17 Oct

Daniel Shows Dutch Courage

Colin ThomasOver 12,000 runners set off from the Dutch capital’s Olympic Stadium in glorious sunshine for yesterday’s (Sunday 16 October) Amsterdam Marathon. The still conditions and flat course translated into fast times, with Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru setting a new course record of 2:05:21 to win his first marathon.

Wanjiru’s victory came as no surprise to the 24-year-old, who admitted: “I was expecting it. My training had been going very well. I was expecting to come and run my fastest race here.

“I had a plan but in the race you can expect anything to happen. The weather was very nice for running.”

Adding: “This is my first title in the marathon and I have to remember this event in the future.”

Wanjiru was joined on the podium by compatriots Sammy Kitwara (2:05:45) and Marius Kimutai (2:05:47).

In the women’s race, Ethiopia’s Meselech Melkamu saw off competition from Abebech Afework (2:24:26) and Eunice Chumba (2:25:00) to win in 2:23:21. The midpoint runner was Mikael Munch in 3:02:44.

There was a large British contingnent at the race, including runABC contributor Colin Thomas (pictured centre). He commented afterwards: “There was stunning weather for the marathon. A well organised race and a pleasure to start and finish in the Olympic Stadium. Some nice scenery as the route headed south out of the city to the halfway point then turned back towards the city dissecting some major tourists routes before the end. Unfortunately, large areas of the course were unsupported and we heard reports of people in the masses having to queue up at water stations.”

Colin Thomas finished the race in 2:35:01.

For a full list of results go to our race listings page.