Thinking of Copenhagen Half Marathon makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, more so than any other race. When I ran it in 2015 it was my second ever race; we mixed it into a city break and I remember being so full of excited but nervous emotions before hand. It rained silly before hand, so much so that our socks and trainers were soaked through but still, proved to be a really enjoyable race. A super duper flat one!
With such fond memories (and an undying love for Copenhagen) we couldn’t resist heading back to do it again this year, so just a few weeks before booked our places and our flights.
The weather was totally different this year; it was a gorgeous sunny September day and much warmer than expected. As much as I do love the sun, I actually prefer cooler, greyer climes when I’m running as I get SO DAMN HOT but I can’t really complain… I’m just being picky.
The route was as good as I remembered, flat throughout (some gentle downhills even!), a nice scenic route around the city, and with plenty of hydration points with energy drinks. Two things I should note are that some points get really narrow and slightly bottle-necked (not a problem for me who isn't forever PB-chasing, but perhaps irritating if you’re trying to get your best time), and that as a race, it’s a really FAST one — as in they re-open the roads after 3 hours so don’t go expecting to walk any of it!!
As I say, I wasn’t racing racing and with my calf struggles, I really wasn’t expecting a PB, so I was pretty chuffed to finish with 2:04:55, which is just 3 minutes shy of my personal best.
If you’re thinking of doing a half-marathon in 2017 though, be it your first one or just another one to tick off the list, I really do recommend Copenhagen Half Marathon. It’s the one that still holds the fondest place in my heart, and the bonus, the BIG BONUS, is that you get to explore Copenhagen afterwards!
I’ve got my updated Copenhagen guide coming soon so stay tuned to find out where to eat, sleep and shop.