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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.

The Dolomites

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

 

 

 

 

Ultra Running News from Around the Globe

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

 

Marathon des Sables

Probably the stand out event in a busy April, the Marathon des Sables never fails to disappoint. This year’s event had some surprises in store as the six stage race unfolded. From a British perspective the performance of Thomas Evans was stunning. It must have been disconcerting for the Moroccans to see him in contention and leading stages. But of course it was a Moroccan victory and a one two by the El Morabity brothers with Rachid coming out on top of younger brother Mohamed by twenty three minutes. Abdelkader El Mouaziz dropped from the race and that opened up the podium opportunity for Evans which he grabbed with some phenomenal running.

The women’s race was controlled by Sweden’s Elisabet Barnes looking for and achieving her second MDS victory. Her margin increased daily from Nathalie Mauclair of France but Mauclair clawed back some time in the long stage that is her specialty. Barnes kept close to her in the long stage to ensure she did not drop too many minutes.  Brazil’s Fernanda Maciel claimed the final podium place but was adrift of the top two by over an hour.

The prize of top Brit was of course claimed by Thomas Evans with that impressive third place overall. Andy Symonds was a clear second from Damian Hall. On the women’s side Jennifer Hill ran strong throughout and claimed the top spot from Jessica Hook and Elizabeth Currie who were within twelve minutes of each other but a distant five hours from Hill.

Results

Men Time
1 Rachid El Morabity 19:15:23
2 Mohamed El Morabity 19:38:21
3 Thomas Evans 19:49:33

 

Women Time
1 Elisabet Barnes 23:16:12
2 Nathalie Mauclair 23:36:40
3 Fernanda Maciel 24:44:59

 Results – Top Brits

Men Time
1 Thomas Evans 19:49:33
2 Andy Symonds (9th overall) 22:19:39
3 Damian Hall (15th) 24:09:43

 

Women Time
1 Jennifer Hill (73rd overall) 29:36:50
2 Jessica Hook (182nd) 34:30:34
3 Elizabeth Currie (184th) 34:42:01

 

100 Miles of Istria

The distance 100 miles, the elevation 7,210M, the country Croatia, the first time on the UTWT, the fifth running of the event and two stand out performances by American Dylan Bowman and Italian Francecsa Canepa to win.  The organisers must also be very happy with the result from their first UTWT outing.  Bowman won by over an hour from Italian Oliviero Bosatelli.  Canape was the pre-race favourite and won with a seventy eight minute margin from Slovenian Alenka Pavc.

Results

Men Time
1 Dylan Bowman 17:51
2 Oliviero Bosatelli 18:54
3 Paul Giblin 19:21

 

Women Time
1 Francesa Canepa 23:34
2 Alenka Pavc 24:52
3 Ulrike Striednig 25:07

 

Patagonia Run

The Patagonia Run is a new entrant to UTWT in 2017. With a total of 8,000M vertical ascent and a distance of 145km there is plenty of time to take in the impressive landscape of the Andes mountain range. Five time winner Sergio Trecaman probably didn’t stop a lot as he only took eighteen hours to complete the course just ahead of his fellow Argentinian Jose Manuel Gasca. The women’s race was won by Adriana Vargas with who had a thirty-five minute cushion over second place Teresa Nimes of Spain.

Results

Men Time
1 Sergio Trecaman 18:10
2 Jose Manuel Gasca 18:22
3 Gustavo Ismail 18:52

 

Women Time
1 Adriana Vargas 21:01
2 Teresa Nimes 21:36
3 Laura Gordiola 22:59

 

Madeira Island Ultra Trail

Madeira Island is located in the North Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal. It’s a beautiful island with spectacular cliffs and even more spectacular roads for nervous drivers. The interior is extremely mountainous and has a fabulous network of footpaths called levadas that criss-cross the island. The MIUT traverses the island from North West starting in Porto Muniz to South East in Machico with a staggering 7,100M of ascent in 115km.

Francoise D’Haene crushed the course record set last year by Zach Miller, the Frenchman recording 13:05:44 and a full forty six minutes faster showing that he is back in form. In fact, second and third placed Pau Capell and Xavier Thevernard all beat that previous course record.

Andrea Huser dominated the women’s race to claim yet another deserved victory. Her time of 16:30:47 was well short of the superbly fast time of 14:34:30 that Caroline Cheverot posted last year. Britains Beth Pascali claimed second place ahead of Italian Lisa Borzani by over an hour.

