Would appreciate any information from people who have run this race. the race is advertised as a fast flat course, with the highest elevation said to be 50m.
Would be really grateful for any info from anyone who has run it, or knows of people that run it? Did you run a PB there? Well organized?
Thanks in advance.
I ran there in 2004. You'll have to ask whether the course has change appreciably since that time.
It was a very fast course with some mild, gradual undulations to vary the stress on the legs.
The entire process was extemely well organized and Hamburg is a beautiful city. It is a world class event with world class runners at the front and major media attention in Europe.
I was on the first legs of my quest to break 3 hours and ran a 9 minute PB(3:12 to 3:03) despite the jet lag - I arrived tired on Friday morning before the race, from Pittsburgh via Chicago and London.
A great experience, overall and I've always wondered why Americans don't run the race as often as Paris, London, Rotterdam and Rome.
|Off the Grid|
I ran a PR there in 2007
Great course, very well organized.
It is fast, not too many turns. there are a few undulations around 10k and at 35k. Otherwise it is very level.
Great support, lots of water, excellent recovery area.
Its a big race, very well run, and still has a low key feel. Very deep +50-60 under 2:30
FROM IAAF WEBSITE... WILL BE QUICK THIS YEAR.
Sub-2:06 men Yami and Dawit lead the field
With 13 men under 2hrs 10min (two under 2:06) enlisted for the race, the revamped organising committee are hoping, if not expecting two course records, in order to underline their case to be considered one of the world’s best marathons.
Course records belong to four-time winner, Spaniard Julio Rey, who ran 2:06:52 six years ago, and Irina Timofeyeva of Russia, who clocked 2:24:14 in 2008. Leading contenders to attack those marks are Dadi Yami of Ethiopia, who ran 2:05:41 in Dubai in January, and his colleague Shami Dawit who finished just one second behind him. There are three more sub-2.07 men, Kenyans Evans Cheruiyot (2:06:25) and Paul Biwott (2:06:54), and Ethiopian Chele Dechase (2:06:33), plus former world 10,000m champion, Charles Kamathi of Kenya, whose marathon best is 2:07:33.
Guta the favourite in women's field
The women’s field this year doesn’t quite have the same depth, but organisers are hoping that proven winner Robe Guta of Ethiopia (first in Seoul, twice, and in Hamburg 2006) can improve on her best of 2:24:35.
In a statement from their launch press conference Wednesday (21), Jos Hermens, whose Global Sports company has been enlisted by organisers to upgrade the event, said, “After some difficult years Hamburg Marathon now is back to where it belongs. It will again challenge to belong among the top 10 best marathons worldwide, as it has done in the past."
“Having said that, the aim this year is to break both course records. That ambition is underlined by having two sub-2:06 men in the field, both in this year’s top ten. We also want to accommodate the top German runners as much as possible, both Falk Cierpinski and Martin Beckmann, who will try to run the Olympic Games qualifier (2:12).
“The 2012 Haspa Marathon Hamburg will be an important edition for the organization to show that they are back running a quality marathon with some one million spectators along the course; and about 14,000 runners, with over 4000 more in relays.”
|Hamburg is great|
Having run Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Rotterdam in Europe, I believe that Hamburg is the best race out of those.
Berlin is slightly faster, but Hamburg has much better crowd support, and it's a much more beautiful city than both Berlin and Rotterdam.
I liked Hamburg a lot lot better than Rotterdam.