Ultra Pirineu 2016 Race Summary and Images – Skyrunner® World Series

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Ultra running to Spain is like football to the UK, the fans are a passionate motivated bunch of individuals who come together as a whole to create a cohesive army of fanatical supporters. Baga, the home of Ultra Pirineu is located in Catalonia; it may come as no surprise that the Catalans take support to the next level. The final race in the 2016 Skyrunner® World Series, the race was always going to be a competitive one!

110km in length, with 6800m of positive gain, the race takes place in the Cadi-Moixero Natural Park. On paper, the route looks almost like a badly drawn figure of eight laid on its side. The profile, a little like the dental record for a great white shark as it includes several key peaks, the highest coming very early in the race with just 14km covered at Niu, 2500m high. Comprised of primarily trail (75%), the route also includes a small percentage of asphalt and track. It’s a tough and challenging race that has often been made considerably more challenging due to inclement weather.

The Cadi-Moixero Natural Park is the hub for the racing, established in 1983, it stretches more than 30km over the mountain ranges of Serra de Moixero and Serra del Cadi; both part of the Pre-Pyrenees.

From the off, the racing is hard. The narrow streets of Baga, an enclosed medieval square start and the charge of 1000 runners at the toll of 0700 make the opening minutes a heart pounding, adrenaline rushed sprint. Ironic for a race that will take the winner 12+ hours.

Immediately it’s hand-on-knees and straight into the first and highest climb of the day. It’s a dangerous mountain to start a race with. The effort and commitment just to get to the top requires a 100% effort, and this is all coming in the opening hours of a very long day on an exceptionally tough course. Finally breaking the tree line, the rugged terrain reveals itself and the first peak, with refuge, finally will come into sight. On a clear day, the views are incredible. The crowd support phenomenal. It’s a frenzy of noise, cowbells and screaming. In the men’s race, Remigio Huaman dictated the early pace followed by Miguel Heras. Gemma Arenas started the day as she would continue, from the front followed by Hillary Allen. The race was on between the two of them for the SWS 2016 title – if either won the race, they would be the champion for 2016.

What goes up must come down and the first descent is single track, off-camber trails with technical sections in and amongst trees. Sections of via ferratta are present on rock; a clear sign of the severity of the terrain. Rolling terrain provides some respite but it is early days.

Dropping down, a short climb at 28km, ‘Serrat’ leads to another long descent and an aid at ‘Bellver.’ A third of the race completed, a long and relentless series of climbing takes place over the following 25km’s through ‘Cortals’ and ‘Aguilo’ to the 2nd highest point of the race at 2300m, Pass de Gassolans. Miguel Heras had now built up a lead of over 20-minutes. It was a lead he would not relinquish… behind, Remigio, after strong opening km’s had dropped from the race opening the doorway for Jessed Hernandes and Cristofer Clemente was pacing his race well slowly moving up. Gemma Arenas was still leading the ladies race with a gap of approximately 12-minutes, Hillary was 2nd and Anna Comet had moved into third.

Alternating hiking and running, the race is all about economy of effort for those at the front of the race, it’s about effort management to sustain the energy to the line and hopefully victory. For everyone else, it is survival. At 70km covered, the race may well be considered to be downhill to the finish in Baga, but no, the race has a series of false flats with a couple of brutal cardiac moments that arrive at 86km and 96km; the latter a technical ascent of 1000m to Sant Jordi at 1500m altitude. It’s a stunningly scenic canyon and if it was maybe not for uncontrollable fatigue, it would be a highlight of the race.

The final 10km drop to the line is broken up with another 200m climb with 6km or so to go, the rapturous high-five welcome from thousands in Baga providing some compensation for the efforts left on the mountains and trails of the Cadi-Moixero Natural Park.

Miguel Heras arrived first in just over 12-hours (12:05). Finally, some luck for the Spaniard who has had some intense highs and lows over the years. Jesse Hernandes and Cristofer Clemente placed 2nd and 3rd, 12:40 and 12:47 respectively.. Cristofer successful in his bid to be the Skyrunner World Series Champion in 2016.

As darkness came, so did the rain. Torrential rain! Hillary Allen pursued Gemma hard over the final km’s, she could potentially smell the Skrunner crown… However, Gemma held on to win in 15:20. Hillary completed in 15:37 and Anna Comet placed 3rd in 15:49. Gemma was crowned 2016 Skyrunner World Series champion.

Full results HERE

Final Skyrunner World Series Ranking 2016 for the Ultra distance

Gemma Arenas 290 points

Anne-Lise Rousset 276 points

Hillary Allen 272 points

Cristofer Clemente 294 points

Nicolas Martin 188 points

Roger Vinas 180 points


Thanks to the support of our Partner Migu Xempower, Sponsor Alpina Watches and Official Pool Suppliers, Scott RunningCompressport and Salomon.

About Skyrunner® World Series
Skyrunning was founded in 1992 by Italian Marino Giacometti, President of the International Skyrunning Federation which sanctions the discipline worldwide and sports the tagline:
Less cloud. More sky.

The Skyrunner® World Series was launched in 2004 and has grown to represent the peak of outdoor running defined by altitude and technicality. In 2016, the Series, composed of four disciplines, features 23 races in 15 venues on three continents.

