Ultra Running, Mountain, Trail and Skyrunning Review 2014

2014

Did that just happen?

Another year draws to a close and with it many races, many experiences and many highlights. I don’t need to tell you but our niche sport is progressing at an alarming rate: more runners, more races and more standout experiences, what a year!

It is no easy task being at the top of your game in our sport anymore. Competition is high at every race and past scenarios where a runner could return to a ‘fave’ race year-after-year and win it are long gone! I don’t think we will ever see a Scott Jurek or Ann Trason dominate the sport as they did in their times.

Runners at the top of the game now need to be specific, peak for races; recover and then re peak if they want to perform. The ISF (International Skyrunning Federation) and the UTWT add to the complexity of the race calendar by adding a ‘series’ element to proceedings. The need to be at your best for a series requires planning, commitment, dedication and patience. It’s way to easy to burn out… a good year, maybe two good years and then boom, gone! We have seen this happen time-and-time again. Ask Geoff Roes, ask Anna Frost, Tony Krupicka and so on. The need to balance racing and recovery is now more than ever a key component of the ultra runners weaponry and so therefore when I review a year, I do it with a sense of hesitation.

For sure, I am going to write about several runners who have excelled, who have repeatedly blown my mind with stunning performances and against all logic have recovered, come back and won again. So as I write this, please keep in mind the above. A long ultra running life must come with balance.

Also, the following summary and notes are my highlights of 2014 so I welcome your thoughts and feedback..

2014 in summary

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Jo Meek followed on 2nd place lady in the 2013 Marathon des Sables (2013) with a course record performance in The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica. Showing meticulous preparation and dedication, Jo just gave us all a glimpse of what was about to come!

 

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Ryan Sandes and Nuria Picas laid out a stall at Transgrancanaria and put on two consummate displays of ultra running prowess. Nuria lead from the front showing all the ladies a clean pair of heals whereas Ryan played the waiting game and moved through the field slowly but surely to grasp the race by the scruff of the neck in the latter stages and take a superb victory.

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Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel did the DrakTraverse and in doing so they showed us that big projects in the mountains are just as exciting as racing. FKT’s love them or hate them are here to stay and I for one love the concept. Ultimately it gets back to why we all run. Ryan and Ryno with considerable help of Red Bull really put South Africa on the map and the fellas at The African Attachment produced a great film called Trevelyan to document the record.

UTMF (Ultra Trail Mt Fuji) confirmed that Nuria Picas was going to be the lady to beat in 2014. Nuria’s strength, powers of recovery and ability to push beyond the norm elevated her to a new level. Equally, Francois d’Haene showed us that he had recovered from Raid de la Reunion in 2013 and when it came to 100-miles in mountainous terrain he would be the man to beat.

Nikki Kimball on her way to victory in the 2014 MDS.

Nikki Kimball on her way to victory in the 2014 MDS.

Nikki Kimball arrived in Morocco and for the 2nd year running put an American on the top of the ladies podium and in doing so she confirmed her status as one of the best female ultra runners in the world.

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I mentioned Anna Frost above and after 12+ months in an ultra wilderness the ever smiling lady from New Zealand returned to the volcanic island of La Palma and produced not only one of the best comebacks in our sport but in the process set a new course record for the Transvulcania La Palma course.

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As Frosty made that comeback, up the trail in La Palma, Luis Alberto Hernando was having one of the best races of his life as he went toe-to-toe with Kilian Jornet. He pulled it off! He beat Kilian and in doing so he achieved something that so few have done. His emotions on the line in Los Llanos provided a special moment in the sport.

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Zegama-Aizkorri had all the excitement and buzz of previous years and Kilian started a winning streak that placed his career on an all time high. By comparison, Pocket Rocket, Stevie Kremer took top honours confirming that her 2013 results were no flook (never in question) and that a repeat performance for the Skyrunning World Series was on the cards

Ellie Greenwood did it… she won Comrades and achieved the ultimate tick for her own bucket list but inspired so many Brits, Canadians and Americans in the process. It was quite a run and one that Ellie will take to the grave as a defining moment of her running. Jo Meek followed up victory in January’s The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica with 5th in South Africa; the ultra community looked on and asked the question: who is Jo Meek?

