|Near the finish line (1)|
|Near the finish line (2)|
|l. to r. Simpson (GBR), Kosgei (KEN), Hirschberg (GER)|
It was not possible to hold the long race over 11.5km which starts in Telfes in Stubai and finishes in the mountains in the background of the middle photo because of unsafe conditions on a section of the track following a heavy thunderstorm the previous day.
The short course over 7.5km with 650 mtrs ascent was muddy in parts but was basically unaffected and was therefore used. The 141 entrants completed the race without incident.
The men's race winner was Kenya's Isaac Kosgei (35:25) who was followed home by British runner Robbie Simpson (37:37) and Germany's Alexander Hirschberg (41:03).
In the women's race the winner was Austria's Susanne Mair (42:44) with Kenya's Lucy Murigi (42:53) filling the runner-up spot. Britain's Anna Lupton, a runner who prefers a longer distance, finished 6th (48:46).
In the age category M65 Switzerland's Rudolf Bucher (52:08) took the honours ahead of Italy's Vittorio Polen by the width of a running vest (52:08) with Austrian Peter Permoser finishing 3rd (54:41). My 4th place time was somewhat slower (67:59) with final placing 121/141.