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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

 

 

 

 

Ultrarunning News from Around the Globe

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

Vibram Hong Kong 100

The opening round of the 2017 Ultra Trail World Tour in Hong Kong had improved conditions with some milder temperatures and rain. Yanqiao Yan from China captured the win but a decent margin of twenty six minutes over Italian Daniel Jung. Sage Canaday was the top American in third place. Other notable finishers in this early season head to head were Didrik Hermansen 4th, Tim Tollefson 5th, Seth Swanson 6th and Julien Chorier 10th.

Nuria Picas returned to her winning ways in dominant fashion with an emphatic victory over China’s Linming Chen by some thirty five minutes and in the process besting the old course record by over forty minutes.DSC_5103
New Zealand athlete and Hong Kong based Marie McNaughton took third place in what appears to be her fastest time on this course.

 

 

 

Vibram Hong Kong 100

Men Time
1 Yanqiao Yun 09:35:11
2 Daniel Jung 10:01:35
3 Sage Canaday 10:03:50

 

Women Time
1 Nuria Picas-Albets 11:18:57
2 Linming Chen 11:53:47
3 Maria McNaughton 12:26:19

Tarawera Ultramarathon

American Jim Walmsley cruised to victory unchallenged in an incredibly fast record time of 7:23 leading from virtually the get go. Walmsley was more than forty five minutes ahead of second placed Jonas Buud who is no slouch when it comes to fast trails.

Tarawera Ultramarathon

The final spot on the podium was for New Zealand’s Sam McCutcheon. Other notable finishers in this hotly contested race in New Zealand were Gediminas Grinius in 5th, Matt Flaherty 7th and Michael Wardian 8th.

In a similar vein the women’s race was won by leading from the front, Camille Herron beating second place Magdalena Boulet by around twenty four minutes. It was a narrow margin for third placed Cecilia Flori who was only ninety seconds behind Boulet. Fiona Hayvice who won last year in 10:34 finished sixth in 10:06 such was the step up in competition this year. Fernanda Maciel took 7th and Sophie Grant 10th.

Tarawera Ultramarathon 102km

Men Time
1 Jim Walmsley 07:23:32
2 Jonas Buud 08:10:58
3 Sam McCutcheon 08:12:35

 

Women Time
1 Camille Herron 08:56:00
2 Magdelena Boulet 09:20:13
3 Cecilia Flori 09:21:42

Transgrancanaria

Trangsrancanaria is the first UTWT race of the season in Europe with a distance of 125km and with 8,000 metres of ascent it is a serious early season challenge. The runners traverse from the north of the island to the south and the massed crowds on the beach of Maspalomas.

This year’s men’s winner was a richly deserved Pau Capell in a fast time of 13:21 beating Didrik Hermansen’s winning time from 2016 by a huge twenty minutes. Lithuanian Vaidas Zlabys placed second fourteen minutes later with Hermansen settling for third place this year.

Other top ten finishers included Diego Pazos 8th, Andy Symonds 9th and Timothy Olson 10th.

The women’s race was dominated by Spain’s Azara Garcia in her first race of over 100 kilometres. A challenging last 40 kilometres where she had difficulty eating and drinking made the closing efforts more intriguing but Garcia still managed to eclipse second place Andrea Huser by over forty five minutes. In third place was Melanie Rousset less than fifteen minutes behind.

Other top ten finishers Ildiko Wermescher 5th, Juliette Blanchette 7th, Lisa Borzani 8th and Manuela Vilaseca 10th.

Transgrancanaria

Men Time
1 Pau Capell 13:21:03
2 Vaidas Zlabys 13:35:38
3 Didrik Hermansen 13:50:06

 

Women Time
1 Azara Garcia 16:25:20
2 Andrea Huser 17:15:45
3 Melanie Rousset 17:30:40

 

News from the blogs

Kilian Jornet

In the continuing adventure ‘Summits of My life’ Jornet recently announced he will once again go back to Everest. On his return he has a full bag of trail racing, Marathon du Mont Blanc, Hardrock and UTMB amongst others. Somewhere in all this racing he will travel to the UK to take on the famous Bob Graham Round.

http://www.kilianjornet.cat/en/blog/2017-calendar/ 

Manuela Vilaseca

Brazilian ultra runner and mountain biker, Manuela “Manu’ Vilaseca trains hard and invariably finishes top ten in some of the tougher mountain races such as UTMB and Transgrancanaria. ‘Catch me if you can’ is Manu’s catch phrase!   More regular updates on her athlete Facebook page.

http://manuvilaseca.com/site/

Andrea Huser

Find out more about Andrea Huser on her Facebook page.  Swiss athlete Huser loves the mountains. Looks like this year she will spend some time in the US in preparation for Western States at the end of June.

Francesca Canepa

Italian Francesca Canepa looks like she is heading to Croatia to compete in the 100 miles of Istria a UTWT event. Checkout her Facebook page to keep up to date.

Gediminas Grinius

Lithuanian athlete Gediminas Grinius came on the scene about two years ago at Lavaredo Ultra Trail and has continually impressed showing it was not a fluke performance. I like his mantra ‘Time is Time’ so don’t look for his blog which is not regularly updated but check out his Facebook page for updates. He is currently running in the US.