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Episode 119 – Speedgoat on the AT and Pipp and Richard talk Superior 100

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This is Episode 119 of Talk Ultra and we have a 1-hour special interview with Speedgoat Karl Meltzer on his incredible record breaking FKT on the AT. We also have interviews with the male and female winners of the Superior 100, Mallory Richard and Frank Pipp. We have the news and Ian is going solo!

 

KARL ON THE AT

On Sept. 18 at 3:38 a.m Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer emerged from the Appalachian Trail’s southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Ga., and set a new Appalachian Trail thru-hike speed record with a time of 45 days 22 hours and 38 minutes.  Meltzer started his supported run at 5 a.m. on Aug. 3 from Mt. Katahdin, Maine, and averaged approximately 47 miles per day at a pace of 3.2 miles per hour.  Meltzer’s time beats the previous record by more than 10 hours, which was set by Scott Jurek in 2015.

The project, in planning for more than two years, was accomplished with a small core crew consisting of Meltzer’s father, Karl Sr., and crew chief Eric Belz.  Others joined the crew to support Meltzer for short periods throughout the hike, including Meltzer’s wife and fellow ultrarunners.   The crew traveled alongside Meltzer every day, providing him with food, water, medical attention and logistical support.  Meals were prepared and taken in a van, which also served as Meltzer and Belz’s sleeping quarters.

00:09:39 INTERVIEW WITH SPEEDGOAT

RUNNING BEYOND BOOK well I have a first copy in my hand and I have to say I am somewhat pleased and happy. It’s taken a couple of years and at times it never felt quite real. The book in my hand confirms it is real and Spanish, German, Italian and UK versions will be available in the coming months. I believe Spain is first (September) Italy is October and the UK November. I don’t have a date on the German edition yet! – HERE

01:13:43 NEWS

SALOMON GLEN COE SKYLINE HERE

  1. Jonathan Albon 6:33:52
  2. Tom Owens 6:37:21
  3. Marc Lauenstein 6:54:37
  4. Finlay Wild 7:00:57
  5. Greg Vollet 7:10:19
  1. Jasmin Paris 8:15:56
  2. Malene Bikken Haukoy 8:23:04
  3. Sarah Ridgway 8:44:40
  4. Ruth Croft 9:10:33
  5. Martina Valmassoi 9:14:37

Mamores VK HERE

Ring of Steall HERE

RUN THE RUT

ULTRA HERE

CCC HERE

VK HERE

SUPERIOR 100 HERE

01:35:32 INTERVIEW with FRANK PIPP

Pipp crossed the line in 20:24:00 a superior, Superior 100 champion. His run for a rookie 100-mile runner was incredible. Uhan had run a clever and smart race, he had saved something for those closing challenging miles and he pulled away from Jenkins and Schwarz-Lowe. His finish 22:46 was a solid 8-minutes ahead of Jenkins who had no doubt had the race of his life… he had managed to pull ahead of Schwarz-Lowe and take the final podium place by just 1-minute. But this only tells half the story. In the closing miles, under darkness, tired, fatigued and lacking focus, Jenkins had run into a head height true branch that cut his head open sending him flat to the ground. Somehow he managed to pick himself up and find the effort and pace to hold off a charging Schwarz-Lowe.

Richard finished next, first lady and 5th overall with a new course record 23:51. Her performance was stunning and almost looked effortless. It was impressive! Tina Johnson finished 2nd and Stephanie Hoff 3rd, 29:50 and 30:52 respectively. Queen of the Superior 100 finished 4th in 31:07 and in doing so, achieved her 16th buckle.

02:20:22 INTERVIEW with MALLORY RICHARD

RUN RABBIT RUN

Alex Nichols runs his first 100 wins in 17:57 and takes home 12,000 dollars. Nice! Mark Hammon 2nd in 19:19 and Kyle Curtin 3rd 19:27. Incredibly Jeff Browning was 4th… he is having some year!

Courtney Dawalter won the ladies race (not a nam I know) ahead of Alissa St Laurent and Nicole Kalogeropoulos. Their times 21:23, 22:38 and 23:10.

Notable drops were Nikki Kimball who has won the race in the past and Sage Canaday dropped in the men’s race.

WASATCH 100

Darcy Piceu came from behind to win in 23:15 and Trevor Fuchs 21:13

DEVILS RIDGE 70K

Yun Yanqiao run 6:30 to finish 11 minutes in front of Francois D’Haene. In the women’s race, Lucy Bartholomew pipped Sally McRae.

Kilian postpones Everest HERE

What about this lady that is saying she has set the AT record? HERE

Meghan Hicks of iRunFar scored a new FKT on Colorado’s Nolan’s 14 route. Hicks finished the 100-ish-mile epic over 14 peaks above 14,000 feet in 59:36. Hicks became the first female to complete the route to the ultimate trailhead in under 60 hours, and also broke the FKT to the 14th high point. Fellow Hardrocker Nick Pedatella was on the route at the same time and finished in 57:31. It is believed that Ted Mahon is the only other finisher this year, going a quick 55:37 in late August. Taken from ©iRunFar

UP & COMING RACES

Australia

Queensland

100 km | 100 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

100 Mile | 100 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

50 km | 50 kilometers | October 02, 2016 | website

Bribie Beach Bash 50 km | 50 kilometers | September 25, 2016 | website

South Australia

Yurrebilla Trail 56km Ultra | 56 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Belgium