Kilian Jornet obliterates the record for Denali in Summits of my Life (11:48) – nuff said!

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Luis Alberto Hernando bolstered by his Transvulcania performance laid it all on the line in Chamonix for the Skyrunning World Champions in the 80Km Ultra event. Collapsing on the finish line not only had Luis achieved a lifelong dream but he had relegated the almost unbeatable Francois d’Haene into 2nd place. Emelie Forsberg won the ladies race against Anna Frost and Kilian Jornet proved what an incredible athlete he is by working his craft in the VK and SKY race just days after setting a new Summits of my Life record on Denali. Elisa Desco became ladies SKY world champion in a highly competitive and exciting race and Laura Orgue confirmed her outright climbing ability and was crowned VK world champion.

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Steve Birkinshaw produced the ultimate FKT and broke a long-standing record for the Wainwrights (518km) in the English Lakes. Summiting 214 tops with an elevation gain/loss of 36,000m Steve set a new record of 6-days and 13-hours.

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Ice Trail Tarentaise in the stunning resort of Val D’Isere allowed Francois d’Haene to once again excel in the snowy and cold mountains of this tough, technical and amazing Skyrunning course. Running head-to-head with Luis Alberto Hernando (again) with less than 20km’s to go, Francois moved ahead and took top honours. Emelie Forsberg took a back-to-back victory at the race and confirmed that her ability at the 80km distance was unmatched.

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Hardrock 100 will go down in the history books as one of THE runs of all time. It was the most stacked field ever, it was a who’s who of ultra running and the prospect of Kilian Jornet finally getting an opportunity to test himself on what many consider to be the ultimate course was just way too exciting. Like a script from a screenplay, Kilian bided his time, pulled away, hung out waiting for Julien Chorier and then by his estimations ‘wasted’ 55-minutes in aid stations and still smashed the record. KJ’s victory guarantees an entry for next year when the course is run the opposite way; I wonder… could we see Kilian set two CR’s?

Western States was all about Rob Krar doing his thing and coming back for a repeat victory (14:53:22). This quiet unassuming man let his legs do the talking and produced what was the start of a trio of 100-mile successes. Max King in his first 100-miler set a blistering pace early on and eventually placed 5th… more on him later! Stephanie Howe was crowned ladies champion in 18:01:42.

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The Skyrunning Dolomites Skyrace was remarkable for two reasons. Laura Orgue progressed from a VK specialist to a SKY victor and remarkably Kilian Jornet, just 7-days after Hardrock ran the VK on Friday (placing top-10) and then won the SKY race on Sunday against the best in the world; ridiculous.

Sierre-Zinal, the epic mountain race in Switzerland was finally won by Pocket Rocket herself, Stevie Kremer after placing top-3 on two previous attempts. It was a defining moment for the little lady from Crested Butte and post race she said if she could only win one race, Sierre-Zinal would be it. A pattern is forming… yes, those two words: Kilian Jornet. Yes, he did it again!

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Trofeo Kima (Italy) only happens every 2-years and is arguably the jewel in the Skyrunning crown. It’s a kick-ass race of epic proportions and if I could only ever cover one race as a photographer, Kima would be it. Combining running, climbing, descending, chains, ropes, ladders and vertical drops it is a course that is made for Kilian Jornet. Needless to say the Catalan won and in doing so, he set a new course record. Emelie Forsberg look set to take the ladies crown but a lapse of concentration mid race took Emelie of course and loose approximately 1-hour. Despite chasing like a demon, Emelie could not pull back the time on ladies winner, Kasie Enman.

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The British Ultra Trail Championships crowned Jo Meek and Kim Collison as respective champions in two exciting races on the Lakeland 50 course.

Iker Karrera and Nura Picas won Buff Epic Trail in ‘testing’ conditions.

UTMB provided confirmation that Rory Bosio is one of the best female mountain runners in the world. Her 2013 course record performance was epic but as we all know, to come back and win again confirms the accolades. Nuria Picas placed 2nd and gets a nod here as her list of performances and results (on the UTWT) are off the scale. If anyone questioned who is the best 100-mile mountain runner in the world at the moment – Francois d’Haene backed up his incredible UTMF performance with an outstanding UTMB run against a stellar field.

