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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

 

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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

 

MARATHON DES SABLES – DAY 3 RESULTS

Day 3 Results & Headlines

Stage 3 – 37.5kms

  • Morabity wins third successive stage, leading overall by 1min 22 over second place El Mouaziz.  Spain’s Martinez remains in third with a five minute lead over Moroccans El Akad and Akhdar.
  • Sedykh takes the third stage and extends her lead to thirty five minutes over Mauclair.  Brazil’s Maciel holds third place with defending champion Barnes dropping over forty minutes to third place with Moroccan Raji having an excellent stage displacing American Lisa Howard for fifth place.   
  • Top Brits are David Hellard holding fifteenth place overall with Alastair King moving up to two places to twentieth. Top Brit female is Selina McCole who is in 9th place on the women’s leader board and 91st overall.   

 

Men’s Race – Stage 3

1  Rachid El Morabity  03:03:41
2  Abdelkader El Mouaziz  03:04:02
3  Aziz El Akad  03:05:40
4  Jose Manuel Martinez  03:18:55
5  Samir Akhdar  03:25:22

 

Women’s Race – Stage 3

1  Natalia Sedykh  03:49:15
2  Nathalie Mauclair  03:53:34
3  Fernanda Maciel  03:55:53
4  Aziza Raji  04:16:41
5  Elisabet Barnes  04:37:28

 

Leaderboard

Men’s Race – Cumulative Standings

1  Rachid El Morabity 09:38:16
2  Abdelkader El Mouaziz  09:39:38
3  Jose Manuel Martinez  10:22:31
4  Aziz Akad  10:27:52
5  Samir Akhdar  10:46:40

Clavery 6th, Sa 7th, Amdahl 8th, Schlarb 12th

Women’s Race – Cumulative Standings

1  Natalia Sedykh  11:40:21
2  Nathalie Mauclair  12:15:48
3  Fernanda Maciel 12:45:31
4  Elisabet Barnes 13:40:12
5  Aziza Raji  13:56:47

 Arbogast – Unknown may have dropped

Top Brit’s

1  David Hellard (15th overall) 12:06:11
2  Alastair King (20th overall) 12:16:27
3  Kristian Morgan (23rd overall) 12:36:40
4  Greg Dunning (28th overall) 13:11:54
5  Michael Smith (32nd overall)  13:35:55

 

MARATHON DES SABLES – DAY 1 RESULTS

Day 1 Results & Headlines

Stage 1 – 34km

  • Defending champion Rachid El Morabity leads by only a few seconds after stage 1 from fellow Moroccans Moudouji & El Mouaziz.  
  • Russia’s Natalia Sedyhk takes an early lead after stage 1 and 34km to lead the women’s race from MDS newcomer Nathalie Mauclair. Defending Champion Elisabet Barnes is in third place 40 minutes off the lead. 
  • Top Brits – David Helland is top Brit in 20th place overall followed by Alastair King in 22nd place.  Top female Brit is Maree Jesson in 78th place overall 04:51:31.

Men’s Race

1  Rachid El Morabity 03:10:29
2  Hammou Ou Mohammed Moudouji  03:10:45
3  Abdelkader El Mouaziz 03:11:04
4  Jose Manuel Martinez 03:20:30
5  Erik Clavery 03:25:52

 Sondre Amdahl – 9th, Jason Schlarb 15th, Marco Olmo 19th.

Women’s Race

1 Natalia Sedyhk  03:40:20
2 Nathalie Mauclair  03:57:30
3 Elisabet Barnes  04:10:57
4 Elisabeth Howard  04:17:50
5 Fernanda Maciel  04:22:49

 

Top Brit’s 

1  David Hellard (20th overall)  03:50:43
2  Alastair King (22nd overall)  03:53:19
3  Peter Cromie (27th overall)  03:56:16
4  Kristian Morgan (29th overall) 04:00:29
5  Michael Smith (35th overall) 04:12:53

 

MARATHON DES SABLES – RACE PREVIEW

Marathon Des Sables in Morocco from April 10th to 15th.  This will be the 31st edition of this challenging multi-stage event covering over 250km.  A whole host of quality North African athletes, including several past winners will be taking it out from the front. These include Rachid El Morabity, Abdelkader El Mouaziz, Aziz El Akad and Samir Akhdar. Those were the top four in 2015 in that order with an overall time difference of 1:20 between first and fourth place. Surely its these four fighting for the three podium slots again?