Brussels Capital Region

80 km | 80 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Brazil

127 km | 127 kilometers | October 06, 2016 | website

254 km | 254 kilometers | October 06, 2016 | website

Canada

Alberta

Iron Horse Ultra 100 Km (CAN) | 100 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Iron Horse Ultra 100 Miles (CAN) | 100 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

British Columbia

Golden Ultra | 80 kilometers | September 23, 2016 | website

Ontario

Run for the Toad 50K | 50 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Run Off the Grid 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Quebec

Ultra Trail du Bout du Monde | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Chile

Atacama Crossing (Chile) 2016 | 250 kilometers | October 02, 2016 | website

Patagonian International Marathon – 63K | 63 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Croatia

Valamar Trail 53 | 53 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Valamar Trail 73 | 73 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Estonia

Haanja Jala100 – 100 km | 100 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Finland

Eastern Finland

Vaarojen Ultramaraton | 86 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

France

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Trail Edelweiss | 55 kilometers | October 02, 2016 | website

Ardèche

Les Crêtes 53 km | 53 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Les Sommets 107 km | 107 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Aveyron

100 km de Millau | 100 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Calvados

66 km | 66 kilometers | October 02, 2016 | website

Charente

75 km | 75 kilometers | October 02, 2016 | website

Corrèze

80 km | 80 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Côte-d’Or

Alésia Trail – La Vercingétorix | 51 kilometers | September 25, 2016 | website

Haute-Corse

A Paolina | 70 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Haute-Savoie

Trail des Aiguilles Rouges | 50 kilometers | September 25, 2016 | website

Ille-et-Vilaine

100 km de la Vallée du Semnon | 100 kilometers | September 25, 2016 | website

50 km de la Vallée du Semnon | 50 kilometers | September 25, 2016 | website

Loire-Atlantique

Trail de Mauves en Vert – 50 km | 53 kilometers | October 02, 2016 | website

Loir-et-Cher

Ultrail de Beauval | 65 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Nord

La Cafougnette | 59 kilometers | September 25, 2016 | website

Puy-de-Dôme

Grand Trail du Sancy/Mont-Dore | 60 kilometers | September 25, 2016 | website

Pyrénées-Orientales

100 Miles Sud de France | 100 miles | October 07, 2016 | website

Vienne

Tour de la vienne pédestre | 250 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Germany

Baden-Württemberg

KuSuH Trail 100 | 100 miles | September 23, 2016 | website

Bavaria

Churfranken Trailrun | 73 kilometers | September 25, 2016 | website

North Rhine-Westphalia

50 km von Hitdorf | 50 kilometers | October 02, 2016 | website

Greece

Spartathlon | 245 kilometers | September 30, 2016 | website

Ireland

Galway

60k Duathlon | 60 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Ulster

Udderly Mad 63K Ultra Moo | 63 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Isle of Man

Isle of Man Mountain Ultra | 51 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Italy

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Magredi Mountain Trail 100 Mile | 100 miles | October 07, 2016 | website

Lombardy

Marathon Trail Lago di Como – Long Distance | 115 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Piedmont

54 km | 54 kilometers | September 25, 2016 | website

Morenic Trail | 109 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Japan

Akita Nairiku 100km Marathon | 100 kilometers | September 25, 2016 | website

Akita Nairiku 50km Marathon | 50 kilometers | September 25, 2016 | website

Muraoka Ultra Marathon – 100K | 100 kilometers | September 25, 2016 | website

Muraoka Ultra Marathon – 66K | 66 kilometers | September 25, 2016 | website

Muraoka Ultra Marathon – 88K | 88 kilometers | September 25, 2016 | website

Shizuoka to Yamanashi | 85 kilometers | September 23, 2016 | website

Ultra Trail Mt Fuji | 161 kilometers | September 23, 2016 | website

Kenya

Kenya Wildlife 50K | 50 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Latvia

70 km | 70 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Macedonia

Krali Marko Trails 90 km | 90 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Malaysia

Gunung 5 Nuang | 100 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Morocco

UltraTrail Atlas Toubkal | 105 kilometers | September 29, 2016 | website

Nepal

Royal Penguin Ultra Marathon | 60 kilometers | October 06, 2016 | website

Netherlands

South Holland

Den Haag Ultra Marathon | 60 kilometers | September 25, 2016 | website

Norway

Nordmarka Ultra Challenge | 82 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Philippines

65 km | 65 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Poland

120K | 120 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

260K | 260 kilometers | September 29, 2016 | website

60K | 60 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

90K | 90 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Portugal

180 km | 180 kilometers | October 07, 2016 | website

Azores Triangle Adventure | 103 kilometers | October 07, 2016 | website

South Africa

100K Ultra | 100 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Extreme | 50 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Legends 68km Ultra Marathon | 68 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Spain

Castile and León

Ultra de Gredos | 82 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Catalonia

Ultra Pirineu | 103 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Valencian Community

Mondúber Utrail | 78 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Ultra Trail Del Rincon 170 km | 170 kilometers | October 07, 2016 | website

Sweden

52 km | 52 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Switzerland

Valais

Humani’Trail Les Diablerets | 55 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Turkey

Kaçkar Ultra Maratonu 64K | 64 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Lycian Way Ultramarathon | 250 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

