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COURSE DE SIERRE – ZINAL – RESULTS

KILIAN MAKES IT THREE WINS & STEVIE KREMER FINALLY GETS TOP SPOT ON THE PODIUM

The 41st edition of Sierre Zinal took place in the heart of Valais Alps yesterday. Sierre Zinal or the ‘Race of Five 4000m Peaks’ is a mountain marathon of 31km with 2,200m of ascent and 800m of descent. It is the third race in the SkyRunner World Series.

Kilian Jornet - Roque de Los Muchachos

Kilian Jornet

Men’s Race

Sub 2:34 was what you needed for the podium and Kilian Jornet had that this weekend to edge out race leader Jo Gray from the US to take his third win at Sierre Zinal in a time of 2:31:54. His fastest time on this course by a good two minutes.  Jo Gray finished second in 2:32:58 and Costa Cesar took the final podium spot in 2:34:07.

Impressive run by UK athlete Rob Simpson finishing 5th for the second year in a row in a time of 2:35:13 – 19 seconds faster than in 2013.  His time in 2012 was 2:54 so he has made huge improvements.  Fourth place by Francois Gonon in 2:34:56 and Jonathan Wyatt still proves he has it in him with a 8th place finish in 2:38.

But, as I predicted, the Jonathan Wyatt course record of 2:29:12 set in 2003 did not go down. Its a very stout CR and whilst I believe KJ has the credentials to smash it, that was not his focus this weekend.  KJ is now 3 wins a piece with Marco de Gasperi. He finished 69th in 3:03.

Another nine make the sub 2:40 club on this course compared to 7, 3, 5 and 5 in 2013, 2012, 2011and 2010 respectively, so the standard is getting much higher year on year.

Name Place Time
Kilian Jornet 1st 2:31:43
Jo Gray 2nd 2:32:58
Cesar Costa 3rd 2:34:07
Francois Gonon 4th 2:34:56
Rob Simpson 5th 2:35:13

Women’s Race

Well I predicted a 1- 2 between Elisa Desco (DNF) and Stevie Kremer but hedged my bets. Stevie Kremer showed us what a strong and tactical mountain runner she is and that she can cruise those downhills. Kremer finished in 3:03:12 ahead of second place Maude Mathys in 3:03:59. Third place was taken by 2012 winner Aline Camboulive in 3:08:13.

The Spaniard Laura Orgue who has had a strong season so far and would have appeared to be strong contender for the final podium spot ran strongly for a 5th position in 3:13:04.  Fourth place was taken by Christel Dewalle in 3:08:32.

But for sure the course record held by Anna Pichrtova (2:54:26) set in 2008 was going to be intact.

Another 16 make the sub 3:30 club compared to 12 in 2013.

Name Place Time
Stevie Kremer 1st 3:03:12
Maude Mathys 2nd 3:03:59
Aline Camboulive 3rd 3:08:13
Christel Dewalle 4th 3:08:32
Laura Orgue 5th 3:13:04

 

 

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COURSE DE SIERRE – ZINAL

The 41st edition of Sierre Zinal takes place in the heart of Valais Alps on August 10, 2014. Sierre Zinal or the ‘Race of Five 4000m Peaks’ is a mountain marathon of 31km with 2,200m of ascent and 800m of descent.

Sierre Zinal has a very steeped tradition in European mountain running. The race starts in Sierre at 585m and traverses through forest and mountain trails.  The runners climb religiously for around 24km to the high point of Nava at 2,425m and then it’s a 700m+ descent to the finish at Zinal at 1,680m.  On the way they get to view five 4000m peaks, wow !!

Men’s Race

The men’s race is going to be a cracker with Kilian Jornet and Marco De Gaspari going head to head. They both have stunning records at Sierre Zinal but De Gasperi has the edge in both winning the race three times and by a three minute margin to Jornet’s best time.

Year Kilian Marco
2013 2:33:59 – 4th place
2012 2:31:36 – 1st place
2011 2:34:15 – 3rd place 2:30:18 – 1st place
2010 2:37:27 – 1st place
2009 2:35:30 – 1st place
2008 2:30:50 – 1st place

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For sure it’s going to be exciting watching these two duel it out. But wait, what about the top three from 2013, Marc Laurenstein, Juan Carlos Cardona and Jonathan Wyatt. They are no slouches and what’s for sure is that they are not going to just let it be a two horse race. Wyatt is the course record holder (2:29:12) set in 2003 and he hasn’t lost much speed as ten years later in 2013 he turns in a very respectable 2:33:44 just pipping KJ for 3rd spot. Colombian Cardona with a 2:32:30 was super fast and the Swiss Laurenstein who won last year in 2:32:14 has the seventh fastest time.

So, you have got to expect to be running sub 2:34 to be a podium contender this year. There is enough talent here to push for that Wyatt course record.

My money is on KJ to take out the win for his third time. He has had a superb year so far and is super strong, but I don’t think the course record will go down.

Women’s Race

In recent years nobody has come close to breaking the course record held by Anna Pichrtova (2:54:26) set in 2008. Only last year’s winner Elisa Desco (2:58:33) has come remotely close. Desco returns this year and will be battling against the American sky runner, Stevie Kremer who will be having her third attempt at taking that coveted winner spot after two successive second places. However, in both attempts she has been just over 3:03-4 so will need to improve by a five minute margin to keep up with Desco. The Spaniard Laura Orgue would appear to be strong contender for the final podium spot.

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I can’t see Desco not winning this. She is on form this year but Kremer with her recent win at Zegama should challenge strongly. We will see…

All images are copyright – Ian Campbell – Photgraphy 

What do you think, is this going to be a replay of Zegama 2014 with KJ, Gasperi, Desco and Kremer taking 1st and 2nd places?