Mayonnaise, gin, cheese and taulas – Trail Menorca 2015 by Niandi Carmont

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Mayonnaise, gin, cheese and taulas ……..what do these words bring to mind? No, you got it wrong! The answer is ………Menorca!

Yep, not many people know that mayonnaise (and who doesn’t love dollops of it on chips) was invented by the Duc de Richelieu on encountering and adapting the Menorca aioli. As for gin this little island is home to Xoriguer Distillery and is well-known for producing its own distinctively fragrant variety of the spirit.

But where is Menorca might you ask? This Balearic Island is located in the Mediterranean off the Spanish coast not far from Mallorca. Menorca means windy island and hardly surprising as there is a gentle breeze on most days due to its relatively flat relief. A little wind is welcome if you consider that the island enjoys 300 days of yearly sunshine.

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Booze, sea and sun ….convinced? Well what enticed me to the island were none of the aforementioned but more the opportunity to take part in what I consider to be a fantastic and scenically beautiful trail race. The Cami de Cavalls is the backdrop of several trail races organized on the island in May. It is an ancient hiking trail/path of 186km that takes you around the coastline of the island. This long-distance walking route is the GR223 of the Senderos de Gran Recorrido network in Spain. Historically-speaking the Cami de Cavalls was built in order to connect the watchtowers, fortresses and cannons distributed along the coast. It was patrolled by soldiers mounted on horses hence the word cavalls meaning horses in Catalan.

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In the 2015 edition there were several distances: 185km, 100km, 55km (trekking), 32km (trekking).

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The 85km race (TMCS, Trail Menorca Costa Sud)) takes on the whole southern coastline from Es Castell to Ciutadella. This is the trail race I decided to do as I really wanted to experience as much of the historic Cami de Cavalls as possible but had only just recovered from Marathon des Sables 4 weeks prior. Taking that into consideration it seemed the best and most reasonable option. I arrived in Menorca on Thursday and my race start was on Saturday so this provided me with the opportunity to relax a little, do some sight-seeing and pick up my number and chip without too much stress. Thursday on arrival in Ciutadella I picked up my number and chip after some leisurely tapas and rosé in the port and attended the race briefing in the late afternoon for the 185km. This was followed by a cocktail with some local dignitaries involved in the sponsorship and promotion of Trail Menorca .

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The Friday was spent walking around the cobbled streets in the old quarter of Citadel and having fresh grilled squid al fresco with 2015 MDS winner Elisabet Barnes near the town-hall and an early night in anticipation of the early race start the following day. Saturday I was woken by my alarm at 5am. Some instant porridge and I was off to catch the shuttle bus at 6am to the start in Es Castell. What is practical about the different races is that they all finish in Ciutadella, the 185km and 100km (TMCN Trail Menorca Costa Nord) starting a day before. Shuttle buses at the finish in Ciutadella take the runners to the start of the different races so logistically it makes sense to book your accommodation at the finish and it is completely hassle-free. Also should you drop out (highly unlikely of course) or not make the cut off times shuttle busses are laid on at the checkpoints to take you back to the finish).

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An 85km drive along the coastline and the bus of excited runners arrives in Es Castell. During the journey Elisabet and I exchange worried looks as the rain starts pelting down – this must be one of the 65 days of rain on the island! However, it proves to be just a short-lived downpour and at 8am we start the race in cool and pleasant temperatures.

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The course is well marked with the over 2.200 GR 223 landmarks making it hard to get lost with added signage and red & white tape in urban areas on lamps or posts. These are reinforced with spray paint, biodegradable tape and red leds for runners running at night.

There are 7 well-equipped feed stations on the TMCS offering water, coca cola (ice-cold), isotonic drinks, fruit juices, fruit, nuts, dates, bread, Nutella and local ham and cheese. I found it unnecessary to take any additional food supplies although the race is supposed to be “self-sufficient” and runners are encouraged to do so. The support, friendliness and encouragement at the feed stations are amazing. When you do this race you really don’t feel like a number when you are cheered as you enter the feed station and cheered when you leave!

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I was incredibly surprised at the beauty of the course. I had been told that the TMCN along the North Coast was more scenic although much more technical but to be honest the TMCS was absolutely stunning. The variety of the course is unrivalled – beach sections, little coves of azure turquoise water, tiny coastal villages, luscious green flowered fields and cliffs overlooking the island’s multitude of pristine bays.

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The course is partly exposed and partly shaded providing a certain amount of respite from the midday sun. Temperatures at this time of the year can vary and although the day spent sightseeing was quite hot (36°C), on race day it was pleasantly mild. The only technical parts of the course are along the sea-front on hardened rock formations where you can easily trip up especially once fatigue starts setting in and the last section of the course although flat was quite technical and rocky with the head-on wind from the North Tramuntana complicating matters! At this point I was walking as I really didn’t want to trip up on the rocks and no longer had the energy to battle against the wind.