LYUM Discovery 4G | 80 kilometers | September 27, 2016 | website

LYUM Discovery 6G | 120 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

LYUM Zor1Gün | 102 kilometers | September 28, 2016 | website

Ultra Maraton 6G | 250 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

United Kingdom

Cornwall

Atlantic Coast 3-Day Challenge | 78 miles | October 07, 2016 | website

Cumbria

3×3000 Ultra Trail | 80 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Gloucestershire

Cotswold Way Century | 102 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

Cotswold Way Challenge Multistage Ultra | 57 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

Northern Ireland

Causeway Coast Ultra Marathon | 39 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

North Yorkshire

“Round Ripon” Ultra Studley Roger | 35 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

Shropshire

The Longmynd Hike | 50 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

Surrey

Downslink Ultra | 38 miles | October 02, 2016 | website

Wales

Gower Ultra 50 | 50 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

USA

Alabama

Birmingham Stage Race – 2 Days | 36 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

Birmingham Stage Race – 3 Days | 53 miles | September 23, 2016 | website

Arizona

100 mile Ultra & Relay | 100 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

80 mile Hopi Trail Relay Run | 80 miles | September 23, 2016 | website

Flagstaff 56K Endurance Run | 56 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Flagstaff Sky Race 55K | 55 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Mogollon Monster 100 | 106 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

Ultra 50K | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Arkansas

Arkansas Traveller 100 | 100 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

California

Berkeley Trail Adventure – 50K | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Cuyamaca 100K Endurance Run | 100 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Headwaters Ultra – 50K | 50 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Pacifica Summit Run 50K | 50 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Super Tahoe Triple Marathon | 124 miles | October 07, 2016 | website

Tahoe Trifecta | 39 miles | October 07, 2016 | website

Trail Runner Ultra Race of Champions 100K | 100 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Triple Marathon | 78 miles | October 07, 2016 | website

Uber Rock 50K Trail Race | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Colorado

100K Trail Race | 100 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

50K Trail Race | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

50 Mile Trail Race | 50 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

Bobcat Trail 50K | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Georgia

Georgia Jewel 100 Mile Run | 100 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

Georgia Jewel 35 Mile Run | 35 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

Georgia Jewel 50 Mile Run | 50 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

Tortoise and the Hare 50K | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Idaho

Foothills 50K Frenzy | 50 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Priest Lake 50K Ultra Marathon | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Illinois

The Hennepin Hundred – 100M | 100 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

The Hennepin Hundred – 100M Relay | 100 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

The Hennepin Hundred – 50M | 50 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

Kansas

50K | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

FlatRock 50K | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

FlatRock 50K Ultra Trail Race | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Lake Perry Rocks! 50K | 50 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Kentucky

Cloudsplitter 100K | 100 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Cloudsplitter 100 Mile | 100 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

Cloudsplitter 50K | 50 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Louisiana

Children of the Cane 100K | 100 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Children of the Cane 100 Miler | 100 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

Children of the Cane 50K | 50 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Maine

100 Mile WALKING Relay 10 Person Teams | 100 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

200 Mile Relay 12 Person Teams | 200 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

200 Mile ULTRA Relay 4 Person Teams | 200 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

200 Mile ULTRA Relay 6 Person Teams | 200 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

Michigan

DWD Hell 50K | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

DWD Hell 50M | 50 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

Hungerford Games 50-Mile Ultra Marathon | 50 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

Reebok Ragnar Michigan | 200 miles | September 30, 2016 | website

New Jersey

The Mountain Madness 50K | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

New Mexico

Mt. Taylor 50k | 50 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

New York

Ragnar Relay Adirondacks | 210 miles | September 23, 2016 | website

North Carolina

50K | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

50 Miles | 50 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

Ohio

100K | 100 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

100 Mile | 100 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

50K | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

75K | 75 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Oregon

Mountain Lakes 100 | 100 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

Pennsylvania

Blues Cruise 50k Trail Ultra | 50 kilometers | October 02, 2016 | website

Trails 4 Tails Ultra Run | 40 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

South Carolina

Swamp Rabbit Urban Ultra 50K | 50 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Tennessee

Rock/Creek StumpJump 50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

Texas

100k | 100 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

100k | 62 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

100K | 100 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

100k relay | 62 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

100M | 100 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

100 miler | 100 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

100m relay | 100 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

50k | 31 miles | October 01, 2016 | website

50k | 50 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

50K | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

50 Miler | 50 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

Utah

50K | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

50 Mile | 50 miles | September 24, 2016 | website

Bear 100 | 100 miles | September 23, 2016 | website

Elk 50K | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Grand to Grand Ultra | 160 miles | September 25, 2016 | website

Vermont

50 Km Run | 50 kilometers | September 25, 2016 | website

50 Mile Run | 50 miles | September 25, 2016 | website

Virginia

50K | 50 kilometers | October 01, 2016 | website

GrindStone 100 | 101 miles | October 07, 2016 | website

Washington

Bigfoot 120 Mile Endurance Run | 120 miles | October 07, 2016 | website

Cle Elum Ridge 50K | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

West Virginia

West Virginia Trilogy – Day One 50 km | 50 kilometers | October 07, 2016 | website

Wisconsin

Driftless 50k Trail Race | 50 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

Vietnam

100 km | 100 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

70 km | 70 kilometers | September 24, 2016 | website

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Ultra Pirineu 2016 Preview – Skyrunner® World Series

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The 2016 Skyrunner® World Series championship for the ULTRA distance will be decided in Spain this coming weekend at the Ultra Pirineu located 2-hours north of Barcelona in the Parc Natural del Cadí Moixeró.

