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Edinburgh Marathon 2017

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Tuesday 6 June 2017 21:57

Sunday May 28th 2017 I ran the Edinburgh Marathon. Find below my full race coverage plus some tourist impressions.

Edinburgh Marathon 2017 - Tor Rønnow

Edinburgh City
Edinburgh City is all about one thing: Edinburgh Castle! The famous castle that owns the skyline, owns the tourists, owns the TV-broadcasts of it’s renowned Military Tattoo.
Surely, you have the Royal Mile, the Scott Monument as well and a few other spots but I’d say that you can forget Edinburgh as an attractive travel destination if you don’t fare off to the highlands of Scotland or gets yourself intensely drunk at a whiskey distillery somewhere. Both of which this marathon tour did not feature. But the castle is worth a visit, obviously.

Edinburgh Marathon 2017
The Edinburgh Marathon started at 10.00 AM in the morning, the half at 08.00 AM (rather unusually). The race course covered none of the city center and had no ties to the castle; these circumstances were among a number of issues I have with this race as you may read in the report in the links below. The marathon did, however, also sport a few good spots and experiences including Portobello Beach and the nice views over the Firth of Forth. I’ll remember this trip firstly as my first visit to Scotland, secondly for the Edinburgh Castle and thirdly and most importantly for the company of my danish friends Vagn Kirkelund and Bent Brian Andreasen and my “new friends” of the italian group from “Travel Marathon” that were really friendly; nice to meet all of you guys !

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See or relive Edinburgh Marathon 2017 here:

Edinburgh Marathon 2017 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Edinburgh Marathon 2017 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Edinburgh Marathon 2017 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
愛丁堡馬拉松2017 – 托爾Rønnow的圖片/照片(中國)
エジンバラマラソン2017 – TorのRønnowの映像/写真(日本)
Edinburgh Marathon 2017 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Edinburgh Marathon 2017 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Edinburgh Marathon 2017 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Edinburgh Marathon 2017 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Edinburgh Marathon 2017 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Marathon Cheering Guide

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Friday 12 May 2017 13:33

For half and full maraton runners few things are as great as when cheering and fun from the audience – friends, family or just spectators – boosts you with energy.

Find below my instructive guide to become the ultimate star on the course sideline. Yay !

Maraton heppeguide - Marathon Cheering Guide - Tor Rønnow

Marathon Cheering Guide – (Danish)
Marathon Cheering Guide – (Deutsch)
Marathon Cheering Guide – (English)
馬拉松歡呼指南(中文)
マラソン応援ガイド(日本語)
Marathon Cheering Guide – (Français)
Marathon Cheering Guide – (Italiano)
Marathon Cheering Guide – (Español)
Marathon Cheering Guide – (Nederlandse)
Marathon Cheering Guide – (Svenska)

ORLEN Warsaw Marathon 2017

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Tuesday 2 May 2017 08:47

Sunday April 23th 2017 I completed the ORLEN Warsaw Marathon. Find below my full race coverage plus some tourist impressions from the Polish capital.

ORLEN Warsaw Marathon 2017 - Tor Rønnow

Warsaw City
Warsaw City includes the picturesque Old Town – which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list – and a number of beautiful shopping streets such as Krakowskie Przedmiescie and Ulica Nowy Swiat. I did not have time to visit museums during my short stay (arrived Saturday Morning, home Sunday evening after the race), but they are plenty in Warsaw and features both the WWII, Chopin and Copernikus just to mention a few most famous ones. I mostly strolled around in the very pleasant Old Town area, very scenic especially at night time.

ORLEN Warsaw Marathon 2017
The ORLEN Warsaw Marathon started at 09.00 in the morning at the foot of the impressive PGE Narodowy Stadion. The route carried the runners firstly by the River Vistula, then through the Old Town of Warsaw and later through various suburbs before the turn in a distant park and seeking home – in gusting head winds – towards the finish back at the Stadion. I found the route to be of good variation and with, of course, the Old Town, Krakowskie Przedmiescie and Ulica Nowy Swiat to be the major attractions.

