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Marathon des Sables – Day 4/5 Results

El Morabity and Barnes hold on to their leads despite strong competition

It’s the long stage and time to sort the field out. It’s the most feared and probably most critical stage of this race. This year’s fourth stage was 86.2km long and with seven checkpoints it provided enough distance that any mishaps within the leading pack were going to be punished. Overall leader Rachid El Morabity won the stage by eleven minutes, but it wasn’t from a fellow Moroccan, it was from Britain’s Thomas Evans who had an outstanding stage to take second place (must be the highest placing Brit ever!). In third place Mohamed El Morabity now has a thirteen-minute gap on fourth placed Abdelaziz Baghazza. Strong contender for the podium this year was Abdelkader El Mouaziz but he dropped out at the fifth checkpoint to end his 2017 MDS campaign.

Overall Rachid El Morabity extended his lead to thirteen minutes from second place Mohamed El Morabity. Thomas Evans is now in third five minutes behind and has a forty-eight minutes lead on fourth placed Baghazza.

Place Name Time
1st Rachid El Morabity 8:16:14
2nd Thomas Evans 8:27:46
3rd Mohamed El Morabity 8:28:33

Top Brits

Andy Symonds ran for most of the stage with fellow Brit Damian Hall and finished the stage together with less than a second splitting them. But in contrast just look at Thomas Evans time for the stage, a full two hours ahead …. what a stellar performance.

Andy Symonds lies second overall in the Top Brit table. Evans 16:33:13, Symonds 18:48:43 and Hall 20:12:56.

Place Name Time
5th Thomas Evans 8:27:46
16th Damian Hall 10:26:43
17th Andy Symonds 10:26:44

France’s Nathalie Mauclair managed to grab 90 seconds from Sweden’s Elisabet Barnes in this long stage. Barnes remained solid and tracked Mauclair throughout the course of the stage always within two minutes. Barnes overall lead is twenty-three minutes so a similar performance tomorrow in the marathon long stage will secure victory.

Brazil’s Fernanda Maciel ran strong securing third place in the stage and overall and she has almost a two cushion to fourth place Emilie Lecomte who also finished fourth in the long stage.

Place Name Time  
1st Nathalie Mauclair 9:39:58 9th overall
2nd Elisabet Barnes 9:41:16 11th overall
3rd Fernanda Maciel 10:00:58 12th overall

Other contenders

Emilie Lecomte                         11:10:17

Melanie Rousset               11:27:03

Aziza Raji                             12:00:13

Top Brits

A solid performance in this long stage from Jennifer Hill will secure her top Brit.

Place Name Time
70th Jennifer Hill 12:26:24
150th Jessica Hook 14:25:09
182nd Jane Keenan 14:58:23

 

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Marathon des Sables – Day 3 Results

El Morabity and Barnes continue upfront 

The third stage of this year’s Marathon des Sables at 31.6km had only two checkpoints. The Moroccans remained in front with overall leader Rachid El Morabity winning the stage and adding a further minute to his overall lead. Abdelaziz Baghazza stepped up to take second place in a joint time with Mohamed El Morabity.  Fourth place in the stage was taken by Abdelkader El Mouaziz dropping Britains Thomas Evans to fifth place.

Overall Rachid El Morabity has a ten minute lead over second place El Moauaziz with Mohamed El Morabity in third place by only two seconds.

Place Name Time
1st Rachid El Morabity 2:33:14
2nd Abdelaziz Baghazza 2:34:26
3rd Mohamed El Morabity 2:34:26

Top Brits

Andy Symonds had another solid day and retains his place as second Brit behind Thomas Evans. Symonds has a sixteen minute gap to close which is achievable in tomorrow’s long stage of 86.2km. Damian Hall had a strong third day, taking third place and also third Brit overall as Andrew Fargus slipped back giving away a costly thirty minutes.

Place Name Time
5th Thomas Evans 2:38:53
7th Andy Symonds 2:44:53
14th Damian Hall 3:12:16

Sweden’s Elisabet Barnes and 2015 MDS winner looks serene as she gained a further two minutes today to make her overall lead exactly twenty four minutes on second placed Nathalie Mauclair from France.  Brazilian Fernanda Maciel placed third today and is third overall twenty five minutes behind and with a thirty nine minutes lead on fourth placed Emilie Lecomte.