A 110km race with 6800m of ascent, Ultra Pirineu is a seriously tough way to end a season. As the last race in the calendar, a 20% points bonus is available and therefore a good placing is required to guarantee a podium place for the 2016 series.

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Cristofer Clemente, recent winner of the RUT placed 5th at Ultra Pirineu in 2015 and this year is leading the Skyrunner® World Series ranking. He will be looking for a strong showing in the race but more importantly, he will be working out calculations to make sure that he retains his position at the top of the series.

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Roger Viñas has been a revelation in 2016 consistently racing and performing to accumulate points and place within the top-3 of the Skyrunner® World Series. His presence at Ultra Pirineu is two-fold just like Cristofer, have a good race but more importantly retain his position within the ranking.

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Legendary runner Miguel Heras, will toe the line and he is no stranger to the Ultra Pirineu. He placed 1st in the race in 2010 and 2011 and in 3rd in 2015. Miguel is one of the most talented runners in the world but is often prone to injury. When he is in-form, he is often unstoppable and he may well be looking for the good old days of 2010 and 2011 in 2016. ©iancorless.com_Transgrancanaria2016-0586

Pau Capell has consistently grown as a runner over the past few years and this was confirmed with victory at the TDS and a strong performance at Transgrancanaria earlier this year – along with Cristofer, I see Pau being a potential winner of the race. ©iancorless.com_Transgrancanaria2016-0993

Yeray Duran, although not contesting the Skyrunner® World Series is a potential winner of the race and like Pau has slowly but surely impressed over the last couple of years with strong and dominant performances. ©iancorless.com_HTV2016-2444

Dimitry Mityaev had a stunning race at High Trail Vanoise which unfortunately left him injured. However, if he is fit and has the form shown in France, he may well be a podium contender. ©iancorless.com_HTV2016-2710

Marcin Swierc currently is placed 4th in the Skyrunner® World Series and his placing and the placing of Roger Vinas and Cristofer Clemente may well be instrumental in his opportunity to move up and on to the podium – remember a 20% bonus is available.

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Nuno Silva (5th) Remigio Huaman (6th) and Fulvio Dapit (8th) are all top-10 contenders on the Skyrunner® World Series and with this race coming so late in the season, many possibilities are available for a jump upon the rankings.

Francesc Soler, Cristobal Adell and Toti Bes make up the other main contenders for the top-10 places.

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In the ladies’ race, Ida Nilsson is without doubt the hot favourite for victory after showing fine form at the season’s opener in La Palma, Transvulcania! Recently, Ida backed this up with victory at the RUT. Ida does like to run and the relentless 6800m of vertical in Spain will test her. ©iancorless.com_Rut2015-7685

The USA’s Hillary Allen (2nd on ranking) is making the long journey to Spain to participate in the final race of the series in the hope to gain more points after placing 2nd at Ultra SkyMarathon Madeira and 3rd at the RUT.

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Gemma Arenas, like Hillary, has been consistently gaining points in the Skyrunner® World Series in 2015. She won in Madeira and last year placed 4th at Ultra Pirineu. A recent ‘dnf’ at UTMB may well leave Gemma feeling a little tired? It’s all to fight for in Spain.
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Anna Comet (6th) and Kristina Pattison (5th) have been ever-presents on the 2016 series and they have both placed consistently. Here in Spain, they may well find that little extra to move up the rankings and gain additional important points. Tina Bes will also be a contender for the podium.

©iancorless.com_SWC2016-6255 A huge ball may well come from Maite Maiora who usually prefers the SKY distance. In recent years she has raced longer distances and we have seen her on the podium at races such as Transvulcania. Recently she was crowned Skyrunning World Champion at the Buff Epic. The terrain here in Spain suits this fierce competitor.

As with any race, we can expect surprises. Action starts on Saturday and you can follow as the race unfolds via the usual social media feeds and live via tracking on the race website.


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The Skyrunner® World Series was launched in 2004 and has grown to represent the peak of outdoor running defined by altitude and technicality. In 2016, the Series, composed of four disciplines, features 23 races in 15 venues on three continents.

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Salomon Glen Coe Skyline 2016 Race Summary and Images – Skyrunner® Extreme Series

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Extreme! Yes, it was… that was the consensus as the Skyline Scotland’s Salomon Glencoe Skyline drew to a conclusion after only its 2nd edition.

Last year, Skyrunning superstar Emelie Forsberg, travelled to Scotland to take part in the first edition of the race. She placed 2nd overall and won the female category. After the race she said that ‘this’ race truly is one of the best races out there!

Cut to 2016 and Skyline Scotland developed a VK race and SKY race to join the Glencoe Skyline which had gained the approval from the ISF (International Skyrunning Federation) to be one of three races that would make a new ‘SkyExtreme’ category in 2016. This three race series also include Tromso SkyRace and the iconic, Trofeo Kima.

Many had said that Skyrunning in the UK was not possible.

Ask again – not one participant in the 2016 edition of the race would question the legitimacy of how extreme this race was.

Gaining Skyrunner® Extreme Series status also has a huge impact on the participants taking part. It’s fair to say, that the 2016 edition of the race had arguably one of the greatest fields ever assembled for a mountain race.

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Coming into this edition, Jonathan Albon and Tom Owens were the hot favourites to take away the title of Skyrunner® Extreme Series champion and in the ladies race, Jasmin Paris after victory in Tromso was a likely female champion.

