Neos celebrates himself and (runs) the sport

The 38th Summer Night Run aboard TG Neuss
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Neos celebrates himself and (runs) the sport

After coronavirus-related cancellations in 2020 and 2021, people who were on the road and all the way back are back in the mood for real meetups.

The worst-case scenario that was feared was the very bleak moments off the table on Friday evening. After a brief examination of the course which could be rated as the best, Klaus Ehren, Managing Director of the Organizing Gymnastics Society, declared with satisfaction: “The storm was harmless in Neuss, and so the sports department and the fire brigade gave the ‘green’ light to the summer nights” .

And that was a good thing, because somehow, around 16 B.C., the people of the city, built by Roman soldiers on the Rhine and Erft as a fortress on the Rhine and Erft, were waiting for this return. “Finally he’s got life back in him,” said Jörg Gerlings, in a good mood. The MP and second president of TG Neuss also set a good example, after ten kilometers he ran alongside his wife Marie-Florence, whose clock stopped at 50:42, like twelve in the M50 age group finish line in front of the Drusushof at Hamtor. “That’s fine,” said the CDU politician, who has not missed a race since 1999. “I was reasonably fit, but I’m clearly not at her best.”


    The enthusiastic audience along the way ensured the excellent atmosphere at the 38th edition of Neuss Summer Night Run and made the colorful event an unforgettable experience for the participants.

The enthusiastic audience along the way ensured the excellent atmosphere at the 38th edition of Neuss Summer Night Run and made the colorful event an unforgettable experience for the participants.
Photo: Andreas Woitschützke / Andreas Woitschütze

A stubborn look at results and times was not high on the agenda for the 3163 winners of the 1983 Evergreen in Neusser for the first time. After the corona-related break, teamwork (sports) counted more than usual. A popular festival spread with about 18,000 guests at the party throughout the day, Chief Inspector of Police Axel Frank stated in a relaxed conversation with Klaus Ehren. And that gave stories like this: since their godparents Ben and Phil, whose father, Martin Czarnitsky, 41, belonged to the old aristocracy of the Rhine-Kreis, were at first in Neuss, Melanie Krause also reported ten kilometers without further ado. The 47-year-old German champion, winner of the Frankfurt Marathon in 2007 and Olympic participant in 2008, has long ended her successful career in competitive sports, but remains very active. On a summer night, everything initially indicated a victory at first, as she was quickly ahead of Xenia Vasileiadou. that she was a young Greek woman from Salonica, and her uncle was Dr. Limited to his role as an interested observer on Saturday, Argiris Vassiliadis still knew how to intercept on the last lap and took pole position in 37:30 minutes ahead of her (37:33) and SC Myhl’s Nina Arens (38:37). The former runner easily. “She’s about 48, she’s about 20. She’s starting a little too fast and you can feel many years in competitive sports in your bones.”


    Parent-child running: The quickest way to finish is on the father's back.

Parent-child running: The quickest way to finish is on the father’s back.
Photo: Andreas Woitschützke / Andreas Woitschütze

Xenia Vasileiadou couldn’t stop smiling. “It took me a lap or two before I figured out how to run on such a bumpy track with so many bends. I had so much fun, the crowd was great. I will definitely be back next year.” Nevertheless, Melanie Krause vigorously dispelled her doubts that her competitor (“It was an honor”) to run with her”) deliberately letting her skip. “No not at all. She was just stronger. I was just encouraging them.”


    She made her debut at a distance of five kilometers in Neuss: javelin thrower Linda Stahl (right).

She made her debut at a distance of five kilometers in Neuss: javelin thrower Linda Stahl (right).
Photo: Andreas Woitschützke / Andreas Woitschütze

There were also top winners among the men: Guesch Hagos (TG Neuss) played more than ten kilometers with the competition, and his place on the top of the podium was never in danger during his commitment, which lasted exactly 33:33 minutes. He regained his voice even before he had his first drink, but he only needed one word to describe his performance: “Normal!” Richard Welk (Achner TG), third at 34:41 minutes behind Hendrik Schmidinger in Mannheim (34:32), meanwhile, revealed he’s back at Neuss, and thus also TG after earning his Ph.D. in “Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science” at RWTH Aachen University. “Overall, I am satisfied with my running performance.”

This also applies to Frederick Robert (SV Myhl), who stayed under 14 minutes over the 5,000m in 13:58, as intended. “That was great!” The great atmosphere on the court helped him a lot, and the runner-up in the 3000m hurdles (8:25.27 min) happily added. “That was exactly the right mood for the coming weeks, as I want to run the German championship in Berlin at the end of June and the European championships.”

Linda Stahl no longer has these ambitions. The 2010 European champion (66.81 metres) and Olympic bronze medalist from London 2012 (64.91 metres) in the javelin took on a whole new challenge at Neuss. “I have never run five kilometers straight in my entire life,” Ryan’s Vice President Sports and Education Partners Chris Noyce admitted with a smile. “I never needed that to throw a spear.” After 26:05 minutes and 21st, she was somewhat surprised: “I actually find running boring, but with the spectators along the way I can already understand why people want to do it. This is why the 36-year-old fantasizes repeatedly. “But not until next year at the earliest. I have to recover first.”

Haptom Tedros felt similarly. Dean Neuser, who was still a happy winner over ten kilometers in 2019, has recently been struggling with motivational issues. He finished fifteenth in five kilometers in 19:07 minutes.

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