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LAVAREDO ULTRA TRAIL 2017 RESULTS

The Lavaredo Ultra Trail (119 kilometers and 5,850 meters of climb) took place this weekend at Cortina d’Ampezzo in northern Italy.

Caroline Chaverot of France claimed her second victory at Lavaredo in a winning time of 14:05 and 12th overall. Chaverot now has the two fastest times including the course record of 13:40 that she set in 2015.

Fabien Antolinos of France claimed his first major victory with a stunning win in a fast time of 12:32 and only 17 minutes off the course record. He raced within himself for the first half and used that as a foundation to move strongly through the field to finish for the win.

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2017 Lavaredo Ultra Trail Men’s and Women’s Races

After a stormy preceding night, the conditions happened to be perfectly cool and dry enough for the 11 p.m. start in the centre of Cortina for the 11th edition of the Lavaredo Ultra Trail. As the runners amassed, the music blared out and the atmosphere became euphoric as the seconds ticked by, getting ever closer to the start time.

It’s always a fast start at Lavaredo and this year was no exception, Catalan Pau Capell and a strong race favorite with his impressive streak of performances was leading it out and working together with New Zealand’s Scott Hawker as they reached Ospitale at the 18-kilometer mark. They had already created a one-minute lead on the chasing pack that included Norway’s Didrik Hermansen and American Seth Swanson.

The women’s race had already set its stage, New Zealand’s Ruth Croft and Caroline Chaverot came in to the Ospitale aid station within seconds of each other. They had already stretched the gap on Poland’s Ewa Majer and Italian Lisa Borzani to seven minutes, such was this opening frenetic pace.

Ruth Croft running toward second place at the 2017 Lavaredo Ultra Trail

The race proceeds through the forested trails with a short climb to Son Forca and into Federavecchia followed by a much bigger climb to Refugio Auronzo at 48k. Still with the lead came a strong Capell but now on his own as Hawker was having stomach problems and would drop much later. Swanson topped out the climb to the refugio looking deadly and in the hunt and ready to close that 10-minute gap. Hermansen and Lithuanian Gediminas Grinius were showing their experience and had moved up to third and fourth. Race winner Antolinos was clearly in good shape as he arrived less than one minute later and only 17 minutes off the lead.

Chaverot arrived at the refugio in 5:22 elapsed with Croft three minutes later and very much looking to stay in touch and perhaps hustle Chaverot out of first place.

As it happened for both the women’s and men’s races, the strategic advantage was to significantly change at around 67k at Cimabanche. After the tough climb to Auronzo, there is a long downhill stretch and a relatively flat section in and out of Cimabanche followed by a much shorter climb and a lovely descent to 75k and Malga Ra Stua.

It was at Cimabanche that two significant things happened. Croft had been charging and was literally steps behind Chaverot at Cimabanche but that was to be the closest she would get to Chaverot who would step up the pace. Antolinos was in fifth and some 31 minutes behind leader Capell who was working hard to create a gap on Swanson. From Cimabanche to Malga Ra Stua and eventually to Col Gallina at 95k after a steep climb, Antolinos had made up those 31 minutes and was now in the lead. A superb section of running, but he did have a problem, a strong Swanson was hot on his heels and looking to close that gap.

Seth Swanson looking strong for second place

It was at Col Gallina that Capell, who arrived in third, would drop with dehydration issues. This put Italian favorite Fulvio Dapit in third ahead of Hermansen. But it was not this Norwegian that he had to fear, it was another one, Erik-Sebastian Krogvig, who had been running in seventh or eighth most of the way. By Passo Giau at 104k, Krogvig was hot on the heels of Dapit.

By the time Chaverot had reached Col Gallina, she had put 25 minutes on Croft and it was only to stretch out more as the remaining kilometers passed by.

After losing the lead to Swanson briefly over the remaining climb, Fabien Antolinos had managed to fight back to regain his lead. He came into Cortina with around a two-minute lead, leaving him the opportunity to savour the crowds cheering as he came to the finish line for his first major victory. He ran a smart race. Krogvig had also raced hard and smart and unfortunately for Dapit took the third and last place on the podium.

Fabien Antolinos on his way to winning the 2017 Lavaredo Ultra Trail

The announcers called her the ‘Queen of Cortina’ and who could deny her that title, Caroline Chaverot powered her way to the finish line to claim yet another impressive victory and her second at Lavaredo. Croft had run a tough race, had tried to hustle Chaverot, but was out paced. That said, she never gave in and was rewarded with second place. Borzani ran strong all the way, holding third place from way back before Refugio Aurunzo but was unable to sustain the pace of either Chaverot or Croft.

Caroline Chaverot, 2017 Lavaredo Ultra Trail Champion.

