49. GP Fricktal – Osterlauf 2014

Summary:  The men’s and women’s categories of this year’s GP Fricktal were won by Merhawi Asmelash and Martina Strähl, respectively.  In the Eiken Osterlauf,  the honours went to Ludwig Ruder and Iris Lauper.

The 49th edition of the GP Fricktal took place today in Eiken, Switzerland. This classic 10-miler is the main feature of an eventful day consisting of a variety of different disciplines, including walking, Nordic walking and, of course, running.  In addition to the long distance race, there is a shorter one of 5.85 km, known locally as the Eiken Hasenlauf, or Rabbit Run.

With temperatures on the cool side, conditions were good for running and there was a good turnout for all of the events.  The courses for both of the main running events were undulating and picturesque, despite crossing two bridges to both sides of the A3, the main route between Basel and Zürich.

Ludwig Ruder and Nicolas Roditscheff

With a nice show of camaraderie, the Eiken Hasenlauf was won by Ludwig Ruder (615) of LC Basel in 18:54,3, closely followed by team-mate Nicolas Roditscheff (631), two tenths of a second behind.  Yared Daniel (479) of Suhr came third.  In the women’s category, Iris Lauper (1315) of appropriately named Laupersdorf came in first with a time of 22:22,6 – half a minute ahead of second-placed Angelika Höhemer (1395) of Bern.  Third place went to Joana Pani (1313) of Bülach.

Another win for Merhawi Asmelash
Merhawi Asmelash

In the GP Fricktal over 10 miles, the race was won easily by the favourite Merhawi Asmelash (495) of Dornach with a time of 51:03,9 – an average pace of 3.1 min/km.  Second across the finishing line – 1:17,8 behind Asmelash – was Fikru Guta (2) of Villmergen, followed by Mehdi Khelifi (1) of IT-Genova.

Martina Strähl

In the women’s category, Berglauf specialist Martina Strähl (1001) came in under the hour with an excellent time of 57:11,7.  She was followed by Brigitta Mathys (1455) of Büetigen with local runner Bettina Steiger (1268) of Maisprach coming in third place.

Overall, a very well organised and entertaining Easter event.

Full details and results can be found here.

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