Irene Gabriëlle Ergün & the privilege of being healthy

“it’s the subtle things that I get from my runs. I never come back without feeling different from at the beginning of my run. It makes me on one level physically satisfied for the rest of the day.”

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Running is ...

Dominic Bersee

It’s a strangely warm Wednesday evening at Leiden Atletiek. The warm up consists of a gentle run through the Leidse Hout which neighbours the track. Running through the little woods of the Leidse Hout, I somehow fall into stride with Dominic ...

Maikel of Leiden

He’s probably one of the most famous folks in Leiden. If you bump into Maikel on a street in Leiden and start talking with him, within moments someone else he knows will walk by. And then a few moments later, someone else. ...

Rotterdam Marathon Review

There are many ways to skin the marathon cat. Since joining the Richmond Harriers in 2018, I have been exposed to a training plan which values high weekly mileage. The main coach is Neil Ryan who ran a 2:17 marathon in ...

Profile – Marco van Erp

The watery landscape of the Low Lands means that its cities are engineered to live with water: to accommodate it, rather than to combat it. Leiden is one such watery city and although it is part of the greater Randstad, it upholds ...

Running, always

There is a joke about amateur runners who are training for a marathon, it goes something like this:  “How do you know if a friend of yours is doing a marathon?” The answer: “Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.” 

It is as if ...

Of Tracks and Shoes

There is a book, Swimming Studies, by a Canadian author Leanne Shapton, which documents her notes on swimming and the shapes of pools she swims in. The book also contains photographs of the swim-suits she has collected over time as a ...

Numbers and Running

Running is obsessed with numbers: distance run, elevation climbed or descended; minutes and seconds used up to complete X-event, age of runner, position finished – according to age-group, gender and whether one is or isn’t a professional or serious competitor. Chris, a ...

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