Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022

Below my race report from the Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022, Greenland, including various tourist impressions from Ilulissat and the majestic Ilulissat Icefjord.

Ilulissat and the Icefjord
Ilulissat is the 3th largest city in Greenland and is beautifully situated at the Disco Bay in Greenland. The attraction of Ilullisat is besides the Icefjord the impressive views towards the ever changing ice mountains and the shifting waters of the Disco Bay. Mind you, that you have eyesight to mountains on the Disco Island +100 kms away!!

Visting a location above the Polar Circle in the end of May means: Midnight Sun! Thus, the photo below was taken our last night in Ilulissat at Midnight precisely. The other photos displays some of the other tourist stuff in Ilulissat, notably the Church of Zion and the birthhouse of the great polar explorer Knud Rasmussen, a true legend and a personality that ties the Danish and Greenlandic histories together. Other pictures again display the UNESCO Heritage site “Sermermiut” and the Ilulissat Icefjord itself. Just wow!

Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022 - Iliulissat, Greenland - Tor Rønnow
Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022

Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022
The running event featured a full and a half marathon Saturday evening and night under the midnight sun! The marathon took of at 21.00 hours Saturday evening, the half 1.5 hours later. Due to an unexpected amount of snow in the mountains/trails the route was technically very challenging, but actually also quite fun to deal with. I mean, running in such unique and scenic nature, how is that not a privilege? Let¨s just say I took my time… having focus on completing the race and adding Greenland to my list of marathon countries, count 58 with this one done. The event was well organized by Albatros Adventure Marathons and the many local helpers were kind and very patient this very long summer night.

If you are looking towards an extraordinary running experience, search no further! My best of recommendation for this tour and the bliss of Ilulissat and the Disco Bay.

See in the race report below just why you should add the Icefjord Midnight Marathon to your bucket list!

Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022- Ilulissat - Tor Rønnow
Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022

See or relive the Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022 here (and in norwegian):

Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022 – 圖片/照片由 Tor Rønnow 提供(中文)
Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022-写真/写真:TorRønnow(日本語)
Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2022 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Copenhagen Marathon 2022

Sunday May 15th I completed Copenhagen Marathon 2022. Find below my full race report.

Copenhagen Marathon 2022 - Tor Rønnow

Copenhagen Marathon 2022
Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2022 took off at Islands Brygge 09.30 AM in the Danish capital. The race day in Copenhagen was beautiful, sunny and not too hot for running and event records were set both on the male and female side. It was so nice to be back to “normality” after 2 years of COVID-19. Thus, lots of runners and spectators in the race report.

Copenhagen Marathon 2022 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Copenhagen Marathon 2022 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)
Copenhagen Marathon 2022 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Copenhagen Marathon 2022 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
2022 年哥本哈根馬拉松 – 圖片 / Tor Rønnow 攝(中文)
コペンハーゲンマラソン2022-写真/写真:TorRønnow(日本語)
Copenhagen Marathon 2022 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Copenhagen Marathon 2022 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Copenhagen Marathon 2022 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Copenhagen Marathon 2022 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)

Sofia Marathon 2021

Sunday October 10th 2021 I ran the Sofia Marathon in Bulgaria. Find below my full race coverage from the Bulgarian Capital. Due to rather poor weather I did not see much of the city or any touristic stuff, find however few pictures from the landmark no.1 in Sofia, namely the majestic Saint Alexander of Neva Patriarch’s Cathedral, and some impressions from the pedestrian street Vitosha Boulevard.

Helsingborg Marathon 2021 - Tor Rønnow

Wizz Air Sofia Marathon 2021
The Wizz Air Sofia Marathon started at 09.30 AM in the morning in grey and rather depressing weather.

The race course was a two-fold identical loop for the marathon distance and covered a few landmarks in the centre of Sofia but was otherwise not very uplifting, i.e. unless running on a highway takes you to heaven. That said, you got some good insight to the ordinary life (street- and housing wise) in this quite large city (approx. 1 million inhabitants) and as for the running some nice easy kilometers on asphalt.