Rob Krar backed up victory at WSER with a stunning Leadville 100 victory and set the stage for a repeat ‘Ultra Runner of the Year’ award.

Run Rabbit Run came pretty close after Leadville and to my surprise we saw Rob Krar toe the line. I was a little surprised. Rob has always been one of the more savvy runners on the circuit in that he peaks, recovers, trains and then re peaks. For Rob to run 100-miles so soon after Leadville was a surprise! Maybe the big prize bucks were a motivating factor? Anyway, what do I know… he took the win and the bucks! Nikki Kimball followed up 5th at WSER with the biggest payday victory of her career and she shed a few tears to show how much it meant.

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Skyrunning Limone Extreme confirmed Stevie Kremer as Skyrunner® Word Series Champion for the 2nd consecutive year but the big news came via Kilian Jornet. His victory in the VK confirmed him as Skyrunner® World Series Champion in all 3 Skyrunning disciplines – VK, SKY and ULTRA. If any of us needed confirmation of the Catalans all around ability, this was it!

Ultra Pirineu (Cavalls del Vent in the past) had Nuria Picas and Luis Alberto Hernando take top honours – unstoppable!

USA’s The Rut set the benchmark for Skyrunning in the USA with universal accolades about the course. It may come as no surprise that Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg took top honours and respective Skyrunner® World Series titles.

Raid de la Reunion became the Francois d’Haene show. He followed up his 2013 victory with a repeat consummate performance. Dare I say, ‘he makes 100-miles in the mountains look easy!’ Nathalie Mauclair also produced a quality back-to-back victory and along with great runs on the UTWT circuit set herself firmly at the top of the best female ultra runners in the world.

Doha finally became the venue for the 100km world championships and Ellie Greenwood backed up an incredible Comrades victory and placed herself on top of the world with a stunning performance. Big shout here too for the British ladies, Joasia Zakrzewski and Jo Meek who both placed in the top-5 ad took home team gold. Max King showed amazing depth of ability, speed and performance in taking the male victory ahead of some of the fastest men in the world.

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Iain Don Wauchope smashes the Salomon SkyRun record in South Africa and Landie Greyling tops the ladies podium.

Rounding out the year, Sage Canaday and Magdalena Boulet took top honours at San Francisco 50.

Phew…

Wait a minute! Kilian Jornet gets the last word. As I write this Mr Jornet is attempting another summit, Aconcagua. Only appropriate that we should end a year on a real high… Just below 7000m to be exact.

Get involved:

I am going to have missed races, missed performances and no doubt you will remind me of what they are. I welcome that. I’d love you all to comment (below) on what 2014 has meant to you and what/ who in your opinion deserves a tip of the hat.

MY 2014 AWARDS

  • Male ultra runner of the yearFRANCOIS D”HAENE (Rob Krar came close)
  • Female ultra runner of the yearNURIA PICAS
  • Best male performanceKILIAN JORNET for Hardrock 100
  • Best female performanceANNA FROST for Transvulcania La Palma and ELLIE GRRENWOOD at Comrades
  • Best single stage raceTROFEO KIMA
  • Best multi day raceEVEREST TRAIL RACE
  • Best FKTSTEVE BIRKINSHAW, The Wainwrights
  • Biggest surprises of 2014ZACH MILLER and the rise of JO MEEK. The AUSSIES at the Skyrunning World Championships.
  • Stand out athlete of the year – KILIAN JORNET
  • Best cinematography – The African Attachment and Seb Montaz
  • Best film – Dejame Vivir

Anything else worthy of a mention?

Personal message:

On a personal note, 2014 has been an incredible year! I have travelled the world and in the process I have attended and worked on 31-races. From the humidity of Costa Rica, to the heat of the Sahara and the cold of the Himalayas, my job has afforded me the privilege to watch, observe and photograph the best runners in the world work their craft.

 

I am eternally grateful to each and every race, race director and of course I must give huge thanks to Lauri van Houten and Marino Giacometti from the ISF for the continued support and opportunities they have afforded me in allowing me the opportunity to work on and cover the Skyrunner® World Series.

