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2015 CALENDAR

2015 CALENDAR FOR SALE

A limited edition calendar for sale at £15 plus p&p. – [Order now in time for Christmas]

See all your favourite endurance athletes throughout the year to inspire you to yet greater achievements. The calendar includes Kilian Jornet, Anton Krupicka, Maite Maiora, Jesse Haynes, Tim Olson, Philip Reiter, Jason Schlarb and of course Rory Bosio.

To order see the menu option on the my website.

Maite Maiora - January

Maite Maiora – January

Jesse Haynes - February

Jesse Haynes – February

Tim Olson - March

Tim Olson – March

Transvulcania - La Palma - April

Transvulcania – La Palma – April

Philip Reiter - May

Philip Reiter – May

Lago Misurina - Italian Dolimites - June

Lago Misurina – Italian Dolimites – June

Kilian Jornet - July

Kilian Jornet – July

Rory Bosio - August

Rory Bosio – August

Limone Sul Garda - September

Limone Sul Garda – September

Keep on running! - October

Keep on running! – October

Anton Krupicka - November

Anton Krupicka – November

Jason Schlarb - December

Jason Schlarb – December

All images are copyright – Ian Campbell – Photography

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BEACHY HEAD MARATHON

The Beachy Head Marathon is possibly one of my favourite marathons. I have completed it three times, although have entered it another three times but missed out on those years due to injury. My best time being back in 2006 when I was in flying form.

28/10/2006 Beachy Head 03.35.00
23/10/2010 Beachy Head 04.08.00
23/10/2013 Beachy Head 04.11.09

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Its a beautiful course starting from St Bedes school and traversing around the Sussex Downs, through Jevington, Alfriston, Litlington, Birling Gap, over the Seven Sisters and past Beachy Head Lighthouse  to finish back at the school.  Along the way you will have around 3,500ft of climbing, including several flights of steps at East/West Dean and if your lucky you will hear the bagpiper at the top of those steps.

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Beachy Head Marathon – Lovely undulations!

I am coming back from yet another injury (sprained ankle in August) and so this will be my first proper race since then. I have had quite a good period of training over the last four weeks so feel fairly confident as my endurance is good, but I am not got my speed back up to where it needs to be.  Some serious speed-work is required.

My goal race time will be to:

 Goal Target Time   Pace
A 03:59:54 9:09 min miles
B 04:10:50 9:34 min miles
C 04:21:45 9:59 min miles

No more training to be done now other than a short hill session over the weekend and a few light tune ups during the week.  Roll on Beachy Head !!

 

LIMONE EXTREME – WORLD TITLES GO TO JORNET & KREMER

MAMU & MAIORA TAKE OUT THE WINS

JORNET & KREMER WIN SKYRACE SERIES

 

Eritrean Petru Mamu hit the front at a super fast pace and never relinquished first place to win the final edition of the 2014 Skyrunner World Series Skyrace series at Limone Extreme Skyrace in 02:14:25.

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[Petro Mamu wins the 2014 Limone Extreme Skyrace]

Second place was of course Kilian Jornet, having done the VK the evening before his legs weren’t as fresh but he closed in fast on Mamu in the final 10 kilometers and reduced his two-minute lead to 30 seconds by the finish.

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[Kilian Jornet on his way to second place and a win of the 2014 Skyrace Series]

In third place and five minutes behind Jornet was David Schneider. But it some ways it was Jornet’s day, as this sealed the Skyrace Series and his third 2014 Skyrunner World Series title for 2014, having already won the VK and Ultra Series.

Maite Maiora worked her way steadily from an early fourth place to win in 02:47:05 two-minutes ahead of second place Stevie Kremer. Third place was Elisa Desco who fought hard and, literally, hit the deck at the finish. Kremer wraps up the season as Skyrace Series champion.

MAIORA FINISH LINE - DSC_4215[Maite Maiora 2014 Limone Extreme Skyrace Champion]

2014 Limone Men’s and Women’s Races

Set amidst beautiful Italian lakes, the final edition of the 2014 Skyrace Series started and finished on the shores of Lake Garda in Limone.

