Scott Kinabalu 2018 Review

The classic returns! The Scott Kinabalu was my first ever Scott running shoe and at the time, when I was seen wearing them, I always received the comment, “I didn’t know Scott made run shoes?’

That comment continued for some time, but now, Scott are well and truly established in the running world.

One could say that the introduction of the RC range in late 2016 and early 2017 took the brand to a new level. The distinctive black and yellow really stands out and the Supertrac RC not only looked great but had great reviews – HERE

 

The Scott Kinabalu 2018 edition is an all new shoe and it is fair to say that much of what appeared in the Supertrac RC has been carried over to this new incarnation of the Kinabalu.

It has a lower drop, new upper, new outsole and different look. It may have the Kinabalu name, but the 2018 version is something different altogether!

The Shoe

 Orange is obviously ‘the’ colour for the shoe industry with many brands using varying shades or tones for 2018 shoes. My Kinabalu is two-tone orange and grey (an all-black version is available too.)

Three things stand out immediately – the seamless upper, the cushioning and the outsole. As I said above, this Kinabalu is far removed from the original so drawing comparisons are almost pointless.

It is a cushioned shoe with 29mm at the rear and 21mm at the front. For comparison, the Supertrac RC and Kinabalu RC has 22.5 at the rear and 17.5 at the front.

The RC range have 5mm drop and are out-and-out racing shoes whereas the Kinabalu has 8mm drop. This is a good thing for those who run longer or want a more relaxed shoe. Certainly, with the crossover in looks and design, RC users will find switching and alternating with the 2018 Kinabalu seamless.

 The outsole has the ‘new’ Forward Traction technology, with a multi-layer lug design. It’s designed to grip, as all good outsoles should, on a plethora of different terrain, wet to dry.


eRide is standard on Scott shoes and one of the brands USP’s. It is a rocker outsole which is designed to increase running efficiency particularly if heal striking as it helps roll the foot forward.

Cushioning comes from Aero Foam + which increases comfort, durability and rebound in the propulsive phase.

The upper is seamless with a reinforced toe box, heel box and overlays in the mid foot section leading to the laces. The tongue is gusseted and provides a sock like fit. There are no seams so in theory, the shoe should not rub or cause blisters.

There are no additional eyelets at the top of the lacing section, so, lock lacing is not possible.

 The Kinabalu is marketed as a lightweight shoe but certainly comes in a little heavier than nearly all the shoes I would consider competition at this level. It’s of course marginal, but if you are obsessed about show weight, there are lighter shoes out there! For example, the Kinabalu weighs in at 320g for standard comparable size.

For comparison*:

inov-8 Parkclaw 275g here

Nike Wildhorse 4 300g here

TNF Ultra Endurance 310g here

inov-8 Trail Talon 290g here

* all above shoes are 8mm drop and cushioned shoes.

The Kinabalu is true to size and neutral fit.

First Impressions

For me, the jury is still out on seamless uppers. Or should I say, ‘some’ seamless uppers! I get the logic, understand the benefits but some just feel a little too stiff. I had this with the recent inov-8 X Talon (Here) and I have the same feeling for the Kinabalu. Most definitely, the Kinabalu needs breaking in. When I receive new shoes, I always use them as slippers in my home before running. That way I get a feel for the shoe and I soften them up a little. I also learn if there are potential hot spots and how I should adjust the laces, so the shoe is comfortable on my instep – always an issue for me as I have a high instep.

The Kinabalu was glove like when pulled on, the gusseted tongue giving great comfort and hold on the instep.

The heel box was plush, comfortable and held well.

The toe box is wide, but not super wide. On a scale of 1-5 (5 being wide) I would say the Kinabalu is a 3. When I walked around though the shoe felt stiff. Particularly noticeable when I bent the shoe at the front, just above the toes.

The stiff seamless upper seemed reluctant to bend and the fabric creased as if folding cardboard. I must clarify this got better and better as I wore the shoes but I can only stress that for me, you need to soften the Kinabalu up. Had I run in the shoe out of the box, I am pretty sure I would have had an issue above the toes.

Cushioning felt good – a little on the firm side but I could definitely feel the benefit of the 29/21mm combination.

The outsole stuck to my wooden floor making a nice sticky sound every time I lifted my foot.

In Use

I put 8 hours in the shoes in my home before running. Invaluable in my opinion! As with all my test runs, I do 1-mile of road at the beginning and the end of my runs, the middle section is 6-8 miles of varying terrain that has a little of everything – it’s a great test ground.

The Kinabalu bounces along on the road well with the cushioning providing great protection between my foot and the terrain. However, I didn’t particularly feel connected. The cushioning is definitely on the stiffer side and although this improved over time, the Kinabalu certainly is a stiffer ride. Very similar to the RC in my opinion. 

The outsole lugs are close together and whilst not designed for road running, the Kinabalu can handle the hard stuff with no problems.

