Hello lovely people!!
Those who know me a bit longer already know that I love to run. It is a great sport which you can do anywhere, without having to have a lot of equipment. Except a good pair of running shoes and some active wear for sure. ;)
Anyway, since I moved to the Netherlands last year, I participated at a few races:
There were all really well organized and I looked forward to participate at the next one- the half marathon at „CPC Loop The Hague“! I have been to The Hague for a one-day trip last year and could not wait to go there again. Will, my friend with whom I participated at a few races last year already, signed up for a 10km race and we looked forward to participate at another race. One week before, participants with residence in the Netherlands received their race number via post which I found really convenient.
On the racing day I had a huge breakfast consisting of pasta with avocado, tomatoes and some yoghurt. I was really stuffed, but my race started quite late, so I had some time to digest. Will arrived at about 10.20 at my place and after having some tea we headed to The Hague by car. We were a bit late, however we were lucky and could find a parking spot quite easily.
Will started his race at 12.20 instead of 12.00. My start was at 14.30, so it was perfect to check out the location and enjoy the great weather in the meantime. It was a sunny day and I was glad to spend some time outside as it was raining a lot the last few days. I decided to stay close to the finish line and to check out the location. There were a lot of tents located next to each other (changing facilities, bag storage, etc.), a climbing wall for kids, a flower stand, a lovely coffee wagon and two tents where the finisher could take pictures. All facilities were pretty close to each and easy to find.
I followed Will’s pace on the "CPC Loop The Hague App" which showed his average pace, distance and expected finish time. The app made it easy for me to get to the finish line in time for cheering and taking some pictures of course! :)
It was really easy to spot him as he was wearing a bright orange shirt. Will finished his first 10km race in 00:42:22! Congratulations!! :D
As there was still some time left before my race started, we walked back to the car to get changed again and decided to go for a coffee before I got started. After having discovered a tiny part of den Haag, we found a lovely coffee place where one could sit outside with a great view to the canal called „Martes“. We sat down for a while, but already had to leave quite soon as I needed to get to the start line.
I got to my starting block in time and was excited to start the race. The atmosphere was great and I could spot runners from different countries.
It was the first time for me participating at a race with a GPS watch, the Garmin Forerunner 235. It was really convenient, as I could always check my pace and distance. Nevertheless, I ran the first kilometer more quickly than I planned to, but it was not too bad as I could still get faster when I got close to the finish line. After running 1:50:03 I arrived at the finish line. Hurray! :)
All in all, I really enjoyed participating at the race. The route was beautiful and I saw many charming parts of Den Haag. I especially loved the part with the view of the sea.
There were water stations at about every 5km. I had some water each time to stay hydrated as I did not ran with my own water supply. The „Smart Drinking System“, which I knew from the Rotterdam marathon last year, was used. It is a patented drink system designed by the industrial department of the TU Delft. Basically, it is a cup filled with water and „closed“ by a sponge with two small triangles on the side, allowing the runner to drink while running without spilling water. The sponge can be used to refresh oneself. It works really well and I did not spill any water when I was running.
It was a great race, so if you ever plan to do participate at a race in The Hague, I definitely recommend to sign up. :)
Facilities(toilet, shower): 4/5 as no shower was available, but there were plenty of mobile toilets and I never had to wait for a long time
Care along the route: 5/5 - There was always more than sufficient water and power drinks available on each stand. Furthermore the was always a sign visible for water stands 200 and 100 meter ahead.