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MARATHON DES SABLES – UPDATE

While we wait for the leaders to arrive after the fourth and gruelling 84.3km stage of this years MDS an update on other matters.

So far this year there have been 101 drop outs after the first three stages of MDS.

Stage 1 – 18 drops

Stage 2 – 56 drops including previous MDS winner Laurence Klein

Stage 3 – 27 drops including Federica Boifava

 

Meghan Arbogast had a tough stage 3 yesterday. The 55 year  old American who was in seventh place after Stage 2 must have had a terrible time out there dropping four places to finish eleventh on the woman’s leader board.  Her stage time of 6:19 compared to leader Sedykh’s 3:49 tells the story.

Keep watching out for Stage 4 results.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.