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Marathon Des Sables 2015           Credit : Kirsten Kortebein 

In the women’s race we have an exciting challenge. Can Elisabet Barnes retain her crown? Can another American win MDS (Meghan Arbogast and Lisa Howard)? Can newcomers Fernanda Maciel or Nathalie Mauclair upset the specialist stage racers? Will Laurence Klein reclaim her form and her crown? Or will Natalia Sedykhs improve on her 2015 performance to rise up the rankings?

What’s for sure is that whilst the men’s race might be about the Moroccans and possibly who can break the Moroccan stranglehold on the podium, the women’s race is potentially a wide open affair with a number of contenders challenging for the top spot. And that makes for exciting racing!

Men’s Race

Rachid El MorabityThe winner of MDS in 2015, 2014 and 2011. So, must surely be the man to beat!

Adbelkader El MouazizSecond place at MDS in 2015 and seventh in 2014. Podium spot.

Aziz El AkadThird place at MDS in 2015 and fifth in 2013. Podium spot

Samir AkhdarFourth place at MDS in 2015 and eighth in 2013. Podium spot.

Top International Men

The question is can any of the four Moroccans above be beaten – here are the main International contenders.

Erik ClaveryThis will be a new experience for Clavery. He has grit and form over a number of distances. Can he sustain multiple days of fast racing over sand, rocks, dunes and the blisteringly heat? Second place at Lavaredo Ultra Trail in 2015, seventh at UTMB in 2015 and sixth at Transvulcania in 2012.

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Erik Clavery – UTMB

Jason SchlarbTop American contender and out for an adventure. Schlarb thrives on difficult conditions so he has come to the right place. Sixth place at Tarawera in 2016, second at Eiger Ultra in 2015, tenth at Diagonal des Fous and fourth at UTMB in 2014.

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Jason Schlarb – UTMB

Sondre AmdahlAmdahl has been a revelation over the last two years. Seemingly out of nowhere he has become a permanent fixture at UTWT events and usually placing top ten. 2015 – fourth at TransGrancanaria, fourth UTMF and second at Vibram 100k. 2014 – sixth Transgrancanaria and seventh UTMB.

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Sondre Amdahl – Transgrancanaria

Carlos SaSeventh and fourth places at MDS in 2013 and 2012 respectively. Recent form at Costa Rica Challenge (third place) must be great preparation for the heat. A good bet for top ten.

Marco Olmo – Not really top ten but this 68 year-old Italian will be fighting it out for another great MDS finish.

Women’s Race

Elisabet Barnes – Winner of MDS in 2015. Winner of Oman stage race in 2015. Second place at this years Costa Rica challenge. Fast becoming a specialist in stage races and the one to beat at this years MDS.

Meghan ArbogastHas Western States pedigree and therefore speed – can she replicate it among the sand dunes and rocks of the Saharan desert.  – Recent Western States form – eighth in 2014, fourth in 2013 and tenth in 2012. Fifth place at Tarawera in 2014.

Nathalie MauclairNo stranger to tough races. Winner of Diagonal des Fous in 2014 and fourth place in 2015. Winner of UTMB in 2015 and third in 2014. Western States third place in 2014.

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Nathalie Mauclair – UTMB

Fernanda MacielSecond at UTMF and third place at Lavaredo last year. Followed by an extended period in South America set a FKT on Aconcagua. Previous years racing has seen her tough it out on mountainous courses such as UTMB (fourth place in 2014) and Transgrancanaria (third place in 2014). 