On the trails, the Kinabalu felt good transitioning between different terrains. The lugs are not very deep, so, it is most definitely a trail shoe for firmer and drier terrain. When I ran through mud, the lugs failed for 2 reasons – they are too close together and lack length to purchase in the ground. Not a criticism, just a notable point so that you understand what terrain the Kinabalu excels on. On rocks, grip was excellent, even in the wet. Always a good thing!

I am a forefoot striker but have always found the eRide of Scott pleasurable – no difference with this new Kinabalu, it works well. I have already mentioned that the cushioning in my opinion is firmer and I noticed this in the propulsive phase. I was getting a good rebound and return but not as much as in some other trail shoes.

The upper really holds the foot well with reinforced layers in the lacing area providing good hold and security around the instep. Two loops are on the gusseted tongue which the laces pass through, this is a new one on me and they are there to help keep the tongue in place – they work! Scott have used a ‘lace-locker’ in the past, it’s a simple piece of elastic that sits lower on the laces and it allows one to tuck the excess away after being tied. They removed it on the Supertrac RC and it isn’t on the Kinabalu – I really don’t know why? It is such a simple and effective system and adds no weight. I would like to see it back! 

The heel area is very comfy, padded and held everything nice and tight. Even when climbing I had little to no movement at the rear.

The toe box is not narrow and not wide, so, in principal it should suit many runners. The reinforcement is just an overlay, it will add protection, but it is not a solid bumper that can be found on other trail shoes.

After 109 miles in the Kinabalu, the shoe is most definitely softening up and starting to hold to my foot and provide a softer more pleasurable run. This is primarily noticeable in the upper – with a little rain, mud and use it has softened up. The cushioning has certainly bedded in too allowing more feel for the ground.

The 8mm drop for me is perfect as it sits in that ideal middle ground of not too high and not too low. The Kinabalu is a great stand-alone trail shoe for any run but I also think that RC users will enjoy the additional cushioning and more relaxed drop for training and/ or longer races. The 2 shoes sit well together. So, if you like the RC, you will like the Kinabalu.

In Conclusion

The Scott Kinabalu is a rock-solid trail running shoe that will appeal to many runners. The combination of cushioning, 8mm drop and good grip makes it an ideal shoe for any trail runner – the only exception coming if one plans to run in a great deal of mud or soft ground.

The upper is pretty much bullet proof and this brings with it some pluses and minuses. The plus is that the upper will last and last. I don’t envisage the upper wearing out or tearing, of course, it is too early to tell so I will feedback on this. But that stiff upper needs loosening up and softening to get the best of the shoe, so, wear the shoes casually and expect your first few runs to feel a little stiff. 

Similarly, the cushioning is a little like the upper. It’s a little stiff to start but over time beds in nicely.

If you don’t like spending money on run shoes, or, if you like your shoes to last once purchased, the Kinabalu may well be a great shoe for you – I can see these going for many months and many miles.

SCOTT RUNNING website HERE

Episode 153 – Beth Pascall, Pavel Paloncy, Mike Ambrose, Golden Ring Ultra.

Episode 153 of Talk Ultra is a packed show with multiple interviews… We speak with Beth Pascall who was 1st Brit and 4th lady at Transgrancanaria. We speak with 3 time winner of The Spine Race – Pavel Paloncy. We also chat with Michael from Russia’s Golden Ring Ultra and finally, Kurt Decker brings us chat with Mike Ambrose. Speedgoat co-hosts.
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00:16:56 NEWS
WAY TO COOL 50K
Ladia Albertson Junkans won in 3:44, Brittany Peterson 3:46 and Elizabeth Ryan 3:56
Max King 3:18, Jared Hazen 3:18:33 and Gus Gibbs 3:20
IDITAROD
Ever present David Johnston once again won but this time with Gavin Woody – 5 days, 10hrs and 23min.
TRANSGRANCANARIA 125km
Pau Capell did it again on a new course winning in 12:42 ahed of Aurelien Collet who led the race for much of the day, he finished in 12:56 and Cristofer Clemente was 3rd 13:22.
For the ladies it was a surprise win for Magda Lack ahead of the indestructible Andrea Huser and Ekaterina Mityaeva 3rd – 15:18, 15:58 and 16:12.
The UK’s Beth Pascall was 54th.
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00:28:15  Interview with BETH PASCALL
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Golden Ring Ultra – The Golden Ring Ultra-Trail® 100 is a trail race for runners of all backgrounds and levels of experience.
It’s no coincidence that the race is held in the town of Suzdal…
Founded in the 11th century, Suzdal is one of the oldest towns in Russia and home to more than 300 unique historical sites and monuments from ancient Rus, including several that have been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Awarded federally protected status in 1967 and surrounded by expansive forests and fields, Suzdal offers visitors a chance to travel back in time.
Set against this breathtaking landscape across which a millennium’s-worth of history has unfolded, the Golden Ring Ultra-Trail® 100 is designed for those who yearn for new adventures, discovering untapped strength within themselves, and finding total freedom in the outdoors.
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01:14:10 Interview with GOLDEN ULTRA RUSSIA
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01:32:06 Interview with MIKE AMBROSE
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02:01:14 Interview with PAVEL PALONCY
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    BSI Lake Balaton Marathon+ Balatonfüred – Siófok
    Europe / Eastern Europe / Hungary / Siófok
    2018-03-22
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • Morocco Tizi N’Trail
    Africa / Northern Africa / Morocco / Essaouira
    2018-03-22
    Multiday race
    DesertSeaside / LakesideTrailMultiday RaceMore info
  • Antelope Island Buffalo Run
    100 Mile
    North America / USA / Mountain Region / Utah / Antelope Island
    2018-03-23
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Jurassic Coast Challenge
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / England / Dorset / Weymouth
    2018-03-23
    Multiday race
    UTMB QualifierTrailMultiday RaceSoloMore info
  • Oxfam Trailwalker Australia – Melbourne
    50 km
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / Australia / Victoria / Wheelers Hill
    2018-03-23
    Ultramarathon
    TrailWalkingMore info
  • Oxfam Trailwalker Australia – Melbourne
    100 km
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / Australia / Victoria / Wheelers Hill
    2018-03-23
    Ultramarathon
    TrailWalkingMore info
  • Pickled Feet 24/12/6 Hour Runs
    Pickled Feet 100 Mile Run
    North America / USA / Mountain Region / Idaho / Eagle Island State Park
    2018-03-23
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningFlatSoloMore info
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    Pickled Feet 100 Mile Relay
    North America / USA / Mountain Region / Idaho / Eagle Island State Park
    2018-03-23
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningFlatRelayMore info
  • SciaccheTrail
    SciaccheTrail, 47 km, 3000m +
    Europe / Southern Europe / Italy / Liguria / Monterosso al mare, Cinque Terre
    2018-03-23
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunning
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inov-8 PARKCLAW 275 GTX REVIEW