The race is well organized and I am sure it will thrill more under a blue sky and sunny conditions.

See or relive Wizz Air Sofia Marathon 2021 here (and in bulgarian, macedonian, arabic, greek, albanian, turkish, russian, and serbian):

Sofia Marathon 2021 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Sofia Marathon 2021 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)
Sofia Marathon 2021 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Sofia Marathon 2021 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
Sofia Marathon 2021 – 照片 / Tor Rønnow 攝(中文)
ソフィアマラソン2021-写真/TorRønnowによる写真(日本語)
Sofia Marathon 2021 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Sofia Marathon 2021 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Sofia Marathon 2021 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Sofia Marathon 2021 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)

Guernsey Marathon 2021

Below my race report from Guernsey Marathon 2021, Guernsey, including various tourist impressions.

Guernsey and St. Peter Port
Guernsey? Well, according to Google, Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands in the English Channel near the French coast, and is a self-governing British Crown dependency. It’s known for beach resorts like Cobo Bay and the scenery of its coastal cliffs. Castle Cornet, a 13th-century harbor fortification in the capital of St. Peter Port, now contains history and military museums. Hauteville House is the lavish former home of French writer, Victor Hugo.

Great! To me, in addition, Guernsey is where you can see an Enigma Machine and where you can find peace of mind by just glaring at the Sea, the British Canal. The race report justifies this, I believe.

In short: I loved my few days in Guernsey very much!

Guernsey Marathon 2021 - Guernsey - Tor Rønnow
Guernsey Marathon 2021

Guernsey Marathon 2021
The event featured a full marathon Sunday plus a fun run and two types of marathon relay (2 or 5 runners). The organization was flawless, the weather was beautiful and the route was at many, many points extremely scenic, especially the views on the Sea, the Castles and the Loop Towers. Personally, I managed to book my best marathontime for the past 2 years and that on a somewhat hilly route with many turns and twists and, unfortunately, quite a lot of car and bus traffic on the roads.

See in the race report below just why you should add Guernsey Marathon to your bucket list!

Guernsey Marathon 2021 - Guernsey - Tor Rønnow
Guernsey Marathon 2021

See or relive the Guernsey Marathon 2021 here:

Guernsey Marathon 2021 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Guernsey Marathon 2021 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
Guernsey Marathon 2021 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Guernsey Marathon 2021 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Guernsey Marathon 2021 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Guernsey Marathon 2021 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Guernsey Marathon 2021 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
2021 年根西島馬拉松賽 圖片 / 圖片來自 Tor Rønnow(中文)
ガーンジーマラソン2021-TorRønnowによる画像/写真(日本語)
Guernsey Marathon 2021 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

HCA Marathon 2021

Sunday September 26th 2021 I ran the HCA Marathon in Odense, Denmark. Find below my full race coverage from a magnificient and quite tough day in the running shoes in the city of birth of the great Poet Hans Christian Andersen.

HCA Marathon Odense 2021 - Tor Rønnow

HCA Marathon 2021 (Odense, Denmark)
The HCA Marathon started at 10.00 AM in the morning and in great weather too. The race course covers most of the landmarks in and around Odense, however, not the childhood home of H.C. Andersen. The Marathon was also venue of the Danish Championships 2021 and probably due to this fact the crowd was spectacularly big and counted one of the best danish long distance runners of the past two decades, namely Jesper Faurschou, Olympic participant in London 2012. Jesper edged a well-deserved Silver Medal declaring defeat to the “new kid” Martin Egebjerg Olesen, who obviously completed in race in an outstanding performance through the two rounds; my warm congratulations to both Martin and Jesper, the race report even features a number of great shots of the two contenders.

It is also worth to mention the high-class organisation behind the event, I believe everything was just right and the staff and many helpers were cheerful and friendly throughout the day. Add to this a nice and often scenic route and plenty of spectators, well, at least during Round 1. In toto, yet another perfect race at HCA Marathon in Odense.