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The final kilometres of the race take you through the coastal seaside resorts into the finish area at Ciutadella where a welcoming crowd of local supporters and giant paella and free beers await the finishers. The icing on the cake? The beautiful medal with the words Live the Legend……..and I really felt I lived the Cami de Cavalls ….. until 2016 that is!

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Ciutadella and the surrounding area is extremely Spanish and beautiful – take a look.

Race images are available to view and purchase HERE

RAIDLIGHT’S GILET RESPONSIV 8L PACK REVIEW

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Niandi Carmont recently ran the Compressport Trail Menorca, an 85km race on the island of Menorca, Spain. Knowing the race would be semi self-sufficient, the need for a comfortable hydration system would be required. RaidLight stepped in and provided the new RAIDLIGHT GILET RESPONSIV 8L vest so that it could be tested in a ‘real’ situation. On first looks it would be easy to think that this pack is female specific, apparently no. It also comes with a hint of blue for those gentlemen who are not in touch with their feminine side.

RaidLight say:

The Responsiv 8L is a combination of bag/vest. Lightweight and ergonomic.

The Responsiv 8L race vest allows you to carry essentials and hydrate with ease, with the bonus of being ultra light at only 160 grams!

The bag has recently been awarded the prestigious Janus Design Award (2015), awarded by the Institute of French Design

 

Hydration is always an issue when you compete in a self-sufficient or semi self-sufficient trail race or even when training. There are multiple ways of carrying energy drinks and water but what most of us look for is a system that is:

  • Hassle-free – no fumbling around, fidgeting or groping
  • Provides easy access – you can hydrate easily on tricky technical sections of a course or when fatigued in the latter stages of a long trail race
  • Is quick and efficient – you can refill quickly when passing through the feed stations, wasting as little time and energy as possible
  • Is comfortable – no chafing, no bouncing, no sloshing, no leaking
  • Allows you to manage your water supply efficiently and gauge how much water/energy drink remains until the next feed station

Raidlight’s new Gilet Responsiv 8L ticks all the above boxes for me. It’s a great little pack.

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What I like:

  • It comes in 2 sizes: Small/Medium & Large/Extra Large. I used the smaller version as it’s probably more suited to the female body type and lighter runners. It also comes in grey/ pink! For the men, grey/ blue.

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  • The vest is equipped with 2 micrometric adjustment systems; I have seen this before on a pair of TNF Shoes called the Boa and a TNF pack. This system provides for an even more “customized” fit. These are located on either side just under the arm openings. So there is no messing around with dangling straps and buckles to tighten. Basically, as you remove items from the pack (food, water and so on) you can adjust the pack in minute detail so that it remains close to the body.

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  • It weighs just 160g and that is ultra-light!
  • Designed to be used with RaidLight’s new soft flasks (optional extra) which come in 2 sizes either 350ml or 600ml. So depending on how far apart the feed stations are on a course and what your own personal hydration needs are, you can use either one or the other or a combination of both. The RaidLight soft flasks are also equipped with straws which make drinking on the go extremely practical. The flasks fit comfortably into the 2 front pockets and are extremely easy to remove and slip back in. I found the straws a little distracting as they came close to my face, however, on the shoulder straps, two access holes are available should you use a bladder (the pipe would feed through these on the left or right). I found that I could push the soft flask straws in here. Perfect!

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  • The pack is made of a breathable flat-seamed mesh (thermal adhesive), which doesn’t chafe and please note ladies it is very pleasant to wear over a t-shirt, a sleeveless tank or even a crop top.
  • The stability is reinforced with two pectoral buckles on the front of the pack

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  • The stash pocket on the back can be used to carry a bladder (Velcro strap supplied) or mandatory race kit. I used it to carry a survival blanket, a mobile phone, a lightweight wind stopper and some extra food

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  • There are two tiny pockets underneath the main soft flask pockets; they can be used for lip balm, sunscreen, gels, tissue paper and gels/ food. For me, this is where the pack fails and needs greater improvement. I personally found I had too little room for ‘on the go’ nutrition and I used a lightweight fuel belt to store additional energy.

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I would recommend using the Gilet Responsiv 8L for any self-sufficient race or training run. It’s ideal for short outing and longer runs but I do think the lack of food storage impacts on its use for very long self-sufficient runs. If you are racing with adequate feed stations and the opportunity to replenish liquid and food, then it’s a great pack. For me it was ideal on the Trail Menorca Costa Sud, an 85km trail race with 7 feed stations, relatively hot weather (36°C) and a course which is technical in parts but without any major difficulties. Importantly ladies, this pack is one of the most comfortable I have tried. I don’t have big boobs but as you will know, anything that doesn’t sit comfortable is a real problem. The Raidlight was great in this area and gents; you have nothing to worry about. If it works for us ladies, it will work for you too!

CONCLUSION

This is a neat little product by RaidLight that works for men and ladies. Importantly, this pack is really comfortable for ladies and the option of two different sizes (S/M, L/XL) means that you can get a pack that fits you! This can also be fine tuned with the micrometric adjustment systems. The downside is on the go access to food/ gels as storage is minimal.

The vest will be available in June 2015.

