|Everyone a winner at the Mozart 100 !|
After the heatwave of the previous few days the cooler conditions on the day were most pleasant.
My race started in the village of Fuschl and followed an undulating trail through woodland along the north side of the Fuschlsee Lake.
The next landmark was The Wall. This was the steep hill into the village of Hof. Cheerleaders and hip-hop music helped us up the hill to the first checkpoint near the fire station. Here I took a drink of cola which was on offer.
Having earlier partaken of a refreshing slice of water melon at the start line five minutes before 'the off' I was now feeling good.
The route then meandered across undulating farmland along the perimeter of the A1 Ring, Austria's motor racing circuit. More farmland lanes and then a tunnel under the main Fuschl-Salzburg road followed by a climb onto the forest trails and woodland paths leading towards the final descent into Salzburg.
A wonderful panorama of the town laid out below from the 5 kms to the finish point. Along here I grabbed an energy gel and a welcome cup of water. Just to be on the safe side! Didn't want to run out of steam now.
The final 2 or 3kms were through the city streets and alleys and over a footbridge to the finishing arena in the Mozart Square. People shouted words of encouragement: Looking strong! Great run! etc..
As I crossed the line someone took my photo and they gave it to me in a frame. Someone thought I'd broken the record for my age group, if such a record ever existed; there are no age category distinctions in the 25 kms Mozart Light.
It was time for a cool Stiegl, the sponsor's beer. Well earned, I thought.
I had spoken to a couple of Kenyans befoe the race. I wanted to know if old men; 65 years, 70 years or even 80 years were running for enjoyment in Kenya. Sadly they shook their heads. Only the young are running, one of them said.
1. Casaba Nemeth (HUN) 7:48:22
55 kms race:
1. Philip von Rosen (SWE) 4:03:33
25 kms race:
1. Peter Chege Wangari (KEN) 1:25:20
47. Gwilym Williams M65 (GB) 2:30:47
Other events included relays and nordic walking contests.