Results

Men Time
1 Francoise D’Haene 13:05:44
2 Pau Capell 13:28:01
3 Xavier Thevenard 13:42:16

 

Women Time
1 Andrea Huser 16:30:47
2 Beth Pascali 17:11:49
3 Lisa Borzani 18:19:10

 

Penyagolosa Trails

This is the first year that Penyagolosa has been on the UTWT. Timothy Olson joined a mainly Spanish field of four hundred plus runners who tackled the 115km and 5,500M of ascent and it was Olson who came out on top. A jubilant Olson was followed by Yeray Duran Lopez around twenty two minutes later. Remi Queral Ibanez took the final podium spot.

The women’s race was a Spanish affair with Gemma Arenas Alcazar topping the list by a mere two minutes from Maria Mercedes Pila Veracocha. Leire Martinez Herrera was third fifty minutes later.

Results

Men Time
1 Timothy Olson 12:23:58
2 Yeray Duran Lopez 12:45:34
3 Remi Queral Ibanez 12:52:51

 

Women Time
1 Gemma Arenas Alcazar 15:01:19
2 Maria Mercedes Pila Veracocha 15:03:42
3 Leire Martinez Herrera 15:53:43

 

Thames Path 100

This was the sixth running of this flattish 100 mile race from London to Oxford. A course record from last year of 14:09 by Craig Holgate was the target. An initial early charge by Steven Lord was thwarted as he suffered hip issues from mile 51 onwards, this opened the door for eventual winner Michael Stocks to move up. Dan Masters and Jeremy Isaac showed how a steady and conservative pace can prove the winning strategy as they were both out of podium places until roughly ninety miles.

Ladies winner Mari Mauland took another conservative approach banking the early miles and well outside the top ten overall for a good seventy or so miles. She would eventually finish in fifth overall with a fantastically fast time of 16:55. The gap to second placed Sarah Sawyer was a full four plus hours. Third placed Naomi Moss was only six minutes behind.

 

Results

Men Time
1 Michael Stocks 14:57:53
2 Dan Masters 15:30:03
3 Jeremy Isaac 16:25:55

 

Women Time
1 Mari Mauland 16:55:43
2 Sarah Sawyer 21:09:10
3 Naomi Moss 21:15:53

 

 

News from the blogs

Elisabet Barnes

Winner of the 2017 edition and now two time winner of Marathon des Sables, Elisabet Barnes, she offers coaching via her website www.ultra.coach . She is a multi-stage race demon and Elisabet will be at the Ultra Festival in early June so catch her there live.

Anna Frost

Anna is heading to Madeira for the Ultra Skymarathon in May, she will also be in Bhutan later in the year. You can keep up to date with Frosty and her adventures via Twitter and her Facebook page.

https://frostysfootsteps.wordpress.com/

Timothy Olson

Tim is back! A fine win at Penyagolosa has confirmed that Tim is back on form after what for him has been a quiet eighteen or so months with some less than optimal performances. Although there is no confirmation of his June /July race schedule Tim will be at Diagonal des Fous in October, how good is that!

http://www.timothyallenolson.com/

Paul Capell

Pau Capell’s ascendancy to one of the top level ultrarunners has been a marvel to observe. His win at Transgrancanaria this year must rate as his best performance to date and he followed that with a second place at last month’s Madeira Island Ultra Trail. He is stepping up to UTMB this year, his first 100 mile race, it will be interesting to see how he performs and his approach to this tough and competitive race.

You can catch all the updates via Twitter.

Dakota Jones

Dakota Jones just enjoys life. Read this post http://www.irunfar.com/2017/04/the-most-harm-principle.html from his column at www.irunfar.com . It just about sum’s up Dakota’s approach to life and racing.  He is heading off to ‘Europe for the next two months, first in Spain with @deparunner and then in France for the Maxi Race and Mont Blanc Marathon. Really though, my main goal is to learn some Spanish and French. But these races will be cool too. Stay tuned!’

Stay tuned indeed through his Twitter, Instagram and Facebook posts.

 

Up and coming races

UTWT races

Ultra-Trail Australia – May 18th -21st

Mozart 100 – June 17th

Lavaredo Ultra Trail – June 23rd

Western States 100 – June 24th-25th

 

Sky Races

Yading Skyrun – May 2nd

Transvulcania – May 13th

Zegama – May 28th

 

UK Races

North Downs Way 50 – May 13th

Grand Union Canal race – May 27th

South Downs Way 100 – June 10th

 

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

 

LAVAREDO ULTRA TRAIL – RESULTS & PHOTO GALLERY

An exciting race unfolded at the 2016 Lavaredo Ultra Trail with Great Britain’s Andy Symonds dominating the race from start to finish and setting a new course record in a time of 12:15:06. Switzerland’s Andrea Huser demonstrated her solid racing credentials at this 119km distance with a deserved win in a time of 14:32:39.