I have to be honest, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to using inov-8’s new shoe offering, the PARKCLAW 275 (I tested the GTX – Gore Tex). Why? Well, inov-8 have always impressed by producing shoes that are specific to a runner’s need – typically, getting a grip in muddy trail. Over recent years though, many new inov-8 shoes have appeared that have merged that ‘specificity’ and in all honesty, I have always been impressed by what has been on offer.

The PARKCLAW though just didn’t entice me.

I have to say, I was a little silly. It turns out that the PARKCALAW 275 is a great shoe and in all honesty, it’s a shoe that will appeal to so many.

Many runners want a shoe that does more than just one thing. The PARKCLAW is going to be that shoe. Good on the road, good on dry trails, good on rocks, cushioned, wide toe box, 8mm drop and great feel.

Inov-8 have produced a real surprise!

THE SHOE

Maybe the ‘PARK’ in the name signifies the ever-growing parkrun community that every weekend assemble all over the world and bang out a 5k amongst friends. Let’s face facts, it’s a huge community and if you can get a slice of that pie, it’s a great thing for any brand. But many of those runners may want to mix things up with a little road-to-trail or easy trail runs. This is where the PARKCLAW can step in!

I need to clarify here that the PARKCLAW is a shoe that works for any runner. I have been using it on my road loops of 5, 8 and 12km and they have been great. Equally, they have been excellent on my local canal tow path and forest trails.

The shoe has an ‘in-between’ outsole that provides grip for trail but not too much grip for road. The lugs at 4mm are semi-aggressive but importantly are close together so road running feels good. META-FLEX at the front allows the shoes to bend near the metatarsals and at the rear is a Dynamic Fascia Band. Three different lug colours are present which show how the different compounds ensure grip on different surfaces.

Drop is 8mm which is now pretty much standard, gone are the days of 12mm drop and higher. 8mm drop is a perfect starting point for most runners and particularly nice if running longer.

Fit is neutral and true to size. I always use a UK9.5 and these are perfect.

Toe box is wide – 5 on inov-8’s fit scale (here) so all you Hobbits should have a huge smile.

Cushioning is 12mm at the front and 20mm at the rear which provides a plush feel and not at the compromise of losing a feel for the ground. The Cushioned ride comes from Powerflow+ which does a great job at protecting but not at the loss of energy return. Combined with META-FLEX the Powerflow+ makes the propulsive phase a pleasure.

The upper is classic inov-8, breathable and lightweight. It has support on either side of the lacing section which pulls in to hold the foot firm once laces are adjusted accordingly. Importantly there are double eyelets at the top, so you can lock-lace should you wish. The heel area is plush as always with inov-8 and there is additional support to hold the foot firm and help with gait. The tongue is padded and gusseted. Toe box is reinforced and protected.

IN USE

This is a very comfy shoe. Slipper like in feel and it was easy to pull them on and run with no bedding in. I was amazed at how comfortable they are. The Cushioning is unlike any other inov-8 shoe I have used. Maybe similar to a TRAIL TALON.

The key thing for many will be the wide toe box. Hobbits you will love them! I am fortunate that I can use precision shoes and then enjoy and benefit of a wide toe box when I want to be more relaxed and allow my foot to splay. The PARKCLAW is really comfy.