2017 Lavaredo Ultra Trail Men’s Results

 

1 Fabien Antolinos (Mizuno) 12:32:34
2 Seth Swanson (The North Face) 12:34:41
3 Erik-Sebastian Krogvig 13:09:21
4 Fulvio Dapit (Crazy) 13:11:23
5 Robert Hajnal 13:24:30
6 Didrik Hermansen (Asics) 13:28:21
7 Damian Hall (inov8) 13:28:38
8 Sebastian Chaigneau (The North Face) 13:29:45
9 Andris Ronimoiss (Inov8) 13:42:48
10 Julien Chorier (Hoka One One) 13:45:32

 

Erik-Sebastian Krogvig taking third at the 2017 Lavaredo Ultra Trail.

2017 Lavaredo Ultra Trail Women’s Results

 

1 Caroline Chaverot (Salomon) 14:05:45
2 Ruth Croft (Scott) 14:51:36
3 Lisa Borzani (Tecnica) 15:53:49
4 Maud Gobert 16:09:30
5 Ewa Majer 16:23:33
6 Luzia Buhler 16:30:51
7 Aliza LaPierre (Salomon) 16:51:46
8 Roxane Ardiet 17:41:38
9 Jo Meek (Scott) 18:08:47
10 Vroni Heidrich 18:22:14

 

Lisa Borzani after taking third.

All images copyright – Ian Campbell Photography

This article was published on www.irunfar.com

 

 

 

 

ULTRA RUNNING NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

In this month’s column we bring you news from the Sky Running World Series, the Ultra Trail World Tour and latest UTWT standings, Thames Path 100, as well as a selection of news from the blogs.

Transvulcania

Since 2012 only three guys have broken seven hours for the Transvulcania course, Dakota Jones, Kilian Jornet and Luis Alberto Hernando. Hernando has an awesome record at Transvulcania, second to Jornet in 2013, and winner in 2014 and 2015. He was the red-hot favourite in this year’s edition and he didn’t disappoint. Hernando took his third successive win in just over seven hours. American Sage Canaday who led the race all the IMG_0673way to Roque de los Muchachos took a third place podium finish after Frenchmen Nicolas Martin reeled him on that long descent for second place.

Sweden’s Ida Nilsson surprised everyone with a terrific performance that demonstrated total dominance of the field, the tough course and hot conditions. Her lead grew as the race progressed, finishing seventeen minutes ahead of Anne-Lise Rousset of France. Ruth Croft completed the podium only two minutes behind.

Transvulcania

Men Time
1 Luis Alberto Hernando 07:04:44
2 Nicolas Martin 07:10:40
3 Sage Canaday 07:14:16

 

Women Time
1 Ida Nilsson 08:14:18
2 Anne-Lise Rousset 08:31:53
3 Ruth Croft 08:33:32

 

Marathon des Sables

Rachid El Morabity of Morocco celebrated the win after a dominating display of running in the 32nd edition of this classic multi day race across the Saharan sands of Morroco. The podium was an all Moroccan affair with compatriots Abdelkader El Mouaziz and Aziz El Akad taking second and third spots.

Russian Natalia Sedykh won four of the five stages and had an incredible forty five minutes lead over second place Nathalie Mauclair of France. Mauclair won the long stage on day four to cement her second place. Brazilian Fernanda Maciel demonstrated her tenacity over these demanding desert multi day races by finishing strongly in third place.

Marathon des Sables

Men Time
1 Rachid El Morabity 21:01:21
2 Abdelkader El Mouaziz 21:05:38
3 Aziz El Akad 22:07:30

 

Women Time
1 Natalia Sedykh 24:45:26
2 Nathalie Mauclair 25:30:55
3 Fernanda Maciel 27:58:43

 

Thames Path 100

The Thames Path 100 is the first race of the Centurion Running grand slam. With minimal elevation gain or loss and run on the tow path it is a fast course. Craig Holgate held the course record (15:11:15) from 2012 and proceeded to crush that time by over an hour and completely dominated the field. His winning time and course record is even more impressive given that he went off course and lost over an hour and a half. Sam Pullan and Mark Greyner completed the podium for the men.

Sam Amend in her first 100 miler ran an extremely impressive 16:00:09, was second overall, and had a margin of three hours over Norwegians Mari Mauland in second and Hilde Ackenhausen in third.

Thames Path 100

Men Time
1 Craig Holgate 14:09:54
2 Sam Pullan 17:01:15
3 Mark Greyner 17:11:54

 

Women Time
1 Samantha Amend 16:00:09
2 Mari Mauland 19:11:25
3 Hilde Ackenhausen 19:34:57

Yading Skyrun

The Skyrunner World Series opened the season with a first race in China. A 30km route reached altitudes of 4,664M and the finishing point was at a temple was at 4,000M. This is Sky Running following its ethos of ‘Less cloud. More Sky’.

