European & Dutch
Champion Long Distance
And new WORLDRECORD:13 (Thirteen!) TIMES
Sub 9.00.000 8:51:13
Challenge Almere/ Amsterdam, my A race for this season, not only the Dutch
Championship, but also the European Championship and added to that of
course outside all of this, already a important race for me as it’s in my home
To race in the Netherlands is always so special. The emotions are
huge and I’m all over the place leading up to this race.
The week prior to the event I felt butterfly’s in my belly that I normally only
feel while thinking of my boyfriend :-) hahahaha
Racing in front of and with your family, friends that I have my whole life, Dutch fans
etc just gives me goose bumps.
I put so much pressure on myself as I had set my goals high, I not only
wanted to win this event but also wanted to get that under 9 hours again and
more important for me personally, I WANTED that course record that was
standing since 1999, 8:56 and a bit. In 2007 I raced Almere and won in a time
off 8:57, 1 minute shy of this record..... It has always stayed with me as the
question why I didn’t run that minute faster. I wanted this course record on
my name so badly........
I have bin (as usual) a bit big mouthed that I was going to reach all these
goals, but to then really deliver is just such a great feeling.