Gusseted tongue is padded and a real winner. Keep saying it, all shoes should have a gusseted tongue just makes sense!

The lacing is standard and it’s possible to adjust and get a great fit and feel. I used the additional eyelet at the top to ‘lock-lace’ but found I didn’t need it, the shoe fitted so well.

Running on the road is a real pleasure with excellent comfort, great feel and great energy return. At no point did I feel I was in a trail shoe. Transition to hard trail was seamless. The PARCLAW is a great all-rounder and one-stop shop for those who need something that can do a little of everything.

The 4mm lugs handled grass, rock and trail both in wet and dry but when the trails became muddy, grip was compromised. The lugs are too close together and not long enough to get the required purchase. This is not a criticism, it’s just a fact! Quite simply, if you are needing a shoe with greater off-road grip, you need another model of inov-8. The PARKCLAW is not intended for this job!

SUMMARY

The PARKCLAW  275 is a real surprise. It’s a shoe that you can use day in and day out when you are mixing terrain. A great example would be say living in London and going for a long run when you mix road with sections of trail in Regents Park, Hyde Park and so on. The shoe though equally sits as a road shoe or dry trail shoe. I had no issue using the PARKCLAW 275 for either purpose.

The toe box is wide, and this may well be a real deciding factor for many. I know so many runners who need or prefer a wide fit – look no further.

The PARKCLAW would actually make a great shoe for a race like Marathon des Sables when an out-and-out trail shoe is not required but when cushioning and wide toe box is welcome. It is definitely a contender.

The PARKCLAW 275 will never be great on muddy technical terrain. The outsole is not aggressive enough and the wide ‘5’ fit would make the shoe feel sloppy and lacking precision.

Ultimately, I think inov-8 created this shoe as an ‘introduction’ shoe. A way of enticing roadies to trail. In doing so, they have created a stand-alone shoe which I have been using daily, and yes, it’s equally great as a walking shoe.

A jack of all trades is never brilliant at any one thing but the PARKCLAW 275 does a great job at making the mix and transition.

Finally, I tested the GTX version, so, should you wish, you can also keep your feet warm and dry by letting no water in. Of course, GTX doesn’t let water out too, so, if the water comes in over the top of the shoe, your feet will stay wet. Always with considering! However, over the winter months I could feel the benefit of the Gore Tex on cold days.

PARKCLAW 275 on inov-8 HERE

 

The Coastal Challenge 2019 #TCC2019 – BREAKING NEWS!

The Coastal Challenge reaches new heights in 2019 celebrating 15-years of amazing racing.

The 14th edition completed in February 2018 at the stunning Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula, was a record breaker! Yes, course records were broken daily and Tom Evans and Ragna Debats elevated the overall CR’s to a new level obliterating the 2017 records set by the UK’s Tom Owens and New Zealand’s Anna Frost.

Time never stands still and to make the 15th edition of TCC extra special, race director’s Rodrigo Carazo and Sergio Sanchez have confirmed a new incentive for the 2019 edition of the race.

HUGE REWARDS for 2019

A reward purse totalling $8000 will be up for grabs as the race gets underway from the stunning beaches of Quepos, Costa Rica.

Each day, $250 will be up for grabs should the stage course records be broken by the fastest male or female. For example, in 2018, Tom Evans broke every stage record, that would have been rewarded with a $1500 payout!

Should the overall course record set in 2018 by Tom Evans or Ragna Debats be broken in 2019, $2500 will be on offer. Should the male and female record go, that is a payout of $5000.

Feel like a fast start to 2019? It comes no faster than the 15th edition of The Coastal Challenge!

With only 120 places available, the 2019 edition of the race looks set to be a record breaker on every level.

Fast man and repeat TCC competitor, Chema Martinez has already confirmed he will toe the line. He missed the race in 2018 and after seeing the epic race by Tom Evans and Hayden Hawks unfold, he knew that he would need to come back!

In breaking news, we also announce here that Ultra-Trail Cape Town winner Lucy Bartholomew, will join the Pura Vida party as we roll out from the Pacific Ocean come February 2019.

Lucy is a rising star of the ultra-trail world and the Salomon team. She has an infectious smile, a bubbling personality and an abundance of natural born talent that will no doubt set the trails on fire as she makes her way over 234km’s of Costa Rican rainforest, beaches, waterfalls, river beds and dusty fire trails.

Lucy started running to spend more time with her Dad and going against the wishes of her father, she toed the line of Australia’s only multi-day race, the 250km Big Red Run aged just 17-years! She won it! What has followed is an inspiring journey.

Make sure you follow up next week as we interview Lucy about her rise in the sport and what it is about Costa Rica and The Coastal Challenge that has enticed her back to multi-day racing in 2019.