See or relive HCA Marathon 2021 here:

HCA Marathon (Odense) 2021 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
HCA Marathon (Odense) 2021 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)
HCA Marathon (Odense) 2021 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
HCA Marathon (Odense) 2021 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
HCA Marathon (Odense) 2021 – 照片來自 Tor Rønnow(中文)
HCAマラソン(オーデンセ)2021-写真:TorRønnow(日本語)
HCA Marathon (Odense) 2021 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
HCA Marathon (Odense) 2021 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
HCA Marathon (Odense) 2021 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
HCA Marathon (Odense) 2021 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)

Helsingborg Marathon 2021

Saturday September 4th 2021 I ran the Helsingborg Marathon in Sweden. Find below my full race coverage from a magnificient day in the running shoes.

Helsingborg Marathon 2021 - Tor Rønnow

Helsingborg Marathon 2021
The Helsingborg Marathon started at 10.00 AM in the morning and in great weather too. The race course covers a tiny but important part of the city center and then heads southwards for about 7 km. The route then folds back towards Helsingborg and beyond and passes a number of landmarks in the area including the famous Sofiero Castle before concluding the race at the brink of Oeresund in a spectacular manner.

The race is superbly organized, adventurous and also quite tough. A lot of very nice pain, indeed, but worth every scream.

See or relive Helsingborg Marathon 2021 here:

Helsingborg Marathon 2021 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Helsingborg Marathon 2021 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)
Helsingborg Marathon 2021 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Helsingborg Marathon 2021 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
赫爾辛堡馬拉松2021 – 圖片TorRønnow(中文)
ヘルシンボロマラソン2021 – TorRønnowの写真(日本語)
Helsingborg Marathon 2021 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Helsingborg Marathon 2021 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Helsingborg Marathon 2021 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Helsingborg Marathon 2021 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)

Marathon PopUp – Gentofte

Low budget – high quality
I do not usually bring local, low-budget races to my front page, but here’s an exception: a very nice set of pictures from the small race “Marathon PopUp“, the pictures featuring the “Gentofte” edition very close to my home, actually. If you ever visit Copenhagen and want to run a really cheap local race, check out Marathon PopUp for sure. And don’t be intimidated by language considerations, everyone in Denmark speaks English. From age 5.

Anyways, the Gentofte race Sunday May 30th 2021 was just splendid, high sun, no win, flat beautiful route by the sea and literally 5 minutes from home. Friends were also present, including Jesper Ølsgaard of Denmark running marathon no. 300, what an accomplishment. My congratulations and respect!

So thanks to Race Director Henrik Birkedal Hansen for a memorable day. Please enjoy the race report below.

Marathon PopUp Gentofte 2021 - Tor Rønnow
Marathon PopUp Gentofte 2021

See or relive the Marathon PopUp – Gentofte 2021, Denmark, here:

Marathon PopUp Gentofte_2021 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Marathon PopUp Gentofte_2021 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
Marathon PopUp Gentofte_2021 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Marathon PopUp Gentofte_2021 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Marathon PopUp Gentofte_2021 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Marathon PopUp Gentofte_2021 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Marathon PopUp Gentofte_2021 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Marathon PopUp Gentofte 2021 – Tor Rønnow 圖片(中文)
Marathon PopUp Gentofte 2021 – Tor Rønnow の写真 (日本語)
Marathon PopUp Gentofte_2021 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Jungle Run – South Coast Beach Marathon 2021

Marathon – after 6 dry m-months!
Below my race report from the Jungle Run -South Coast Beach Marathon 2021 held on Falster, Denmark, on April 25th. This was my first marathon in 6 months, it is 16 years since I had such a long period of time between races and back then it was between my marathons no. 3 and 4, ie. well before my marathon-“career” started. Add to the madness that I had extremely sparse training not only the last 6 but rather 8 months (for the usual obvious reasons). So – I was actually very nerveous whether I could even complete such a long distance and if, in what condition ?