Place Name Time  
1st Elisabet Barnes 3:13:07 16th overall
2nd Nathalie Mauclair 3:15:14 17th overall
3rd Fernanda Maciel 3:27:11 29th overall

Other contenders

Melanie Rousset              3:28:02

Emilie Lecomte                         3:33:44

Aziza Raji                             3:47:23

 

Top Brits

Place Name Time
109th Jennifer Hill 3:18:45
173rd Josephine Adams 3:40:13
189th Susannah Chan 3:43:22

 

 

Marathon des Sables – Day 2 Results

El Morabity and Barnes take control

The second stage of this year’s Marathon des Sables was 39km with three checkpoints. The trio of top Moroccan runners remained at the top although finishing this second stage in a different order with 2016 winner Rachid El Morabity taking the stage win and adding eight valuable minutes.

Thomas Evans from the UK ran the stage in fourth place to keep within a few seconds of the leaders and still well in contention of third place.

Place Name Time
1st Rachid El Morabity 3:04:52
2nd Abdelkader El Mouaziz 3:12:15
3rd Mohamed El Morabity 3:14:31

Top Brits

Place Name Time
4th Thomas Evans 3:14:35
6th Andy Symonds 3:21:19
12th Andrew Fargus 3:49:52

Winner in 2015 Sweden’s Elisabet Barnes continued her strong MDS challenge and eclipsed Brazilian Fernanda Maciel by over eleven minutes. Barnes now has a seventeen minutes lead overall going into tomorrow’s third stage of 31.6km.

Place Name Time  
1st Elisabet Barnes 3:49:04 11th overall
2nd Fernanda Maciel 4:00:42 19th overall
3rd Nathalie Mauclair 4:04:14 20rd overall

Other contenders :

Emilie Lecomte – 4th             4:31:11

Aziza Raji – 5th                    4:41:37

Melanie Rousset – 7th    4:58:00

Top Brits

Place Name Time
67th Jennifer Hill 4:45:52
114th Josephine Adams 5:11:02
164th Jane Keenan 5:31:31

 

Marathon des Sables – Stage 1 Results

The Marathon des Sables started for the 32nd time on Sunday and as predicted the racing was fierce.   The first of six stages had the runners cover 30.3km, a good Sunday run!

The top three in the men’s race was a Moroccan affair but they have some British company hot on their heels.

Place Name Time
1st Mohamed El Morabity 2:10:36
2nd Rachid El Morabity 2:10:54
3rd Abdelkader El Mouaziz 2:11:17

 

Top Brits

Place Name Time
4th Thomas Evans 2:11:58
8th Andy Symonds 2:15:46
12th Andrew Fargus 2:23:56

 

The women’s race has opened up with previous MDS winner Elisabet Barnes leading the way by six minutes.

Place Name Time  
1st Elisabet Barnes 2:38:13 21st overall
2nd Nathalie Mauclair 2:44:57 28th overall
3rd Aziza Raji 2:54:36 43rd overall

 

Other contenders

Fernanda Maciel – 4th         3:01:36

Emilie Lecomte – 5th             3:03:57

Melanie Rousset – 6th    3:04:31

 

Top Brits

Place Name Time
109th Jennifer Hill 3:18:45
173rd Josephine Adams 3:40:13
189th Susannah Chan 3:43:22

 

Its early days in the MDS with five stages of racing left including the long stage on day 4 of 86.2km.

Marathon des Sables

Event preview

Marathon Des Sables – Kirsten Kortebein

The 32nd edition of the fabled Marathon Des Sables is due to start in several days. The circus will be back in the desert corralling over thirteen hundred participants to cover roughly 250km over six days. MDS is a foot race where participants have to be totally self-sufficient carrying all food and mandatory equipment. But the whole event would be nothing without the support staff, one for every two participants, the 2 helicopters and 1 light aircraft, 25 buses, 4 camels and 57 medical staff, the list goes on…….  It’s a logistics exercise comparable with an army brigade making sure that there is ample water, tents and manned check-points etc.

Race preview

We are in line for some very exciting multi day desert racing at this year’s Marathon des Sables. The men’s race could be summarised as potentially a repeat performance of previous year’s but El Morabity’s gap last year was reduced to only a few minutes so it could lead to a shake up on the podium. The women’s race has all the ingredients for some very exciting racing.  There are probably five or six fighting it out for the top spot which could make every day a challenge and any slip up absolutely crucial.