Go to RaidLIght HERE to find out more

RUNNING BEYOND – A new book announcement

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Multiple meetings, trips backwards and forwards to London and I am pleased to say that I can now announce that I will have a new book available in late (September tbc) 2016.

It has been a long term dream to find the backing of a publisher and I am pleased to say that Aurum Press Ltd (Here) have had the trust to allow me to produce a book on a sport I love through photography and words.

An added bonus is that Kilian Jornet has agreed to write the foreword.

A work in progress, I anticipate some long days and nights as I evolve this project. I hope through imagery and words it will be an inspiration to those who look at it and read it.

Grubby pages with repeated use, I’d like to see multiple ‘post it’ notes marking races for future ‘bucket lists’ and most of all I hope it will be a book that allows you to dream.

Wish me luck as I put this together. Many thanks for the continued support and most importantly, thanks to Aurum Press Ltd, Kilian Jornet and all the wonderful races and people around the world who have afforded me the opportunity to make a dream a reality.

Ian

*Please note the cover is just an illustration. I anticipate a new cover for the actual book.

 

Recent Printed Publications for iancorless.com

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The first few months of 2015 have been very rewarding and I have had several articles and features printed worldwide in a series of top ranking magazines.

From the rainforests of Costa Rica, to heat of the Sahara. Anton Krupicka looking broken at Transgrancanaria, Joe Grant between a rock and a hard place at The Coastal Challenge and Sir Ranulph Fiennes beating the heat at the Marathon des Sables.

Here are the magazines with links

Like The Wind HERE

Runners World HERE

Trail Running Magazine HERE

Competitor HERE

Outdoor Fitness HERE

Here is a selection of the printed articles. All my tear sheets can be viewed HERE

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MDS 2015 Darren Outoor Fitness UTLD Runners World 2015 TCC 2015 Trail Running Mag MDS Sir Ranulph Fiennes captured_spread

Elisabet Barnes writes about victory at Compressport Trail Menorca Costa Sur

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The trail that runs along the coastline of Menorca, Cami de Cavalls (CdC), was originally established by the settlers of Menorca as part of a defence system. It was patrolled by soldiers on horses, hence the name (Cavalls mean horses in Catalan). The path weaves its way in and out of the coast, and lets the traveller experience varying terrain and views. These include woodland trails, white beaches with intensely turquoise water, beautiful rock formations, farmland, ravines and urban areas. The profile is undulating with moderate climbs but yet offers a technically challenging experience.

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Now in its fourth year, the Compressport Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls has grown quickly since its inception and in 2015 offered 5 courses ranging from 32km to 185km. I opted for the 85km Trail Menorca Costa Sur, TMCS. This starts in Es Castell in the east and finishes in Ciutadella in the west, following the CdC trail along the south coast of the island.

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A bus was organised for Saturday morning at 6am to take participants from Ciutadella to the start in Es Castell. During the night there had been thunderstorms and heavy rain was falling as we made our way. Niandi Carmont and I both agreed that this was not what we had come to Menorca for! Luckily, an hour later the skies were clearing. As we were about to start some dark clouds were looming but the temperature was perfect.

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I fell into a comfortable pace, which turned out to be amongst the front 20 or so runners. No other women seemed to be in that group but I didn’t look back to figure out where they were, I was going to do my on race. The first few hours took us through a variety of landscapes as we made our way forward on roads along the coast and pretty, undulating trails in a mix of farm- and woodland.

As I was beginning to approach half way it started to get a bit tougher. A few more climbs slowed the pace down and there were many gates to negotiate. I seemed to be running with the same group of people but we were more spread out now. Weaving in and out of each other, some stronger on the ascents, other on the descents or the flats.

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The checkpoints were fairly well stocked: sandwiches with jam, peanuts, almonds, fresh fruit (apples, bananas, orange), cheese… I did take orange at most checkpoints but I was largely self-sufficient. The volunteers were very helpful, asking if I was ok or if I needed anything. Good thing I speak a little bit of Spanish so I could understand them.

Just before the half way point at about 39km everything was going swimmingly well. I felt great, I was on a roll and I was moving at good pace. Another gate to negotiate laid ahead at the end of a slight down hill section. A lovely couple held it open for me so I didn’t have to stop. Instead of looking at the ground ahead I looked them and smiled as I cruised though the gate. Just as I passed them, much to their horror and my embarrassment, I stumbled and abruptly face planted on the stony trail.

At first I thought disaster had struck but after a quick assessment I decided that I was only bruised and scraped. Blood was pouring from my knees and pumping rather heavily from a wound in my thumb but it looked worse than it was (or so I told myself!). At this point I was glad that I had carried my first aid kit. After some moderately successful patching up I hobbled on.

©iancorless.com_Menorca2015-4266It was a mental relief to get over the first Marathon and know that I “only” had half way to go. Here, the terrain started to get a bit trickier. We ran on beautiful but equally brutal uneven rock formations, close to the coastline. It was now also getting warmer and I had to drink more and focus on my nutrition and hydration. This part of the race was hard mentally. I kept thinking: “when I get to 65km it’s only 20km left and flat”. That became my next target but little did I know that flat could be so hard!

