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DAM GOOD

ANDREW SIMMS NAVIGATES THE COBBLED STREETS OF AMSTERDAM FOR A MARATHON DEBUT TO REMEMBER
Clockwise from here: runners set off from the Olympic Stadium; on your marks; race winner Daniel Wanjiru; the route takes in many of Amsterdam’s most iconic landmarks

Why go to Amsterdam for a marathon? My first thought was flat, really flat, although there are a few gradients and a range of cobbles, kerbs and tramlines (all much-discussed but, I found, overstated obstacles). You can also get there by train, so you don’t have to burn the climate in order to burn some foot rubber. In troubled times for Europe, Amsterdam remains one of the continent’s most laid-back cities, and the Dutch are as friendly as a freshly opened tulip.

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