Challenging elements in 50th edition of Amsterdam Waterland Marathon.

The 50th edition of the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon presented some of the harshest conditions in the past decade for all athletes. The weather played a significant role, with gale-force winds of 5 Beaufort, hailstorms, and heavy rain showers proving to be formidable challenges for all paddlers.

Despite the adverse conditions, James Russell emerged victorious in the final sprint, outpacing his competitors Jose Leonel Ramalho and Jeremy Candy. Russell’s dedication to early-season sprint training paid off handsomely. The race initially saw a tightly contested lead group comprising eight paddlers, including Quentin Urban, Jeremy Candy, Miguel Llorens, and Philip Knudsen. The presence of so many top athletes at our start line is a rare sight in recent years.

The race began at a blistering pace, only relenting slightly after the first portage. The headwinds posed difficulties even for the world elite paddlers. The second portage, an iconic feature of the race, proved more challenging than ever, with some marsh sections nearly indistinguishable from the canals due to continuous rain in preceding weeks.

Following the second portage, the tempo decreased significantly. In the wide and deep North Holland canal, the lead group engaged in a tactical game, with no one seizing a clear advantage until the final sprint.

In the senior women’s category, Zsofi-Czellai Voros took an early lead, paddling alongside the master men’s chasing group. Despite their efforts, they couldn’t match her pace, allowing Voros to maintain her lead comfortably until the end. Pernille Hostrup secured second place, followed by Tania Alvarez Yates in third.

Joep van Bakel clinched victory in the masters men’s category, staying ahead of the competition and securing a medal for the Netherlands. Torben Thomsen finished second, with Matthew Enoch John taking third place.

The junior men’s race witnessed an exceptionally fast pace, with Candela Leonardo and Joseph Enoch Michael finishing just behind the fastest masters men. Their times would have placed them in the top 20 of the senior men’s category. Alexander Worgan claimed third place, showcasing promising talent for the future of marathon paddling.

In the junior women’s race, Moa Nilsson Maria Nike, Kamila Sklenarova, and Beatrice Candela comprised the top three finishers.

Elias Geike won the boys’ race, and Lucie-Marie Horch emerged victorious in the women’s race for the short course event.

The 50th edition of the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon will be remembered for its challenging conditions and resilient athletes. Organizers hope for a sunnier, warmer, and windless 51st edition.

Special thanks to our sponsors: De Coogh Funderingstechnieken, Kanocentrum Arjan Bloem and Nelo Kayaks, whose generous support made the event possible. We also extend our gratitude to our event suppliers Orange Rentaland Gomes.

The official results are available below.
50th edition Amsterdam Waterland Marathon results

Check out this post-race video made by Keith Moule from Great Britain. Our own official movie race report will follow soon!

Last info 50th edition

 Race information 50th edition

Please read this information for the 50th edition of the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon:

  • The race office will be open from 09.00 until 11.00. Make sure to pick up your number.
    11.00 the numbers that have not been piked up will be distributed among those on the waiting list!
  • Entry fee is EUR 10. We also ask for a EUR 10 deposit for your number. Please bring it back to get your refund. Cash payments are easier and therefore preferred.
  • Team leaders meeting will be at 11.45.
  • There will be two starts for the long distance. Men junior and senior will start at 13.20. All other race categories will start at 13.00.
  • Short distance race will start at 13.10.
  • Paddle to the start of the long distance race is about 2.5 km from the Viking canoe club.
    Boat transport to the start of the short distance will depart 12.00. Make sure to put your put your boat on the big trailer in front of the boathouse.
  • We will stop time registration at 16.15. Make sure to finish before then 😉
  • Prize ceremony will be around 16.45.

Competition is at your own risk. We expect cold water temperatures and high winds, dress appropiately!

Find the short distance GPS course here (GPX file)

Find the long distance GPS course here  (GPX file)

The preliminary start list can be found hereWLM Official registrations list 2024

50th edition of Amsterdam Waterland Marathon on the 20th of april 2024

The 50th edition will take place on the 20th of april 2024.

Race entry is now open!

The races for this year will be the 23 kilometer race with two portages for all seniors  and juniors (men and women) and the 14 kilometer – one portage – race for juniors younger than 16 years old  and recreational paddlers. (see race classes)

A total of 2.000 euro in price money will be divided and a start fee for the first five top 10 World Championship paddlers to register is available.

For this anniversary edition we will host a special program after the race, the Red Light district tour will be uplifted with a special surprise for this 50th anniversary edition.

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Find your pictures of the 49th edition here

Every year we have many spectators and photographers making the most beautiful pictures. In this message we try to collect as many as possible for you to find.

The first collection of the 49th edition is by Guda Oly with over a 100 pictures of almost all paddlers making it to the finish line. Find yourself and download your picture.

The second gallery is by Bart van der Linden.

49th edition – win by Hamish Lovemore and Panna Krisztina Sinko

The Amsterdam Waterland kayak and canoe Marathon celebrated its 49th edition this year, with the event attracting top paddlers from around the world. The senior men’s race was particularly exciting, with the breakaway happening after only 1 km right after the start, and the top racers maintaining a fast pace throughout the 24 km course.

In the endsprint, South African Hamish Lovemore emerged as the winner. As he announced before the race, if he would win it had to become a endsprint. They completed the race in an impressive time of 1 hour, 37 minutes, and 45.90 seconds, staying above theset track record. Lovemore led a close pack that included British James Russel, French Jeremy Candy, and Quentin Urban. Ultimately, Russel and Candy finished second and third, respectively, with Urban taking fourth place.

