MAMU & MAIORA TAKE OUT THE WINS
JORNET & KREMER WIN SKYRACE SERIES
Eritrean Petru Mamu hit the front at a super fast pace and never relinquished first place to win the final edition of the 2014 Skyrunner World Series Skyrace series at Limone Extreme Skyrace in 02:14:25.
[Petro Mamu wins the 2014 Limone Extreme Skyrace]
Second place was of course Kilian Jornet, having done the VK the evening before his legs weren’t as fresh but he closed in fast on Mamu in the final 10 kilometers and reduced his two-minute lead to 30 seconds by the finish.
[Kilian Jornet on his way to second place and a win of the 2014 Skyrace Series]
In third place and five minutes behind Jornet was David Schneider. But it some ways it was Jornet’s day, as this sealed the Skyrace Series and his third 2014 Skyrunner World Series title for 2014, having already won the VK and Ultra Series.
Maite Maiora worked her way steadily from an early fourth place to win in 02:47:05 two-minutes ahead of second place Stevie Kremer. Third place was Elisa Desco who fought hard and, literally, hit the deck at the finish. Kremer wraps up the season as Skyrace Series champion.
2014 Limone Men’s and Women’s Races
Set amidst beautiful Italian lakes, the final edition of the 2014 Skyrace Series started and finished on the shores of Lake Garda in Limone.
Limone is relatively short in distance at 23.5km but tough on elevation with 2,000m of vertical gain, traversing three mountains, Bocca dei Fortini (1,200m), Monte Traversole (1,441m) and Coma Vecchia (1,415m) before descending back to Limone. With a downpour the night before, humidity was high leaving it warm and sticky for race day with the race starting at 13:30 outside the line of restaurants, pizzerias and pleasure boat docks in Limone Centro.
Petro Mamu is not a well known name, but he came into this race as 2014 Mountain Running World Cup winner having also placed seventh at the 2014 World Mountain Running Championships last month. Also, he has a marathon PR of 02:25:37 set in his home country in May. So take heed this guy has mountain credentials as well as speed. His game plan was to lead from the gun and that is exactly what he did. The first two kilometres suited him as it undulates but boy was he flying when he hit the first climb! By the time 10km had past, he had a two minutes lead on Jornet, Schneider and IMarco de Gasperi.
[Petro Mamu super fast and strong on the first climb]
The women’s race appeared to be between Kremer and Laura Orgue as they swapped places between Checkpoint 1 and the 10km point, but Maiora was biding her time in third place. Desco and Limone VK winner Christel Dewalle were lying in fourth and fifth places respectively.
[Stevie Kremer climbing towards second place]
At Monte Traversole (1,441m), there is a long and technical descent back to Limone, it is here that Jornet made up 90 seconds to Mamu who was racing hard to maintain his well fought lead. Mamu hung on and arrived at the beach to stride his way along amid applause from the crowds and then sprinted along the finishing funnel to hit the winner’s tape. Not once did he look back, but only 30 seconds later Jornet came to join him high fiving the crowds, enjoying the moment that he had won the Skyrace Series and his third Skyrunner World Series title in one year. This has never been done before and, perhaps, it’s never to be done again.
Schneider in third place, however, was looking over his shoulder as he had a muddy and bloodied De Gasperi hot on his heels only 17 seconds behind.
[David Schneider (left) after edging Marco De Gasperi for third place]
The technical descent from Monte Travesole played an important part in the women’s race. Orgue had dropped down the field and Maiora had worked her way up past Kremer and stretched out her lead to two minutes by the finish. Kremer was not going to give in and toughed it out to take second place ahead of Desco by three minutes. Desco had worked hard all day and by the time she arrived at the finish line she had nothing left and collapsing to the ground.
[Elisa Desco after putting it all out there to finish third]
Limone Skyrace results
|4||Marco de Gasperi||02:20:15|
|8||Hassan Ait Chaou||02:26:02|
The above article was published in http://www.irunfar.com
2014 Skyrace Series
It wasn’t perhaps a day for course records but a day to remember nevertheless when a certain Kilian Jornet achieved something that has never been done before, winning all three Skyrunning titles in one year, the grand slam, Ultra, VK and now Skyrace. It may never be done again and it just shows the true versatility and range of this athlete.
American Stevie Kremer has shown the rest of her compatriots that you can mix it up with the Europeans and win on their turf.
Overall Skyrace series results below:
|Men’s Skyrace Series||Series Points|
|2||Ionio Alin Zinca||Valetude||226|
|3||Zaid Ait Malek||Buff||224|
|Women’s Skyrace Series||Series Points|
|2||Maite Maiora||La Sportiva||276|
|3||Elisa Desco||Scott Sports||270|
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