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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.
Sunday October 28th 2018 I completed the Brussels Airport Marathon 2018 in Belgium. Find below my full race coverage plus some tourist impressions from beautiful Brussels.
Brussels city contains the very picturesque Grand Place (on the UNESCO World Heritage list) including numerous extremely beautiful facades, buildings, City Hall and what not. In addition Brussels sports the famous sculpture “Manneken Pis” as well as the headquarters for EU and NATO. You find a lot of nice cafés and chokolade shops and getting a beer is also not too difficult. So what’s not to like ?
Brussels Airport Marathon 2018
Brussels Airport Marathon 2018 was in two words: COMPLETELY AWESOME
The event took off from the Parc du Cinquantenaire and took the runners on a tour de force of scenic places in the belgian capital and nearby sorroundings. The route was VERY HILLY and came by a number of the most important landmarks in Brussels. Alongside maraton it was possible to run half marathon and a kids run. I give this event the very very, very best of my recommendations and you will understand from the race report just why. This is just so much a MUST DO race!
See or relive Brussels Airport Marathon 2018 here:
Sunday September 16th 2018 I completed the Copenhagen Half Marathon 2018. Find below my full race coverage including pictures from the press conference with the elite runners.
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2018
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2018 is now an IAAF Gold Label Race and this past Sunday it completely met the expectations for such an event. The stellar elite field blasted away in the streets of Copenhagen, no less than eight men finished below 60 minutes (never happened before in the same race) and on the female side Sifan Hassan won in a new european record time!
And the rest of us ? We just had a superb day in the danish capital as you will understand from the report that takes you through the whole deal as if you were really there yourself.
See or relive Copenhagen Half Marathon 2018 here:
Sunday August 12th 2018 I completed the Isle of Man Marathon 2018 . Find below my full race coverage from this at places rather scenic race .
Isle of Man Marathon 2018
Isle of Man Marathon 2018 was a tough challenge due to the unlikely hot and humid conditions on the race day and due to the uneven scewed roads (and with full public traffic!) On the personal note the trip was further destroyed by a missed plane in London, Gatwick and high extra expenses for the trip overall and the lost Friday and Saturday in Isle of Man. Furthermore, I was hampered by great pains during the run and I guess too poor training efforts as well, which took me somewhat by surprise.
So unfortunately, the Isle of Man Marathon 2018 goes down as one of my worst both travel and running experiences ever, and I have a hard time to recommend this race or target of travel destination to anyone.
See or relive Isle of Man Marathon 2018 here:
Sunday June 16th 2018 I completed the Tromsø Midnight Sun Marathon 2018 in Norway. Find below my full race coverage from this unique race under the midnight sun.
Tromsø Midnight Sun Marathon 2018
Tromsø Midnight Sun Marathon 2018 was a tough challenge in inclement weather and with sparse enjoyment of the magnificient views on the norwegian mountains around Tromsø. The event was, however, superbly organized and it was of course quite special to run in the midnight sun indeed. I was lucky to shoot better photos of the lovely and scenic nature at Tromsø the day after the race and I will try to return another year in the hope for better weather and a clear sky. All this said, I am quite happy with this litlle norwegian adventure.
See or relive Tromsø Midnight Sun Marathon 2018 here (and in norwegian):
Sunday May 20th 2018 I completed the Riga Marathon 2018 in Latvia. Find below my full race coverage plus some tourist impressions from beautiful Riga.
Riga City contains the very picturesque Old City (on the UNESCO World Heritage list) including numerous extremely beautiful facades, buildings, churches and what not. In addition Riga city and it’s sorroundings is very green with many parks and nice areas to simply sit and enjoy life. The price level in the latvian capital here is very affordable and I surely recommend – and look forward to my next – visit.
Riga Marathon 2018
Riga Marathon 2018 was in two words: COMPLETELY AWESOME
The event took off from the foot of the Riga Castle and took the runners on a tour de force of scenic places in the latvian capital. The route was fairly flat and sportet most of the major landmarks in Riga. Alongside maraton it was possible to run half marathon and 5 and 10 K. I give this event the very very, very best of my recommendations and you will understand from the race report just why. This is just so much a MUST DO race!
See or relive Riga Marathon 2018 here (and in latvian):
Monday May 7th 2018 I completed the Belfast Marathon 2018 in Northern Ireland. Find below my full race coverage plus some tourist impressions from Belfast.
Both the location and the beauty of Belfast city took me by a complete surprise: what a lovely and friendly city indeed! I have a hard time to understand the troubles this capital and region was though in the IRA-period and how these extremely friendly habitants of Belfast are tied to their sad past of terror and war on religions. It makes me very sad that generations of children have grown up here in hatred and fear. Well, that makes me sad for all over the world, but as a child of the 70-ties the IRA and bombings the awareness of this particular conflict is still in mind. I remember movies like “In the Name of the Father” and the fear of travelling to London and reports of school kids being murdered in the streets. Why ? Give up your children or others children – for … what ? Tell me again. I just don’t get it, I will never accept it and this trip to this wonderful city makes it even less understandable: I simply LOVED Belfast!
Titanic Belfast is the most wanted attraction anno 2018, so they say. This somewhat new museum sports the history and making of the legendary ship Titanic and is also from an architechtural point of view a visit worth while. I have tried not to spoil too much in my report, rather hint just how wonderfully interesting Titanic Belfast is. You should visit Belfast just for this and to be honest, Belfast Titanic is the reason why I did just everything to get into the Belfast Marathon this year. Not to take away gold from thr Belfast Marathon – that was a great event too, as you can read below.
Belfast Marathon 2018
Belfast Marathon 2018 took of at 9 AM Monday morning of the bank holiday. The event was nicely organized and no less than 37.000 participated in the combined events including the marathon relay. The route was scenic at times and overall very demanding, sporting a whooping 259 height meters up and 235 down, making me wanna cry during the last couple of miles. The route also covered some of the “troubled” parts of Belfast with reference to the IRA-period and the sad religion war /history, cf. above. But see for yourself in the full race report below to make your own impressions of the Belfast Marathon 2018.
See or relive Belfast Marathon 2018 here: