Sparkassen Half Marathon in Pfarrkirchen

Tina Fischl breaks track record from 2006

Runner Tina Fischl from Fürstenstein provided a sporting highlight at the Sparkassen half marathon in Pfarrkirchen.

In glorious sunshine, around 600 athletes competed in the various distances. The many spectators and fans created a great atmosphere early in the morning.

Tina Fischl went into the race that day with the idea of breaking the track record set by Katrin Esefeld in 2006 (1:23.6 hours). The experienced endurance specialist who had never run here before and therefore did not know the course, quickly realized that this would not be so easy due to the partly considerable headwind. There were two 10.5 km laps to run. Each lap included a short climb as well as a meadow and gravel section, which demanded the utmost concentration from the athletes.

Immediately after the starting signal, the personal trainer set a remarkable pace and it quickly became clear that none of the women could keep up.

Tina Fischl was therefore completely on her own right from the start. A tough battle against time with her eyes on the block. “It was very tough running alone against the partly strong headwind, always concentrating on the kilometer pace and not letting go. An absolute challenge for body and mind. The fact that I was able to improve the old record by two minutes makes me very happy and I am very pleased with this result” said Fischl at the finish.

With a total lead of 11 minutes over the runner-up, Tina Fischl crossed the finish line as the women’s winner on Bavaria’s oldest trotting track in Pfarrkirchen. With her time of 1:21.16 hours, she improved the course record from 2006 by exactly 2 minutes.

Photo documentation: © Alex Fischl