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Run, Basel, Run

Run, Basel, Run

One of the most popular forms of exercise, running is rapidly growing in prominence throughout the Basel region.  Be it performance athletics or recreational jogging, the city offers a multitude of events and opportunities year-round. By Ella Revitt Running has one advantage: you can do it anywhere, any time. Basel also has its share of runners – you find them along the Rhine, in the various parks, on the tracks of sports grounds, or even in fitness centres on the treadmills. And we have all heard of the health benefits of running until the cows come home – sometimes quite

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Comments Off   |  18/07/2017 Sports, Uncategorized

They came, they rowed, they won

They came, they rowed, they won

With their first ever start at Basel Head the Germany eight sent a challenge to all those top nations in rowing that so far have stayed away from this unique against-the-clock race. By Martin Pütter Shortly after the start the Germany eight (white shirts) is closing in on last year’s winners, the Swiss leightweight eight (under the bridge). Picture courtesy of Basel Head The figures are impressive: 37 seconds ahead of the second-placed boat, and pulverising the previous course record by more than eleven seconds – the German eight confirmed their role as favourites at the at Basel Head, held for

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Comments Off   |  21/11/2016 Sports, Uncategorized

Basel Head honoured

Basel Head honoured

A new record number of participants, an additional competition, and an almost legendary boat at the start for the first time – the international rowing regatta “Basel Head” continues to go from strength to strength. By Martin Pütter The former England international Gary Lineker has once said about football (soccer for US readers): “a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.” With slightly different wording he could have said the same about rowing; at each international race for eights the German boat has been one of the favourites since the

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Comments Off   |  17/11/2016 Sports, Uncategorized

Sport – common ground helps locals and expats alike

Sport – common ground helps locals and expats alike

New research has shown that as well as boosting brain power and preventing illness, involvement in sport teams can also help foreigners assimilate into their new communities.  By Ella Revitt Evidence from various European countries has established that sports are a great way to incorporate expats into local activities. “A clearly positive factor for integration is the sports club’s motivational climate, where it’s a matter of learning and developing”, says professor Anne-Marie Elbe from the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. Basel is certainly no exception. This city boasts many elite and amateur sporting events

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Comments Off   |  07/06/2016 Sports, Uncategorized

The Rhine has a riddle for the rowers

The Rhine has a riddle for the rowers

International top rowers and their boats will be within almost touching distance for the spectators during the 6th Basel Head on the Rhine this Saturday, 14 November. And it looks like the “brook” will show a new aspect to both participants and organisers. By Martin Pütter As Halloween was only a few days ago, Martin Steiger is using a term difficult to translate to English: “The spook [meaning spectacle] will last an hour and a half”, says the joint president of the Basel Head organising committee. This Saturday (14 November), this against-the-clock race for eights will be held on a

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Comments Off   |  10/11/2015 Sports, Uncategorized

France’s Top-Eight break their own Record

France’s Top-Eight break their own Record

by Paul Castle / BaselHead, English by Mandy Freschi, Photo: Rüdiger Hubrich The winners podium at the rowing race Basel Head was shared by well-known teams, each with all new participants. The category winners came from Nancy, Prague, Vienna and Rotterdam. Swiss teams were second in four categories. In only 19 minutes, the powerful team of Nancy finished the 6.4 Kilometres through Basel’s town centre.  This clearly improved the French Olympic aspirants’ own course record. The Swiss Rowing Federation was well ahead of VK Mladost from Croatia, coming in second place. World Champion Simon Niepmann from Basel / Grenzach was

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Comments Off   |  18/11/2014 Sports, Uncategorized

A race on the Rhine appeals with its unpredictability

A race on the Rhine appeals with its unpredictability

By Martin Pütter On 15 November 2015 the international rowing race Basel Head will take place. This event is growing in popularity among both athletes and spectators – and the “brook” plays a major role in this. At quite an early stage, the organisers of Basel Head knew that this year’s number of participants had topped last year’s. “Up to now around 70 crews from 10 countries have registered,” it said in a newsletter that appeared on the German pages of Basel Head’s website in early October (unfortunately, the English version of the newsletter lacked this information). At the press

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Comments Off   |  08/11/2014 Sports, Uncategorized

Towering Thanks in Front of the Tennis Arena

Towering Thanks in Front of the Tennis Arena

By Martin Pütter, Photo: Juri Weiss/bs.ch The Swiss Indoors, Basel’s annual indoor tennis tournament, celebrate a special anniversary in 2014. When it comes to sport in Basel, two things tower even more than head and shoulders above the rest: football (aka soccer) and tennis. Football – in the form of FC Basel – does it almost on a daily basis, whereas tennis grabs the limelight just for eight days in autumn. The Swiss Indoors even hit the headlines abroad – check the sports pages of the BBC website during the tournament. And this year the tournament, which has brought (almost)

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Comments Off   |  21/10/2014 Sports, Uncategorized

The second treat

The second treat

The Badminton Team European Championships early February were the starter; now the aficionados of this sport in Basel are looking forward to the main course, the Badminton Swiss Open (11 – 16 March). By Martin Pütter The starter was struggling against another major sporting event; the main course, however, will be almost undisturbed. Early in February the Badminton Team European Championships were facing competition from the Olympic Winter Games being held in Sochi at the same time, and thus played to a largely empty stadium. But the Badminton Swiss Open in Basel, held for the 24th time, will certainly draw

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Comments Off   |  12/03/2014 Sports

Two badminton treats

Two badminton treats

Twice within the space of four weeks, Europe’s and the world’s best badminton players will be competing in Basel: first at the Team European Championships (11 – 16 February), and then in the Swiss Open (11 – 16 March). By Martin Pütter Badminton in Basel has experienced something extraordinary: instead of having to bid to host a major event – which seems to be standard procedure in sport nowadays – the city was actually asked by the European governing body “Badminton Europe” whether it could host the Team European Championships for men and women. The thinking behind this request was:

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Comments Off   |  09/02/2014 Sports, Uncategorized
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