©iancorless.com_Menorca2015-4525After a while I started to see more people around me on the trail. I was catching up the slower runners in the 185km race (they had been out for nearly 30 hours at this point!), and the fresh runners who had just started the shorter Trekking Costa Sur (TCS) came bouncing along on annoyingly fresh legs.

To my relief we hit roads as we were approaching the last checkpoint at 73 km. I ran into it feeling positive and was informed I was the leading lady. I had incredible support from the spectators and the checkpoint volunteers were very helpful, just as they had been at all support points so far.

I left the checkpoint to cheers and felt good. I followed the road to the end where it turned, about 100 metres or so. As I turned the corner I was abruptly hit by the next obstacle which came in the form of an extremely forceful headwind. It would of course be silly not to expect strong winds on a small island like Menorca but this was something different altogether. Apparently there is a Menorcan legend that the winds of the island change people’s personalities. Whether there is any truth in that I don’t know but I certainly needed a large portion of positivity at this point!

I told myself that it could be worse, that I could still be on those treacherous rocks and that at least I was on the road. Well, guess what awaited a few hundred metres ahead… That’s right, the rocks, taking us even further out on a completely exposed section of coastline. There was nowhere to hide, no shelter.

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This went on for what felt like an eternity but eventually we entered an urban area and could run on the road again. The finish in Ciutadella came quicker than I thought. I could hear the music from the speakers and the cheering from the crowds. I recognised my hotel on the other side of the little bay by Platja Gran, just a stone’s throw from the finish line. What a relief! I turned left onto the final stretch, entered the funnel on the artificial grass that had been laid out and to the sound of the cheering crowds I crossed the line.

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I was very happy to have battled through all the obstacles of this race! Knowing how tough the finish was I felt for those brave runners I had passed out there who were completing the final stretch of the 185 km. Some of them would not finish until Sunday morning and maybe some would not finish at all, finding the challenge too big to muster this time. I sent a thought their way before enjoying my post-race relaxation in the finish area, which offered a pool, cold beer and paella to the competitors. What more could you wish for?

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This was my first time in Menorca and I hope there will be many more (maybe those winds did have some impact after all!). The scenery is stunning and the coastline, having been protected from development, offers many areas of raw beauty and wilderness. The course is very pretty but deceptive and should not be underestimated. Having said that it is perfectly achievable. On reflection I think it could be a great race for those looking for a course with some technical challenge but who don’t like heights or who struggle at altitude. It is also perfect to combine with a long weekend or holiday. The people involved in this event and the passion and effort they put into it makes it a very memorable experience and I can highly recommend it.

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Entries for the 2016 Compressport Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls are not yet available, however, please check the website HERE

Elisabet Barnes won the 2015 Marathon des Sables (ladies category) holds course records at the GoBeyond C2C and XNRG Pilgrims. She now holds the course record for the 85km for the Compressport Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls

Beat The Heat (Part Two) – Marc Laithwaite

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Exercise in the heat can place a lot of strain upon your body, if you’re used to cooler climates. For this reason, many elite athletes will spend time acclimatising to the higher temperature. Acclimatisation can require up to 14 days, so what if you’re an amateur athlete traveling abroad for an endurance event, who can’t afford to travel 3 weeks before the event?

This is part 2 of our ‘exercise in the heat’ blog series. Last week we explained why exercise in the heat is such a problem (you can read by clicking the coaching articles link at the top of the page and then scrolling down through past blogs). In this week’s blog, I’ll explain how you can acclimatise before you travel and highlight the key physiological changes that take place, as a consequence of acclimatisation.

It’s a bit cold up North, so acclimatising might be difficult!!

Okay, if you live in the North of the UK and you’re traveling abroad to race, then you might be struggling to understand how you can possibly acclimatise. I use the term ‘North of UK’ as we all know that in the South of the UK, the temperature rarely drops below 18c. I’ve never traveled further South than Birmingham, but I hear they wear shorts and flip-flops pretty much year round.

In simple terms, to acclimatise before traveling, you need to make yourself hot and encourage sweating when you train. There are really easy ways to do this:

  1. Wear extra clothing
  2. Run on a treadmill or cycle indoors and turn up the heat
  3. Spend time in a sauna or steam room on a daily basis

I’d recommend you start doing this from 2 weeks out, but you need to do it consistently. Ideally it should be on a daily basis. There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that the above methods can help acclimatise you before travelling to warmer climates.

General guidelines:

  1. If you’re exercising outdoors, wearing extra clothing will lead to a higher sweat rate, so make sure you hydrate during the session. The same can be said for indoor running or cycling, make sure you are hydrating throughout.
  2. You should expect it to affect performance to some extent. If you use a power meter when cycling or you run at specific speeds on the treadmill, you should expect your power of speed to be a little lower than normal. If you’re temperature is higher, attempting to maintain the same intensity as usual could result in you being exhausted by the finish of the session!
  3. Try to progress the sessions in terms of exposure and intensity. For example, if you ride indoors, gradually turn up the temperature over a 7 day period and gradually build up the volume and intensity of the session. Don’t simply crank up the heat on day 1 and ride the full session as you’d expect to in cooler temperatures.
  4. The same rule applies for the sauna and steam room. Start with 10-15 minutes and gradually build your time to 30-45 minutes. Take a drink into the sauna or steam room with you to ensure you are hydrating adequately.