(last corner before the finish line Photo by Guda Oly – find your own picture here)

The senior women’s race saw Hungarian Panna Krisztina Sinko take first place with a time of 1 hour, 53 minutes, and 34 seconds. Basque paddler Irati Osa Irureta took second place with a time of 1 hour, 53 minutes, and 47 seconds, while Hungarian Zsófia Czéliai-Vörös finished third with a time of 1 hour, 55 minutes, and 1 seconds even after a unfortunate second portage where she fell in the water after trying to board the boat too swift.

In the masters men’s race, Torben Thomsen of the Aarhus Å Kajakklub came in first, completing the course in a time of 1 hour, 49 minutes, and 25 seconds. Dries Corrijn of KCCG took second place, with a time of 1 hour, 49 minutes, and 27 seconds, while Klaus Gieres finished third with a time of 1 hour, 49 minutes, and 35 seconds.

The junior men’s race saw Ben Higgins from the Salmon Leap canoe club take first place with a time of 1 hour 48 minutes and 2 seconds. In the junior women’s race, Italian paddler Beatrice Candela five minutes ahead of Hjördis Sommer and Nina Callebaut.

Overall, the Amsterdam Waterland kayak and canoe Marathon was a thrilling event, with top paddlers from around the world showcasing their skills and pushing themselves to their limits. Being challenged by the sudden change of weather, with a sunny morning but cold and rainy afternoon we can only have respect for all paddlers that made the finish line. Congratulations to all the winners and participants.

Results are online here. Aftermovie will be online as soon as possible.

Please save the date for the next extra special anniversary 50th edition on the 20th of april 2024.

Last but not least a big thank you to our sponsors and event suppliers. 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 Orange Rental, and Gomes.

Race preview 49th edition

The 49th Amsterdam Waterland Marathon is gearing up to be a thrilling event, with a strong field of competitors set to take on the challenge. Athletes from around the world have been preparing for this event, and expectations are high for some fast times.

In the senior men category, there are a number of top contenders, including Jeremy Candy, Quentin Urban, and Hamish Lovemore. Jeremy Candy has tipped Hamish as the top favorite as he witnessed great strength in their training of last week.

Adding to the excitement, the weather conditions are predicted to be record-breaking, with low winds and moderate temperatures. This could potentially lead to some incredibly fast times, so the top athletes will be pushing themselves to the limit in order to beat the track record of 1:38:11.17 set Mads Brandt Pedersen.

In the senior women’s category, the favorite is undoubtedly Zsófia Czéliai-Vörös, the winner of the last edition of the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon. However, she will face strong competition from Anne-Sofie Winther, Lisa Gras, and Cathrine Rask, all of whom have been training hard in preparation for the race and have a high reputation.

As the athletes prepare to take on the challenge of the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon, the excitement is in the air. With a strong field of competitors and record-breaking weather conditions, this promises to be an unforgettable event for both athletes and spectators alike.

Are you keen to see the race? A live report will be given on this Youtube channel.

Race report and results will be posted online as soon as possible.

49th Amsterdam Waterland Marathon – 22nd of april 2023

The 49th edition will be on the 22nd of april 2023!

The race entry is open for both distances; the 23 kilometer race with two portages for all seniors (men and women) and the 14 kilometer – one portage – race for juniors and recreational paddlers.

A total of 2. 000 euro in price money will be divided and a start fee for the first five top 10 World Championship paddlers to register is available.

We hope te welcome all kayaking enthusiasts in our race where you can try your best against world class athletes in a beautiful Dutch scenery.

The entry page is now online!

Poster 49th edition

New record by Mads Brandt Pedersen and win by Zsofi Czellai Voros

A record breaking time of 1:34:57;89  has been set by Pedersen. The current world champion turned out almighty as his title deserves, he had an incredibly high paced race doing 15 kilometers an hour solo.

For the 48th edition of this race it was a good start with little to no incidents, in contrary of the traditional early breakaway attempts and even false starts.  It was the ferry letting its cable hang turning out to be the biggest obstacle this time.

Right after the after the first kilometer when the race turned right into the Broekervaart a group of seven paddlers took the lead. This group went down the Broekervaart in an incredibly high pace. It was Pedersen, Boros, Harbrecht Quentin Urban that took the leading pack. But with the hard turn just behind the bridge of Broek only Gordon Harbrecht and Mads Brandt Pedersen stayed together in the lead. It was the first portage where Pedersen managed to break away with a high speed run past the docks of Monnickendam. As of that point he took the lead in the race and never gave it away. Only in the chasing group behind Pedersen a fight was then ongoing. Jeremy Candy eventually won the fight in this group managing to out sprint James Russel in the fight for the third place.

At the senior women race Zsofi Czellai Voros has successfully defended her title in a time of 1:52:28;15. Amélie le Scloteur came in at second place beating Krisztina Bedocs came for the third place.  “It was a long hard race, too much for when you prepare for sprint racing. But it never got boring, there would always be some other competitor or some beautiful scenery around” as Krisztina stated after the finish.

In the master race class it was Erik Verduyckt who took the win, just in front of Michael Dobler and Pier Siersma.

The junior men race was won by Oliver Varga in an impressive time of 1:45:45.81. The second place was taken by Dominc Stanley Fawcitt and Paul Donnellan Donnelan in third place.

The junior women race has been won by Eabha Ni Driscoll, coming in seconde place was Hjordis Sommer.

Find all results of the 48th edition here.