What a great success once again! New participation record at the 4th edition of this trail running event around the swim center of Mersch – 425 runners reached the finish line yesterday under rather good weather conditions.
Despite some slight rain, 14 Nordic-Walker plus dogs started at 12:00h for both distances over 18.1km and 11.2km.
The kids’ participation of 35 kids in the 1km Kids-Trail and 6 kids in the Youth-Trail were nearly doubled compared to 2016. The Kids-Trail was won by Wayne Roden (UC DIPPACH) and by Emmi Duhautpas (X3M), the Youth-Trail has been decided by a foto-finish between both X3M athletes Leo Weishaar (1st) and Finn Schiltz (2nd).
After a 15min delay due to high late registration appearance, the shotgun was given at 13:30h for both main distances.
On the L-TRAIL over 18.1km, it was the 3rd consecutive win by belgian athlete Francois Reding (Running Concept) in 1:13:59, missing the race record of 2016 by only 1:43min. CONGRATULATIONS! Francois Reding was leading Paulo Ramos (1:17:42 – CAD) and Simon Grounds (1:21:58 – Amazon Runners).
Isabelle Hoffmann (Team Citabel) took an easy win in the female category in 1:28:30 an missed the course record by less than 1 munite. 2nd rank overall goes to Tania Fransissi (1:38:57 – CELTIC) and 3rd goes to Renata Morchova (1:41:34 – NSL). WELL DONE!
The shorter S-TRAIL (11.2km) was dominated by german runner Daniel Hilgers (AC Eifel) in 43:30min – new race course record !!! He was followed by Eric Wagner on 2nd (45:25 – Team Snooze) and Robert Poyet on 3rd (45:39).
Melody Brunot won her 2nd race within a week, after having won the Uewersauer trail last weekend, she took a 2nd win in 54:20min, 3 minutes faster than in 2016! Sonny Eschette (56:14 – X3M) come in 2nd and 3rd rank goes to Carole Possing (56:54 – X3M).
Thank you very much for your participation, your smile at the finish line and your kind words despite some issues which will be taken care of in 2018 – date to save is 24/11/2018 for the 5th edition!!!
RESULTS – 4. Freelanders Trail Mersch-Hollenfels