2016 Lavaredo Ultra Trail – Men’s Race

The scene was set in the mountain town of Cortina in the Italian Dolomites; and 119km of sweet trails and beautiful vistas was on the menu. The weather in the days ahead of the race had steadily risen in temperature from the low teens to a very warm 30 degrees Celsius.  But fortunately just two hours before the start, the heavens opened and relieved the heat, making it a bit more bearable.  As the runners amassed at the start line, pre-race nerves and anticipation were swapped for readiness for the 11p.m. start time.  The gun went off and the runners charged down the paved streets of Cortina with a large crowd cheering them all the way.  It was sign of things to come as the pace never even settled, it was frenetic from the start and it didn’t cease.  By the time they had reached Ospitale at 18km, race winner Symonds was in the top three and only two minutes off the course record pace set by last year’s winner Didrik Hermansen, and it was only to get better as the race progressed. Scott Hawker and Pau Capell Gil were also in the top six, a position they were to hold throughout the race.

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Andy Symonds with a new course record after totally dominating the race

 

By the time the field reached Federavecchia at 33kms Symonds was a clear front leader and starting to make ground on the course record. Lithuanian Gediminas Grinius had slowly moved up and was in fourth and by Refugio Auronzo at 48km he was in second place just seconds ahead of Sylvain Court of France.  Symonds’ lead was four minutes at this stage and incredibly he kept increasing this lead with a dominant display of running, dipping under course record pace by a full 10 minutes from Cimabanche (67km) onwards.  Grinius worked hard in the latter stages to reduce the deficit, eventually finishing eight minutes behind the winner and also under the old course record.

 

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Gediminas Grinius happy for his second place

 

The surprise of the day was the performance of Spain’s Javier Dominguez, at 33km he was not even in the top 10, moving to seventh at Malga Ra Stua (75km). His progression to a third place podium spot was phenomenal as he was five minutes behind Hawker and Capell Gil at Malga Ra Stua and when they had reached Passo Giau (102km) he had taken third spot passing Hawker, Capell Gil and Court and remained solid from there to the finish line.

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Javier Dominguez jubilant at his third place

But the day was all about Andy Symonds complete dominance and front running at an unrelenting pace, a true privilege to have witnessed.

2016 Lavaredo Men’s Results

Place Name Time
1 Andy Symonds (Scott) 12:15:06
2 Gediminas Grinius (Vibram) 12:23:06
3 Javier Dominguez (Vibram) 12:36:45
4 Sylvain Court (Adidas) 12:53:04
5 Scott Hawker (Hoka One One) 13:00:37
6 Pau Capell Gil (Compressport) 13:02:32
7 Jonas Buud (Asics) 13:14:47
8 Marco Zanchi (Vibram) 13:21:11
9 Antony Gay (Sigvaris Sport) 13:22:31
10 Giuliano Cavallo (Salomon) 13:33:35

 

Other finishers of note:

22ndJez Bragg          14:54:24

48thNick Clark         16:04:06

67thGary Gellin        16:50:06

104thMike Foote       18:01:09

2016 Lavaredo Ultra Trail – Women’s Race

Andrea Huser finally claimed a significant major race victory to add to the many podium places she has earned over the years. She really has this distance nailed and her disciplined approach allowed her to take first place in a time of 14:32 whilst her competitors could not match her unrelenting progress through the field. Huser’s final time was over forty minutes ahead of second placed Uxue Fraile Azpietia of Spain with a time comparable to Rory Bosio’s winning time of 2014. Brazil’s Fernanda Maciel took the final podium spot as she fought hard to move up the field from outside the top five at Refugio Auronzo (48km). Maciel’s time being less than seven minutes behind Fraile Azpietia and looking strong all the way through to the finish.

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Andrea Huser claims a deserved victory

 

Cristina Follador was the top Italian finishing in fourth and looking remarkably fresh at the end. New Zealanders Marie McNaughton and Sophie Grant impressed with really strong runs finishing fifth and sixth.   It was refreshing to see Lizzy Hawker back on the international racing scene, and in the early stages she was lying in fifth place, finally placing in the top ten in ninth, after a spell of power hiking with Bosio and Mike Foote who were both having a tough day on the trails.

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Sophie Grant on her way to sixth place – still smiling!

 

But ultimately this was Huser’s day to celebrate a long awaited international race victory.

