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!
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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.
Sunday March 3rd 2019 I completed the Antalya Marathon 2019 in Turkey. Find below my full race coverage plus a few tourist impressions from Antalya.
Antalya City and Old Town Antalya City took me by surprise by it’s large size and non-tourist impression. However, Antalya sports the Old Town and many landmarks herein, including the famous Hadrian’s Gate (a leftover from the Roman Empire) and beautiful views towards the Mediterranean Sea. The costline is packed with the large tourist hotels and people visit Antalya and the area not only for the beaches but also for excursions and playing golf. For sure, Antalya is a pleasant place to visit.
Antalya Marathon 2019 Antalya Marathon 2019 was a very well organized event featuring a half marathon, a full marathon and a 10 K race. The route was an out-home strech, quite scenic at places and along several of the landmarks in and nearby Antalya City.
Friday January 18th 2019 I completed the Muscat Marathon 2019 in Oman. Find below my full race coverage plus some tourist impressions from the surprisingly amazing and friendly country of Oman.
Muscat City and Wadi Al Shab Oman is just south of Saudi Arabia and that itself might put some prejudicial fears into you, but let´s get it straight right from the top: Oman is a SUPER friendly, interesting and nice country to visit. I had only like three days and quickly realized that I could easily have used 2-3 weeks to exhaust all the stuff there is to explore in this gem of a Gulf State. There is simply everything! A vast, beautiful sea line, desserts, mountains, luxury hotels and malls to fulfill any desire and a warm and friendly outlife on cafées, restaurants etc. As you will find in the report I undertook a 10 hours tourist tour Saturday after the marathon and amongst things I visited was one of the major landmarks in Oman, namely the incredible Wadi Al Shab. I am sure the pictures will blow you away!
Muscat Marathon 2019 Muscat Marathon 2019 somewhat unexpected turned out to be an insanely warm and humid experience; even the locals suffered! The race took off from Al Mouj at 6.30 AM Friday morning and the route was partly scenic and partly less so. It was, however, nicely flat all the way and the helpers were friendly and forthcoming. There was a time limit of 6 hours which I just barely met, but grace was given to the last few runners needing a bit more time. I guess the biggest WOW of the event was the chance to meet former elite runner Paula Radcliffe at the race EXPO, I was lucky enough to get a few pictures and a short chat. Great! Radcliffe is of the opinion that Muscat Marathon belongs on any runners bucket list, read about that here.
Sunday December 9th 2018 I completed the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018 in Singapore. Find below my full race coverage plus some tourist impressions from the beautiful and amazing Singapore.
The first thing that strikes you in Singapore is: the heat! Boy, this is a warm place to be! The second thing is the business and mobile fixation of merely EVERYBODY, and thirdly the tidyness and order all around. Beware, if you leave something (trash) on the street, you will get fined, prosecuted and go to jail! For real!
But make no mistake: Singapore is an amazing city to visit, lots of impressive malls and shops, a beautiful skyline and of course the luxurious Bay area including the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the Merlion and the Fullerton hotels. As seen in the report I also visited Chinatown, Singapore and Little India and the Gardens by the Bay.
Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018
Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018 was an insanely warm and humid experience taking off from the Singapore Formula One track at 04.30 AM and with temperatures reaching 32 degrees C during the race. Even at the start it was too warm for running (under “normal conditions”) but still I managed to run until the sun arose at around 7 AM. The route was partly scenic and the fixpoint throughout the day was for sure the majestic Marina Bay Sands building.
Sunday November 18th 2018 I completed the Radisson Blu Larnaka International Marathon 2018 in Cyprus. Find below my full race coverage plus some tourist impressions from beautiful Larnaka.
Larnaka is one of the oldest cities/settements in the western civilization and points towards Greece in many ways. However, the top-1 attraction remains the beautiful Church of Saint Lazarus (widely covered in my report) not to mention the views of the sea and the relazed atmosphere in this very small city. As seen, I also visited the Kamares Aqueduct and the Larnaca Salt Lake and a few other places of general interest.
Radisson Blu Larnaka International Marathon 2018
Radisson Blu Larnaka International Marathon 2018 was a really good experience runningwise: nice, scenic route, well organized and an event with several distances, thus with a “family” appeal. The races took off from the Town Hall in Larnaka and passed most of the landmarks in and sorrunding the city, worth mentioning is the mosque Hale Sultan Tekke, the Salt Lake and, of course, the beautiful Mediterranian Sea. It is for sure a somewhat long journey from central Europe to Cyprus and Larnaka but I think the race fully justifies a trip.
See or relive Radisson Blu Larnaka International Marathon 2018 here (and in greek, turkish and hebrew):