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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 

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


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











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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


Today was the Vertical Kilometer at Transvulcania. The VK course starts at Tazacorte and ascends the steep cliff from the sea front for 6.6km on a single track with 40% incline. The course slightly flattens out to finish at 1,160m with an average incline of 30%.

I was at the foot of the cliff face and it sure looks steep. A zig zag set of bends gradually winds its way up over 200m straight. Think really steep switch backs and you are there.

I drove up to just past the half way mark and positioned on the climb probably at about 700m.  From here you could see the racers flying down a short steep downhill before hitting a good sustained climb. Plenty of people out spectating and cheering on all the racers.

VK at about 700m

VK at about 700m


  • Men
  • 1st place – Bernard Dematteis – 47.23
  • 2nd place – Martin Dematteis – 48.26
  • 3rd place – Kilian Jornet – 49.33
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  • Women
  • 1st place – Elisa Desco – 59.43
  • 2nd place – Laura Orgue – 1.01.10
  • 3rd place – Azara Garcia de los Salmones – 1.01.42


VK - Transvulcania

VK – Transvulcania

All images are copyright – Ian Campbell – Photography