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You can read all about the record breaking 2018 edition below

Race Reports and Images

Day 1 HERE
Day 2 HERE
Day 3 HERE
Day 4 HERE
Day 5 HERE
Day 6 HERE

Transgrancanaria 2018 125km – Race Images and Summary

The 2018 Transgrancanaria HG started as planned at 2300 hours from a new start in Las Palmas. In the 24-hours before the race, it had been touch and go if the race would have a delayed start due to storms that were rolling in to the island. For example, the marathon was postponed from Friday to a Saturday start.

In the hours before the start, rain storms moved through the island bringing with it strong winds and torrential rain. However, in Las Palmas it was all calm… was it the calm before another storm?

Live music, thousands of people and on the stroke of 11pm, the runners departed along the beach for one of the toughest races in the world – 125km with over 7000m of vertical gain. As the name suggests, the route is ‘Transgrancanaria’ starting n the north-east and passing all the way down the spine of the island to conclude in the south at Maspalomas. Key moments come at Arucas, Teror, Fontanales, Presa de los Perez, Artenara, Tejeda, Garanon, Tunte, Ayagaures, Parque Sur and finally the finish line in Maspalomas.

The ladies’ race was dominated by Polish runner Magda Laczak who pushed from the front right from the start. She opened a gap early on and pulled away as the miles past to finally finish 40-minutes ahead of the ever present and indestructible Andrea Huser, their times 15:18:37 and 15:58:11. Third placed lady was Ekaterina Mityaeva who is new to the UTWT ranks but over the past years has gained a strong reputation in the Skyrunner Works Series. Her form was good to close strongly and pass Fernanda Maciel for the final podium place. Fernanda had run a strong race early on but faded in the last quarter to finally finish 6th being passed by Beth Pascall from the UK and Eva Sperger. The ladies race had notable drop outs with some key favourites haveng a tough night, in particular Caroline Chaverot, Francesca Canepa and Emilie Lecomte.

For the men, Pau Capell as defending champion was the man to beat and he looked relaxed with expectation on his shoulders. He ran smart, calm and cool as Frenchman Aurelien Collet dictated the pace from the front. At the iconic Roque Nublo the duo were less than a minute apart and Aurelien must have felt like a hunted animal. Pau eventually made his move and he opened a gap immediately which he extended to the line finishing in 12:42:08 ahead of Aurelien’s 12:56. A strong attack had been expected from the USA’s Tim Tollefson and certainly over the first third of the race his presence was felt, however, a recurring injury kicked in and he was forced to drop. Cristofer Clemente took over the reigns and running his longest ever race he surprised himself taking the final podium slot in 13:22. Daniel Jung placed 4th.

Results:

  1. Pau Capell – 12:42:08
  2. Aurelién Collet – 12:56:39
  3. Cristofer Clemente – 13:22:48
  1. Magda Laczak – 15:18:37
  2. Andrea Huser – 15:58:11
  3. Ekaterina Mityaeva – 16:12:48

Race website http://www.transgrancanaria.net

Full Results http://transgrancanaria.livetrail.net

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Episode 152 – Tom Evans, Marcus Scotney and John Storkamp

Episode 152 of Talk Ultra is a packed show with two interviews from The Coastal Challenge, one with race winner and course record holder, Tom Evans the other with Marcus Scotney. Kurt Decker brings us an interview with John Storkamp and Speedgoat is here to tell us about his 39th 100-mile win!
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TARAWERA
Dylan Bowman and Kelly Wolf took respective victories in 8:27 and 10:08. Cody Reed and Sam McCutcheon rounded out the male podium and Amanda Basham was 2nd ahead of Erika Lori.
Vajin Armstrong and Lucy Bartholomew won the 62km
LONE STAR 100
Speedgoat won again… his 4th! 23:38. Alyson Kirk won the ladies in 29:10
BLACK CANYON 100k
Tim Freriks is on a roll again with a win and Western States slot. Juan Maron and Kanoa King was 2nd and 3rd. Top 3 times 8:12, 8:53 and 9:10.
Alisa MacDonald took the ladies win and 2nd overall! in 8:53. Courtney Dauwalter was 2nd in 9:18 and Paige Pattillo 3rd in 10:09.
MOAB RED HOT 55k
Cat Bradley and Anthony Costales took victory in 4:54 and 3:37. Anthony’s time a new CR! Benjamin Stout and Kyle Pietari was 2nd and 3rd. For the ladies, it was Emily Hawgwood and Betsy Bies.
THE COASTAL CHALLENGE
Ragna Bebats obliterated the ladies race winning all stages and setting a new CR by almost a hour (previous record Anna Frost). Her collective time 26:14. Ester Alves, previous winner of TCC was 2nd and Suzanna Guadarrama was 3rd.
The men’s race was a doozy with Tom Evans winning all stages, setting a new CR but he was only 4-min ahead of Hayden Hawks – the duo battled throughout. Tom’s record is 44mins better than the 2017 Tome Owens record, the new mark 21:44. Michael Wardian finished 3rd.