The Men’s race

Top Moroccans

2016

2015 2014 2013

2012

Rachid El Morabity

1st

1st

1st

Abdelkader El Mouaziz

2nd

2nd

7th

Aziz El Akad

3rd

3rd

5th

3rd

Samir Akdar

6th

4th

8th

Salemeh Al Aqra

5th

2nd

2nd

1st

Mohamed Ahansal

11th

3rd

1st

2nd

The table above shows the top Moroccans performances over the last five years. The podium has been dominated by these guys and it would come as a huge surprise if it wasn’t the same this year.

The following guys are confirmed for this year.

Rachid El Morabity – El Morabity has got to be the one to beat having won the last three editions of the race.  Morabity’s winning gap last year was only four minutes compared to fourteen minutes the previous year, both times to El Mouaziz.  He also came second at OCC in 2016 and is entered for CCC this year.

Abdelkader El Mouaziz – El Mouaziz has a deep marathon pedigree with a 2:06 PB and having raced some of the most competitive road marathons over a decade or more, mainly London & Chicago.  He has translated that marathon speed to the rough terrain of the desert and multi day racing.  The last two years placing second to El Morabity but having a healthy gap to a third placed El Akad.

Aziz El Akad – El Akad has placed third in the last two years but will he have enough to challenge the likes of El Morabity and El Mouaziz?  The one hour gap to second at this level is substantial amount to bridge.

Samir Akhdar – A solid top five finisher but Akdar will be looking to make the podium for the first time.

Andy Symonds – Symonds has got to be the top non Moroccan at this year’s event. He has lots of talent, fast and excels on mountain courses. How will he fare in the desert against some of the best multi day racers in the world?  It certainly will be interesting to track his progress.

Tsuyoshi Kaburaki – Kaburaki has tons of mountain racing pedigree earned at UTMB, Hardrock, & Western States, although a few years ago. He placed second last year at Ultra Fiord Patagonia.  A top ten finish would be a good result.

Marco Olmo – Olmo has raced MDS many times and has won the various age categories from M55, M60 and now M65 for the last three years.  Who else can beat the Italian Olmo?

 

Women’s Race

Nathalie Mauclair – Second at last year’s MDS, Mauclair will undoubtedly be seeking the top spot this year, especially as last year’s winner Sedykh is not competing. Her closest rivals are likely to be 2015 winner Elisabet Barnes and Brazilian Fernanda Maciel. Mauclair has won Diagonal des Fous twice and UTMB during 2013 to 2015, by comparison 2016 was a much quieter racing year for her.

Elisabet Barnes – Winner of MDS in 2015, last year’s race did not go to plan and she missed out on the podium. Since then she has placed second at the Grand to Grand ultra and a fourth place at this year’s The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica.  Barnes will be looking to regain that top spot for sure!

Fernanda Maciel – A tough competitor who regularly places top five or podium at some of the world’s toughest mountain races.  Last year placed third at MDS.  Maciel will surely be looking to move further up the podium this year.

Emilie Lecomte – In 2016 Lecomte raced the Grand to Grand ultra a similar multi stage race in the US and won. She also placed third at the Madeira Island Ultra Trail.  Lecomte seems to excel on the tough gnarly courses like Diagonal des Fous and UTMB. How will she perform on the fabled dunes at MDS?

Melanie Rousset – A recent third place at Transgrancanaria will surely boost Rousset’s confidence coming into MDS.  She has placed sixth, fifth and fourth at Diagonal des Fous in recent year’s.  It will be interesting how she tackles multi day desert racing.

Ester Alves – Alves has recent experience of multi day racing at The Coastal Challenge placing third. She won the Madeira Island Ultra Trail in 2015

Federica Boifava – Italian Boifava has won a lot of races many of them in the marathon to 80km range. It will be exciting to see how she performs in multi day desert racing. Likely to place highly if she doesn’t go off to fast in the early stages.

Moroccans

Aziza Raji – Top Moroccan in 2016 placing fifth.

Meryem Mahfoud – Second at Nomads Run 60km 2017.

Houda Taoufiq Mabileau – Third at Nomads Run 60km 2017.

Touda Didi – Tenth at MDS in 2011.

MARATHON DES SABLES – DAY 5 RESULTS

Day 5 Results & Headlines

Stage 5 – 42.2kms

  • Morabity is the King of MDS and tops the overall leader board after a solid fifth stage coming in third place and only nine seconds after stage winner El Mouaziz crossed the line, Mouaziz is second overall.  Spain’s Martinez was beaten by El Akad for third place in the stage and now on the overall standings losing his podium position to the Moroccan, making it a 1-2-3 for Morocco.  Frenchmen Clavery has been solid all week and finishes fifth overall. 
  • Sedykh is the Queen of MDS. She continued her winning ways by taking this fifth stage and tops the overall leader board by a clear forty five minutes.  After winning yesterdays long stage Mauclair came third today but finishes second overall with over two hours to third place Brazilian Maciel, who came in fifth in today’s stage.  Defending champion Barnes fails to make top five in the stage today but finishes in fourth overall. Completing the top five overall is Moroccos Raji with another solid performance today.
  • Top Brits are David Hellard finished in 17th place overall followed by Alastair King in 19th overall. Selina McCole is top Brit female finishing in 10th place on the women’s leader board and 101st place overall.

