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ULTRA RUNNING NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

In this month’s column we bring you news from the Sky Running World Series, the Ultra Trail World Tour and latest UTWT standings, Thames Path 100, as well as a selection of news from the blogs.

Transvulcania

Since 2012 only three guys have broken seven hours for the Transvulcania course, Dakota Jones, Kilian Jornet and Luis Alberto Hernando. Hernando has an awesome record at Transvulcania, second to Jornet in 2013, and winner in 2014 and 2015. He was the red-hot favourite in this year’s edition and he didn’t disappoint. Hernando took his third successive win in just over seven hours. American Sage Canaday who led the race all the IMG_0673way to Roque de los Muchachos took a third place podium finish after Frenchmen Nicolas Martin reeled him on that long descent for second place.

Sweden’s Ida Nilsson surprised everyone with a terrific performance that demonstrated total dominance of the field, the tough course and hot conditions. Her lead grew as the race progressed, finishing seventeen minutes ahead of Anne-Lise Rousset of France. Ruth Croft completed the podium only two minutes behind.

Transvulcania

Men Time
1 Luis Alberto Hernando 07:04:44
2 Nicolas Martin 07:10:40
3 Sage Canaday 07:14:16

 

Women Time
1 Ida Nilsson 08:14:18
2 Anne-Lise Rousset 08:31:53
3 Ruth Croft 08:33:32

 

Marathon des Sables

Rachid El Morabity of Morocco celebrated the win after a dominating display of running in the 32nd edition of this classic multi day race across the Saharan sands of Morroco. The podium was an all Moroccan affair with compatriots Abdelkader El Mouaziz and Aziz El Akad taking second and third spots.

Russian Natalia Sedykh won four of the five stages and had an incredible forty five minutes lead over second place Nathalie Mauclair of France. Mauclair won the long stage on day four to cement her second place. Brazilian Fernanda Maciel demonstrated her tenacity over these demanding desert multi day races by finishing strongly in third place.

Marathon des Sables

Men Time
1 Rachid El Morabity 21:01:21
2 Abdelkader El Mouaziz 21:05:38
3 Aziz El Akad 22:07:30

 

Women Time
1 Natalia Sedykh 24:45:26
2 Nathalie Mauclair 25:30:55
3 Fernanda Maciel 27:58:43

 

Thames Path 100

The Thames Path 100 is the first race of the Centurion Running grand slam. With minimal elevation gain or loss and run on the tow path it is a fast course. Craig Holgate held the course record (15:11:15) from 2012 and proceeded to crush that time by over an hour and completely dominated the field. His winning time and course record is even more impressive given that he went off course and lost over an hour and a half. Sam Pullan and Mark Greyner completed the podium for the men.

Sam Amend in her first 100 miler ran an extremely impressive 16:00:09, was second overall, and had a margin of three hours over Norwegians Mari Mauland in second and Hilde Ackenhausen in third.

Thames Path 100

Men Time
1 Craig Holgate 14:09:54
2 Sam Pullan 17:01:15
3 Mark Greyner 17:11:54

 

Women Time
1 Samantha Amend 16:00:09
2 Mari Mauland 19:11:25
3 Hilde Ackenhausen 19:34:57

Yading Skyrun

The Skyrunner World Series opened the season with a first race in China. A 30km route reached altitudes of 4,664M and the finishing point was at a temple was at 4,000M. This is Sky Running following its ethos of ‘Less cloud. More Sky’.

The race was won by Nepalese Bhin Gurung in a fast time and a small cushion of less than two minutes ahead of Italian Tadei Pivk.

American Megan Kimmel certainly made her trip to China worthwhile with a solid win ahead of Chinese Wenrong Zhen by thirty six minutes and picking up a $3000 winners prize.

Bryon Powell of irunfar.com completed the race in 4:18 for fourteenth place as part of his Hardrock 100 training.

Yading Skyrun

Men Time
1 Bhin Gurung (Nepal) 03:08:30
2 Tadei Pivk (Italy) 03:10:18
3 Marc Casal Mir (And) 03:11:28

 

Women Time
1 Megan Kimmel (USA 03:20:39
2 Wenrong Zhen (China) 03:56:17
3 Ragna Debats 03:57:39

 

News from the blogs

Dakota Jones

DJ has been travelling to Europe and has taken the unusual option to cross the pond by cargo ship in an effort to be ecologically friendly. Read his article on iRunFar as he debates with himself and the reader with the realities of this chosen method and whether it is indeed saving the planet.   http://www.irunfar.com/2016/05/dakota-on-the-dalian.html

During his trip to Ireland  DJ hooked up with legends Scott Jurek & Rickey Gates before heading across to Wales and then the Lake District for Salomon Advanced week. Check out his athlete Facebook page for the updates.

http://thatdakotajones.com/

Ellie Greenwood

In preparation for Comrades Ellie raced Chuckanut 50k for yet another win. then it was off to the UK and the Lake District for Salomon Advanced Week. The athletes generally have a great time taking the opportunity to train together but more importantly testing out new kit and giving feedback. The results of which go back into the end product that we see as the consumer.  To round the week off many of the team tried out a fell race, The Coledale Horseshoe – check out the results The Coledale Horsehoe Results 2016 .

