Gabbert and Jacobs Win in Berlin

Posted: January 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

The German stair climbing season got underway in cold wintery conditions last weekend with a race at the 29 floor Ideal-Hochhaus in Berlin.

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The 29 floor Ideal-Hochhaus in Berlin

It was the 17th edition of the popular Towerrunning Germany event, and despite the absence of some of the leading European runners it proved to be highly competitive.

Tower Run Berlin

The race started with a 400m run to the entrance of the Ideal tower block, located in the south of the German capital. Snow the previous day made the run quite treacherous, with many runners sliding around in the slush covered car park leading to the stairs. Once inside the gritty, exposed stairwell, athletes had to climb 465 steps before reaching the top. The narrow stairs make overtaking difficult so there was quite a push in the run for prime position entering the stairwell.

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World number two, Christian Riedl, at a previous edition of the Berlin Tower Run

It was tower running regular Johannes Gabbert who took the win. Entering the stairs first ahead of Gerrit Kröger, he maintained the front position right to the top, eventually finishing in a time of 3:32.38. Gabbert had taken a strong victory in Frankfurt last summer, just seconds outside the course record, so it was perhaps no surprise to see him at the top of the podium.

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Gabbert on his way to victory in Frankfurt in 2016 (credit – MOZ/Martin Stralau)

Just two seconds behind him in a time of 3:34.49 was Gerrit Kröger. The Kiel native was sixth in the German Towerrunning Cup in 2016 and has a string of excellent performances behind him over the last couple of years, including a second place finish at last years’ Berlin Tower Run.

Completing the podium was Poland’s Karol Galicz, who finished in 3:36.76. Only the top three made it in under the 3.40 mark, separating themselves from the rest of the field by ten clear seconds.

Sylvia Jacobs Shows Young Guns How It’s Done

In the women’s division, reigning German Towerrunning champion Sylvia Jacobs proved once again that age is no barrier to success in this sport. The 54 year old held off a close challenge from much younger rivals to take victory in a time of 4:38.25.

Just behind her was Corinna Beck who, like her team mate Kröger, had also finished second last year. She reached the top in 4:43.38, with Anna Lena Böckel just behind in 4:45.59.

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