 

Men’s Race

1  Abdelkader El Moaziz 03:11:32
2  Aziz El Akad  03:11:34
3 Rachid El Morabity 03:11:41
4 Samir Akdar 03:18:54
5  Erik Clavery 03:27:24

 

Women’s Race

1  Natalia Sedykh  03:45:12
2  Pui Yan Chow 03:50:23
3 Nathalie Mauclair 04:07:08
4 Aziza Raji 04:32;07
5  Fernanda Maciel 04:43:00

 

Leaderboard

Men’s Race – Cumulative Standings

1  Rachid El Morabity  21:01:21
2  Abdelkader El Mouaziz  21:05:38
3  Aziz El Akad 22:07:30
4  Jose Manuel Martinez  22:27:50
5  Erik Clavery  23:00:18

Akhdar 6th, Sa 8th, Amdahl 9th, Schlarb 12th

Women’s Race – Cumulative Standings

1  Natalia Sedykh (11th Overall)  24:45:26
2  Nathalie Mauclair (13th overall)  25:30:55
3  Fernanda Maciel (25th overall) 27:58:43
4  Elisabet Barnes (33rd overall)  30:02:26
5  Aziza Raji (36th overall) 30:41:31

 

Top Brit’s

1  David Hellard (17th overall) 26:01:07
2  Alastair King (19th overall) 26:34:20
3  Kristian Morgan (22nd overall) 27:09:10
4  Greg Dunning (26th overall) 28:37:36
5  Gary Evans (28th overall) 28:48:10tops

 

MARATHON DES SABLES – DAY 4 RESULTS

Day 4 Results & Headlines

Stage 4 – 84.3kms

  • Morabity takes the long stage for his fourth stage win.  He extends his lead over second place El Mouaziz by 3 minutes to 4min 26. Spanish runner Martinez holds third place and increases margin over fourth place El Akad to 7 minutes.  Clavery of France displaces Akhdar to take the fifth spot. (Note : unsure what has happened to Akhdar- UPDATE Akhdar is now in 8th place overall)
  • Sedykh continues to lead the women’s race overall but was unable to take her fourth stage win. Mauclair makes up ground to take stage win and reduce the deficit to 23 minutes to Sedykh.  Maciel stays strong and for a solid third place overall, now 1hour and 6 mins ahead of defending champion Barnes.
  • Top Brits are David Hellard drops one place to 16th place overall and Alastair King moving up to 19th overall. Selina McCole is top Brit female in 8th place on the women’s leader board and 76th place overall.

 

Men’s Race

1  Rachid El Morabity  08:11:24
2  Abdelkader El Mouaziz  08:14:28
3  Jose Manuel Martinez  08:25:55
4  Aziz El Akad  08:28:04
5  Erik Clavery  08:41:20

 

Women’s Race

1  Nathalie Mauclair  09:07:59
2  Natalia Sedykh  09:19:53
3  Fernanda Maciel  10:30:12
4  Elisabet Barnes 11:36:11
5  Sophie Laversanne  12:00:25

 

Leaderboard

Men’s Race – Cumulative Standings

1  Rachid El Morabity  17:49:40
2  Abdelkader El Mouaziz  17:54:06
3  Jose Manuel Martinez  18:48:26
4  Aziz El Akad  18:55:56
5  Erik Clavery  19:32:54

Sa 7th, Amdahl 9th, Schlarb 12th

Women’s Race – Cumulative Standings

1  Natalia Sedykh  21:00:14
2  Nathalie Mauclair  21:23:47
3  Fernanda Maciel  23:15:43
4  Elisabet Barnes  25:16:23
5  Aziza Raji  26:09:24

 

Top Brit’s

1  David Hellard (16th overall)  21:55:14
2  Alastair King (19th overall)  22:33:19
3  Kristian Morgan (21st overall)  22:53:14
4  Greg Dunning (26th overall)  24:04:30
5  Gary Evans (28th overall)  24:41:38