7th Airport Run Berlin: second place and PB

Last Saturday, April 27th, me and other 3681 people had the chance to run (perhaps for the last time?) on the new landing strip of the “Berlin und Brandenburg” airport. The 7th Airport Run Berlin, this year started at 7:00 p.m., letting us to enjoy a beautiful sunset even if the clouds brought a little rain since the 5th km. The half-marathon participants went through two laps, while the 10 km course was made of a single lap. You can find the GPS track of my 10 km on the new cloud platform by SportTracks following this link.
A strong tailwind really speeded us up in the first 5 km, where I tried also to save some energies for the second part (what a headwind from 5th to 8th km!). After the good final time at the 24th Lauf in Britzer Garten, another PB has come almost unexpectedly, lowering my 10 km best time to 00:34:38.

Ready to go!


A few seconds after the start (© H. Winter).

The start (© Günter Wicker).


Pushing on the new landing strip (© H. Winter).

A wonderful view right after the start (© Günter Wicker).

It was an honour to join the podium of such a great race. The organisation (BERLIN LÄUFT) was, as usual,  perfect and the staff very kind assisting runners immediately after the finish line.

Medal and trophy for the second place overall over the 10 km race.

Below there’s an extract from the official results of the 10 km race. 
1
Krannich, Christian
GER
00:33:26
2
Santuz, Alessandro
ITA
00:34:38
3
Foth, Carsten
GER
00:34:45
4
Eisenreich, Christian
GER
00:34:46
5
Dr. Teifke, Nils
GER
00:36:50
6
Wünsch, Gregor
GER
00:36:53
7
Spohn, Oliver
GER
00:37:00
8
Eidhof, Chris
NED
00:37:03
9
Plaumann, Mike
GER
00:37:08
10
Lepers, Thomas
FRA
00:37:44
The official results of the 7th Airport Run Berlin (10 km course).

6th Berliner Airport Run – Preview.

In Berlin there are now two airports: Tegel (the main international airport) and Schönefeld. On 2 June 2012, at 10:50 pm, an Air Berlin Boeing 737-800 operating a special 50-minute sightseeing charter flight over the city will mark the end of more than half a century of Tegel’s commercial use.
Schönefeld is being prepared with the construction of another landing strip and the big news for pro and amateurs runners is that we’ll have the last chance to walk (or run) on the airstrip’s tarmac by participating to the “6th Berliner Airport Run”, on 22 April 2012. Around 3500 participants are expected, with an increase of 50% over last year (2125 starters).
The track is a 10k course (which is to be run twice by half marathon runners). It’s going along the construction side of the new Airport Berlin-Brandenburg BER, on the new runway and by the new terminal.  This is the map of the course:
It should be a good chance to make a new Personal Best, since the course seems to be very flat and fast (even if a windy day could change the plans of people looking at the chrono).
The current competition records are the following:

  • 10km M: André Pollmächer (Rhein-Marathon Düsseldorf) 31:15
  • 10 km F: Veerle Dejaeghere (Belgien)34:41
  • Half Marathon M: Joseph Kiptum (Kenia) 63:32
  • Half Marathon  F: Sylvia Renz (OSC Berlin)82:52

For more informations visit the official website: http://www.berlin-laeuft.de/airportrun/index_e.php.
Meanwhile…keep on training, people!