Mike Wardian

Does he really need an introduction… Mike races practically every weekend and sometimes both days or indeed in the morning and then in the evening. He is scheduled to run Western States at the end of June and then Hardrock three weeks later. Even with MW’s prodigious racing calibre that is a tall ask…. bring it on!!

http://mikewardian.com

UTWT Standings

Here is a recap on scoring for UTWT events. These are points awarded to the winner of the various category races.

Three rounds of this year’s Ultra Trail World Tour have been raced, Vibram Hong Kong 100 (Pro), Tarawera Ultramarathon (Pro) and Transgrancanaria (Series).

 

Place Series with Bonus Series Pro Challenger
1st 1300 1000 700 400
2nd 1124 865 605 346
3rd 1021 785 550 314
4th 948 729 510 292
5th 891 685 480 274

Leading the way after three races are Didrik Hermansen with 1,295 points and Azara Garcia with 1,000 points. IMG_2256Transgrancanaria as a Series race commands more points than the Pro races (Vibram HK and Tarawera). Critically, later on in the season Marathon des Sables and UTMB are the only two Series with Bonus races and could prove crucial to who wins the 2017 UTWT.

 

Up and coming races

Marathon des Sables – April 7th-17th

100 Miles of Istria – April 7th-9th

Patagonia Run 2017 – 145k – April 7th-8th

Madeira Island Ultra Trail – April 22nd

Penyagolosa Trails – April 22nd

Thames Path 100 – April 29th – 30th

 

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

 

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 

 

IS IT ACTIVE PATCH 4U ? – OR JUST FOR ME!

Active Patch 4U – is it a worthwhile investment and does it work?   At a time of year when you are considering and entering races to do for the coming season and your probably well into base training whether that be running or a cross training activity, some of us are injured. Now its sort of okay over the Christmas and New Year period as other things tend to take over, but when your itching to get back into training and your injured it plays on your mind, all those lost days and how many weeks it will take to get back to some semblance of fitness. That’s when you start to ramp up your injury physiotherapy, rehabilitation exercises and indeed anything else that will get you back as quick as possible.  Well how about Active Patch 4U?

Active Patch 4U is a French based company created by founders Arnaud Tortel and Jacques Casper from an original idea by Casper and a collaboration between the two in 2009 that leads to 4 years of further research before the patch is put into production and branded Active Patch 4U.

Tortel is a physiotherapist and polar explorer who has knowledge of Chinese acupuncture. Casper who had developed the membrane idea in 2008 fine tunes the membrane size and concentration to achieve optimal results to the eventual patch you see now.

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Out of the box – Key Statistics

The patches can be ordered in boxes of 8, 16, 24, 40 or 100
They come in a number of colours, flesh, turquoise, plum or fuchsia.
Patch Size – 9.8 cm x 5 cm

Price

Depending on quantity ordered the patches are approx Eur 2 each.

Latest prices – Pack of 8 – Eur 19.90, pack of 16 – Eur 35.90, pack of 24 – Eur 49.90, pack of 40 – Eur 79.90 and pack of 100 – Eur 179.90

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Active Patch 4U versus a AA battery

Treatment

These patches are based on an acupuncture principal and so you usually need between three and four patches for any treatment. The Active Patch 4U website has an excellent self help zone for guidance in how to use and apply the patches. They are primarily for joint and muscle problems.

Here is list of typical applications.

Ankle, Knee, Hip, Hands, Elbow, Shoulder, Lumber Region, Cervical Region and Dorsal Region.

The Active Patch 4U team have enlisted a series of well known trail and ultra running athletes to lead the way in testing the patches. Kilian Jornet, Emelie Forsberg, Ricky Lightfoot, Tim Olson, Anton Krupicka, Anna Frost, Julien Chorier, Stevie Kremer and Francois d’Haene to name but a few. What would be really interesting is to see if mainstream athletics such as track and field would start to use the patches and endorse them?

Field Test

Treatments – I have used the patches on several occasions for the following issues.

  • Discomfort linked to the stability of the ankle
  • Discomfort in the calf
  • Discomfort on the top of the foot and toes
  • Discomfort in the hamstrings

Application of the patches was followed as per the website diagrams. I am a great believer that health is all in the mind, so a sort of placebo effect is important. If you invested several pounds in the patches you have to believe in their success. I would also advocate that the patches are used as part of a holistic approach to healing. You cannot just rely on sticking a few patches on and think that in a day or two it will go away. Seek and use other healing processes whether that is stretching, physiotherapy or just even rest.

In all my cases, the injury was resolved within a few days. What did I like about these patches? They are easy to carry around with you if you are traveling, they last for at least five days quite well even after being soaked in showers everyday and that does not detract from their stickiness.

There is a whole other facet to these patches in their use as preventive treatment. To date, I have not done this but as I have had recurrent ankle injuries I am going to embark on some preventative measures with the patches and see the outcome. The trouble with this is that there are so many variables that one could not for sure really attribute it to just the patches. But surely that is what it is about? , these patches are part of an armoury you can use to prevent, treat and have a successful running career and isn’t that what everyone is seeking!!

Latest update : December 2014 – With a another, this time left leg, hamstring issue and some physiotherapy and rehabilitation exercises done without total success I am now embarking on some patch treatment. I believe in these little patches so will be aiming to get back to training in very early January 2015.

All images are copyright Ian Campbell – Photography