I enjoyed the ORLEN Warsaw Marathon, it is a superbly and very professionally arranged event indeed. It is very clear that it is a generous race with a deep love for both Warsaw and the participants, and it thus not difficult to recommend a trip hereto.

Warsaw Marathon 2017 - Tor Rønnow

See or relive Warsaw Marathon 2017 here (and in polish):

ORLEN Warsaw Marathon 2017 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
ORLEN Warsaw Marathon 2017 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
ORLEN Warsaw Marathon 2017 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
ORLEN華沙馬拉松2017年 – 托爾Rønnow的圖片/照片(日本)
ORLENワルシャワマラソン2017 – TorのRønnowの映像/写真(日本)
ORLEN Warsaw Marathon 2017 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
ORLEN Warsaw Marathon 2017 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
ORLEN Warsaw Marathon 2017 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
ORLEN Warsaw Marathon 2017 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
ORLEN Warsaw Marathon 2017 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Bratislava Marathon 2017

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Sunday 9 April 2017 19:34

Sunday April 2nd 2017 I ran the magnificient Bratislava Marathon. Find below my full race coverage plus some tourist impressions.

Bratislava Marathon 2017 - Tor Rønnow

Bratislava City
Bratislava City was everything I hoped for: quite, scenic, just lovable and with that twist of the old Eastern Europe that is so special. Highlights during my very short stay was meeting up with a very old friend and the 7 course beer menu at the top of the UFO with very nice food, top beer brands and extremely good and friendly service by the staff. I’d go back just for that.

Bratislava Marathon 2017
The Bratislava Marathon started at 10.00 in the morning so for once it was possible to eat a full breakfast in the hotel. The day turned out very warm and sunny and the route was flat, varied, scenic and simply just great even given the fact that you had to do two identical rounds for a full marathon. The race was my completion of a marathon in country #30 and thus I became, memorably, member of the elusive Marathon Country Club and a three flag member of the Marathon Globetrotters. I LOVED the scenic route around Bratislava as you may infer from the pictures in the report.

Visiting Bratislava Marathon is very, very highly recommended.

Bratislava Marathon 2017 - Tor Rønnow

See or relive Bratislava Marathon 2017 here (and in slovak):

Bratislava Marathon 2017 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Bratislava Marathon 2017 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Bratislava Marathon 2017 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
ブラチスラバマラソン2017 – TorのRønnowの写真(日本)
Bratislava Marathon 2017 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Bratislava Marathon 2017 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Bratislava Marathon 2017 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Bratislava Marathon 2017 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Bratislava Marathon 2017 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Vodafone Malta Marathon 2017

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Sunday 12 March 2017 14:18

Sunday March 5th 2017 I ran the Vodafone Malta Marathon. Find below my full race coverage plus some tourist impressions.

Malta Marathon 2017 - Tor Rønnow

Malta: Sliema, Valletta, Mdina and Rabat
Admittedly, I knew very little about Malta prior to this trip. However, one can reach to see quite a lot during just one day of dedicated turisting, and on Malta I got to see the major highlights of Mdina, Rabat, Sliema and Valletta. I found the atmosphere and price level of Malta very accomodating and have for sure gotten taste for more of what this small country has to offer. But take a look at the pictures yourself (click to see larger versions). I guess Mdina and the catacombs in Rabat was the most interesting in terms of History, not to mention St. Paul’s Grotto also. But also just to walk the narrow, impressionistic streets of Sliema and Valletta, especially at nighttime, was very soothing.

