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Dikes and windmills provide scenic views for Dutch Triathlon

Diespeker’s very own ‘marathon man’ MD John Krause has been at it again! John recently took part in the ‘Challenge Almere-Amsterdam’ Triathlon, Europe’s oldest long distance triathlon.

The Almere course is located 25 kilometres from Amsterdam. It’s 4.5 meters below sea level at the bottom of what was once the Zuiderzee (the South Sea). The area is characterized by dikes, windmills, as well as endless straight polder roads where there’s no shelter from the winds!

John was delighted to complete this, his third Ironman-distance triathlon. He is adamant that while life begins at 40 – it can get even better at 50. Since he reached his half-century, along with the Ironman-distance triathlons he’s completed two three-quarter triathlons, five duathlons, six half-Ironman, 350 Parkruns and a whopping 109 marathons.

John is thrilled to have represented Britain four times in his age group in Ironman, half-Ironman and duathlon events.

He still refers proudly to his fastest marathon, number 115, which he ran in London two years’ ago, achieving an impressive time of just 3.08 hours. John says this was the most special run for him, not just because of the time, but because the marathon was in his hometown.

“Roll on my 60th year in 2020 and the next decade to come. I’m ready to face lots of new challenges along the way!”

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