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The race played out as expected with Tom Owens and Jon Albon pushing each other throughout the early stages of the race with strong competition coming from Marc Lauenstein, Finlay Wild and Salomon team manager, Greg Vollet. It was Jonathan Albon though that snapped the elastic pulling away for Tom Owens running on home soil. Pre-race predictions were blown out of the water and Jonathan crossed the line first in a blistering 6:33:52. To put this time in perspective, it is over 1-hour faster than the 2015 course with additional distance and vertical gain.

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Tom Owens suffered with foot issues throughout the race but battled all the time. He finished 2nd in 6:37:21. Zegama-Aizkorri and Matterhorn Ultraks winner Marc Lauenstein, although not competing for the Skyrunner® Extreme Series title was always a potential contender for victory or the podium and he didn’t disappoint in finishing 3rd in 6:54:37. As Marc came to the end of one of the more technical sections of the race, the infamous Aonach Eagach, he said, “This is one seriously technical and challenging race!”

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Local man and Ben Nevis expert, Finlay Wild placed 4th and Greg Vollet 5th, their times 7:00:57 and 7:10:19.

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In the ladies’ race, Jasmin Paris lead from the gun and although Ruth Croft did catch her at one point, Jasmin placed her foot on the gas and pulled away becoming not only a convincing Salomon Glencoe Skyline winner but also a Skyrunner® Extreme Series champion. Quite incredible when you consider that just recently she placed 6th at UTMB. Jasmin’s time of 8:15:56 will be considered a CR for this new course.

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Malene Bikken Haukoy ran a savvy race pacing herself in the early stages to move up through the field and eventually place 2nd in the ladies’ race in 8:23:04. Her podium finish in Tromso SkyRace also providing valuable points for the Skyrunner® Extreme Series.

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Sarah Ridgway is now the leader of the Skyrunning UK Series and her 3rd place on the ladies podium showed incredible consistency, her time 8:44:40.

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Ruth Croft found today’s course a challenge after placing 2nd at Trofeo Kima recently. Despite difficulties though, Ruth ran a strong race gaining valuable points for the Skyrunner® Extreme Series.

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Martina Valmassoi rounded out the top 5.

The Salomon Glencoe Skyline route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. In addition, the race traverses high and remote mountainous terrain, which is at times impossible to retreat from and may be subject to severe and rapidly changing weather. The day started in glorious sunshine but as predicted, a weather system arrived late morning making the crossing off the Aonach Eagach a wet one with limited visibility due to clag and mist.

As expected, the race had many dropouts due to the severe course and inclement weather in the latter half of the day. Ultimately though, the feedback and response has been incredible.

2016 was the start of really big things for the UK Skyrunning scene and the Salomon Glencoe Skyline is not only paving the way and setting the benchmark within the UK but also for Europe and farther afield.

RESULTS

  1. Jonathan Albon 6:33:52
  2. Tom Owens 6:37:21
  3. Marc Lauenstein 6:54:37
  4. Finlay Wild 7:00:57
  5. Greg Vollet 7:10:19
  1. Jasmin Paris 8:15:56
  2. Malene Bikken Haukoy 8:23:04
  3. Sarah Ridgway 8:44:40
  4. Ruth Croft 9:10:33
  5. Martina Valmassoi 9:14:37

Extreme Series ranking. Final*
Men
1. Jonathan Albon (GBR) – 208 points
2. Tom Owens (GBR) – 205.6 points
3. Finlay Wild (GBR) – 164.4 points
4. Andew Fallas (GBR) – 143 points
5. Sota Ogawa (JAP) – 128.4 points

Women
1. Jasmin Paris (GBR) – 220 points
2. Malene Haukøy (NOR) – 193.6 points
3. Ruth Croft (NZL) – 172 points
4. Martina Valmassoi (ITA – 152.4 points
5. Natalia Tomasiak (POL) – 127.6 points

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KARL “SPEEDGOAT” MELTZER SETS NEW APPALACHIAN TRAIL THRU-HIKE SPEED RECORD

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The 48-year-old Red Bull athlete completed the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail in a record 45 days 22 hours and 38 minutes

Incredible last effort produces 83 miles after completing 44 consecutive days of 47-mile hikes

SPRINGER MOUNTAIN, GA., SEPT. 18, 2016 — On Sept. 18 at 3:38 a.m., professional ultrarunner and Red Bull athlete Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer emerged from the Appalachian Trail’s southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Ga., and set a new Appalachian Trail thru-hike speed record with a time of 45 days 22 hours and 38 minutes.  Meltzer started his supported run at 5 a.m. on Aug. 3 from Mt. Katahdin, Maine, and averaged approximately 47 miles per day at a pace of 3.2 miles per hour.  Meltzer’s time beats the previous record by more than 10 hours, which was set by Scott Jurek in 2015.

Today’s accomplishment for Meltzer comes after two previous speed record attempts on the Appalachian Trail in 2008 and 2014.

“It’s been a long journey,” Meltzer said.  “I’ve been trying to get this record for eight years, and I was finally successful.  It just took me three tries to do it.  It’s a very special time right now, definitely a stamp on my career.”