Vodafone Malta Marathon 2017
The Malta Marathon started at 07.30 in the morning. The race course took off from Mdina and there was organized bus transport from hours 06.00 from Sliema, however, I took a taxi (hours 06.45) from the hotel after a kind tip from Thomas from Switerzerland thus sleeping an hour more plus reaching the hotel breakfast. The full marathon involves a lot of “running about” in the Mdina area before rejoining the half marathon route and half marathon runners and power walkers (!) towards the finish at Sliema Bay. I think there were many beautiful sights during the race and found it overall to be a great experience!

Visiting Malta Marathon is highly recommended, of course, and I think I will return soon again myself.

Vodafone Malta Marathon 2017 - Tor Rønnow

See or relive Malta Marathon 2017 here (and in maltese):

Malta Marathon 2017 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Malta Marathon 2017 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Malta Marathon 2017 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
マルタマラソン2017 – TorのRønnow(日本)の写真
Malta Marathon 2017 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Malta Marathon 2017 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Malta Marathon 2017 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Malta Marathon 2017 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Malta Marathon 2017 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Dubai Marathon 2017

Posted by Torr | Marathon,Spirituality | Saturday 28 January 2017 13:41

Friday Janurary 20th 2017 I ran the Dubai Marathon. Find below my full race coverage plus some tourist impressions from this very special city.

Dubai Marathon 2017 - Tor Rønnow

Dubai City
I was very excited about visiting Dubai after having seen stuff about this luxurious city in various TV shows. It is safe to say that the city delivered! The Dubai Mall and the Burj Al Khalifa is for sure some of the most impressive things build by man and the luxury of the Burj Al Arab is second to none. Still, as you can read in the report, what have made an I will even say life-turning impression is the stories of the taxi-drivers of the city! Well, please read the report and you will understand. I am still trying to digest the Dubai experience but for sure before everything I think about the taxi drivers and their tough lives away from their families. It has really gotten to me.

Dubai Marathon 2017
The Dubai Marathon started at 06.30 in the morning. The course is extremely flat and is essentially running back and forth of the beach drive in Dubai, crossing the iconic Burj Al Arab a few times as a bonus. The day became rather warm and especially humid somewhat making a great performance from my side less probably. The conditions must, however, have suited the elite runners well as new race records were set in both the men’s and women’s marathons. The sights of the route are spectacular and with the view of the Burj Khalifa as the top attraction in several meanings of the words. Visiting Dubai Marathon is highly recommended, of course.

Dubai Marathon 2017 - Tor Rønnow

See or relive Dubai Marathon 2017 here (and in arab):

Dubai Marathon 2017 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Dubai Marathon 2017 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Dubai Marathon 2017 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
ドバイマラソン2017 – TorのRønnowの写真(日本)
Dubai Marathon 2017 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Dubai Marathon 2017 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Dubai Marathon 2017 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Dubai Marathon 2017 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Dubai Marathon 2017 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Athens Classical Marathon 2016

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Friday 18 November 2016 19:05

Sunday November 13th 2016 I ran the Athens Classical Marathon in Greece. The route celebrated the 120 anniversary since the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and the first modern marathon on this very same route with the spectacular finish on the marble Panathenaic Stadium.

Athens Classical Marathon 2016 - Tor Rønnow

Athens City
It was a special thing to visit the famous Akropolis the very week of the election of Mr. Trump in America. Let us remind ourselves that the principles of Democracy have outlasted many single individuals and “trends” during the past 2500 years since the principles were founded on these very premises in Greece. our stay was way too short to get around all the historical sites of Athens but we got a smell of it so to speak. The original greek food is very nice, grilled feta being our new favorite.


Athens Classical Marathon 2016

The Athens Classical Marathon is a point-to-point marathon in the same manner as in eg. Boston and Lisbon. The route takes you from the village/area “Marathon” (!) to the centre of Athens – find links on the historical aspects of the race in my report below. It is not an easy won marathon as you have to struggle with quite a number of hills and heightmeters, and it can become a bit monotonous just to run “straight ahead” all the time with almost the identical view all the time. Well, it felt like that sometimes. Anyways, the finish was very emotional and breathtaking and for this and the whole history connected with the Athens Classical Marathon, I guess this race should be on your resume as a marathoneer. For sure, the organisation of this surprisingly large event (17.000 on marathon, 50.000 in toto) was just perfect !