2016 Lavaredo Women’s Results

Place Name Time
1 Andrea Huser (Mammut) 14:32:39
2 Uxue Fraile Azpietia (Vibram) 15:13:09
3 Fernanda Maciel (The North Face) 15:20:57
4 Christina Follador (Aldo Moro Paluzzo) 16:30:37
5 Marie McNaughton (Gone running HK) 16:38:44
6 Sophie Grant 16:48:30
7 Manuela Vilaseca (Buff Pro Team) 17:10:30
8 Katie Roby (MDC) 17:28:15
9 Lizzy Hawker (The North Face) 17:32:15
10 Yulia Baykova (Vibram) 17:33:10

                                               

Other finishers of note:

14thRory Bosio         18:01:08

Photo Gallery

 

 

All photos are copyright – Ian Campbell Photography

MADEIRA ISLAND ULTRA TRAIL

The Ultra Trail World Tour has its fifth event of the season on the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira. Its not an island renowned for its beaches but it does have plenty of mountains and an incredible network of trails and ‘levadas’ covering 1,500km. The Madeira Island Ultra Trail now in its 8th edition will see runners traversing the island from North West to South East for a total of 115kms and 6,850M of ascent, that’s 60M of ascent every kilometre!

Defending champions Luis Fernandes (14:36:19) and Ester Alves (18:43:08) are up against very strong fields and they will both have to be on their ‘A’ game to  come away with the win.  Here’s our run down of the top contenders in the men’s and women’s races.

Race Details

April 23 – 00:00 start time – Porto Moniz

Madeira Island Ultra Trail

Men’s Race
Zach Miller USA Races hard and loves it the harder it gets. Will be the one to beat. 1st TNF 50 2015, 1st CCC 2015, 5th Transvulcania 2015.
Luis Fernandes Portugal Defending champion who has home advantage and intimate knowledge of the course.
Iker Karrera Spain Leading contender of the several top Spanish runners and a podium place for sure. 5th Diagonal des Fous 2015, 8th Hardrock 2015, 2nd UTMB 2014
Tofol Castanyer Spain Strong racer and top three if on form. 3rd UTMB 2014, 4th Transvulcania 2014, 4th TNF 50 2014, 1st CCC 2012,
Antoine Guillon France Strong determined runner and likely to be top three. 1st Diagonal des Fous 2015, 3rd Transgrancanaria 2015, 3rd Vibram HK 2015, 9th MDS 2015. 3rd Tor des Geants 2014
Pau Capell Gil Spain In form and can go the distance. Will be looking for another podium place. 3rd Transgrancanaria 2016, 4th Vibram HK 2016
Miguel Heras Spain Undoubtedly a strong runner but has not been in form recently. 2nd UTMB 2013
Christophe Le Saux France Tough competitor who came 13th at Trangrancanaria 83KM race in early March. 7th Eiger ultra 2015, MDS 9th, 10th and 7th in 2013 to 2015 respectively.
Cyril Cointre France 10th Tarawera 2016, 5th Transgrancanaria 2015, 4th Vibram HK 2015. 9th Lavaredo 2014.
Sebastien Camus France 2nd Diagonal des Fous 2015
Jordi Gamito Spain 6th Vibram HK 2016, 10th Transgrancanaria 2016, 6th Diagonal des Fous 2015.
Fabien Antolinos France 6th UTMB 2015
Sange Sherpa Nepal 4th Eiger Ultra 2016,  8th UTMF 2015
Jordi Bes Ginesta Spain 1st CCC 2013
Fulvio Dapit Italy  
 
Women’s Race  
Caroline Chaverot France Fresh from winning Transgrancanaria in early March and this distance in her sweetspot. 1st Lavaredo 2015, 2nd TGC 2015, 1st Eiger Ultra 2015. Loves to lead out from the start and stretch the field early on.  Clear favorite.
Andrea Huser Switzerland 2nd place at Transgrancanaria in early March. Prolific racer and always in top ten shape. Expect Huser to make the podium and if Chaverot is not on form to take the win. 2nd Eiger Ultra 2015, 7th Lavaredo 2015, 4th TGC 2015, 7th UTMB 2014.
Emilie Lecomte France Podium place. 2nd place Diagonal des Fous in 2015. 7th Eiger Ultra 2015, 1st Tor des Geants 2014.
Ester Alves Portugal Home favorite and defending champion – winner of Madeira Island Ultra in 2015. A solid racer but will have to race hard here to make the podium.   6th TGC 2015, 7th Transvulcania 2015, 7th Laveredo 2014.
Lucinda Sousa Portugal 7th place at Transgrancanaria in early March. Home favourite with Alves.
Juliette Blanchet France 2nd place Diagonal des Fous 2014.
Melanie Rousset France 9th place at UTMB 2015, 5th place at Diagonal des Fous 2014, 6th Diagonal des Fous 2013.

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 

http://nuriapicas.com/home/

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.

https://frostysfootsteps.wordpress.com/

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.

https://d2g2.wordpress.com/

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.

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