The project, in planning for more than two years, was accomplished with a small core crew consisting of Meltzer’s father, Karl Sr., and crew chief Eric Belz.  Others joined the crew to support Meltzer for short periods throughout the hike, including Meltzer’s wife and fellow ultrarunners.   The crew traveled alongside Meltzer every day, providing him with food, water, medical attention and logistical support.  Meals were prepared and taken in a van, which also served as Meltzer and Belz’s sleeping quarters.

“Eric Belz was the best.  Karl Senior was amazing,” Meltzer said of his crew.  “For the crew, enduring 46 days of this was probably harder for them than it was for me. Without them it wouldn’t have happened.”

Meltzer’s time on the trail typically began around 5 a.m. and ended between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. with several big meals during the day consisting of steak, fried chicken, ice cream, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, hamburgers, steamed vegetables, pasta, Red Bull and beer (at dinner).  Meltzer averaged 60-70 minutes between the time he came off the trail and when he went to sleep; on a few occasions he slept on the trail itself rather than in his support van.

After completing nearly 46 consecutive days, Meltzer took approximately 4.2 million steps (92,300 avg. per day), burned 345,100 calories (7,500 avg. per day), ran for 678 hours (14.8 avg. per day) and used up 20 pairs of shoes.  Meltzer’s crew kept up with him using a satellite-linked SPOT tracker that reported his current location every two-to-three minutes.

The Appalachian Trail runs from Maine to Georgia stretching 2,190 miles through 14 states.  It is roughly the distance between Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., as the crow flies.  A thru-hiker will experience 464,500 feet of elevation change, or 16 climbs of Mt. Everest.  Thousands of people attempt an Appalachian Trail thru-hike every year, yet only one in four hikers finish the journey, and they typically take five to seven months to complete the entire trail, according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

“The highlight of the trail is sitting here (at the end), but it’s also the magic of the place.  Just being on the trail is really a highlight,” Meltzer said.

Karl will speak with Ian and this coming week and of course we will have a Talk Ultra Special within 2-weeks… Karl needs a break!

Speedgoat Karl Meltzer #AT Appalachian Trail FKT – Day 45

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Day 46: The most anticipated day on the Appalachian Trail yet. Karl and his crew were up at 3:05 a.m., and Karl went through his morning breakfast routine before hitting the trail at 3:50 a.m. to start his final 85-mile hike to Springer Mountain in Georgia. The trail sections between crew stops today are between 11 and 15 miles. Karl is keeping around a 3.5 mph pace with some faster sections.  

Karl’s support crew has grown with more friends and family coming out to support him. His sister, niece and wife Cheryl have been hiking in and running with him to the crew stops to keep him company. Karl is in good spirits, and the crew consensus is that Karl is starting to “smell the barn.” He’s talkative at crew stops but is moving through them very quickly, taking just two minutes or less, just enough time to grab a water bottle, a to-go sandwich and some candy.

Karl left Tesnatee Gap at 5:15 p.m., which is the halfway point for the day. He has 40 miles ahead of him. There is no sleep planned tonight. He’s going to push through and try to beat the record by as wide a margin as he can.

Go Karl!

Many thanks to Karl, Eric and Red Bull for their cooperation on the AT record

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Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace 2016 Results and Images

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Uncompromising mountain running, ridges, scrambles, steep ascents, boggy ground and a bucket full of technical running made the Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace™ the UK’s Zegama! Following in the tradition of Skyrunning iconic race, Zegama-Aizkorri, the inaugural Salomon Ring of Steall has been touted by all who run it as one of the toughest 25km’s they have ever run! A sentiment echoed by race winner and Skyrunning World Champion for the VK and SKY distance, Stian Angermund: “That was one incredibly tough and beautiful race. Wow, so technical and relentless. The ridges were long and challenging and the climbing kept coming. It really is an incredible race and one that I loved. I’d love to do more races like this!”

“A variation of the classic ‘Ring of Steall’ ridge-walking route this 25km / 2,500m mountain race has spectacular views of Ben Nevis from the Mamores and includes short sections of easy scrambling.”

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Stian followed up his 2nd place in the previous day’s VK with a stunning win in an incredible 3:25:28. Race predictions stated that a 4-hour race was possible, but more like 4 to 4:15. A true reflection on the talent of the Salomon runner.

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Mamores VK winner Alexis Sevennec did a role reversal with Stian placing 2nd in3:29:04, also an ‘off-the-scale’ time.

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Adrien Perret placed 4th in the Mamores VK and today moved one step up to take the final podium place in 4:00:51.

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In the ladies’ race, Georgia Tindley did the ‘double’ winning the Mamores VK and then backing up with a stunning Ring of Steall victory in 4:39:20.

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Hollie Orr and Jessica Tullie had a neck-and-neck race for 2nd and 3rd with Hollie ‘just’ taking the 2nd podium slot, their times 4:51:53 and 4:52:29

This Skyrunning race route incorporated two lofty ridges within the Mamores, including the Devil’s Ridge, which provides a thrilling and airy traverse with Glen Nevis visible ahead and as a yawning drop far below, and Ben Nevis beyond and towering above.

The Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace™ is set to become a classic Skyrunning event.

Race results HERE

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Salomon Mamores #VK Vertical Kilometre 2016 Results and Images

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The Salomon Mamores VK™ kicked off the Skyline Scotland weekend of racing with the UK’s first ever VK (Vertical Kilometre) race and what an incredible success… The pure ethos of sea to summit was personified with the Mamores VK that provided all runners with a challenging 1000m vertical climb over a distance of 5km in a course that was split into thirds. Skyrunning at its best!