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Fernanda Maciel – Lavaredo

Lisa Howard – Sixteenth place in her first MDS last year. Back for some more action and will have learnt much from last year’s experience. She has speed on her side

Laurence KleinPast winner of MDS but recent years form has suffered due to heat issues. Second at MDS in 2014 and tenth in 2015. Can she pull it out of the bag this year?  

Pui-Yan Chow – Has some recent race performances that stand out – Winner of Vibram HK and tenth place at TNF 100 in 2015. Second place at Vibram HK in 2014. The question is can she translate this running with a pack over five key stages.

Natalia Sedykhs – Third place at MDS last year including a time penalty. Surely she will be back to rectify that?

All images copyright – Ian Campbell Photography

 

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 

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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.

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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.

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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.

UTMB RESULTS

XAVIER THEVENARD & NATHALIE MAUCLAIR REIGN SUPREME AT UTMB 

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Xavier Thevernard – Tetes aux Vents

Xavier Thevenard claimed his second UTMB title to go with his triple crown of UTMB, TDS and CCC triumphs. Running his race throughout he watched as potential threats dropped by the wayside. His lead by the time he reached the cheering crowds in Chamonix was forty-eight minutes.

Nathalie Mauclair won a race of attrition to finally triumph at UTMB arriving in Chamonix in the early evening to the mass of fans lining the streets.

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Nathalie Mauclair – Notre Dames des Gorges

Men’s Race

On a warm (28C) Chamonix evening 2,300 runners assembled for the thirteenth edition of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. As seems to be typical of UTMB there are many that run the first five miles to Les Houches at a sprint and this year was no exception. Hitting the front was Erik Clavery, followed by a lead pack that included Luis Alberto Hernando, Tofol Castanyer and Miguel Heras.

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Erik Clavery leading the pack into Les Houches

Sage Canaday, Julien Chorier, Thevenard were running within them-selves in a second pack followed by a very comfortable looking Ryan Sandes. Only Thevernard was to finish. Canaday stumbled and required stitches just before Courmayeur, Sandes was having an off day and Chorier dropped much later.

Thevenard and the three Spaniards were to make it as a lead group and push the pace along and by the time they arrived at Courmayeur (78km) there was good breathing space between them and now fifth place American Seth Swanson. Thevenard was out first from Courmayeur to head up the next big climb to Refuge Bonatti. Castanyer, Heras followed shortly with Hernando last out.

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Luis Alberto Hernando – Courmayeur

Swanson was to push hard and with Castanyer, Heras dropping he found himself in a solid third place. By the time they reached Tetes Aux Vents (159km) Thevenard had a fifty-six minute lead over a battling Hernando who was only meters ahead of Swanson. It looked like Swanson was to take second, but a fast moving David Laney (eleven minutes behind at Tetes Aux Vents) made up a ton of time on this final downhill section into Chamonix. A speeding Laney ran out of trail to catch Hernando.

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David Laney – Tetes aux Vents

Women’s Race

It was heralded on a paper to be a fantastic contest, Nuria Picas, Caroline Chaverot, Stephanie Howe, Uxue Fraile Azpeitia, Fernanda Maciel, Francesca Canepa and Darcy Africa and of course Nathalie Mauclair.

The heat and brutal course conditions took their toll. Picas and Canepa were first to drop. Chaverot moved to second being tracked by a dogged Mauclair.

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Caroline Chaverot arriving in Courmayeur

But Chaverot, in her debut 100miler was having her own issues and eventually had to drop. This left the door wide open for a tough and resilient Nathalie Mauclair, to consolidate her race and reach Chamonix for a well deserved win.

Her lead over second placed Fraile was seventy-four minutes. Switzerland’s Denise Zimmerman passed Spaniard Silvia Trigueros to take the final podium spot.

UTMB Results  

Men
1 Xavier Thevenard 21:09:15
2 Luis Alberto Hernando 21:57:17
3 David Laney 21:59:42

 

Women
1 Nathalie Mauclair 25:15:33
2 Uxue Fraile Azpeitia 26:29:35
3 Denise Zimmerman 27:33:52

 

All images are copyright – Ian Campbell Photography