Monday's traditional New Year's Eve foot race in Rammerich attracted both recreational runners and professional athletes.

The 2018 edition of the traditional "Silvesterlaf" was the marked the 35th anniversary of the foot race.

As usual, the race was very popular, attracting members of the general public, as well as high-performing professional runners.

One such example: cross-country champion Christophe Kass.

VIDEO: 35. Oplo vum Silvesterlaf zu Rammerech
Eng 400 Leefer a Leeferinne waren an de Stroosse vum Dierfchen ënnerwee an d'Spektateure waren do, wou d'Leefer am meeschten hu mussen op d'Zänn bäissen.

As is the rule, the race clashed with the prestigious "Sylvesterlauf Trier", a similar race just across the border.

As was to be expected, a lot of Luxembourg's best runners were to be found on the starting blocks at the Trier race.

Nevertheless, turn out in Rammerich was very presentable, with about 400 runners taking to the streets of the little village.

Spectators had gathered around the spots where the runners have to give their all to get up and down the hills.

Overall, the whole of the race course is very spectator-friendly, as runners can be seen on all stretches of the route.

From the start, a group of four runners managed to set themselves apart at the front of the race.

In the end, Belgian athlete Ludwig Lefebvre secured first place, just ahead of Nicolas Navet. Christoph Kass crosses the finish line in third place and thus is the fastest Luxembourg national in the race.

© Robert Straus

The winner of the women's race is Liz Nepper, followed by Anny Wolter and Runa Eglissdottir.

© Robert Straus

Former race leaders Vincent Nothum and Pascal Groben, who came in 23rd and 24th place respectively, have also shown that they have not lost their joy of running and they can still deliver very respectable results.