Watch out for Ellie as she takes on the Russian twins on the Comrades down run at the end of this month.

http://elliegreenwood.blogspot.co.uk/

Sage Canaday

Sage Canaday has a great You Tube channel V02max Productions and you will find a wealth of information as he chronicles the various stages of his training and racing. Towards the latter part of last year and early this year he was focussed on making the US Olympic Trials, narrowly missing qualification by 12 seconds.  His times over four marathons were between 2:19:12 and 2:20:32, very consistent but as Sage opens up in his review he was perhaps overcautious and should stepped up his mileage from an average 80 miles a week to an average 120-130 miles a week. Its an interesting read and provides a useful process emphasizing the importance of having a good training diary and post event analysis to improve future training.

http://sagecanaday.com/

Jason Schlarb

Skiing the Hardrock 100 course has never been done before. Jason and friends took on the mighty course in a counterclockwise direction over four days and nights in March. Hear all about it on this podcast from the US  Ultra Runner.

http://www.jasonschlarb.com/

Sondre Amdahl

Fresh from Marathon des Sables Sondre Amdahl tells all about his experience of racing in probably the most iconic desert multi day stage race where he finished ninth overall.  His report provides some great explanation of his approach to the race including gear and nutrition and mistakes he made. Great reading!

Hjem

Meghan Arbogast

Meghan Arbogast is a 53 year old ultra runner and she live in Cool California. that is Cool!  She is a mum, massage therapist and coach. How on earth she fits in high quality training into what looks like an incredibly busy schedule I’ve no idea but read her blog and you will out more. Recently running the Moab 55k in 5:21 – 4th female and 1st master.

About Meghan Arbogast

 

UTWT standings after five races

Men Points
1 Jordi Gamito 447
2 Gediminas Grinius 402
3 Cyril Cointre 389

 

Women Points
1 Caroline Chaverot 405
2 Andrea Huser 360
3 Silvia Trigueros Garrote 333

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The next event on the UTWT calendar is the Ultra Trail Australia on May 14th. The race is 100km with 4,200M of vertical ascent held in the magnificent Blue Mountain National Park in New South Wales, Australia. Update : The race was won by Pau Capell & Beth Cardelli

Up and coming races

Zegama – May 22nd

Grand Union Canal Race 145 miles– May 24th

Comrades 89 kms – May 29th

Ultra Madeira – June 4th

South Downs Way 100 – June 11th

 

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LIMONE EXTREME – WORLD TITLES GO TO JORNET & KREMER

MAMU & MAIORA TAKE OUT THE WINS

JORNET & KREMER WIN SKYRACE SERIES

 

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

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[Petro Mamu wins the 2014 Limone Extreme Skyrace]

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Limone Men’s and Women’s Races

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

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

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

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

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

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[Stevie Kremer climbing towards second place]

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

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

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

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

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

Limone Skyrace results

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

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

2014 Skyrace Series

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

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

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Overall Skyrace series results below:

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

 

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

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All images are copyright Ian Campbell – Photography

 

KILIAN THE MOUNTAIN KING !

Kilian Jornet wins the Limone Vertical Kilometer last night. What an impressive year he is having won the Skyrunning Ultra title and now winning the Skyrunning VK title.  Today he races the Limone Extreme Skyrace of 23.5km to take the Skyrunning Race category.  The first person to take all three Skyrunning titles in one year, a grand slam.  Truly impressive at all these disciplines, not forgetting Hardrock 100!

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Kilian Jornet leading Limone VK.

Vertical Kilometer – Results 

Men
Kilian Jornet 37:27
Urban Zemmer 38:05
Marco Moletto 38:19

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Women
Christel Dewalle 44:51
Laura Orgue 46:51
Antonella Confortola 48:16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All images are copyright Ian Campbell – photography

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

 

 

All images are copyright – Ian Campbell – Photgraphy 

 

PEAK SKYRACE

The Peaks Sky Race is the second race in the newly formed Sky Running UK series. Currently comprising of the V3K (55km) in June, Peaks Sky Race (48km) in August, 3×3 Ultra (80km) in October and Mourne Skyline MTR (35km) in October.

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Spectacular views at Skyrunning UK’s Peak sky race.

I entered the Peaks Sky Race quite recently for a couple of reasons a) to get a taste of a UK Sky Race and b) as a training run for CCC at the end of August. The Peaks Sky Race had the right level of distance, elevation and timing to fit in with my training plans.

The Peak District is one of the UK National Park’s and while it does not have the same major peaks such as in North Wales, The Lake District or Scotland it does have some fairly well known peaks, Shining Tor & Shutlingsloe as an example.

