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      New Years Eve Race, Stuttgart, Germany

      "The race held just outside Stuttgart is called the Bietigheimer Silvesterlauf, as with many other German New Year road races it is 11.22km (7 miles), what makes the race special is that it attracts an amazingly loud crowd estimated at 20,000, and they play drums, blow horns and scream their heads off while you charge around the beautiful cobbled street town.

The temperature was below freezing, and although snow is not uncommon for this race, the amount of snow meant that large sections of the race could not be cleared and racers had to navigate several inches of ice, as the pictures show Highgate Harriers are made of stern stuff and found plenty warmth from the 1879 hoops alone.

The event attracts some of Germany ’s top 5km and 10km runners and in total had nearly 2,500 male runners. The men’s winner was German international Sebastian Hallmann who is a 13.20 5km runner and ran a very quick 33.07 on the partially snow & ice covered course. Highgate’s very own Ben Noad put in a sterling effort given he is not yet fully fit after his serious rib cage injury, and he managed to run a very strong 2nd half of the race to eventually out sprint Ireland international Cian McLoughlin for 8th place. Ben Pochee had his own battle with Olympian Dieter Baumann, but was eventually out paced in final 1km by the home crowd favourite and finished 15th.

Lindsay Kehoe also flew the Highgate flag, and like Ben Noad she enjoyed a very strong 2nd half to the race finishing a fantastic 23rd out of over 700 female runners and guest Highgate runners Amanda Warburton and Stacia Winchester-Noad also ran extremely well to ensure the Highgate name was upheld away from London HQ."

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New Years Eve Race Start, Stuttgart Ben Noad - New Years Eve Race, Stuttgart
Ben Pochee - New Years Eve Race, Stuttgart Lindsay Kehoe - New Years Eve Race, Stuttgart
Ben Pochee - New Years Eve Race, Stuttgart
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