Limone is relatively short in distance at 23.5km but tough on elevation with 2,000m of vertical gain, traversing three mountains, Bocca dei Fortini (1,200m), Monte Traversole (1,441m) and Coma Vecchia (1,415m) before descending back to Limone. With a downpour the night before, humidity was high leaving it warm and sticky for race day with the race starting at 13:30 outside the line of restaurants, pizzerias and pleasure boat docks in Limone Centro.

Petro Mamu is not a well known name, but he came into this race as 2014 Mountain Running World Cup winner having also placed seventh at the 2014 World Mountain Running Championships last month.  Also, he has a marathon PR of 02:25:37 set in his home country in May. So take heed this guy has mountain credentials as well as speed. His game plan was to lead from the gun and that is exactly what he did. The first two kilometres suited him as it undulates but boy was he flying when he hit the first climb! By the time 10km had past, he had a two minutes lead on Jornet, Schneider and IMarco de Gasperi.

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[Petro Mamu super fast and strong on the first climb]

The women’s race appeared to be between Kremer and Laura Orgue as they swapped places between Checkpoint 1 and the 10km point, but Maiora was biding her time in third place. Desco and Limone VK winner Christel Dewalle were lying in fourth and fifth places respectively.

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[Stevie Kremer climbing towards second place]

At Monte Traversole (1,441m), there is a long and technical descent back to Limone, it is here that Jornet made up 90 seconds to Mamu who was racing hard to maintain his well fought lead. Mamu hung on and arrived at the beach to stride his way along amid applause from the crowds and then sprinted along the finishing funnel to hit the winner’s tape. Not once did he look back, but only 30 seconds later Jornet came to join him high fiving the crowds, enjoying the moment that he had won the Skyrace Series and his third Skyrunner World Series title in one year. This has never been done before and, perhaps, it’s never to be done again.

Schneider in third place, however, was looking over his shoulder as he had a muddy and bloodied De Gasperi hot on his heels only 17 seconds behind.

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[David Schneider (left) after edging Marco De Gasperi for third place]

The technical descent from Monte Travesole played an important part in the women’s race. Orgue had dropped down the field and Maiora had worked her way up past Kremer and stretched out her lead to two minutes by the finish. Kremer was not going to give in and toughed it out to take second place ahead of Desco by three minutes. Desco had worked hard all day and by the time she arrived at the finish line she had nothing left and collapsing to the ground.

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[Elisa Desco after putting it all out there to finish third]

Limone Skyrace results

Men’s Results
1 Petro Mamu 02:14:25
2 Kilian Jornet 02:14:55
3 David Schneider 02:19:58
4 Marco de Gasperi 02:20:15
5 Taddei Pivk 02:21:00
6 Nicola Golinelli 02:22:09
7 Alexis Sevennec 02:25:25
8 Hassan Ait Chaou 02:26:02
9 Alex Nichols 02:26:53
10 Manuel Merillas 02:27:17
Women’s Results
1 Maite Maiora 02:47:05
2 Stevie Kremer 02:49:03
3 Elisa Desco 02:52:40
4 Laura Orgue 02:53:54
5 Victoria Wilkinson 02:55:18
6 Denisa Dragonir 02:57:01
7 Deborah Cardone 03:03:47
8 Leire Agurrezabola 03:06:11
9 Martina Valmossoi 03:07:25
10 Tessa Hill 03:07:35

The above article was published in http://www.irunfar.com

2014 Skyrace Series

It wasn’t perhaps a day for course records but a day to remember nevertheless when a certain Kilian Jornet achieved something that has never been done before, winning all three Skyrunning titles in one year, the grand slam, Ultra, VK and now Skyrace. It may never be done again and it just shows the true versatility and range of this athlete.

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American Stevie Kremer has shown the rest of her compatriots that you can mix it up with the Europeans and win on their turf.

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Overall Skyrace series results below:

Men’s Skyrace Series Series Points
1 Kilian Jornet Salomon 306
2 Ionio Alin Zinca Valetude 226
3 Zaid Ait Malek Buff 224

 

Women’s Skyrace Series Series Points
1 Stevie Kremer Salomon 306
2 Maite Maiora La Sportiva 276
3 Elisa Desco Scott Sports 270

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All images are copyright Ian Campbell – Photography