 

I must also give a huge thanks to every single person who listens to my podcast, Talk Ultra, reads this website and ‘likes’ or ‘follows’ my respective Facebook and Twitter feeds.

I am eternally thankful.

 

Now roll on 2015 and lets do it all again!

Jo Meek Q&A in trailrunnermag.com

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The eyes tell the story—they look through you. Deep in focus, almost blinkered like a horse, Jo Meek has only one purpose. To run as fast and as efficiently as possible over six days and win the 10th edition of the 2014 The Coastal Challenge (TCC) in Costa Rica.

I had seen this look once before, at the end of stage 1 of the 2013 Marathon des Sables in Morocco. Sitting in a bivouac, Meek, 36, of Fair Oak, New Hampshire, had just excelled on the first day of the race. I, like others, looked around in wonder and asked the question, “Who is Jo Meek?”

By the end of that 28th Marathon des Sables, no more questions needed to be asked. Meek placed second at her first Marathon des Sables behind Trail Runner Contributing Editor Meghan Hicks.

Switching from the dunes of the Sahara to the beaches and rainforest of Costa Rica was always going to be a cathartic moment for Meek, particularly when one considered the slated seasoned competition: Julia Bottger, Veronica Bravo and Anna “Frosty” Frost. Unfortunately, Frosty had to withdraw from the race just days before the start. While disappointed at not having the opportunity to test herself against one of the best female mountain-ultrarunners in the world, Meek was unfazed: “It changes nothing. I am here to race and race hard. I would have loved to have Anna push me but you know what? I can push myself pretty hard.”

Read the full article HERE

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Episode 59 – 29th Marathon des Sables and Barkley Marathons

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This weeks show is a Marathon des Sables and Barkley Marathons special. We have daily chats from the Sahara with top Brit and 5th overall, Danny Kendall. By contrast, we also have daily chats with actor, Bertie Portal who undertook the challenge of a lifetime at his first MDS. Barkley Marathons are infamous and we speak with rookie ‘fun run’ finisher Jamil Coury and we also speak with two time finisher and 2014 champ, Jared Campbell. The News, a Meltzer Moment, Up & Coming Races and of cousre Speedgoat Karl.

NEWS
Lake Sonoma 50
 
  1. Zach Miller 6:11:10 CR
  2. Rob Krar 6:12:14
  3. Sage Canaday 6:12:58
  1. Emily Harrison 7:26:15 CR
  2. Step Howe 7:33:24
  3. Kaci Kickteig 7:37:42
 
Marathon des Sables
 
Men
  1. El Morabity 20:27:37
  2. Al Aqra 20:37:09
  3. Ahansal 20:50:58
  4. Sa 21:24:58
  5. Kendall 21:30:15

Ladies

  1. Kimball 29:04:49
  2. Klein 30:05:19
  3. Roux 31:30:56
  4. Pierron 32:29:47
  5. Donovan 33:37:17
Zion 100k
  1. Karl Meltzer 9:09:40
  2. Mick Jurynec 10:05:39
  3. Cody Draper 10:44:26
  1. Jen Segger 12:32:02
  2. Linday Tesar 13:04:55
  3. Tonya Littlehales 13:10:14
ZION 100m
  1. Jeff Browning 16:49:53
  2. Jason Koop 19:13:56
  3. Justin Faul 20:30:51
  1. Candice Burt 23:04:08
  2. Cherri Marcinko 24:26:18
  3. Lisa Jones 25:00:31
SDW50
  1. Paul Navesey 6:11:28
  2. Richard Ashton 6:23:26
  3. Mark Perkins 6:24:41
  1. Louise Waterman Evans 7:06:08
  2. Edwina Sutton 7:09:21
  3. Sarah Perkins 7:19:43
Scott Jurek and Rickey Gates – UK and Bob Graham Round
“Quite possibly one of the most difficult courses I have done in my life! Over 28,000 feet of ascent in 65 miles, yet amazingly gorgeous!”
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INTERVIEW
The Barkley Marathons are infamous. It’s the trail that eats its young… on this show, we have an interview with Barkley rookie, Jamil Coury who completed the 60-mile fun run and an interview with 2-time finisher and 2014 champ, Jared Campbell
AUDIO with JAMIL COURY
 
