May I send my very best wishes and congratulations to the organisers for the 40th staging of the Winschoten 100km Race.
I have very happy memories of Winschoten and some of these are based on a time long before the IAU was formed. I remember, with great clarity, running in the 1978 event and I can still recall the green race sticker showing “The Best of Europe”. The sticker was prophetic and in 1992 Winschoten staged the inaugural IAU European 100km Championships under the Patronage of EAA.
In 1995 at Winschoten the IAU 100km World Challenge under the Patronage of IAAF took place . During my period as IAU President there have been many IAU European and World Championships in this incredible town.
The first IAU Congress was staged at Winschoten in 2000 followed by the second Congress at Winschoten in 2004 when I did not stand for re-election. It was a good feeling to leave the IAU in safe hands.
The IAU owes much to Winschoten for the friendly hospitality of it’s people; for the enthusiasm and efficiency of it’s officials; for the total support of Ultrarunning and the IAU.
It seems unlikely I will be able to send you my congratulations for the 80th year of the race but for now I hope all runners , officials and spectators enjoy the 40th staging of this truly remarkable event.
Very best wishes,
(IAU President 1984 to 2004)