Athens Classical Marathon 2016 - Tor Rønnow

However, Athens Classical Marathon 2016 did, of course, have it’s special moments.

See or relive Athens Classical Marathon 2016 here (and in greek):

Athens Classical Marathon 2016 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Athens Classical Marathon 2016 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Athens Classical Marathon 2016 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
アテネクラシックマラソン2016 – TorのRønnowの写真(日本
Athens Classical Marathon 2016 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Athens Classical Marathon 2016 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Athens Classical Marathon 2016 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Athens Classical Marathon 2016 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Athens Classical Marathon 2016 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Lisbon Marathon 2016

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Friday 7 October 2016 19:31

Sunday October 2th 2016 I ran Lisbon Marathon in Portugal. Find below a few tourist impressions followed by the race report itself.

Lisbon Marathon 2016 - Tor Rønnow

Lisbon City


Lisbon Marathon 2016

The race day turned out very warm and the marathoneers ran with the sun directly in the face for the first few hours, this took quite a toll on both the physical and mental ressources. The first half was by far the most scenic part of the route, the second half only with a few highlights worth remembering. In my opinion Lisbon Marathon 2016 was almost completely without that “marathon feeling” so quintessential to an overall great marathon experience and for this reason I will recommend other races than this one.

Lisbon Marathon 2016 - Tor Rønnow

However, Lisbon Marathon 2016 did, of course, have it’s special moments.

See or relive Lisbon Marathon 2016 here:

Lissabon Marathon 2016 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Lisbon Marathon 2016 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Lisbon Marathon 2016 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
リスボンマラソン2016 – TorのRønnow(日本)の写真
Lisbon Marathon 2016 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Lisbon Marathon 2016 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Lisbon Marathon 2016 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Lisbon Marathon 2016 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Lisbon Marathon 2016 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2016

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Tuesday 20 September 2016 15:53

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2016

Sunday September 18th 2016 I ran the second edition of the beautiful and furiously fast Copenhagen Half Marathon. This race now with a IAAF Silver Label is quickly becoming one of the world’s best and fastest half marathons as evidenced by the fact that 7 runners completed the distance in less than 60 minutes ! +23.000 runners from over 80 countries participated here in the danish capital and the sunny and mild autumn weather provided excellent conditions for the average runner like myself. The organisation behind Copenhagen Half Marathon seems to keep improving the race and the event, thus we cannot wait for next year. Come join !

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2016 - Tor Rønnow

See or relive Copenhagen Half Marathon 2016 here:

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2016 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2016 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2016 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
コペンハーゲンハーフマラソン2016 – TorのRønnowの写真(日本)
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2016 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2016 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2016 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2016 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2016 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Vilnius Marathon 2016

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Thursday 15 September 2016 18:45

Vilnius Marathon 2016

Sunday September 11th 2016 I ran the beautiful Vilnius Marathon in Lithuania, one of several marathons and countries in the former Eastern Europe that I have had my eyes on for quite some time. To put it really short: I loved it ! The old city of Vilnius was very pleasant to stroll around in and the running event was very well organized. I give Vilnius Marathon my very best of recommendations.

Vilnius Marathon 2016 - Tor Rønnow

See or relive Vilnius Marathon 2016 here (Lithuanian version here):

Vilnius Marathon 2016 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Vilnius Marathon 2016 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Vilnius Marathon 2016 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
ビリニュスマラソン2016 – TorのRønnowの写真(日本)
Vilnius Marathon 2016 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Vilnius Marathon 2016 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Vilnius Marathon 2016 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Vilnius Marathon 2016 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Vilnius Marathon 2016 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)
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