Sunday, 26 February 2012

Cross country series - final race

The final race of the 4-race Vienna Cricket & Football Club's Cross Country Series took place today. Having already competed over the long (9.35 km) and middle (5.75 km) distances I elected to run in the short sharp and sweet 3.95 km event.

There was a blustery wind and I got off to my usual slow start but picked up the pace as the laps unfolded. I believe I finished 2nd M60* in a reasonable time.


01 - S Listabarth . . . . . . . . . 13:25
20 - O Rupp - 1stM60 . . . . 18:09
25 - G Almer - 2ndM60 . . . 20:34
26 - G Williams - 3rdM60 . 20:51

30 finishers

*3rdM60 as it turned out

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Winter cross-country series

The photographs, from today's 9.35 km race, show the Vienna Cricket and Football cross country course under snow.

Participants and organizers were, as the blue sky testifies, blessed with glorious sunshine; the temperature hovering at about -5 C in the shade for the third episode of the 2011/12 Winter series.

After warming up for 15 minutes for the 5.75 km race I discovered that I would be able to run without jacket and gloves and so I discarded these items, although I decided stick with the other layers; elasticated shorts both over and under the running pants and knee-length thermal socks underneath - precautions against the proverbial early-season muscle injury.

I don't possess a pair of spikes so I elected to run in my NB fell-running shoes. They coped very well apart from one or two icy patches and some compressed snow sections.

some tight bends

a rare sight today - bare legs

a runner entering the straight

the sprint for line

ticking off the laps

5.75 km Result:
1. W Wallner 20:48
14. O Rupp M60 28:17
18. G Almer 2M60 31:33
19. G Williams 3rd M60 31:40
20 finishers

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

A break in the weather

The halfway stop

Something strange in the woods

The Exelberg Road

The Sophienalpe Path

The Hohe Wand path

Mauerbach ski slope

Snow boarders

Ski school

The end of the trail - Hadersdorf

Finally, as you can see, it was warm enough to get out for a run. It's been exactly a week since the severe weather descended upon Central and Eastern Europe. Running soon began to become a mere memory - getting more distant by the day. And so today's window of opportunity was not to be missed.

The run/jog/walk (depending on underfoot conditions) took me about 3 hours but that included a midway 25-30 minute stop for a nourishing bowl of hot potato soup and a mug of warm cider.

I've no idea why the flamingoes and the giant mouse are hanging in the trees.

I don't do much road running as a rule but today I wanted to get on the hill in a hurry so I ran up the serpentines of the Exelberg Road. At this time of year there is very little traffic. In spring these hills with their sharp bends will be the domain of the motor biking fraternity.