Sunday, 10 May 2015

Event Recap - Wings for Life World Run 2015

Two great ultra-athletes from opposite ends of the world battle it out in the Wings for Life World Run 2015, an event with more than 100,000 registered entries taking place simultaneously in 35 venues across the globe. Sharing a water bottle the 2014 winner and runner-up are ultra running's perfect role models. They overcome the language and culture 'barriers' and thereby provide a valuable lesson for the rest of us. 

Sunday, 3 May 2015

New Record for 'Wings for Life' World Champion Lemawork Ketema

Watched by millions of TV viewers around the globe Lemawork Ketema successfully defended his Wings for Life * title and broke his own 2014 world record with a run of 79.9 kms (49.65 miles) in St. Poelten, Austria.

The event attracted 109,000 runners in 35 venues on 6 continents who competed against Red Bull Catcher Cars. The last person left running being the winner.

The photo of Lemawork below was taken early in 2014 when he joined me for a relaxed run through the Lainzer Tiergarten, a wildlife park, in Vienna.

Event co-ordinator Colin Jackson said that entries are already being taken for the 2016 race.

click the above link for result, race video and more information.

Bisamberg Hill Race

This 12 kms hill race on the edge of Vienna begins with a lap of the running track at Strebersdorf before following a cobbled lane to the foot of the first trail climb of the hill. There follows a short run over the grassy summit and then a long descent along a forest path followed by a second climb through woodland and then a descent along another cobbled lane and over several fields to return to the stadium and a final lap of the track to the finishing banner.  It feels a bit like an early season English Fell Race. There is also a 9 kms race which involves just one hill climb and also a Nordic Walking event taking place at the same time. There was no M65 class, and I had to run against some young M60's!

Here's my result:

Bisamberg Hill Race 2nd May 2015
12 kms / 330 mtrs +/-

001. R Gruber . . . . .  0:44:35   CR
016. V Limberger . . . 0:55:36  1F
036. M Ritter . . . . . .  1:00:56  1M60
121. G Williams . . . .  1:16:46  7M60

172 Finishers (incl. 12 M60's)