The race was won by Nepalese Bhin Gurung in a fast time and a small cushion of less than two minutes ahead of Italian Tadei Pivk.

American Megan Kimmel certainly made her trip to China worthwhile with a solid win ahead of Chinese Wenrong Zhen by thirty six minutes and picking up a $3000 winners prize.

Bryon Powell of irunfar.com completed the race in 4:18 for fourteenth place as part of his Hardrock 100 training.

Yading Skyrun

Men Time
1 Bhin Gurung (Nepal) 03:08:30
2 Tadei Pivk (Italy) 03:10:18
3 Marc Casal Mir (And) 03:11:28

 

Women Time
1 Megan Kimmel (USA 03:20:39
2 Wenrong Zhen (China) 03:56:17
3 Ragna Debats 03:57:39

 

News from the blogs

Dakota Jones

DJ has been travelling to Europe and has taken the unusual option to cross the pond by cargo ship in an effort to be ecologically friendly. Read his article on iRunFar as he debates with himself and the reader with the realities of this chosen method and whether it is indeed saving the planet.   http://www.irunfar.com/2016/05/dakota-on-the-dalian.html

During his trip to Ireland  DJ hooked up with legends Scott Jurek & Rickey Gates before heading across to Wales and then the Lake District for Salomon Advanced week. Check out his athlete Facebook page for the updates.

http://thatdakotajones.com/

Ellie Greenwood

In preparation for Comrades Ellie raced Chuckanut 50k for yet another win. then it was off to the UK and the Lake District for Salomon Advanced Week. The athletes generally have a great time taking the opportunity to train together but more importantly testing out new kit and giving feedback. The results of which go back into the end product that we see as the consumer.  To round the week off many of the team tried out a fell race, The Coledale Horseshoe – check out the results The Coledale Horsehoe Results 2016 .

Watch out for Ellie as she takes on the Russian twins on the Comrades down run at the end of this month.

http://elliegreenwood.blogspot.co.uk/

Sage Canaday

Sage Canaday has a great You Tube channel V02max Productions and you will find a wealth of information as he chronicles the various stages of his training and racing. Towards the latter part of last year and early this year he was focussed on making the US Olympic Trials, narrowly missing qualification by 12 seconds.  His times over four marathons were between 2:19:12 and 2:20:32, very consistent but as Sage opens up in his review he was perhaps overcautious and should stepped up his mileage from an average 80 miles a week to an average 120-130 miles a week. Its an interesting read and provides a useful process emphasizing the importance of having a good training diary and post event analysis to improve future training.

http://sagecanaday.com/

Jason Schlarb

Skiing the Hardrock 100 course has never been done before. Jason and friends took on the mighty course in a counterclockwise direction over four days and nights in March. Hear all about it on this podcast from the US  Ultra Runner.

http://www.jasonschlarb.com/

Sondre Amdahl

Fresh from Marathon des Sables Sondre Amdahl tells all about his experience of racing in probably the most iconic desert multi day stage race where he finished ninth overall.  His report provides some great explanation of his approach to the race including gear and nutrition and mistakes he made. Great reading!

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Meghan Arbogast

Meghan Arbogast is a 53 year old ultra runner and she live in Cool California. that is Cool!  She is a mum, massage therapist and coach. How on earth she fits in high quality training into what looks like an incredibly busy schedule I’ve no idea but read her blog and you will out more. Recently running the Moab 55k in 5:21 – 4th female and 1st master.

About Meghan Arbogast

 

UTWT standings after five races

Men Points
1 Jordi Gamito 447
2 Gediminas Grinius 402
3 Cyril Cointre 389

 

Women Points
1 Caroline Chaverot 405
2 Andrea Huser 360
3 Silvia Trigueros Garrote 333

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The next event on the UTWT calendar is the Ultra Trail Australia on May 14th. The race is 100km with 4,200M of vertical ascent held in the magnificent Blue Mountain National Park in New South Wales, Australia. Update : The race was won by Pau Capell & Beth Cardelli

Up and coming races

Zegama – May 22nd

Grand Union Canal Race 145 miles– May 24th

Comrades 89 kms – May 29th

Ultra Madeira – June 4th

South Downs Way 100 – June 11th

 

MADEIRA ISLAND ULTRA TRAIL – RESULTS

MIUT 10624623_769447663134382_2276331123363407845_nThe USA’s Zach Miller and Caroline Chaverot of France storm to convincing wins at the fifth Ultra Trail World Tour event  on the pretty island of Madeira (Madeira Island Ultra Tour).  Both Miller and Chaverot reset the course records in the process.

