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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.

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.