What are the physiological changes that take place?

There are a couple of key changes that take place when you are forced to sweat at a high rate:

The first is an expansion of plasma volume, this refers to an increase in the amount of blood plasma. Last week we explained that blood is made up of plasma (the fluid part) and cells. As you sweat, you lose plasma, which then thickens the blood. Part of the acclimatisation process in as increase in plasma, which means your blood is thinner. By increasing your plasma volume, this also means that you have more blood in general. The amount of cells doesn’t change, but the fluid component is increased, thereby increasing the overall blood volume. This is handy when your blood has to supply both muscles and skin, as discussed last week.

The second key change is a reduction in salt loss. Early in the acclimatisation process, your sweat contains a high amount of sodium. As the acclimatisation process progresses, your body retains sodium by reducing the amount lost in sweat. In simple terms, your sweat becomes less salty. If you’re acclimatising over a 2 week period, lick your skin every day and see if you can taste the change. It’s not socially acceptable to lick someone else’s skin.

As stated earlier, for these 2 changes to occur, you simply need to encourage a high sweat rate when training. The more you sweat, the more these changes will occur. Be sensible, reduce the intensity of the training session and gradually build up heat exposure over the 2 week period.

Until then, stay cool.

About Marc:

Sports Science lecturer for 10 years at St Helens HE College.

2004 established The Endurance Coach LTD sports science and coaching business. Worked with British Cycling as physiology support 2008-2008. Previous Triathlon England Regional Academy Head Coach, North West.

In 2006 established Epic Events Management LTD. Now one of the largest event companies in the NW, organising a range of triathlon, swimming and cycling events. EPIC EVENTS also encompasses Montane Trail 26 and Petzl Night Runner events.

In 2010 established Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 LTD. This has now become the UKs leading ultra distance trail running event.

In 2010 established The Endurance Store triathlon, trail running and open water swimming store. Based in Appley Bridge, Wigan, we are the North West’s community store, organising and supporting local athletes and local events.

Check out the endurance store HERE

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Episode 87 – Forsberg Hose Wardian

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Episode 87 od Talk Ultra is all about Transvulcania with interviews with Emelie Forsberg and Blake Hose. We speak with Mike Wardian who set a treadmill 50k world record (again). The News, a Blog, Up and Coming Races and Niandi Carmont co hosts.
NEWS
 
Help Nepal – Nepal images ‘FACES of NEPAL’ – order a print and all funds donated to Nepal charities http://iancorless.org/2015/04/28/nepal-appeal-nepalearthquake/
 
Where is Karl
Karl is running the Cruel Jewel 108 miler on Friday at noon. 33,000′ of climb in the North Georgia Mountains.  Very cool course.  So, I could do Thursday, our same normal time.  I’ll adjust for a time change when I get there, you just call the normal time. PS – He won the race!
 
Joe Fejes EMU 6-day world trophy
 Joe Fejes finished the event with 606.243 miles, which resets the American record for miles run in six days on a non-track surface. – Congratulations to the incredible Joe Fejes. 606 miles in 6 days. Yes, 101 miles everyday for 6 straight days.
Transvulcania

Men

1. Luis Alberto Hernando (ESP) Adidas Trail – 6h52’39”

2. Dani Garcia Comez (ESP) – 7h21’28”

3. Blake Hose (AUS) Salomon – 7h25’23”

4. Dakota Jones (USA) Salomon – 7h28’59”

5. Zach Miller (USA) Nike Trail Elite – 7h29’00”

Women

1. Emelie Forsberg (SWE) Salomon – 8h32’59”

2. Anna Comet Pasqua (ESP) – 9h02’57”

3. Myriam Marie Guillot Boisset – 9h15’06”

4. Alicia Shay (USA) Nike Trail Elite – 9h17’49”

5. Magdalena Laczak (POL) Salomon – 9h23’45”
Thames Path 100
Max Willcocks 16:35:11
Sally Ford (4th overall) 17:33:42
Wardian 2:59:49 for 50k on a treadmill
 
