|Permanent marathon course|
Temperatures were forecast as low as -21 during the week and there
|With RD Jürgen Lesch|
This was a free event (I'm not quite sure why) that seemed to rely on corporate sponsorship and voluntary contributions. That said, it had changing rooms with showers, well stocked aid stations with warm drinks every 7K, an option to get a bus back to the start every 7K and a fully stocked bar and food with massages at the end. Not bad for
|Good practice for NP marathon|
About 195 took part in this annual event and it had long been over
Article: Coburg Local Press Article
I guess they were fascinated by why a small, fat middle aged guy from Ireland had travelled over for the race. The RD's daughter Svenja (who had studied in the US) did translation
for me and the interview and photos were complete. After a rousing RD briefing in which I again got a mention and a round of applause we huddled outside ready for the off.
It was freezing at the start and it had started to snow. So quickly we were off.
|Fantatsic aid stations|
|Up the hill at 20m|
The course itself was surprisingly hilly with one particular climb at around 20 miles that was huge and crested and overlooked Coburg. This was really for me a survival event making it between aid stops and was very slow. I think this was mainly because it was my 4th in the last 2 weeks and my feet were in bits from the new shoes. It was also freezing, wet, muddy and hilly.
The Garmin wasnt great today again and I finished in just under 5hrs
|Fantastic forest section|
|And we are done|
After finishing I had a coffee and a Bratwurst and got quickly into the car to warm up. By the time I got back to Erfurt I was back to normal and enjoyed a very nice night out in the town with our German hosts.
It was a great experience. With free entry , reasonable flights and hotels it was also surprisingly affordable and I would strongly recommend it.
I've added someone elses route map for illustrative purposes
Coburg route and elevation profile
Nice Gallery of photos