Miller (13:52:17) won by twenty minutes ahead of Spain’s Tofol Castanyer who had Frenchman Sebastien Camus only six minutes behind.  Defending champion Luis Fernandes came in seventh and the top Portuguese athlete.

Chaverot (15:00:55) was once again in a race of her own. Her lead over second place Andrea Huser was a mighty eighty two minutes. Incredibly Chaverot was in eigth place overall. Third place went to Emilie Lecomte of France.

Notice how many French runners made the top ten in both the mens and womens’ fields.

Men’s Results

  Name Country Time
1 Zach Miller USA 13:52:17
2 Tofol Castanyer Spain 14:12:45
3 Sebastien Camus France 14:18:45
4 Fabien Antolinos France 14:34:13
5 Cyril Cointre France 14:35:19
6 Fulvio Dapit Italy 14:38:54
7 Luis Fernandes Portugal 14:48:02
8 Benoit Girondel France 15:07:04
9 Antoine Guillon France 15:17:01
10 Armanda Teixeira Portugal 15:21:35

 

Women’s Results

  Name Country Time
1 Caroline Chaverot France 15:00:55
2 Andrea Huser Switzerland 16:22:46
3 Emilie Lecomte France 17:56:17
4 Juliette Blanchet France 18:56:18
5 Melanie Rousset France 19:03:28
6 Sofia Roquete Portugal 19:36:49
7 Sylvie Hascoet France 19:48:19
8 Susana Simoes Portugal 21:07:06
9 Henriette Brynthe Norway 21:55:43
10 Olivia Sousa Portugal 22:01:23

 

 

 

 

 

MADEIRA ISLAND ULTRA TRAIL

The Ultra Trail World Tour has its fifth event of the season on the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira. Its not an island renowned for its beaches but it does have plenty of mountains and an incredible network of trails and ‘levadas’ covering 1,500km. The Madeira Island Ultra Trail now in its 8th edition will see runners traversing the island from North West to South East for a total of 115kms and 6,850M of ascent, that’s 60M of ascent every kilometre!

Defending champions Luis Fernandes (14:36:19) and Ester Alves (18:43:08) are up against very strong fields and they will both have to be on their ‘A’ game to  come away with the win.  Here’s our run down of the top contenders in the men’s and women’s races.

Race Details

April 23 – 00:00 start time – Porto Moniz

Madeira Island Ultra Trail

Men’s Race
Zach Miller USA Races hard and loves it the harder it gets. Will be the one to beat. 1st TNF 50 2015, 1st CCC 2015, 5th Transvulcania 2015.
Luis Fernandes Portugal Defending champion who has home advantage and intimate knowledge of the course.
Iker Karrera Spain Leading contender of the several top Spanish runners and a podium place for sure. 5th Diagonal des Fous 2015, 8th Hardrock 2015, 2nd UTMB 2014
Tofol Castanyer Spain Strong racer and top three if on form. 3rd UTMB 2014, 4th Transvulcania 2014, 4th TNF 50 2014, 1st CCC 2012,
Antoine Guillon France Strong determined runner and likely to be top three. 1st Diagonal des Fous 2015, 3rd Transgrancanaria 2015, 3rd Vibram HK 2015, 9th MDS 2015. 3rd Tor des Geants 2014
Pau Capell Gil Spain In form and can go the distance. Will be looking for another podium place. 3rd Transgrancanaria 2016, 4th Vibram HK 2016
Miguel Heras Spain Undoubtedly a strong runner but has not been in form recently. 2nd UTMB 2013
Christophe Le Saux France Tough competitor who came 13th at Trangrancanaria 83KM race in early March. 7th Eiger ultra 2015, MDS 9th, 10th and 7th in 2013 to 2015 respectively.
Cyril Cointre France 10th Tarawera 2016, 5th Transgrancanaria 2015, 4th Vibram HK 2015. 9th Lavaredo 2014.
Sebastien Camus France 2nd Diagonal des Fous 2015
Jordi Gamito Spain 6th Vibram HK 2016, 10th Transgrancanaria 2016, 6th Diagonal des Fous 2015.
Fabien Antolinos France 6th UTMB 2015
Sange Sherpa Nepal 4th Eiger Ultra 2016,  8th UTMF 2015
Jordi Bes Ginesta Spain 1st CCC 2013
Fulvio Dapit Italy  
 
