The Netherlands, team results from 2021 IAU 6H Virtual Global Solidarity Weekend
We are pleased to share with you the results from The Netherlands. There were 3 women and 5 men taking part of the event with aggregated distance just below 510 km. Well done !!!
van der Vliet
van der Land
In additon we share short presentation on the runners and few words from them
Pascal van Norden and Martijn Klaasse
Due to minor injuries, Martijn and Pascal ran for 2 hours. At the end of April they will take revenge and will run the full 6 hours.
Christiaan van Meurs
Pleased to have been able to participate in the IAU Global Solidarity Run this weekend for #teamNL. It's been quite a year and the absence of running events took a toll on my running. However, in the light of the major challenges the world faced that's an insignificant issue. Started training again in January which meant there wasn't much time to prepare, but I did manage to get a few decent long runs in. Race day:
My father accompanied me during a long 80K tour in the beautiful region Twente in the East of the Netherlands. I carefully planned the route to avoid road crossings and traffic lights. This meant I did have to run quite some overpasses and tunnels which in the later stages did put some strain on my thighs. First four hours a solid pace, after 60k things went in the wrong direction where I had to slow down. But that was to be expected and luckily I did avoid coming to a stop completely and managed to keep a decent pace, resulting in 77.130k (47.92 miles) after exactly 6 hours. A thanks to the IAU for creating this IAU 6H Virtual Global Solidarity Run, I am honored to have done this and been part of an event for a bigger cause.
Selina van der Vliet
After running a lot of marathons, I discovered trail running and last year I ran my first 100km. Nice to join this 6h-run, although it is in a strange situation. The weather was good, 5 degrees Celsius, the sun shined the first hours and till the afternoon less wind. I had chosen for a base round of approx. 15km. On the way, I had the possibility to shift here and there or to run on the contrary. I achieved 75,140 km after 6 hours running and I am satisfied with the result.
At a quarter past eight I left with my father for DRW Mood studios to prepare me for the 6 hours IAU Global Solidarity Run. This weekend 368 runners from 33 countries will participate.
Put down the clock of Atletics Nijverdal and drew a starting line. We started exactly 9:00 am. At "yes" my father pressed the clock and I pressed my watch. It is virtual, so the distance is measured via my watch with GPS. I myself measured the course with a measuring wheel and it is 1.25km. My father kept track of every lap. My goal was 75 km, so 4.48 min / km, 12.5 km / h. It was still chilly, 2 degrees, but started in shorts and in the beginning still wearing a jacket.
The first kilometers went in 4:45 min / km, so well below 4:50 min / km. It was quite busy on the industrial estate, because the municipal waste collection point was in the round.
I got through the marathon in 3 hours 21 minutes. The 50 km in 3 hours 58 minutes. After 4 hours of running the pace became more difficult and kilometers 52 and 53 were again in 4:53 and 4:54. Then the pace picked up again around 4:48 min / km. 60 km in 4 hours 47. There were also supporters, great. Now persevere and the kilometers even went in 4:44 and 4:39 min / km. Yes reached the 75 km and also the 6 hours (75.05 km). Achieved my goal and a super personal record.
Response from Leonie on Facebook. “Thank you all for the nice, sweet, beautiful comments! THANKS! Funny, this morning still in a victoryrush, especially because it was pointed out to me that, if run in an official race with a Jones Counter measured round, it would have the best distance in the women's category 45-50 6 hours worldwide ..... a world record, that sounds nice!
But during my evening shift just with both feet on the ground again .... then you are again busy with things that really matter ....... and that's a good thing! When my colleague asked me "How are you now?", I asked "why?" "Well, you had a run yesterday, right?" Oh yes, that's true ....
Again, thank you everyone, great fun to be put in the limelight, but now back to the order of the day.”
Karel Hageman ran a local loop of 5,40km in Eindhoven. This loop goes around the local lake and recreational swimming pond Aquabest. His training buddies from Eindhoven Atletiek supported him.
The run started around 7:00am to 13:00pm. On the same loop, one of the club trainers organized a virtual 2-person half marathon with variable start times. Therefore, Karel was supported and cheered on during the duration of the run.
It was fantastic running weather. Sunny, cold and almost no wind.
His 80+km goal was in sight. After a big dip around 30k, Karel was able to recover and run the second half in an even but slower pace. Result 76,080 km.
Cees van der Land
I reached 75,640 km with 1174m of climbing . Had decided to run a lap round Allendale Town. I have a backyard ultra race in June and I really wanted to train my mental toughness by running the same lap over and over again. Also made it a bit easy in terms of support, I had put a table on the sidewalk with all my food and drinks. A lap was about 4.1 / 4.2 km with a height difference of 70 meters. A short steep climb from the start at the front door, a sharp turn to the right after 500m and then a long climb of 3% to the village. A short descent after 1.7km, then gently sloping through the village and at 2.6km a steep (10-15%) descent back to the same height as our house (next to the river). Unfortunately still a steep climb at 6.5% before a long descent at 6-7% from 3.3km back to the start. I had help for the first 3 hours from 2 different pacers (James and Matt) who were especially good at keeping the pace up the slope. The marathon distance covered in 3:07. Just before the 4 o'clock point I was running alone and then the distance, the hills, the mental threshold of walking around started to break me up a bit and the pace slowed down nicely. Running around for another hour at an increasingly slower pace and then decided to do a slightly different route for the last hour. Then unexpectedly got a bicycle attendant (Andy) which did not matter much for the pace (my legs were quite up), but mentally a huge boost. In the last 2 hours I made a lot of calculations with how much pace I could lose to reach 79/78/77/76, but even running down slopes was no longer at a good pace. Happy with the result given the course, those hills add up!
Again big thank you for taking part of the IAU event and all the best in the futere.
IAU Director of Communication