Race Reports and Images

Day 1 HERE
Day 2 HERE
Day 3 HERE
Day 4 HERE
Day 5 HERE
Day 6 HERE
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00:26:15  Interview with MARCUS SCOTNEY
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01:06:14 Interview with TOM EVANS
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SUSITNA 100
David Johnston and Laura McDonough won in 23:39 and 28:39.
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01:43:18 Interview with HOHN STORKAMP
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UP & COMING RACES

Canada

Yukon

Likeys Ultra 6633 | 120.0 miles | March 09, 2018 | website
Likeys Ultra 6633 | 350.0 miles | March 09, 2018 | website

Cayman Islands

Off the Beaten Track | 50.0 kilometers | February 25, 2018 | website
Off the Beaten Track | 50.0 kilometers | February 25, 2018 | website

Costa Rica

Ultra Trail Irazu | 70.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
Ultra Trail Irazu | 100.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

France

Dordogne

50 Kms de Lalinde | 50.0 kilometers | March 04, 2018 | website

Finistère

Ultra-thonnerieux | 115.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Gard

Ceven’ Trail | 62.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
Ceven’ Trail | 100.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Ille-et-Vilaine

Endu’Rance Trail des Corsaires | 55.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Endu’Rance Trail des Corsaires | 107.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website

Puy-de-Dôme

Trail de Vulcain | 73.0 kilometers | March 04, 2018 | website

Saône-et-Loire

Trail des Trois Châteaux | 55.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Tarn

Black Mountain Trail | 55.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Germany

Bavaria

Chiemsee-Ultramarathon März | 108.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Hesse

Lahntallauf | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Hong-Kong

Translantau | 100.0 kilometers | March 02, 2018 | website
Translantau | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Italy

Tuscany

Terre di Siena Ultramarathon | 50.0 kilometers | February 25, 2018 | website
EcoTrail Florence | 93.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
EcoTrail Florence | 55.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
EcoTrail Florence | 80.0 kilometers | March 04, 2018 | website

Umbria

Strasimeno | 58.0 kilometers | March 04, 2018 | website

Nepal

Annapurna Sanctuary Fastpack | 100.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

New Zealand

Back Country Cuisine Alps 2 Ocean | 301.0 kilometers | February 23, 2018 | website
Old Ghost Ultra Marathon | 85.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
The Hillary Trail Race | 80.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website

Nicaragua

Survival Run Nicaragua | 80.0 kilometers | February 28, 2018 | website
Fuego y Agua Nicaragua | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
Fuego y Agua Nicaragua | 103.1 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Philippines

Davao50 Ultramarathon | 50.0 kilometers | February 25, 2018 | website

Portugal

Trail Terras do Sicó | 111.0 kilometers | February 23, 2018 | website
Trail Terras do Sicó | 52.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website

South Africa

Three Cranes Challenge | 106.0 kilometers | February 23, 2018 | website
South African Addo Elephant Trail Run | 100.0 miles | March 01, 2018 | website
South African Addo Elephant Trail Run | 44.0 miles | March 02, 2018 | website
South African Addo Elephant Trail Run | 76.0 kilometers | March 02, 2018 | website

Spain

Andalusia

Ultra Trail Sierras del Bandolero | 85.6 kilometers | March 02, 2018 | website
Ultra Trail Sierras del Bandolero | 166.0 kilometers | March 02, 2018 | website

Canary Islands

Transgrancanaria | 125.0 kilometers | February 23, 2018 | website

Region of Murcia

USA

Alabama

Mount Cheaha 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Delano Park | 50.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website

Alaska

Iditarod Trail Invitational | 350.0 miles | February 25, 2018 | website
Iditarod Trail Invitational | 1000.0 miles | February 25, 2018 | website
Chena River to Ridge Endurance Race | 45.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website

Arizona

Ultra Adventures Antelope Canyon | 55.0 kilometers | February 23, 2018 | website
Ultra Adventures Antelope Canyon | 50.0 miles | February 23, 2018 | website
Old Pueblo 50 Miler | 50.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website
Old Pueblo 50 Miler | 75.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website

Arkansas

Run LOVit | 100.0 miles | February 23, 2018 | website
Run LOVit | 100.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website

California

Orange Curtain | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Orange Curtain | 100.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Salmon Falls 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Sycamore 100k | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Sycamore 100k | 100.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Sycamore 100k | 100.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Griffith Park Trail Marathon | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
Way Too Cool 50k | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Florida

Cross Florida Route 40 Romp | 116.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website
Cross Florida Route 40 Romp | 116.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website
The Dunes 100 | 100.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website
The Dunes 100 | 50.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website
The Dunes 100 | 100.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website

Georgia

Flatlanders Canyon Crash Trail Run | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website

Kansas

Psycho Wyco Run Toto Run | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website

Maryland

Frozen Heart 50 km | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Frozen Heart 50 km | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Hashawha Hills 50 km Trail Run | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Marathon & 50K | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Mississippi

Carl Touchstone Mississippi Trail Runs | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
Carl Touchstone Mississippi Trail Runs | 50.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website

New Mexico

Sierra Vista Trail Runs | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

New York

Caumsett Park 50K Championship and GLIRC 25K Run | 50.0 kilometers | March 04, 2018 | website