Women’s Race  
Caroline Chaverot France Fresh from winning Transgrancanaria in early March and this distance in her sweetspot. 1st Lavaredo 2015, 2nd TGC 2015, 1st Eiger Ultra 2015. Loves to lead out from the start and stretch the field early on.  Clear favorite.
Andrea Huser Switzerland 2nd place at Transgrancanaria in early March. Prolific racer and always in top ten shape. Expect Huser to make the podium and if Chaverot is not on form to take the win. 2nd Eiger Ultra 2015, 7th Lavaredo 2015, 4th TGC 2015, 7th UTMB 2014.
Emilie Lecomte France Podium place. 2nd place Diagonal des Fous in 2015. 7th Eiger Ultra 2015, 1st Tor des Geants 2014.
Ester Alves Portugal Home favorite and defending champion – winner of Madeira Island Ultra in 2015. A solid racer but will have to race hard here to make the podium.   6th TGC 2015, 7th Transvulcania 2015, 7th Laveredo 2014.
Lucinda Sousa Portugal 7th place at Transgrancanaria in early March. Home favourite with Alves.
Juliette Blanchet France 2nd place Diagonal des Fous 2014.
Melanie Rousset France 9th place at UTMB 2015, 5th place at Diagonal des Fous 2014, 6th Diagonal des Fous 2013.

ULTRARUNNING NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

In this month’s column we bring you news from the third round of the Ultra Trail World Tour, the latest UTWT standings as well as a selection of news from the blogs.

Transgrancanaria

Norway’s Didrik Hermansen and France’s Caroline Chaverot improved on their 2015 second places to win the 2016 edition of this race and in the process both smashing the course records by a considerable margin.

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Didrik Hermansen climbing towards Garanon aid station

Two different race tactics were employed, Hermansen running with the lead group, biding his time and then charging at just over the halfway mark, whilst Chaverot, showing supreme confidence in her ability, charged from the front and just kept increasing that lead as the miles went by.

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Caroline Chaverot coming into Ayaguares 

Gediminas Grinius had a solid race beating his time from last year by thirty eight minutes and adding to his tally of UTWT points and ranking. In joint third was Catalan Pau Capell, running with Switzerlands Diego Pazos for much of the second half of the race.

In the women’s race Chaverot’s lead was nearly a whole two hours ahead of Switzerland’s Andrea Huser followed shortly by Spain’s Uxue Fraile Azpeitia.

Transgrancanaria – 125km

Men Time
1 Didrik Hermansen 13:41:48
2 Gediminas Grinius 13:45:08
3 – tied Pau Capell 14:11:02
3 – tied Diego Pazos 14:11:02

 

Women Time
1 Caroline Chaverot 15:23:40
2 Andrea Huser 17:21:43
3 Uxue Fraile-Azpeitia 17:28:05

 

News from the blogs

Nuria Picas

Nuria Picas dropped from Transgrancanaria in Artenara (33km) citing a psoas muscle injury to her left leg. It looks like Nuria will be in Soller, Mallorca in the middle of March helping Tofol Castanyer with his training camp over three intense days.  One thing is for sure the trails are fantastic in Mallorca and Soller is a really beautiful place to be based.

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Nuria giving fellow Buff athlete Yeray Duran encouragement for the last 25km of TGC 

http://nuriapicas.com/home/

Caroline Chaverot

Obviously excited from her success at Transgrancanaria Caroline was very prompt in her race report, written the same day as she finished. In French, its worth translating and reading – After Teror, I find that I’m way ahead of last year, since I will make all the next climb, which is beautiful at sunrise, at night.’

http://carochav.blogspot.co.uk/

Emelie Forsberg

Emelie Forsberg had a well-publicized ski accident in early February where she tore her cruciate ligament meaning that she will be out of trail running action this season. Her rehab continues with measured amounts of isometric exercises and cycling on a turbo trainer. We wish her a speedy recovery.

http://www.emelieforsberg.com/category/blog-english/

Anna Frost

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Anna loves those La Palma trails – She will be back there this May

Look out for Anna Frost in the Lake District, UK when the rest of the Salomon team meet for the Salomon Advanced Week in April. Anna also has Transvulcania and Hardrock 100 on her schedule as well a trip to Bhutan in October among other things.

https://frostysfootsteps.wordpress.com/

Didrik Hermansen

Didrik’s Facebook account confirmed that he took it easy as he worked his way up the field at Transgrancanaria before taking first place on the downhill towards Ayaguares with around twenty five kilometres to go. What was not apparent was the back and forth that he and Gediminas Grinius had had leading up to this point. View www.irunfar.com postrace interview for a more in depth analysis.

Hermansen also held a contest to guess his TGC finish time. Fredrik Olmqvist guessed to within eight minutes. Given that Hermansen blew away the old course record by forty two minutes, it was a well-informed guess!

