The 20th World Masters Mountain Running Championships in Telfes
The 20th World Masters Mountain Running Championships enjoyed wonderful late summer weather and we saw some brilliant performances in the Stubai Valley, Austria. It was the second time that Telfes has hosted the Masters Championships, with the first being 2014.
A warm opening ceremony was the start to a perfectly organized event. 18 individual titles for men and women in the categories M/W 35 to W/M75 were successfully issued to the contenders.
600 athletes from 21 nations took part in the event. Germany’s contingent was the biggest with 210 runners, before Italy and Austria. These numbers were also reflected in the medal table: Germany in the lead with six individual gold medals and nine team gold medals, followed by Italy (9) and Austria (5).
The overall best performance was delivered by the winner of M40, Thomas Roach (GBR), who finished in the incredible time of 58:05,5 !
The female winner with the best result was Simone Raatz (GER) from the category W45. Her score was 44:29,7.
All female categories had to do a distance of 7,4 km, with a difference in altitude of 775m. The same applied for the male categories of 55 years and up. The winner here was from Italy: Franco Torresani became world champion the day’s best score of 41:25,2.
The male categories M35 to M50 had to run the long distance of 11,5 km and a difference in altitude of 1157m.
The finishing line for all runners was the Kreuzjoch (2130m).
The medal award ceremony of this enormous event took place in large festival tent with 600 athletes and spectators. All medalists got their well-deserved applause. In the end, Andi Stern – the chief organizer - handed over the flag of the WMRA to Patricia and Thomas Blackburn, chief organizers of the WMMRC 2022 in Clonmel County Tipperary, Eire.
The athletes there will have to face a challenging course with a profile of 10km, ascending 593 m and descending 308m in marvellous countryside scenery.
Date: 2nd to 4th September 2022