AUDIO with JARED CAMPBELL
 
MELTZER MOMENT with Speedgoat
 
 
UP & COMING RACES
 

Australia

Queensland

Wildhorse Criterium 50 km | 50 kilometers | April 20, 2014 | website

Wildhorse Criterium 70 km | 70 kilometers | April 20, 2014 | website

Victoria

Go the Extra Mile Melbourne | 50 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

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Tiroler Abenteuerlauf 60 KM | 60 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

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Ontario

Pick Your Poison 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Ahotu_d512d458411f528ae9efChina

Dalian 100 | 100 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Dalian 50 | 50 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Shangri-La LIJIANG Action Asia 3 day 100 km Ultra Marathon | 100 kilometers | April 18, 2014 | website

Shangri-La LIJIANG Action Asia 3 day 60 km Ultra Marathon | 60 kilometers | April 18, 2014 | website

Trail de la Grande Muraille de Chine | 73 kilometers | May 02, 2014 | website

Ahotu_5d16c798b1713934efdcDenmark

Hovedstaden

Salomon Hammer Trail Bornholm -100 Miles | 100 miles | May 02, 2014 | website

Salomon Hammer Trail Bornholm – 50 miles | 50 miles | May 02, 2014 | website

Midtjylland

Gudenaa Trail Challenge | 75 kilometers | April 18, 2014 | website

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Ethiopian Lakes Trail | 85 kilometers | April 27, 2014 | website

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Alpes-Maritimes

Ultra Trail des Balcons d’Azur (79+25) | 104 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Ultra Trail des Balcons d’Azur (UTBA) | 79 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Ariège

Trail des Citadelles – 70 km | 73 kilometers | April 20, 2014 | website

Aveyron

Trail “Le Roc de la Lune” – 60 km | 60 kilometers | April 27, 2014 | website

Dordogne

100 km de Belvès en Périgord Noir | 100 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

50 km Belvès-Sarlat | 50 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Morbihan

Bretagne Ultra Trail – 115 km | 115 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Bretagne Ultra Trail – 63 km | 63 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Seine-et-Marne

Ultra Trail de la Brie des Morin | 87 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Seine-Maritime

Le RaDicAtrAil – 110 km | 110 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Le RaDicAtrAil – 56 km | 56 kilometers | April 27, 2014 | website

Vosges

Trail des Roches | 73 kilometers | April 27, 2014 | website

Yvelines

Trail des Lavoirs de la Vallée de Chevreuse | 65 kilometers | April 27, 2014 | website

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Bavaria

Chiemsee-Ultramarathon Mai | 108 kilometers | May 01, 2014 | website

Lower Saxony

HeXenStieg Ultralauf | 216 miles | April 25, 2014 | website

Hexentanz | 104 kilometers | April 25, 2014 | website

Rhineland-Palatinate

Bärenfels 50 km Trail | 50 kilometers | May 01, 2014 | website

Saxony-Anhalt

Harzquerung – 51 km | 51 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Ahotu_d08300ae7b802d5cf496Greece

Doliho Ultra-Marathon | 260 kilometers | May 02, 2014 | website

Ahotu_c207ef19951ba2657f03Guadeloupe

GUADARUN : ultra-marathon des îles de Guadeloupe | 136 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Ahotu_98ea321800d3d03e1c5dIndia

Thar Desert Run – 100 miles | 100 miles | April 19, 2014 | website

Thar Desert Run – 50 miles | 50 miles | April 20, 2014 | website

Ahotu_81515ba183d4c083f24eIsrael

The Sea to Jerusalem 144 km Ultra | 144 kilometers | April 24, 2014 | website

The Sea to Jerusalem 54 Ultra | 54 kilometers | April 24, 2014 | website

The Sea to Jerusalem 70 km Ultra | 70 kilometers | April 25, 2014 | website

Ahotu_add3cc93efa9170be4d3Italy

Emilia-Romagna

50 KM di Romagna | 50 kilometers | April 24, 2014 | website

Sicily

Lafuma Volcano Trail | 80 kilometers | April 20, 2014 | website

Tuscany

The Abbots Way | 125 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Tuscany Crossing Val d’Orcia 100 km | 100 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Tuscany Crossing Val d’Orcia 50 km | 50 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Ahotu_2e9a148b1feaa1fd26c3Japan