Gediminas Grinius

A thoughtful piece from Gediminas about potentially overtraining leading into Diagonal des Fous in 2015 – ‘was a disaster, which I never would like to repeat’ at Diagonal des Fous and refocusing for 2016. Grinius tells us about his race plans for 2016 starting with Vibram HK – ‘A’ race and third place, Transgrancanaria – ‘B’ race not bad as he came second,  3R (rock and roll and recreation), Lavaredo in June ‘B’ race, UTMB – obviously an ‘A’ race and Diagonal des Fous – ‘A+’ race again ‘Put all in – revenge!’  We can’t wait to see how his seasons pans out.  What’s clear is that Grinius wants to re-balance his running commitments with the rest of his life.

https://d2g2.wordpress.com/

Tim Tollefson

Tim Tollefson had a character building race at Transgrancanaria. Finishing in 101st place in a time of 19:37:14 it was surely not the plan from the outset. Tollefson’s Facebook post shortly after the race says it all ‘It was absolutely stunningly gorgeous. Objectively if I could’ve appreciated that I would’ve been happy but since I was in so much agony I’d look up and see the view and say “oh that’s cool” and then go back to realizing how horrible this is’ and the reason ‘My quads were shot and blister ridden feet felt like hamburger meat’. Thanks for the insight Tim and massive congratulations on gutting it out for the finish.

 

UTWT standings after three races

Men Points
1 Gediminas Grinius 402
2 Pau Capell-Gil 381
3 Jonas Budd 377

 

Women Points
1 Silvia Trigueros-Garrote 333
2 Dong Li 319
3 Caroline Chaverot 235

 

The next event in the UTWT calendar is Marathon Des Sables in Morocco from April 10th to 15th.  This will be the 31st edition of this challenging multi-stage event covering 250km.  A whole host of quality North African athletes, including several past winners will be taking it out from the front. The notable International athletes competing are: Elisabet Barnes, Erik Clavery, Laurence Klein, Meghan Arbogast, Jason Schlarb, Marco Olmo and Sondre Amdahl.

2016 TRANSGRANCANARIA RACE REPORT

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Caroline Chaverot cruising into Ayagaures 107km

 

Two different tactics were employed at the 125km Transgrancanaria this weekend. Go out hard from the gun and keep charging or hang with the lead group and wait for the moment to charge. Fortunately both strategies ended with wins and course records for France’s Caroline Chaverot 15:23:40 and Norway’s Didrik Hermansen 13:41:48 respectively.

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Didrik Hermansen running strong into Ayagaures 107km

 

For Chaverot it was an inspired performance showing absolute confidence in her ability and sheer guts to take it out from the front and just keep charging knowing that you have a strong field behind you ready to pounce at any slip up. After 125km of ultimately controlled running by Chaverot her lead was nearly two whole hours ahead of Switzerland’s Andrea Huser in 17:21:43.  In third place and only seven minutes behind was Spain’s Uxue Fraile Azpeitia in 17:28:05.

On the other hand Hermansen played it conservatively, at first running his own race but keeping in the lead pack and then pushing harder and then harder still to take the lead. His was a race of guts as well, knowing that he had some really strong guys behind him that he had overtaken but who could quite easily reel him back in with any momentary slip up in pace. But he didn’t slow up and once he had that lead he took it all the way, again with total confidence in his ability. His finish time of 13:41:48 created a new course record by a whole forty two minutes. Lithuanian and 2015 Transgrancanaria champion Gediminas Grinius came in a strong second in a time of 13:45:08.  In joint third were Catalan Pau Capell, winner of the Advanced race in 2015, with Switzerland’s Diego Pazos both in a time of 14:11:02.

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As the clock chimed 11PM in Agaete the seventeenth edition of the Transgrancanaria started on the north west of the island of Gran Canaria. The amassed runners would have a challenging race ahead of them with not only 125km of technical running but a mixture of temperatures to deal with along their journey. The night time journey would be cold with strong winds and low cloud cover followed by 25C dry and arid heat as the midday sun rose through the afternoon. For many a second night would be part of their journey as they attempted to finish within the 30 hour cut off at 5AM on Sunday morning.

Artenara is at 33km and is a crucial point in the race. Frenchman Aurelian Collet (3:49 elapsed) had built a lead of one minute ahead of # Capell, Pazos, Grinius and Longfei Yan followed by Jordi Gamito-Baus and Andy Symonds a further minute behind. All in fairly close contention at not even the midway point.

By contrast Chaverot reached Artenara with an elapsed time of 4:13 and a twenty one minute lead over Emelie Lecomte. Nuria Picas followed very shortly but was to drop out at this point with a psoas injury.

At Teror (56km) Collet was in with 6:09 elapsed followed by Pazos two minutes later. Grinius & Hermansen were in third and sixh places and running strongly only two and eight minutes back from Collet. Julien Chorier was in a top ten position but was rattled by not being able to pick up some supplies at this aid station.  Chaverot’s lead at Teror had built up to thirty nine and forty four minutes over a second and third placed Huser & Azpeitia.

