Amsterdam Marathon and Half Marathon Results and Report 2018

Race Date: Sunday 21st October 2018

This was my fifth international running event with ‘Peggy’s tours’ – and an excellent time was had by all – Richard Pegg had kindly sorted everyone out, and the trip came with ‘repeated Dad-jokes-a-plenty’ courtesy of Peggster and Goldstar productions.

The weekend has three events – a marathon, a half and a city 8k. We all agreed that the support and course were good (Holland being notably flat so good PB potential) – with excellent ‘perk-you-up’ music at regular intervals. The finish in the stadium was a particular high, as it felt like everyone was cheering you in! Downsides were the busyness of the course (and the exit at the end), – the half was particularly congested from the ‘business half marathon event’ – which basically meant avoiding loads of exhausted corporate runners walking by the 4km point.

Amsterdam Marathon

Three of the group completed the Amsterdam marathon, which was in the morning. The conditions were perfect – not too hot or cold, and little wind. Special Kudos to Richard Pegg after months of making sure we all had our events sorted had failed to book himself in.  However, as luck would have it, despite being in recovery from a nasty injury, a place came up from one ‘Hugo Adolfo’ for the marathon at 8pm the night before. Richard had already been liquid carb-loading and thought his ‘marathon jog’ would be an excellent step up from his 10k completed the week before.  Kudos also to John Rawlinson, who was ‘pulling out’ the Saturday night due to a serious groin injury which left him ‘unable to walk’ – yet somehow managed a really good, fast race. Extreme maranoia! Mir Jansen also had a good run, clocking in another sub 4 marathon.

Lawrence Cherono the Amsterdam Marathon with a time of 2:04:06 setting a new course record.  The women’s race also saw a repeat win for last year’s victor, with Tadelech Bekele crossing the finish line in 2:23:14.

Marathon results.

Name Pos Cat Time
James Garner


M 03.07.52
John Rawlinson 3101 M50 03:34:51
Mir Jansen 6520 V50 03:59:33
Richard Pegg 11128 M55 04:56:43

Amsterdam Half-Marathon

The half marathon was in the afternoon – which meant there was time for a few of us half marathon runners to go and admire the front runners, as well as cheer on fellow marathon running Striders.  We all got especially excited when we saw a Strider who we didn’t know was there run past around the 3.05 pacer. Other than that, it was fun cheering on runners – it felt like a very nationally diverse field which was great – and lots of Brits had travelled over too. We even saw author Haruki Murakami run past. John and Mir ran past looking comfortable, our own ‘Hugo Adolfo’ stopped for a quick chat to check we were all OK.

There were some strong performances from the half marathon runners – PBs from Mark Jackson, Ang Jackson, and Sophie Reale (and Peggy’s pal Carl).  Abel Tsegay won the mens’ half in 01:07:53, Zsanett Móczó won the ladies race in 01.20.18. Hot on their tails were 8 Striders.

Half Marathon Results

Name Pos Cat Time
Joanna Carnie




Sophie Reale




Angela Jackson




Michael O’Donnell




Naomi Rabin




Mark Jackson




Nancy Stuart




Nicole Nield




Full results, photos, and a range of other stats available here.

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