INTERVIEW
 
Michael Wardian
TNF 100 is this weekend
 
and Zegama 
 
Ionut Zinca (Rank 2 – ROU), Marco De Gasperi (Rank 3 – ITA), Tadei Pivk (Rank 4 – ITA), Zaid Ait Malek (Rank 6 – MAR), Aritz Egea (Rank 7 – ESP), Alfredo Gil (Rank 10 – ESP), Jokin Lizeaga (Rank 12 – ESP), Michel Lanne (Rank 19 – FRA), Eirik Haugsnes (Rank 20 – NOR), Manuel Merillas (Rank 25 – ESP), Hassan Ait (Rank 27 – ESP), Jessed Hernandez (Rank 32 – ESP), Pere Rullan (Rank 33 – ESP), Imanol Goni (Rank 35 – ESP), Florian Reichert (Rank 37 – GER), Cristobal Adell(Rank 38 – ESP), Iban Letamendi (Rank 41 – ESP), Ricky Lightfoot (Rank Ultra 54 – GBR), Dai Matsumoto (Rank 56 – JPN), Ricardo Mejia (Rank 59 – MEX), Pere Aurell (Rank 60 – ESP), Fernando Arca (Rank 82 – ESP).
Emelie Forsberg (Rank 1 – SWE), Maite Mayora (Rank 3 – ESP), Elisa Desco (Rank 6 – ITA), Nuria Domínguez (Rank 8 – ESP), Uxue Fraile (Rank 11 – ESP), Laura Orgue (Rank 15 – ESP), Federica Boifava (Rank Ultra 16 – ITA), Aitziber Ibarbia(Rank 26 – ESP), Ragna Debats (Rank 27 – NED), Nerea Amilibia (Rank 35 – ESP), Azara Garcia (Rank 39 – ESP).
 
INTERVIEW
 
Emelie Forsberg
 
INTERVIEW
 
Blake Hose
BLOG
 
Dakota Jones – “A long month on La Palma” http://www.irunfar.com/2015/05/a-long-month-on-la-palma.html
 
UP & COMING RACES
 

Australia

New South Wales

The North Face 100 Australia | 100 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

The North Face 50 Australia | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Queensland

Glasshouse 50 | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Glasshouse 80 | 80 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

The Great Wheelbarrow Race – Mareeba to Dimbulah | 104 kilometers | May 15, 2015 | website

Belgium

Wallonia

Trail de Lesse 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Trail du Hussard | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Bhutan

The Last Secret | 200 kilometers | May 29, 2015 | website

Canada

Ontario

Sulphur Springs 100 Mile Trail Run | 100 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

Sulphur Springs 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Sulphur Springs 50 Mile Trail Run | 50 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

Quebec

Raid des Algonquins – 120 km | 120 kilometers | May 19, 2015 | website

Raid des Algonquins – 70 km | 70 kilometers | May 19, 2015 | website

Chile

Atacama Xtreme 100 Miles | 100 miles | May 15, 2015 | website

Atacama Xtreme 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 15, 2015 | website

Atacama Xtreme 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 15, 2015 | website

Cyprus

Lionheart Run | 80 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Czech Republic

M.E.T.R. 60km | 60 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Denmark

Syddanmark

Bramming 100K Ultramaraton | 100 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Bramming 50K Ultramaraton | 50 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Finland

Oulu

NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 160 km | 160 kilometers | May 22, 2015 | website

NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 53 km | 53 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 80 km | 80 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

France

Ain

La Promenade du Bûcheron | 70 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Trail de Haute Provence – Ultra | 72 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Aude

Challenge Cathare | 90 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Course des Seigneurs | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Cantal

La Pastourelle – Le Grand Cirque | 53 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Côtes-d’Armor

Trail de Guerlédan – 56 km | 56 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Essonne

Relais Trail du Gâtinais | 66 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Trail 91 km | 91 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Haute-Savoie

Trail des Allobroges | 64 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Haute-Vienne

Le Grand Trail du Limousin | 68 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Haut-Rhin

Trail des Marcaires | 53 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Hérault

Hérault Trail | 73 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Ultra Draille | 120 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Isère

Chartreuse Maratour | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Lozère

Ultra Lozère | 108 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Euskal Trails – Ultra Trail | 130 kilometers | May 15, 2015 | website

Trail des Villages | 80 kilometers | May 15, 2015 | website

Trail Gourmand | 50 kilometers | May 15, 2015 | website

Savoie

Grand Raid 73 | 73 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Vendée

100 km de Vendée | 100 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Yvelines

Trail des Cerfs – 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Germany

Rhineland-Palatinate

Keufelskopf Ultra-Trail | 85 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Italy

Emilia-Romagna

Nove Colli Running | 202 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Trail Alta Val Nure – 60 km | 60 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Japan

100 km | 100 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

71 km | 71 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Nepal

Mount Everest Extreme Ultra Marathon | 60 kilometers | May 29, 2015 | website

Netherlands

Drenthe

UltraRun van Gieten 50 kilometer | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

New Caledonia

Ultratrail des Cagous | 80 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Norway

Eco Trail Oslo 80 km | 80 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Vestfold Ultra Challenge 50 Km | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Vestfold Ultra Challenge 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

Philippines

Hardcore Hundred Miles | 100 miles | May 22, 2015 | website

Portugal

Ultra Trail de São Mamede | 100 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Romania

Transylvania 100k | 100 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Transylvania 50k | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Spain

Balearic Islands

Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls | 185 kilometers | May 15, 2015 | website

Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls Costa Nord | 100 kilometers | May 15, 2015 | website

Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls Costa Sud | 985 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Cantabria

UTPE – Ultra Trail Picos de Europa | 120 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Castile-La Mancha

Quixote Legend | 166 kilometers | May 29, 2015 | website

Switzerland

Berne

Bielersee Ultra-Marathon | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Bielersee XXL 100 Meilen | 100 miles | May 15, 2015 | website

Turkey

Cekmekoy 60K Ultramarathon | 60 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

United Kingdom

Birmingham

Grand Union Canal Race | 145 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

Cumbria

Keswick Mountain Festival Ultra Trail Marathon | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Old County Tops Fell Race | 37 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Devon

Coastal Trail Series – Flete – Ultra | 35 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

Forces March | 131 miles | May 20, 2015 | website

East Sussex

Weald Challenge 50 km Ultra Trail | 50 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Northern Ireland

Causeway Crossing 100K | 100 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Causeway Crossing 50K | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

North Yorkshire

Hardmoors 160 ‘The Ring Of Steele’ | 160 miles | May 22, 2015 | website

Hardmoors Ultra 110 | 110 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

Perth and Kinross

Cateran 55 Mile Ultra | 55 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Wales

Brecon to Cardiff Ultra | 42 miles | May 24, 2015 | website

Wiltshire

Wessex Ridgeway Relay | 100 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Worcestershire

Severn Challenge | 214 miles | May 28, 2015 | website

Severn Plod Ultra | 45 miles | May 29, 2015 | website

USA

Arizona

Grand Canyon 100 Mile | 100 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Grand Canyon 50K | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Grand Canyon 50 Mile | 50 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

California

Born to Run 100K Trail Run | 100 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Born to Run 100M Trail Run | 100 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Born to Run 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Horseshoe Lake 50K | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Nanny Goat 100M Trail | 100 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Colorado

The Divide 135 Ultra | 135 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Connecticut

Trail 2 Trail Series Kettletown Park 50K | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Florida

Keys 100 Mile | 100 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Keys 50 Mile Race | 50 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Wickham Park 100 Mile Fun Run | 100 miles | May 24, 2015 | website

Wickham Park 200 Mile Fun Run | 200 miles | May 24, 2015 | website

Wickham Park 50 Mile Fun Run | 50 miles | May 24, 2015 | website

Georgia

Cruel Jewel 100 | 100 miles | May 15, 2015 | website

Cruel Jewel 50 Mile Race | 50 miles | May 15, 2015 | website

Peach State 300 | 300 miles | May 20, 2015 | website

Rogue Yeti 50K Run | 50 kilometers | May 29, 2015 | website

Rogue Yeti 50 Mile Run | 50 miles | May 29, 2015 | website

Run for the Heroes – 260 Mile Run Across Georgia | 260 miles | May 20, 2015 | website

Savannah Grit 175 | 175 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Maine

Pineland Farms 50K Trail | 50 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Pineland Farms 50 Mile Trail | 50 miles | May 24, 2015 | website

Massachusetts

Plymouth 50 Mile Ultra | 50 miles | May 24, 2015 | website

Michigan

10k Run | 62 miles | May 25, 2015 | website

Minnesota

Spring Superior Trail 50 k | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

We Walk! 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Missouri

Berryman 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Nebraska

G.O.A.T.z Gravel Classic 60k | 60 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

GOATz Gravel Classic 60K | 60 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Nevada

Silver State 50K | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Silver State 50-Miler | 50 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Trails of Fury 50K | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

New Hampshire

Manchester 2 Monadnock Ultramarathon | 55 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

New Mexico

Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 50K | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 50-Mile | 50 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

North Carolina

Gamelands Ultra 50K | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Ohio

Playin’ Possum 50k | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Tie Dye 32 Miler | 32 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Oregon

TrailFactor 50k | 50 kilometers | May 25, 2015 | website

Pennsylvania

Dirty German 50K | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Dirty German 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 17, 2015 | website

Tennessee

Rock/Creek Thunder Rock 100 Mile Trail Race | 100 miles | May 15, 2015 | website

Texas

Horseshoe Trail Run 50k | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Vermont

PEAK Ultra Marathon – 100 Miles | 100 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

PEAK Ultra Marathon – 50 miles | 50 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Virginia

Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run | 100 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Race Across Virginia – Border to Border (10 Marathons) | 249 miles | May 25, 2015 | website

Washington

First Call Veterans Day 50K (May) | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Pigtails 100 Mile Challenge | 100 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

Pigtails 150 Mile Challenge | 150 miles | May 22, 2015 | website

Pigtails 200 Mile Challenge | 200 miles | May 21, 2015 | website

Soaring Eagle 10 M Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Soaring Eagle 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Sun Mountain 50K | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Sun Mountain 50M | 50 miles | May 17, 2015 | website

West Virginia

Capon Valley 50K Run | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Wyoming

Rocky Mountain 50k | 50 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website
 
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Pivk and Garcia crowned champs at Zegama-Aizkorri 2015

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Press release by isf ©laurivanhouten

Today, the Basque town of Zegama hosted the 2015 Skyrunning European Championships and it was unsurprisingly the host country that came out tops with a gold, two silver and two bronze medals in this iconic race. Italy took the gold for the men’s title with Tadei Pivk cruising to the finish in 3h51’11”.  The women’s European Champion is Azara Garcia who closed in 4h41’23. A last minute appearance by Kilian Jornet recently arrived from Nepal added to the excitement of a stellar field.

