Writer: Robert Gerritsen, Photographer: Bert Oldenburg, Videographer: Mark
Leonel Ramalho has taken the victory in the 46th edition of the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon in a time of 01.37.28.36. In the final sprint he just stayed ahead of Stephane Boulanger and Adrian Boros.
The mass start with over 100 people turned out rather chaotic, even killing the chances to win the race for one of the favourites Sean Rice who capsized at the start line. Despite this bad luck Sean managed to get the 8th place as one of the first coming in from the chasing group.
With the bottleneck section under the bridge after one kilometre we could see different big packs of racers, a leading pack with four French, Ramalho and Boros. The French group of Stephane Boulanger, Quentin Urban, Jeremy Candy and Edwin Lucas had the advantage of their numbers making it possible to dominate a big section of the race.
Lizzie Broughton won another edition of the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon in the final sprint. Setting the first ever senior ladies long distance time at 01.47.52.54. Only one of the master men, Joep van Bakel, has been able to beat this time. So we can easily say that the top ladies have given many men a very tough race! In a post-race interview Lizzie stated:
“The start was interesting, super wavy. At the the narrow section just behind the tunnel I had to turn to survival mode to get through the waviest section I’ve ever raced in. Sofia took the lead in the first part, but I managed to catch up after four kilometres by using the waves of some of the guys. I’m a happy kayaker now to race along with the men and taking home yet another win!
It’s the fifth consecutive time that Lizzie managed to win this race!
The master men category was won by freshman Master Joep van Bakel. The first Dutch competitor to finish with a time of 01.42.02,79. A time that would have placed him in the 14th spot overall, a big achievement! Second in the master category came in Dutchman Olaf Heijne with the ‘master of masters’ Erik Verduyckt taking a third place in the masters category.
In the junior men’s category Matthias Majores took home this years’ win with the second place for Olivier Ost and in third Sakke Mattila. The long journey the Finnish team has made to race at the Marathon has proven successful with that third place for Sakke.
Looking back at this year’s race Keith Moule, who raced for the sixth year in a row said: ”It’s the best warm up race for the international racing season, some guys have had assessment races by now, so it’s a good early test, and you get to race with some of the best guys of many different countries. I will be back next year!”
All of this has been made possible by the generous contribution of our sponsors: De Coogh Funderingstechnieken, Kanocentrum Arjan Bloem and Nelo Kayaks. Another big thanks for our event suppliers Gomes, Red Bull and Vaikobi Ocean Performance.