Everything turned out great! It was a crazy scenic route: 8 km on the beach (!) starting out, then parts on soil and grass and then finishing off on 11 km on the beach again, this time with gusting strong head wind from the North and running in loose sand. Quite a challenge indeed. I ran slowly only to be in full mental control and it was – JUST GREAT !
See for yourself in the race report below.

Jungle Run South Coast Beach Marathon 2021 - Tor Rønnow
Jungle Run South Coast Beach Marathon 2021

See or relive the Jungle Run South Coast Beach Marathon 2021, Denmark, here:

Jungle Run South Coast Beach Marathon 2021 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Jungle Run South Coast Beach Marathon 2021 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
Jungle Run South Coast Beach Marathon 2021 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Jungle Run South Coast Beach Marathon 2021 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Jungle Run South Coast Beach Marathon 2021 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Jungle Run South Coast Beach Marathon 2021 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Jungle Run South Coast Beach Marathon 2021 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
叢林跑步2021年南海岸沙灘馬拉松-TorRønnow的圖片(中文)
ジャングルランサウスコーストビーチマラソン2021-TorRønnowの写真(日本語)
Jungle Run South Coast Beach Marathon 2021 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Boganmelselse: “Stine Rex – gør det simpelt”

GODT NYTÅR 2021
– og velkommen til en sikkert vanligt trist og grå januar måned, hvor vi alle har både lomme- og mavedelle-smerter i større eller mindre udstrækning, hvor vi forsøger at se fremad og med en passende blanding af positivisme og desperation har indledt planlægningen af detox-kure, træningsforløb og en masse tilsvarende, som netop i år vil gøre os til de perfekte, smukke mennesker, som vi altså ikke lige fik klaret alle de forgående (mange) år. Ja, ja.

Så hvad kunne være mere relevant end at læse en motiverende bog om at løbe, en hyggelig og inspirerende biografi om en endog meget dygtig løber, faktisk intet mindre end “Danmarks bedste ultraløber”, således leveret i bogen “Stine Rex – gør det simpelt”. Nærværende tjener som en introduktion og anmeldelse heraf.

OM BOGEN “STINE REX – GØR DET SIMPELT”
Udkommet på Forlaget mellemgaard 2020.
Kan købes her: https://www.bog-ide.dk/produkt/5306465/heidi-egeberg-johansen-stine-rex-goer-det-simpelt

FORFATTEREN
Heidi Egeberg Johansen er selv en habil hobbyløber med 135 maraton og en PR på 3.14 på sit CV, og Heidi er kendt for altid at løbe med et evigt smilende overskud og et smittende godt humør. Dét giver hun videre også i bogen, både på egne og Stines vegne; mere herom senere. Bogen er Heidis debut som forfatter, omend hun i flere år har begået en række velskrevne og berigende artikler på sin egen blog www.thegreatnessofrunning.dk, som varmt kan anbefales.

BOGENS INDHOLD OG STRUKTUR
Bogen består af en lang række korte, letlæste kapitler, der bevidner og dokumenterer Stine Rex forskellige meritter i sin færd med at blive “Danmarks bedste ultraløber”. Hvert kapitel kan læses som en lille historie for sig, og til sammen lægger de et puslespil, der belyser, hvad der for Stine Rex skulle til for at indfri sine imponerende bedrifter, her i blandt en række danmarksrekorder i forskellige ultraløbs-konkurrenceformer.