Shizuoka to Yamanashi | 85 kilometers | April 25, 2014 | website

Ultra Trail Mt Fuji | 161 kilometers | April 25, 2014 | website

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Les Foulées de la Soie au Laos | 109 kilometers | May 01, 2014 | website

Ahotu_10844ffe013896d005acMadagascar

Semi Trail des Ô Plateaux | 65 kilometers | May 02, 2014 | website

Ultra Trail des Ô Plateaux | 130 kilometers | May 02, 2014 | website

Ahotu_89998df67965ebec7b86Malta

Eco Gozo Ultra 55k | 55 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Ahotu_13f92b4304a1bec59e30Morocco

Morocco Trail | 120 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Ahotu_de7077cf89cd2b33215aNepal

Annapurna Mandala Trail | 250 kilometers | April 25, 2014 | website

Ahotu_9c2d62d9954372cab565Poland

Beskidzka 160 Na – Long Distance | 84 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Ahotu_5e1eba796118d29b01f6Portugal

OMD – Ultra Trail Serra da Estrela – K100 | 101 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

OMD – Ultra Trail Serra da Estrela – K160 | 166 kilometers | April 25, 2014 | website

OMD – Ultra Trail Serra da Estrela – K60 | 59 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

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Fruska Gora Ultra Plus | 111 kilometers | April 27, 2014 | website

Ahotu_13e380040edb60835759South Africa

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon | 56 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

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Balearic Islands

Trail Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana | 62 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Ultra Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana | 102 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Catalonia

24 hores del Cap de Creus | 87 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Long Trail Barcelona | 69 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Ultra Trail Barcelona | 100 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Ahotu_bba79c9e4f9321814582Tunisia

100km of Sahara | 100 kilometers | April 27, 2014 | website

Ahotu_7e740fcacd0b51330fbaTurkey

Iznik 130K Ultramarathon | 130 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Iznik 75K Ultramarathon | 75 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Ahotu_597d7614a0b1922677c0United Kingdom

Dorset

The ONER | 78 miles | April 26, 2014 | website

The ONER Half Day Section | 39 miles | April 26, 2014 | website

East Dunbartonshire

Highland ‘Fling’ | 53 miles | April 26, 2014 | website

Hampshire

Compton 40 mile Challenge | 40 miles | April 19, 2014 | website

North Yorkshire

The Fellsman | 60 miles | April 26, 2014 | website

Worcestershire

The Evesham Ultra | 45 miles | April 27, 2014 | website

Ahotu_e9568ffb83e589f455eaUnited States Minor Outlying Islands

Brazos Bend 50 | 50 miles | April 26, 2014 | website

Ahotu_abc779e2d55a765e25b4USA

Arkansas

Ouachita Trail 50 Km | 50 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Ouachita Trail 50 Mile | 50 miles | April 26, 2014 | website

California

Diablo Trails Challenge 50K | 50 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Folsom Lake Trail 50K Run | 50 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Leona Divide 50K | 50 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Leona Divide 50 Miles | 50 miles | April 19, 2014 | website

Mokelumne River 50K | 50 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Mokelumne River 50M | 50 miles | April 19, 2014 | website

Ruth Anderson 100k | 100 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Ruth Anderson 50k | 50 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Ruth Anderson 50M | 50 miles | April 19, 2014 | website

Sierra Azul Challenge 50K Run | 50 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Sierra Azul Challenge 50 Miles Run | 50 miles | April 26, 2014 | website

Tehama Wildflowers 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Colorado

Cheyenne Mtn. Trail 50K Race | 50 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

C.U.R.E Ultra’s 100K | 100 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

C.U.R.E Ultra’s 50K | 50 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

C.U.R.E Ultra’s 50 Mile | 50 miles | April 19, 2014 | website

Desert R.A.T.S. 50K | 50 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Desert R.A.T.S. Double Marathon | 52 miles | April 19, 2014 | website

