 I did not participate in 2005 as I was running London Marathon that year only a few weeks before and Stockholm a few weeks after. This was before the “madness” kicked in. However, I was back in Copenhagen in 2006 and again in 2007 where I made my first photo race report from this event. It was back in the days where the route finished at the Black Diamond in Copenhagen, a lovely day and many nice shots along the route; read here. The photo with my friend Claus Høier finishing in 3.45 in his tiger costume is just amazing!
2008 This was the year we celebrated marathon no. 400 for Erhard Filtenborg, the first dane to achieve this landmark. 30-40 runners accompanied Erhard all the way, and a special wagon had been made to celebrate this extraordinary feat. It was yet another absolutely marvelous day in Copenhagen! Read all about it here.
2009 A year with mixed weather and also the final year on the “old” route. I had my debut in the Spiderman costume and realized how much fun and good energy such spreads. Eventwise it was becoming clear that changes were needed to grow the race further. The report from year 2009 is very enjoyable and can be read here.
2010 The year of the new route and the first year of the transformation of the Telenor Copenhagen Marathon from being a small local event to become a true international event and competitive as such. Logistics were greatly improved with these changes and the route… the route was just outstanding! I was lucky to shoot one of my best photos ever during this race, the one with the cobblestones. Find the entire race report from year 2010 here.
2011 The event was still improving and especially on the spectator front things were taking off. You could really feel the love all around the route in the danish capital and it was clear that Telenor Copenhagen Marathon was now on the brink to become a world class event. Good job, Sparta! You find my pictures from this beautiful day here.
2012 I was happy to celebrate my marathon no. 250 this year and there was quite a media take on this as well. Year 2012 also marks the only time I have managed to run a sub-4 in Copenhagen and would you know, on this very marathon day I made the first date with Maria, now the proud mother to our 2 lovely children. Yes, marathon running can open many doors, especially those to peoples feelings. In many ways this very race day ranks amongst my best ever, anywhere! The atmosphere in the streets was just electric as you can tell from my pictures; find my impressions from the amazing, truly amazing, Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2012 here.
2013 Honestly, this was an off-year in many respects. First and foremost the weather was really bad, rain, warm and humid at the same time, very bad for running. Personally, I was stupid enough to run with a injury (small stress fracture). The event was nicely organised, obviously, so all in all, let us just move on. If you insist you find the report here.
2014 My report states “cloudy and rain showers”, I guess this was another not-one-of-the-greatest years. However, the pictures gives mixed impressions: lots of cool stuff, very beautiful pictures, good vibes, happy runners. And yes, wet runners at the end / finish. It happens. Everywhere. The report is here.
2015 I was a spectator in 2015, so no photographs from my hand. However, I crafted a spectators guide, very amusing and funny, find it here.
2016 So happy to be back in the streets of Copenhagen and wow, this year was just phenomenal. It was quite warm, yes, but there was sun and just such good energy out there, unbelievable! Add the fact that Telenor Copenhagen Marathon objectively has one of the best and representative of all city marathons in the world. Take my word for it! Or see for yourself, here.
2018 So, in year 2017 I was nearly killed in a car accident three days before the race; so, no marathon for me, sadly. However, I was back in 2018 and in for the very warm day at the “office”. The day became truly unique for me personally as I had the honor of unexpectedly to spend the evening with the winner of the Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2018 William Morwabe of Kenya and his friends Paul Chege (multiple winner of H.C. Andersen Marathon in Odense) and Kirui Kosgei. Surely, in my 2018 race report you find the most beautiful and bright pictures from the Telenor Copenhagen Marathon you could ever imagine! Really. The link is here.
2019 So now the 40-years celebration is here. I wish good luck to all runners, see you on Sunday May 19th in the streets of Copenhagen. Or perhaps even already Saturday at the fun run in Tivoli ? Do come !
Saturday May 4th 2019 I completed the Wizz Air Skopje Marathon 2019 in North Macedonia. Find below my full race coverage plus a few tourist impressions from the beautiful city Skopje.
Skope City and Old Town Skopje is the Captal of North Macedonia and as such a very small city, however, extremely scenic with the old Stone Bridge as the main attraction I would say. I think I took the largest number of picturesque photographs within like 30 minutes I have ever taken any where and since North Macedonia made it my marathon country no. 46 I have seen stuff around. Other attractions include the Mother Teresa Park and the vast number of statues in Skopje (in the Old Town).
Skopje Marathon 2019 Skopje Marathon 2019 was a very well organized event featuring a half marathon, a full marathon, a marathon relay a 5 K race and a “team builing race”, whatever that is. The route for the marathon was VERY FLAT and was comprised by two identical (half marathon) loops along several of the landmarks in and nearby Skopje City. I’d say this is one – if not THE – flatest city marathons I have ever been to (a total of 76 height meters!!!), very easy route. I like it that way.