wo. okt 27th, 2021

Hi everyone,

How is life?

Did you also enjoy the marathon of Rotterdam and the great performance of Bashir Abdi?

I hope so! 🙂

I can be brief about the first 20 minutes of the marathon: I missed them.

But after that, I enjoyed every single minute. The leading group came through in less than 1h02! When Marius Kipserem suddenly accelerated, I feared the worst. But Bashir remained calm, and we know what happened: in 2:03:36, he set a new European Record, and he is the first European to run under 2:04!

So, let’s talk about Seville 🙂

My wife & myself have been on holiday there, and I thought, why not run the marathon there?

On holiday in Seville, temperatures were quite hot, above 40 degrees Celsius.

Let’s hope it will be a little bit cooler on February 20 :-).

The team lead of Team Fischer will join the trip, Benny summarized as follows:

  • Fast marathon ✅
  • Start 830✅
  • Bottled water, not cups ✅
  • 🔴🔴🔴✅
  • Sangria gin post marathon ✅✅

One teammate from Team Fischer (Glenn) wrote:

Very nice experience, in 2020, this was one of the last marathons before everything closed … It was a flat and fast course. In the morning it was 13 degrees and at the finish it was 19 degrees. In the afternoon it was just over 20 degrees, ideal sangria weather! 😁

The organization itself says, in all modesty:

In the Maraton de Sevilla there will be 10,000 runners. It has a spectacular circuit, the flattest in Europe, that passes through the most emblematic places in the city such as the Plaza de España, Torre del Oro, La Giralda, Maria Luisa Park or La Maestranza. The Maratón de Sevilla is perfect to achieve a great time due to its flat circuit at sea level, and protected from the wind, the climate of the city in late February, the beautiful course that returns to the historic and touristic area with more public, the excellent attention to runners recognized by participants and institutions, and because Seville offers all the touristic conditions for the visitors to live a unique week. (From: Sevilla Marathon 2022 (zurichmaratonsevilla.es )

What seemed nice to me: there is only one race, the marathon.

On www.racecheck.com I found little feedback, only 4 people shared their experience:

1. James: “Flat, fast, fantastic crowds and great value for money!”

2. Jamie: “This was a very enjoyable event with real value for money. At the expo you’re given a free voucher to help yourself to as much pasta as you care for in the next exibition hall, which also included bottles of water, some nuts and an orange. You’re also given a goody bag which included a windbreaker training top, ideal for winter. The route is very well supported and the aid stations plentiful (…). Many bananas were dished out at these as well. You get to run around many of the sites of Seville and past Real Betis football stadium. The weather was perfect, excellent running weather. The course was flat as a pancake, so every chance a PB can be achieved

3. Matthew: “Lovely event, good weather, so I didn’t need to take kit bag to the start. Flat course. Great to run through the city towards the end. Of course great to have free beer at the end!”

4. Andy: “Seville is well worth a visit (lovely food and wine) and the marathon is definitely worth entering. Dropped into the expo from the airport, it’s close, so worth getting this done before you head into the city. Expo well organized, easy bib pick up, etc. We stayed in the old town and was an easy few km walk in on race day. Plenty of space in the stadium for last minute getting ready and then out to the road for the race start. Race bib coloring denotes which section you start from and mine didn’t seem overly busy and people seem to have placed themselves appropriately so a nice smooth start. Race route is probably not the most inspiring with thin crowds as it is an early start, but it is flat (really flat!), and so fast. There are pacers on the course although I missed the one that I had been expecting to pass as ran an 8 min negative split, but didn’t see the 3.15 balloon (almost certainly my miss). Last 10k the route really picks up, suddenly from open straight motorway you hit palace, parks, into town and fantastic crowd support. It’s a great pick up. Water stations are well placed and well organised. Overall I definitely recommend this race. Well priced, in a lovely city that’s well worth visiting and always that chance of a pb!”

So, only 4 stories?

If you have any experience with Seville and its marathon, I’d love to hear from you!

With kind regards,

Peter

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