Connecticut

Jack Bristol Lake Waramaug 100k | 100 kilometers | April 27, 2014 | website

Jack Bristol Lake Waramaug 50k | 50 kilometers | April 27, 2014 | website

Jack Bristol Lake Waramaug 50M | 50 miles | April 27, 2014 | website

Traprock 50 | 50 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Florida

DTR Endurance Race 50k | 50 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Fort Clinch 100M | 100 miles | April 26, 2014 | website

Fort Clinch 50M | 50 miles | April 26, 2014 | website

JWCorbett 50K | 50 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

JWCorbett 50M | 50 miles | April 26, 2014 | website

Indiana

Indiana Trail 100 | 100 miles | April 26, 2014 | website

Indiana Trail 50 | 50 miles | April 26, 2014 | website

Iowa

Heartland Relay | 205 miles | April 26, 2014 | website

Kansas

FlatRock 101K Ultra Trail Race | 101 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Free State Trail Runs 100 km Trail Ultra | 100 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Free State Trail Runs 40-Mile Trail Ultra | 40 miles | April 19, 2014 | website

Maryland

C&O Canal 100 | 100 miles | April 26, 2014 | website

Massachusetts

TARC Spring Classic 50K | 50 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Michigan

Running Fit Trail 50K | 50 kilometers | April 27, 2014 | website

Missouri

Double Chubb 50k | 50 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Frisco Railroad Run 50k Ultramarathon | 50 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Frisco Railroad Run 50 Mile Ultramarathon | 50 miles | April 26, 2014 | website

New York

Sybil Ludington 50K Run | 50 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

North Carolina

Run the Rock Ultra | 50 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Pennsylvania

The Ironmasters Challenge – 50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | April 27, 2014 | website

Utah

Red Mountain 50K | 50 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Salt Flats 100 | 100 miles | April 25, 2014 | website

Virginia

Bel Monte 50K Endurance Run | 50 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Bel Monte 50 mile Endurance Run | 50 miles | April 19, 2014 | website

Promise Land 50K | 50 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Washington

Capitol Peak Ultra Marathon – 50 mile | 50 miles | April 26, 2014 | website

Capitol Peak Ultra Marathon – 55 km | 55 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Mt. Si 50K Relay & Ultra Runs | 50 kilometers | April 27, 2014 | website

Mt. Si 50 Mile Relay & Ultra Runs | 50 miles | April 27, 2014 | website

Spokane River Run 50K | 50 kilometers | April 27, 2014 | website

XTERRA Soaring Eagle 50K | 50 kilometers | April 27, 2014 | website

Yakima Skyline Rim 50k | 50 kilometers | April 20, 2014 | website

Wisconsin

Chippewa 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | April 26, 2014 | website

Mad City 100K | 100 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website

Mad City 50K | 50 kilometers | April 19, 2014 | website
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Marathon des Sables 2014 #MDS2014 Images – Stage 5

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The 29th edition of the Sultan Marathon des Sables.

STAGE 5 RICH MERZOUG / IGADOUN TARHBALT 42.2KM

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Marathon des Sables 2014 #MDS2014 Images – Stage 3

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The 29th edition of the Sultan Marathon des Sables.

STAGE 3 OUED MOUNGARF / BA HALLOU 37.5KM

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Marathon des Sables 2014 #MDS2014 Images – Stage 2

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The 29th edition of the Sultan Marathon des Sables.

STAGE 2 ERG ZNAIGUI / OUED MOUNGARF 41KM

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Marathon des Sables 2014 #MDS2014 Images – Stage 1

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The 29th edition of the Sultan Marathon des Sables.

STAGE 1 OUEST ERG CHEBBI / ERG ZNAIGUI 34KM

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Marathon des Sables 2014 #MDS2014 Images – Arrival and registration

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The 29th edition of the Sultan Marathon des Sables.

Arrival and registration for the race

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Marathon des Sables 2014 Stage 4 (The Long Day)

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Tough, very hot and exhausting was the general consensus in bivouac. Starting with a tough ascent of a Jebel, also featured in the 2013 race, the long day was going to be brute. Dunes, salt flats; a wonderful passage of a high ridge and plenty of sand and dunes was going to be a test for all.