I have been climbing around the area many years ago as it offers some excellent grit stone to challenge one self on. This time however, it was to do battle with the 29.7mile (48km) course that featured 2,000m of elevation. The race is based around a challenge called ‘The Five Trig Round’ taking in Axe Edge, The Roaches, Shutlingsloe, Shining Tor & Burbage Edge. Just what the training doctor ordered.

My day started early rising from a local campsite at 6AM to head over to the race start. There was none of the fanfare of a large race, this was more of an inter club cross country affair or maybe I was a little too early. Slowly, the organisers filtered through and by 7AM the machine that is a well-oiled race registration started to work quietly and efficiently.

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Runners congregating in anticipation for the inaugural Peak Skyrace

As the race start edged closer the organizers provided everyone with a race briefing and walked us slowly to the start field about two minutes away and our first sight of the climb that would be the first of many to Solomon’s Temple. The race was due to start at 8AM however due to a few late arrivals we were held back by 15 minutes. Not to worry, as everyone was waiting apprehensively in the lovely sunshine that was to be a feature of the day.  We were blessed with no rain and a little cloud cover to shelter us from the sun.

We were off and the 78 starters cruised around the start field and began the first climb to Solomon’s Temple. It was great to get moving but with only a 300 metre warm up the heart rate soon got raised within minutes as we pounded up that first climb to hear the dulcet tunes of a bagpiper at the Tower. My approach today was to take it easy and run at a pace that I could last throughout, bearing in mind that the second half looked much tougher so keeping in some reserve.

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Coming off the trig point on Shutlingsloe

I will spare you the details of a blow by blow, mile by mile, gel by gel race report because that would be just plain boring. Needless to say I finished in 7hr21.14 and was very pleased that I had completed this with no injuries and with my longest run being only 15 miles since coming back from injury in June, it was just what the doctor had ordered.   The finish time gives me some indication for CCC plus or minus several hours!

What were my highlights of this Skyrace? Well, undoubtedly, running along the ridge on The Roaches for about two to three miles, whilst calling it a ridge has a bit of poetic licence to it, as you are not really on the edge of anything it’s quite a wide walkway! I have got to say that the mild scrambling to reach the trig point at Shutlingsloe and running down was also fun as was the running or hiking through head high ferns to Goyt’s Moss, I am only short guy!

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The author pleased with a finish!

What gear did I take? Inov8 Race Vest, a selection of gels (GU/Cliff), walking poles (unused), map & compass (never even required as the route marking was spot on), rain jacket and spare top. Best bit of gear – a) Salomon compression calves – I have no tightness in my calves post race b) Inov8 Race Vest – this was its first big outing and I was impressed with its comfort, the amount you can stash away and the positioning of the water bottles. It’s a serious contender for my CCC attempt.

Should you do this race next year? If you are doing CCC/TDS or something similar at the end of August or in September it is perfectly timed, is around half the distance and elevation gain and the terrain it traverses is similar to European events.   Now that the organizers have got this year’s race under their belt, I am sure they will have more time to market this race and entice others to take part in the Sky running experience. They could easily double the field to 150 runners.

Now at the top end of the field the pace was fast and furious that even the organizers were put on the back foot, thinking that five hours was about the pace. The men’s race was hard fought between the top two with Jason Cavill just outdistancing himself near the end to edge James Ellis into second by a four minute margin. The winners were:

Men’s Race

  1. Jason Cavill
4:22:52
  1. James Ellis
4:26:54
  1. Tim Pleijte
4:36:54

 

Women’s Race 

  1. Sally Fawcett
5:24:54
  1. Kimberley England
5:38:13
  1. Sasha Habgood
6:26:44

All images are copyright – Ian Campbell – Photography

 

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? 

ZEGAMA RESULTS

Well how about that Kilian Jornet smashed the Robb Jebb course record from 2005 by a solid 6 minutes. Nobody guessed that one!  That takes his winning streak at Zegama to 5 in a row and 7 in total.  Kilian is just unbelievable on this course, he knows it inside and out and can run it comfortably hard, if there is such a thing.

But what about the top 4 this year all beating the Robb Jebb course record and the top 8 all under 4 hours. The standard just keeps getting raised.

Marco de Gasperi  a great sparring partner and friend of Kilian came in second just two minutes later and just barely 19 seconds ahead of Luis Alberto Hernando.  A thrilling race to follow and especially if you were tracking it via the live feed from www.irunfar.com.

In the women’s race it was the American Stevie Kremer back for some more podium entertainment at Zegama and this time she swapped third place for 1st place with a 4:46:43 shaving a cool 3 minutes off her time in 2013. Well deserved.

Elisa Desco took second place just two weeks after her win at Transvulcania VK and Maite Elizonda Mayora third place after her second place at Transvulcania Ultra.

Zegama 2014 Results

Men Women
Kilian Jornet 3:48:38 Stevie Kremer 4:46:43
Marco de Gasperi 3:50:38 Elisa Desco 4:50:20
Luis Alberto Hernando 3:50:57 Maite Elizonda Mayora 4:51:47