Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Postalm Berglauf

The Postalm Berglauf is a new event in the Austrian Alps. The second annual running took place on Saturday 3rd September 2016. The start was at the convenient hour of 9:30 am from the lakeside at
Strobl on Wolfgangsee.

The weather was fine and the course of 13.1 kms with 820 mtrs ascent and a 190 mtrs descent to finish off was well marked and suitably marshaled.

I could have made a more suitable shoe choice being a heavier runner, 76kgs, as my clomping technique on the steeper stony sections on the climb could have benefited from footwear with a little more cushioning and grip than my painful race rockets. I shall try and remember this simple fact if I elect do this attractive and enjoyable race again.

There were, as far as we the M65s could make out only 3 of us in the field. Unfortunately the official senior category jumps from M60 to M70. Nevertheless we were content to work out our own unofficial category placings.

An hour or two after the race I had the privilege and pleasure to chat to a delightful personality. He was the 83 year old mountain runner Hermann Eder. He was wearing a faded race t-shirt from an international race of long ago. He told me was looking forward to turning 85 and stepping up to yet another age caregory.  When the time came for us to go our separate ways he slipped into the drivers seat of his 53 year old 3-cylinder sports car and with a friendly wave motored off to his next destination.

Strobl to Postalm Berglauf
3rd Sepember 2016

1. A Englbrecht  TSL Bad Goisern. 1:10:58
84. G Williams  Clayton Harriers 2M65. 2:01:39

91 finishers.