Al Aqra once again started from the gun and broke tradition. Instead of blowing up and loosing pace, he seemed to get faster and coverd the 82km stage in a crazy 7:14.Second place was taken by race leader, El Morabityok  almost 30min later, 7:37:18. Sa placed 3rd in 7:40:19 and importantly from a UK perspective, Kendall continued his best MDS performance so far with 6th place, 8:04.

Kimballshowed her class and experience starting slowly and nce she had started to pull away the gap tinued to grow and she not only secured a stage winning performance but also (barring disaster) ran a race winning stage. Speaking after the stage, Kimball said that adjusting to the heqt in stages 1 to 3 was essential and that once settled she could run her own race on the 82km leg. Klein unfortunately seemed to have the demons of 2013 looming over head and never looked comfortable. Running to CP3 in the heqt of the day Klein looked distresed by the heat. Soldiering on, Klein finished the stage 5th in 12:06:48, almost 2hrs behind Kimballs 10:48:38.

Morrisey from Ireland finished 2nd in 11:36:10 and must be cursing the bqd luck of stage 1 when she was unwell. Pierron placed 3rd and Roux 4th.

Top Brit Julie Donovan finished a little further down the classification but still holds 5th overall.

GC with one stage to go:

Men:

El Morabity 16:53:56

Al Aqra 17:03:19

Ahanal 17:14:17

Kendall 5th 18:07:49

Ladies:

Kimball 24:11:08

Klein 25:11:00

Roux 25:38:08

Donovan 5th 28:16:19

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Marathon des Sables 2014 Stage 5

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What a day for the Brits… Morrisey won the ladies race ahead of Roux and Kimball and Kendall placed 2nd behind a flying El Mouaziz.
The final official day of the 29th Marathon des Sables came to a conclusion today over a classic marathon distance in the sands of the Sahara. From the outside looking in, it would appear that the leading ladies and men were happy with the overall standings and raced pretty much together. However, Morrisey had something to prove… had she not had a terrible first day due to illness, we may well be looking at a different set of results for the ladies GC, however, as we all know, that is racing… Morrisey pushed the pace throughout and a little like Meek in 2013 stamped her authority on the final stage taking out the win in 4:35:23. Roux from France placed 2nd, 4:52:47 and Kimball and Klein placed 3rd and 4th respectively in times of 4:53:41 and 4:54:19. Kimball looked extremely happy with her foray into a miltiday race and Klein was respectful in defeat.
El Morabity and Al Aqra ran side by side throughout the final day, both happy with 1st and 2nd places. Ahansal trailed a little behind also confident his third place was secure. However, at the front of the race, Elmouaziz used his 2:06 marathon pace to set the sand alight and take a convincing stage victory in 3:11:22. I cannot help but think that he will be back, learning curve over and ready to push the front of the race in the 30th edition. Kendall pe race told me he was going to go for it and go for it he did. Not only did he need to maintain a 1 min lead over Solaris he also had the possibiliy to chase Sa for 4th. As the day unfolded, Sa matched Kendall, however, in the latter stages, Kendall pushed and placed 2nd on the stage with a stunning run, 3:22:26 and Sa finished less than 1 min later in 3:23:12.
El Morabity, Al Aqra and Ahansal placed 5th, 6th and 7th confident that the GC would nt change.
The 29th MDS has been a tough and hot race… the hardest; maybe. Each and every runner, first to last achieved something very special in Morocco this year. To see the joy, the tears, the passion and the pain released on the final finish line is a joy to behold. Medal in hand, memories to last forever. The 29th MDS is done. A short charity stage takes place on Saturday and the the parties begin… a hotel, a shower, clean beds and plenty of food.
The MDS is quite a race and no sooner will this race be over and preparations will begin for 2015; the 30th edition.

Men

  1. El Morabity 20:27:37
  2. Al Aqra 20:37:09
  3. Ahansal 20:50:58
  4. Sa 21:24:58
  5. Kendall 21:30:15

Ladies

  1. Kimball 29:04:49
  2. Klein 30:05:19
  3. Roux 31:30:56
  4. Pierron 32:29:47
  5. Donovan 33:37:17

Great result for Brit ladies: 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Donovan, Leakey, Morrisey and Young