Monday, 9 November 2015


20th Buchenberg Race chocolate bar! 

At the weekend I met my friend and teammate Jon S and we took the train to Waidhofen a.d.Ybbs. The race we were to enter was a mountain race to the top of the Buchenberg, a substantial hill overlooking the town.

After a lap of the running track at the town's Alpenstadion we soon found ourselves climbing the forest path towards the summit and the finishing line. By the time I reached the top I was about 7 minutes adrift of Jon who was waiting there for me to finish.

We changed into warm dry tops, long sleeved shirts which had been transported up there by the organizers, and jogged gently back to the Alpenstadion.

There followed a prize-giving ceremony in the Plenkersaal at the town's new theatre. Jon was placed 3rd in our age category and presented with a handsome trophy and a sports bag.


Buchenberglauf, Waidhofen a.d. Ybbs
(7-11-2015) 6.4kms /430 meters+

01.  A Redl  (ASKÖ)   29:38
18. J Mühlbacher (Tri-Sportunion) 1F  33:01
54. H Hinterhölzl (Bike Team Ginner) 1M60   39:29
62. W Bammacher (Naturfreunde Weyer) 2M60  40:26
67. J Sharples (Clayton Harriers)  3M60  41:19
88. G Williams (Clayton Harriers)  M60  48:23

93 Finishers

1st, 2nd, and 3rd (M60 class)

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Ultra Runners do the Rundumadum

The Rundumadum Trail Race is a 130 km challenge following a marked route around the Vienna boundary. Yesterday I decided to play the role of spectator at a couple of locations during the early to middle part of the race and take some photos. The weather played it's part too. All the athletes I waved to or spoke to were having a seriously good time. Whether this was still the case several hours later during the nighttime section through the Lobau National Park and over the Bisamberg I cannot say, for while they were running under head torches I was having food and talk with a couple of friends in a local Ethiopian Restaurant. 

Next year, if I am fit, I may give the Rundumadum a go. There is, I am happy to say, an alternative route available for us 'oldies'; and it's a mere sprint. 65 kms.