North Carolina

Black Mountain Marathon | 40.0 miles | February 24, 2018 | website

Ohio

Olde Girdled Grit 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website

Oklahoma

Tulsa Running Club Post Oak Lodge Challenge | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website

Pennsylvania

Naked Bavarian 20M, 26.2 & 40M | 40.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website

South Carolina

Conquer the Rock | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Texas

Cowtown Marathon | 50.0 kilometers | February 25, 2018 | website
Tinajas Ultras | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
Tinajas Ultras | 100.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
Reebok Ragnar Luckenbach | 200.0 miles | March 09, 2018 | website

Utah

Lake to Lake Team Relay & Ultra | 50.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website
Monument Valley Ultra | 50.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website
Monument Valley Ultra | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
Red Mountain | 55.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Vermont

PEAK Snowshoe race | 100.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website

Virginia

Reverse Ring | 71.0 miles | February 24, 2018 | website

Washington

Wallace Falls Trail Run | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

United Kingdom

Bihar

Green Man Ultra | 45.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website

Essex

St Peters Way Ultra | 45.0 miles | February 25, 2018 | website

Northumberland

Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland | 34.0 miles | February 24, 2018 | website
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Rockhoppin’ Trail – Ian Corless Interview

South Africa’s Linda Doke is not only a very accomplished runner but a great journalist. Recently she has interviewed her favourite photographers and I made the cut for the latest feature.

“This week’s photographer is a personal favourite. Ian Corless is world renowned on the global trail running stage, and his work matches the calibre of the high class races he has photographed over the years. I’ll always have a soft spot for this crazy Englishman – I met him in 2012 when I ran the Sierre-Zinal Skymarathon in Switzerland. The race itself was a fantastic experience, but it was the following day in the mountains that I treasure the most from that trip: Ian and I went on a five hour run/hike up into the mountains above the tiny town of Zinal, and gazed upon the Glacier de Zinal, and an amphitheatre of snow-capped mountains – Zinalrothorn 4221m, Wellenkuppe 3903m, Ober Gabelhorn 4063m, Matterhorn 4476m, Pointe de Zinal 3789m and Dent Blanche 4357m. That day carved in my memory as having the most incredible backdrop to any hike I’ve ever done!”

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The Coastal Challenge 2018 #TCC2018 – Stage 6

The 2018 The Coastal Challenge today came to an end on the stunning beaches of Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula.

Tom Evans and Ragna Debats are the champions after a masterclass of multi-day running. The duo obliterated the 2017 records set by Tom Owens and Anna Frost. I think it’s fair to say, these records may be around for while!

The 22km final day is a stunning day, starting and finishing on Bahia Drake, the loop is like a mini Coastal Challenge all compressed into one stage. Waterfalls, rainforest, plantations, dusty fire trail, water crossings, beaches, coves and the stunning Pacific as a backdrop as the runners make the way to the finish.

Tom Evans wanted the course record and he ran today, once again with Hayden Hawks. The duo worked together, creeping in under the 2-hour mark and securing a place in history. Tom Evans as the champion and Hayden Hawks as the 2nd. Any other year and Hawks would be the champion, but as the American said, “Tom has been on fire and I have tried to push but really, I have been holding on!’

Previous TCC winner and course record holder Michael Wardian finished 3rd overall and then the battle for first Costa Rican was on – Erick Aguero dominated the day.

For the ladies’ it was a neutral day with the top-3 ladies running together for much of the stage. Finally, Ragna Debats finished hand-in-hand and third places Suzanna G finished 3rd.

The line was full of emotion as an epic journey has come to an end. The 2018 TCC will go down in history as the fastest ever.

2019 will see the 15th edition of the race and I believe we can expect something special!

For now though, it’s all about Evans and Debats celebrating victory. This evening, the awards will take place on the beach with a roaring camp fire.

What else would you expect?

PURA VIDA

 

  1. Tom Evans 1:59:54
  2. Hayden Hawks 1:59:55
  3. Erick Aguero 2:00:26
  4. Neruda Cespedes 2:09:09
  5. Michael Wardian 2:10:48

 

  1. Ragna Debats 2:27:57
  2. Ester Alves 2:27:58
  3. Suzanna Guadarrama 2:34:38
  4. Shannon Colley 3:08:39
  5. Kerri Treheme 3:09:35

 

OVERALL GC

 

  1. Tom Evans 21:44:11 new CR
  2. Hayden Hawks 21:48:36
  3. Michael Wardian 25:17:42
  4. Erick Aguero 25:36:15
  5. Neruda Cespedes 25:39:00

 

  1. Ragna Debats 26:14:39 new CR
  2. Ester Alves 29:59:42
  3. Suzanna Guadarrama 30:41:30
  4. Mirta Reaple 35:08:36
  5. Josephine Adams 36:07:38

 

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The Coastal Challenge 2018 #TCC2018 – Stage 5

It was the longest day of the 2018 The Coastal Challenge and what a day! At 49km, it was only 2km more than day 3 but coming at this stage in the race, it is always a tough one.