The first third was runnable trail that may well have lulled everyone into a false sense of security. What followed was a wall of vertical fell with no path, just a line of orange flags leading to the sky.

As the fell submitted out, an arrow pointed left and the final section was a stunning rocky ridge that lead to the summit at 1000m+.

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The Scottish weather played its part too, throwing everything at the runners in a 4-hour time window; Sun, cloud, clag, rain and strong winds. It was the luck of the draw what you received, however, for 4-runnners, the weather could have thrown anything at them and they would have still flew up the course. Experienced Skyrunners, Stian Angermund (VK world champion), Alexis Sevennec and Francois Gonon took the top 3 spots with Sevennec pipping Angermund by just 7-seconds, 42:17 to 42:25. Francois Gonon placed 3rd 44:48 and Adrien Perret was 4th in 44:57.

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In the ladies race, Georgina Tindley pipping Stephanie Provan to the top slot by 33-seconds, 54:34 and 55:01 respectively. Zoe Procter was 3rd in 58:45.

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Following the well established International Skyrunning Federation ‘VK’ format, participants followed a marked course gaining 1000m of height in less than 5km. Participants were set off at timed intervals with the winner having the fastest overall time to the summit. The Salomon Mamores VK was the UK’s first VK and feedback has been incredible. This format is just what the UK needs to spice up racing for all abilities!

Whilst physically arduous, the Salomon Mamores VK™ route does not include technical terrain that requires any scrambling or rock climbing experience. As such, the race was suitable for any runner who is up for the challenge.

RESULTS HERE

 

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Speedgoat Karl Meltzer #AT Appalachian Trail FKT – Day 42-44 Update

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Karl can’t smell the barn, he can see a glow from the flames long off in the distance and no matter which we you look at it, Speedgoat id 3 days from glory or glory. Yes, if he fails, he is glorious in defeat. If he succeeds, he is glorious in success.

The supported FKT currently belongs to Scott Jurek with a time of 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes.

Many thanks to Red Bull, Eric, Senior and Karl for the support.

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Day 42 North Carolina

The temperature has been heating up and the humidity is rising as Karl travels further into North Carolina, but it doesn’t seem to be impacting him too much. He’s maintaining his cool thanks to cold towels provided by Seni or at crew stops. Scott’s presence is helping Karl’s pace, but Scott has to leave after tomorrow for a day. He’ll be back soon to support Karl at the finish. The crew rested today along the border of the Great Smoky Mountains national Park. Tomorrow, Karl will be attempting to hike through the Smokies at the quickest pace possible without burning himself out. That is why today’s mileage will only be around 40 miles. Tomorrow will be one of the biggest challenges Karl has faced as he summits the tallest mountain on the AT.Knowing Speedboat, this big challenge shouldn’t be big at all.

Day 43 North Carolina

Karl entered Great Smoky Mountain National Park early this morning. This mountain range is the biggest challenge Karl has faced since the White Mountains in new Hampshire.

Also located in their mountain range is the tallest mountain on the AT, Clingman’s Dome, which Karl got through without any hiccups, and he and the crew even got to appreciate the beauty this part of the trail offers. Karl decided to camp on the trail again tonight. It didn’t go very well last time and the shelter Karl chose to stope at is a 20 mile hike from the road. Scott hiked in to take care of Karl for the night. Senior and Eric camped at the next day’s first crew stop to have a big hot breakfast waiting for Karl. Nearly knocking out the Smokies all in one day (55 miles today) is a huge deal and has put Karl in a good position for tomorrow to have a relatively easy day. Though as all previous Appalachian Trail FKT record holders would say, “there’s no easy day on the trail.”

Day 44 Smoky Mountain National Park

Karl exited the Smokies this morning and crossed over the iconic Fontana Dam. He disappeared as quickly as he appeared: he’s moving fast. Scott had to leave today but he will be back tomorrow to help crew Karl to the finish. His company on the trail has been greatly appreciated; the strong bond among the ultra community is at work here. Karl had ups and downs mentally throughout the day, but physically his body is holding up well. He’s consistently knocked out each crew stop on time, and that allowed him to finish the day with 46 miles before sundown. As he reaches the final days, every ounce of energy counts, every step is critical.

Right now Karl is roughly 130 miles from Springer Mountain.- the finish line of the Appalachian Trail. When he rolled into bed tonight he made the remark that he doesn’t “smell barn yet” but that is sure to change within the next 24 to 48 hours. It’s crunch time, and whether Karl wants to cut the record close or shatter it is completely in his hands. If his body stays healthy and his crew strong, odds are, Karl will be the next AT record holder. Only the next 48 hours will tell.

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Kilian Jornet postpones Everest dream – Breaking News!

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Kilian Jornet returns from Everest without having climbed the world’s highest mountain. Bad weather conditions during the final stage of the expedition have forced him to abandon the attempt to climb Everest via the north face.

It was always going to be touch and go and a risky adventure. Kilian was well aware of this and I wrote about some of my thoughts here before his attempt.

Today, 15th September, having spent three weeks at base camp on the north face of Everest (6,000m) acclimatising and preparing for the challenge of climbing the world’s highest mountain, Jornet and the Summits of My Life team postponed the the Everest challenge until a later date.

Read the full story HERE on the Summits of my Life website.