As daylight broke, the runners reached (82km) past Roque Nublo and onto the checkpoint in the woods of Garanon.

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Aurelian Collet leading coming into Garanon at 82km

Still in the lead was Collet at a fast pace (9:35 elapsed) seven minutes ahead of Grinius who looked like he was working hard.

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Gediminas Grinius chasing for the lead at Garanon 82km

Hermansen was now on his charge and was only two minutes behind Grinius and was moving comfortably climbing up to the aid station.

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Andy Symonds & Jonas Budd reach Garanon 82km

 

The course this year had rerouted its last twenty five kilometres to make for a better finishing route and runners were treated to a slightly technical but more enjoyable finishing experience. At the small village of Ayaguares (107km) situated next to a dam and just prior to another ascent was the penultimate aid station. The runners came in and did a mini switchback through the aid station before heading back and then over the dam wall and onwards and upwards. Hermansen arrived first, coolly running into the aid station with 12:17 on the clock. As Grinius was literally two minutes behind, Hermansen made a very quick exit to try and extend his short lead. Grinius conscious of the twenty five kilometres left and the effort he would need to chase down Hermansen decided to make sure he refuelled well and stayed in longer. Collet was in third, look tired and five minutes down followed by Capell and Pazos who were running together in fourth and fifth.

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Pau Capell & Diego Pazos running together at Ayagaures

Andy Symonds was in sixth looking comfortable with an easy running stride. The wait for Chaverot wasn’t long as she arrived with 13:34 elapsed.  Looking fresh and with plenty of zip she cruised in and out of the aid station amid loud cheers.

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Andrea Huser consolidating second place – Ayagaures

But the wait for a second place Huser was long, 1:40 and she looked tired but made sure to refuel properly by walking out of the aid station. Azpeitia was ten minutes down on Huser and obviously made up ground in those final kilometres but not enough to take second.  All credit to Huser.

 

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Uxue Fraile Azpeitia staying strong for a third place and podium finish – Ayagaures 

Hermansen’s win followed his second place here last year and his win at Lavaredo. He goes on to Western States and hopefully UTMB later this year. He is on the up and we look forward to seeing him again on the big stage.

 

Chaverot was clearly in a race of her own. Phenomenal pace and guts to take it out from the front which is fast becoming her trademark method.  Again, like Hermansen she won at Lavaredo last year and was second at TGC.

Is this the forming of a new guard?

Men’s Results

1 Didrik Hermansen 13:41:48
2 Gediminas Grinius 13:45:08
3 Pau Capell 14:11:02
4 Diego Pazos 14:11:02
5 Andy Symonds 14:14:55
6 Jonas Budd 14:21:39
7 Julien Chorier 14:24:59
8 Vaidas Zlabys 14:30:17
9 Javier Dominguez-Ledo 14:39:46
10 Jordi Gamito-Baus 14:48:27

Women’s Results

1 Caroline Chaverot 15:23:40
2 Andrea Huser 17:21:43
3 Uxue Fraile-Azpeitia 17:28:05
4 Silvia Trigueros-Garrote 18:31:54
5 Adriana Vargas 18:35:21
6 Sophie Grant 18:43:22
7 Alexandra Clain 18:43:24
8 Lucinda Sousa 18:46:42
9 Dong Li 19:20:40
10 Denise Zimmerman 19:49:05

 

2016 TRANSGRANCANARIA RACE PREVIEW

The third race in the Ultra Trail World Tour takes place this coming weekend. Transgrancaria is a 125km traverse of the island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands from North to South.

GRINIUS GARANONLast’s years race saw Lituanian Gediminas Grinius and the Catalan Nuria Picas take out the wins with a new men’s course record of 14:23:27 and a second successive win at Transgrancanaria for Picas in 16:53:27. Both are returning for this year’s raceIMG_0209

Men’s race

Here are the top ten from last year with their finish times and relative UTWT ranking. Seven return this year to race Transgrancanaria.

TGC 2015 Name Time UTWT Ranking 2015 TGC – 2016
1 Gediminas Grinius 14:23:27 2nd Returning TGC 2016 – 3rd Vibram HK 2016, 1st UTMF 2015, 4th WSER 2015.
2 Didrik Hermansen 14:30:07 9th Returning TGC 2016 – 1st Lavaredo 2015.
3 Antoine Guillon 14:39:35 1st Returning TGC 2016 – 1st Diagonal des Fous 2015, 3rd Vibram HK 2015.
4 Sondre Amdahl 15:06:37 4th Returning TGC 2016 – 2nd Vibram HK 2015, 4th UTMF 2015
5 Cyril Cointre 15:28:22 5th Returning TGC 2016 – 10th Tarawera 2016, 4th Vibram HK 2015.
6 Anton Krupicka 15:29:49 89th
7 Remi Queral 15:59:11 37th
8 Freddy Thevenin 16:07:06 3rd Returning TGC 2016 – 3rd Diagonal des Fous 2015
9 Marco Zanchi 16:25:13 29th Returning TGC 2016 – 8th Lavaredo 2015
10 Piotr Hercog 16:30:45 21st

