Eritrean Yosief Tekle Wins German’s Hohenneuffen-Berglauf Mountain Race 3 Years in a Row
Hohenneuffen-Berglauf The Eritreer secured an entry in the annals at the 29th edition of the tradition event in the sign of the castle as a seriensieger . From Reimund Elbe
This has never happened: for the first time, a runner has won the Hohenneuffen-Berglauf for the third time in a row. Yossief Tekle from Eritrea wrote a piece of local running history at the 29th edition on Sunday. Monika Pletzer from Frickenhausen beat the women. Runners from the Teckregion could not place themselves in front. Already shortly after the starting shot Tekle, once a junior world champion in the mountain running, set the pace at the top. Only Joseph Katib (LAC Quelle Fürth) was still at the start, while the German mountaineering Vizemeister Jonas Lehmann from the Palatinate Heltersberg lost the contact to the leaders already after a quarter of the 9.3 kilometer stretch at the Balzholzer Rathaus.
The stretch record stops
“Yossief was not to be held”, also the later second-placed Katib had to recognize immediately. The temperatures, which were not very comfortable for runners, were well above 25 degrees already in the morning, with the result that the original route record of Thomas Greger from 1995 (34.49 minutes) remained untouched. The mood on the road? In Balzholz, where more than 120 children and teenagers were waiting for the start of the student’s race, the over 300 runners with La-Ola waves were raised to life, or later on to the notorious steep climb to the Beurener ski lodge ,
“I am happy, even if it was very difficult today,” said winner Yossief Tekle, who was surprisingly fresh in the goal. After the sweat cure, he was told to relax with a cold tea and the fantastic view into the valley. From a local point of view, Monika Pletzer ensured a special victory at the castle with her start-finish victory. “I feel good, but I do not know if I can hold Katrin Köngeter,” she had doubted shortly before the start. However, in contrast to the competitor, who was completely defeated in the finish, Pletzer was able to cope with the steep passages and enjoyed the third triumph after 2012 and 2015.
There was always a great atmosphere at the castle. Axel Vetter, the owner of the fortress, was also among the waiters, for quite a reason: cousin, he missed the classic under the one-hour mark (“I missed only four seconds”), awaiting his deputy kitchen chef. After about 68 minutes Toni Weidinger finally turned around the corner. At this time, racing driver Wolf Henzler had already gone to the cozy part. “I’ve been racing this weekend,” said the Porsche driver, “so I took advantage of the opportunity to be here again.” Organizer Frank Klass, as usual, also mingled with the runner. With the expiration of the event (“we hear a lot of positive”), the maker was more than satisfied with the goal interview.