Tuesday, 6 September 2016
The Postalm Berglauf is a new event in the Austrian Alps. The second annual running took place on Saturday 3rd September 2016. The start was at the convenient hour of 9:30 am from the lakeside at
Strobl on Wolfgangsee.
The weather was fine and the course of 13.1 kms with 820 mtrs ascent and a 190 mtrs descent to finish off was well marked and suitably marshaled.
I could have made a more suitable shoe choice being a heavier runner, 76kgs, as my clomping technique on the steeper stony sections on the climb could have benefited from footwear with a little more cushioning and grip than my painful race rockets. I shall try and remember this simple fact if I elect do this attractive and enjoyable race again.
There were, as far as we the M65s could make out only 3 of us in the field. Unfortunately the official senior category jumps from M60 to M70. Nevertheless we were content to work out our own unofficial category placings.
An hour or two after the race I had the privilege and pleasure to chat to a delightful personality. He was the 83 year old mountain runner Hermann Eder. He was wearing a faded race t-shirt from an international race of long ago. He told me was looking forward to turning 85 and stepping up to yet another age caregory. When the time came for us to go our separate ways he slipped into the drivers seat of his 53 year old 3-cylinder sports car and with a friendly wave motored off to his next destination.
Strobl to Postalm Berglauf
3rd Sepember 2016
1. A Englbrecht TSL Bad Goisern. 1:10:58
84. G Williams Clayton Harriers 2M65. 2:01:39
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
|Europe in Union: Williams (Wales) with Vendali (Italy)|
Don't be fooled by the palm trees. We are really in Wales. The seaside resort of Barmouth is just a few miles from Coed-Y-Brenin - the Forest of Kings - in the Snowdonia National Park. There were two trail races on offer: a full marathon (start 9am) or a half-marathon (start 10am). We were pre-entered in the latter.
Our plan was to run together at a steady pace in order that we would enjoy the rest of the holiday without feeling unduly tired from our efforts. We achieved this by walking up the three steepest and longest hills, running the other uphills, the downhills and the flat bits. We also stopped at the two refreshments stations to take advantage of the isotonic drinks and water on offer.
About 2 kms before the finish I was feeling surprisingly strong and confident and gradually drew away from my companion and the rest of our group to finish alone with a gentle sprint up to the line.
The whole experience was immensely enjoyable. Even the weather played its part in providing optimal running temperatures; that is to say it was not too hot, as it had been in the previous three weeks. After it was all over I found myself wondering about doing the full marathon next time . . . but that daft thought quickly evaporated when I sipped my first pint of Welsh real ale.
Wales Trial Half-Marathon 2016
21.4 kms (approx)
1. M Nichols - Tonbridge AC - 1:22.10
2. A Miller - Belgrave H - 1:30:19
359. G Williams - Clayton H - 2:39:40 12M60
377. M Vendali - Italia Poste - 2:42:31 40M50
and 8 DNF's.
Monday, 23 May 2016
|View of Zimnitz from Bad Ischl|
Improvements to the hiking trail atop the Ischler dam meant that runners in the Pfandl Dam Race had panoramic views of the wonderful scenery.
The village of Pfandl, where the race starts and finishes, nestles below the Zimnitz mountain.
The popular health resort of Bad Ischl is just 5 kms away.
The 16th May 2016 saw the 26th running of the Pfandl Dam Race.
Pfandl 7.4 kms multi-terrain.
1. A Englebrecht - Team Lichenegger - 24:04
2. A Pfandlbauer - Mammut - 24:52
3. S Greiner - Sparkasse - 25:35
124. F Lettner - St Wolfgang - 1M65 - 37:28
132. G Williams - Clayton H - 2 M65 - 38:53
There were just two runners in the men's 65-69 age category. I was satisfied with my 2nd place in this early season outing.
Monday, 9 May 2016
Wings for Life (motto: running for those who can't) was set up under the auspices of the Red Bull organization to give financial help in the field of spinal cord research. One hundred precent of all monies including donations, sponsorship and entry fees for the Wings for Life Race goes towards research. Not one cent is deducted for expenses, advertising or any other reasons.
This year's race, the third annual event, attracted a record 140,000 runners. I ran at the Vienna venue.
My personal target was to reach the famous area of parkland known as the Prater, approximately 15 kms from the start in the city centre at Karlsplatz, before being hoovered-up by the 'catcher car'.
Some 15,000 athletes participated in the Vienna race.
All 34 races at venues in 17 time zones around the world started simultaenuously.
In England the Wings for Life Race started at Cambridge and the 'catcher car' was driven slowly by racing driver David Coulthard.
Here I am on Saturday afternoon, the day before the race, with the Austrian 'catcher car'.
In the Wings for Life Race everyone is a winner.
Finisher position: 43,393
Distance: 12.78 kms
Registered runners: 130,732
Friday, 6 May 2016
First competitive run over the hills (2016) so it was, to coin a horse racing term, a 'pipe opener'.
New course which I considered an improvement on the old one took in less tarmac and more wilderness. With red and white spots on stones and direction arrows or race marshalls where required navigation was not problem.
Conditions on the hill were cool, misty and muddy.
I tracked my old rival Günther Nolz up the final ascent and finished a little under half a minute behind him.
7 kms / 450 mtrs +
1. A Krenn M40 (Castrol Edge Power) 33:59
19. H Waxenecker 1F (LC Mank) 43:05
33. J Ratteneder 1M65 (U.St. Pölten) 49:17
59. G Williams 5M65 (Clayton H) 57:49