Personligt savner jeg en indholdsfortegnelse, så hér ses en sådan:

Forord – ved Thomas Kastrup Larsen, borgmester i Aalborg.
Indledning – Heidi Egeberg Johansen (forfatteren)
En ultraløber fødes, 24 timers løb, Sæby 2015
Stines vej til løb
Spartathlon – Grækenland 2016
Spartathlon – Grækenland 2017
Team Rex – Kristensen
Med Landsholdet til EM i 24 timers løb i Rumænien (2018)
Mors 100 Miles 2018
Idden om 3 danske rekorder på et år
48 timers løb, Icarus Florida UltraFest 2018
Træning, kost og udstyr
Ultraløbet UltraBalaton, Ungarn 2019
I hovedet på en ultraløber
Spartathlon – Grækenland 2019. Når tingene går galt
VM i 24 timers løb, Frankrig 2019
Om at være ultraløberen Stine
Sjove og oprigtige facts – Stine afslører:
48 timers rekordforsøg i Grækenland 2020
Hverdagens små mirakler
Badwater, USA 2020
48 timers støtteløb til fordel for DGI Huset, Aalborg, Fårup Sommerland maj 2020
Efterord
Stines sponsorer, der gør det muligt:
Fotokreditering

Uden hverken at afsløre eller forklejne indholdet, så er det klart, at de nævnte emner næppe har en meget bred interesse, men primært har langdistanceløbere som målgruppe.

Men er man ikke dét, langdistanceløber, så kan bogen stadigt inpirere: alene at plante tanken om at kunne løbe fx i 24 timer (og vidnesbyrdet om, at Stine kan og er en mester til det), det er i sig selv grænseoverskridende, når man tænker lidt over det. At LØBE i 24 timer! Jesus!

Sidst i anmeldelsen her er der lidt mere om, hvad bogen i sin essens giver fra sig, men overordnet kan man sige, at ovennævnte kapitler hver dokumenterer og beretter om de stævner/begivenheder, som overskrifterne indikerer.

SPROGET
Ganske som på forfatterens blog, så flyder sætningerne med overskud og nærvær, Stines oplevelser bliver levende på vores øjenlåg og stoffet formidles glasklart som en snaps, der umiddelbart varmer og strammer op. Man kommer til at lære Stine Rex – og hendes støttende, kære og for alle bedrifterne uundværlige famile – lidt at kende!

INDHOLD, BUDSKAB, TAKE-AWAY POINTS
Jeg tænker, Stine Rex og forfatteren Heidi Egeberg Johansen gerne vil overdrage læseren med bl.a. følgende (og uden at afsløre alt):

  • Hold et positivt mindset
  • Hav en målrettet og ubændig vilje; en “jeg-skal-vise-dig”-attitude
  • Selv store mål og bedrifter behøver ikke at være besværlige; det hander om blot at gøre det, der skal til
  • Hav din familie med og bag dig, når store mål skal udrettes (og stor ros til Stines trofaste familie)
  • Løb hver dag? Stine løber mellem 15-40 km hver eneste dag året rundt!!!

Så, er dette en bog for alle eller som blindt kan anbefales? Nej. Men den er for dig, som vil lære noget om en af Danmarks bedste, nuværende ultraløbere og som kan bruge et skud inspiration og godt humør, ikke blot her i sure januar måned, men absolut hele året rundt.

Tillykke med bogen, Heidi og Stine!

vh. Tor Rønnow

Running Hero

Running hero
Sometimes fun things happens in your life, take this article for instance where my danish running friend Heidi Johansen has the kindness to declare me as her “Running Hero”, no. XXIV in her series of this kind of said runners. Nevertheless, the article is based on an interview with me earlier this year and gives you some additional info that you usually find in my race reports. So thanks, Heidi, great stuff som the Greatness of Running.

Running Hero - Løbehelt - The Greatness of Running - Heidi Johansen -  2020 - Tor Rønnow

Read the “Running Hero”-article by Heidi Johansen here (copy on my site to allow translations):

Running hero – The Greatness of Running (Danish)
Running hero – The Greatness of Running (English)
Running hero – The Greatness of Running (Italiano)
Running hero – The Greatness of Running (Nederlandse)
Running hero – The Greatness of Running (Français)
Running hero – The Greatness of Running (Español)
Running hero – The Greatness of Running (Deutsch)
跑步英雄-跑步的偉大(中文)
ランニングヒーロー-ランニングの素晴らしさ(中国語)
Running hero – The Greatness of Running (Svenska)