 

Other men’s contenders

Pau Bartolo Roca – Spain – 6th Tarawera 2015, 9th TNF 100 2015, 1st CCC 2014

Jonas Budd – Sweden – 1st Tarawera 2016, 1st Ultra Vasan 2015

Pau Capell Gil – Spain – 4th Vibram HK 2016, 6th CCC 2015

Sebastien Chaigneau – France – 3rd UTMF 2013, 1st TGC 2013, 1st TGC 2012, 3rd TGC 2011

Julien Chorier – France – 6th WSER 2015, 8th TNF 100 2015, 2nd TGC 2014

Franco Colle – Italy – 1st The Rut 2015, 2nd Mont Blanc 80k 2015, 1st Tor Des Geants 2015, 2nd Eiger Ultra 2014

Aurelien Collet – France – 3rd Diagonal des Fous 2014

Yeray Duran – Spain – 5th Vibram HK 2016, 3rd Lavaredo 2015, 4th TGC 2014

Christophe Le Saux – France – 7th Eiger Ultra 2015  – TGC Advanced

Arnaud Lejeune – France – 2nd UTMF 2015, 8th UTMB 2013, 8th UTMB 2012

Yan Longfei – China – 2nd Vibram HK 2016,1st Vibram 2015, 4th TNF 100 2015

Casey Morgan – UK – 10th TGC 2014

Seth Swanson – USA – 4th UTMB 2015, 2nd WSER 2015, 2nd WSER 2014

Tim Tollefson – USA – 2nd CCC 2015

Javi Dominguez – Spain – 5th Diagonal des Fous 2014, 7th TGC 2014, 3rd UTMB 2013

Miguel Heras – Spain

Fulvio Dapit – Italy

Stefano Trisconi – Italy

Jordi Bes Ginesta – Spain

Marco Molinari – Italy

Matt Moroz – Hong Kong

Joe Grant – USA – on start list but not running

Kim Collison – UK

 

Women’s race

Here are the top ten from last year with their finish times and relative UTWT ranking. Like the men seven return for this year to race Transgrancanaria.

TGC 2015 Name Time UTWT Ranking 2015 TGC – 2016
1 Nuria Picas 16:53:27 1st Returning TGC 2016 – 3rd Tarawera 2015, 1st Diagonal des Fous 2015, 1st UTMF 2014, 2nd UTNB 2014, 1st TGC 2014, 1st TNF100 2014
2 Caroline Chaverot 17:16:48 4th Returning TGC 2016 – 1st Lavaredo 2015, 1st Eiger Ultra 2015
3 Dong Li 18:15:55 2nd Returning TGC 2016 – 1st Vibram HK 2016, 2nd Vibram HK 2015, 1st TNF 100 2015. 4th Mont Blanc 80k 2015.
4 Andrea Huser 18:37:53 5th Returning TGC 2016 – 3rd Diagonal des Fous 2015, 2nd Eiger Ultra 2015, 7th Lavaredo 2015, 7th UTMB 2014
5 Manu Vilaseca 18:42:59 8th Returning TGC 2016 – 5th Lavaredo 2015, 10th UTMB 2015, 5th UTMF 2014, 8th Lavaredo 2014
6 Ester Alves 19:11:45 23rd
7 Lucinda Sousa 19:25:46 21st Returning TGC 2016
8 Aliza Lapierre 19:58:48 7th
9 Raquel Rivero Delgado 20:24:16 54th
10 Silvia Trigueros 20:38:18 10th Returning TGC 2016 – 3rd Vibram HK 2016, 4th UTMB 2015, 5th UTMB 2013

 

Other Women’s contenders

Lisa Borzani – Italy – 2nd Vibram HK 2016, 3rd Vibram HK 2015, 10th Laveredo 2015.

Emelie Lecomte – France – 2nd Diagonal des Fous 2015, 7th Eiger Ultra 2015, 5th Transvulcania 2013.

Denise Zimmerman – Switzerland – 3rd UTMB 2015, 6th Lavaredo 2015, 5th Eiger Ultra 2015, 7th Diagonal des Fous 2014, 3rd Eiger Ultra 2014.

Uxue Fraile-Azpeitia – Spain – 1st UTMF 2015, 2nd UTMB 2015, 5th UTMB 2014, 6th TGC 2014, 4th Eiger Ultra 2015, 3rd Diagonal des Fous 2014

Rory Bosio – USA – on start list but not running