The first half of the race at the famous Sancti piritu aid station, saw Ionut Zinca comfortably in the lead with Aritz EgeaTadei Pivk and Pere Rulan hot on his heels, followed by Manuel Merillas and Kilian Jornet. At the final summit, the group remained intact. It was the descent that changed the game. Tadei was alone with Kilian and, feeling comfortable, took his chance to accelerate the pace. “I knew this was my chance. I thought if I accelerate here I can do it. On the last bends I looked back and was alone. I still can’t believe it,” he commented.

The men’s line-up finished with Manuel Merillas 2nd and Pere Rullan 3rd completing the gold, silver, bronze medals for Spain.

The stacked women’s field started without Maite Maiora, one of the favourites, due to injury. Another strong favourite, Oihana Kortazar led the field and looked strong to the final summit, followed by Paula Cabrerizio, Azara Garcia and Elisa Desco. Again, the descent was the decider. Elisa Desco, 2014 winner and World Champion, gave it her all, possibly too much, and collapsed at the finish line in 6th position.  It was to be Azara Garcia’s day, crowned European Champion and taking the gold for Spain. Paula Cabrerizio and Oihana Kortazar were a close second and third respectively. Emelie Forsberg, with the Transvulcania win just a week earlier still in her legs, raced bravely to finish 4th.

Yet again the Zegama-Aizkorri, now in its 14th year, was dampened by the weather, but not the spirit of the crowds cheering on the runners, every single one of them, every part of the way along the 42 km and 5,472m ascent and descent.

Today’s race represented not only the European Championships for the Sky category, but scored points for the Skyrunner® World Series ranking.

The two 2015 Skyrunning European Champions, Tadei Pivk and Azara Garcia, were awarded a prestigious  Alpina Horological SmartwatchOfficial Watch of the 2015 Skyrunner® World Series and European Championships.

2015 European Skyrunning Championship – SKY

Spain – 1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze

Italy – 1 gold

European Skyrunning Champions – SKY

Tadei Pivk, (Crazy Idea/Compressport)

Azara Garcia (Compressport)

Race results

Men

  1. Tadei Pivk (ITA) – Crazy Idea/Compressport – 3h51’11”
  2. Manuel Merillas (ESP) – Mammut – 3h51’47”
  3. Pere Rulla (ESP) – 3h52’50”
  4. Aritz Egea (ESP) – EMF – 3h59’27”
  5. Marco De Gasperi (ITA) – SCOTT Sports/ Compressport – 3h5948”

Women

  1. Azara Garcia (ESP) – Compressport – 4h41’23”
  2. Paula Cabrerzo (ESP) – 4h43’44”
  3. Oihana Kortazar (ESP) – Salomon – 4h44’57”
  4. Emelie Forsberg (SWE) – Salomon – 4h49’38”
  5. Federica Boifava (ITA) – Montura – 4h51’32”

COMPRESSPORT TRAIL MENORCA CAMI DE CAVALLS 2015 – Race Images

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COMPRESSPORT TRAIL MENORCA CAMI DE CAVALLS 2015

The Compressport Trail Menorca series of races concluded today, Sunday 17th May on the stunning island of Menorca, Spain. Providing a 360 degree perspective of the beautiful Spanish island, a series of five races (32km to 185km) gave each and every runner a stunning visual journey of all that Menorca has to offer. Rocks, technical trail, beautiful beaches, turquoise sea, lush trees and hidden away coves. Here is a selection of images that tell the journey of the races and provides an insight into all that Menorca has to offer.

Race reports, results and summaries will follow.

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COMPRESSPORT TRAIL MENORCA CAMI DE CAVALLS 2015 – Day One

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The fourth edition of the COMPRESSPORT TRAIL MENORCA CAMI DE CAVALLS 2015 started on Friday May 15th at 0800 in the town of Ciutadella.

A weekend of racing and on Friday it was the 185km (0800 and 1200 start) and the 100km event that got underway.

Menorca literally threw everything at the runners in regard to weather – cloud, sun, wind, rain, thunderstorms and the occasional flash of lightening.

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One thing remained constant though, the beauty of the surroundings and the stunning coastline.

As I write, the 185km is still taking place and the 85km event started at 0800 Saturday May 16th.

Cami de Cavalls map

Casey Morgan from the UK won the 100km event in a new course record – 8:57 (tbc) and we will update with a ladies result asap.

We will update with a series of reports and times as more information becomes available. For now, please enjoy a selection of images (many more to follow) from day one of COMPRESSPORT TRAIL MENORCA CAMI DE CAVALLS 2015. 

Website – http://www.trailmenorca.com