|The Spirale finish line in the clouds|
|The event t-shirt|
On Saturday 21st June 2014 I took part in the race organized by the Extreme Sports Section at Dachstein. According to Berglauf Journal the trail we tackled was 8.8 kms in length with a height gain of 1670 meters. This is slightly longer than the organizer's official distance and climb but as we set off in a downhill direction it is probably more accurate.
In any event such a challenging course up the side of a mountain through woods, rocks and snowfields is not easy to measure whatever means is employed. The track can vary from year to year dependent on weather and other factors. On Saturday the weather was cloudy and breezy with a temperature of 2-3C at the finish by the Spirale.
I was pleased with my 2nd place in the M60 category although there were only two of us in this category, not least because I happened to be 6 years older than my opponent and also the oldest runner in the field by a long chalk as the saying goes.
1. Chris Hoffmann 1:10:09
26. Magdalena Merl (IF) 1:30:02
87. Erich Leitner (1M60) 2:03:24
96. Gwilym Williams (2M60) 2:15:06
I have a slight thigh injury picked up I don't know where a day or two before the above race, so will now rest the affected part as much as possible for a couple of weeks.