Runners departed camp via bus for a short bus ride to the Sierpe river and ferry across to the other side. At 6am, they were released.

Much of today’s race is very runnable on wide gravel roads. It’s great if you can run, but for many it’s a tough day. Technical forest sections break up the distance and then at 2/3rd of the race covered, the runners turn right on a loop around the peninsula, running through forest trails before finally dropping to the beach and taking a small boat from one side to the other.

Once across the estuary, it is 10km’s to the line with the final sections on the beach to the stunning Drake Bay.

It was a day of drama, Tom Evans and Hayden Hawks pushed all day, but they are so matched – Tom the obvious stronger runner who is marking Hawks to ensure he retains his winning margin. To watch these two has been seriously impressive, the pace mind-blowing and the old course record is being obliterated. With the finish in sight, Hawks lifted the pace, Evans was having none of it and they started a 400m sprint… Evans pulled away winning by 4 seconds, 4:32:14 to 4:32:18. It’s fair to say, that Tom Evans will be the 2018 TCC champion with a new course record!

Ragna Debats, just like Evans and Hawks has been an unstoppable force, not only in the ladies’ race but the men’s. She has pushed and pushed, obliterated all previous times and in the process has smiled all the way to each line. Today she went through a bad patch, rallied and then crossed the line 7th in 5:34:55.

The big news of the day, unfortunately, saw Marcus Scotney and Jorge Paniagua (3rd and 4th on yesterday’s stage) disqualified from the race after missing a key right turn and missing many challenging kilometers. They were told to turnaround and retrace; they chose not to. I will provide more information on this when I have spoken to Marcus and Jose. In simple terms they were out of water and would have needed to run another 20km before reaching an aid station, in this heat, that would have been reckless. Needless to say, both are devastated with the mistake!

This mistake has opened up the general classification and of course the first place for Costa Rican runners.

Erick Aguero seized the opportunity finishing 3rd on the stage in 5:11 and Michael Wardian 4th in 5:16. Neruda Cespedes was 5th in 5:19.

Suzanna Guadarrama has been a revolution as the days have passed and she has become stronger. Yesterday she finished with Ester Alves, today, she pulled away and finished 2nd lady in 6:01. Ester Alves, ever the fighter, pushed hard and finished 3rd, just over 20 minuses later in 6:22. Josephine Adams had a great day finishing 4th and that will certainly move her up the rankings!

Tomorrow’s stage is a loop of Drake Bay – it’s a stunning day that manages to encompass all the previous 5 days in one loop.

  1. Tom Evans 4:32:14
  2. Hayden Hawks 4:32:18
  3. Erick Aguero 5:11:46
  4. Michael Wardian 5:16:22
  5. Neruda Cespedes 5:19:18
  1. Ragna Debats 5:34:55
  2. Suzanna Guadarrama 6:01:34
  3. Ester Alves 6:22:51
  4. Josephine Adams 7:17:23
  5. Kerri Treheme 7:36:16

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The Coastal Challenge 2018 #TCC2018 – Stage 4

Day 4 from Coronado to Palma Sur is a unique day – starting at sea level, the route climbs to just under 1000m in 10km and then stays high with a rollercoaster of hills dropping to just over 600m at 25km and then climbing again to 900m at 30km. From here, the runners drop like stones, all the way to the finish line in Palma Sur with 37.1km covered.

You guessed it, once again Tom Evans and Hayden Hawks dictated the pace at the front, running side-by-side they matched each other’s pace all day. However, it wasn’t all chatty. Hawks confirmed at one stage in the stage they were separated by over a minute but it all came back together. “Tom is just too strong,’ Hawks conformed. ‘I am trying hard, but he can match me, in all honesty, I am working hard to keep up.’

Evans is running a smart race, he is doing just what he needs to do to maintain his lead and should Hawks attack, he matches it.

The duo finished in 3:56, a ridiculous time for the 37km and once again, it was a new stage record.

The ladies’ race has a very similar format to the men’s with Ragna Debats blazing a trail at the front of the race on her own. She is so strong that no other lady can come near and to be honest, not many of the men either! She did have a little trouble today going off course in a riverbed section which frustrated her. However, she got back on track and once again won the stage with a clear margin.

As the days have passed, Timothy Olson has got stronger and stronger. Today he was pushing hard throughout keeping a close eye on Hawks and Evans. He has openly admitted he can’t maintain the pace they are running but he will try anyway. It was all looking good and then in the final 8km he took a bad fall and heavily sprained his ankle. He is out of the race unfortunately!

Marcus Scotney had a good day, pulling back time from his errors on day 3 and today he finished 3rd on the stage a great moral boost 21 minutes behind the dynamic duo.

Suzanna Guadarrama today found her true form and ran the stage with 2016 TCC champion, Ester Alves. The duo pushed together all day and finished in Palma Sur 2nd and 3rd. This result will almost certainly impact on the general classification with Mirta Reaple not having a good day. Josephine Adams had a good day placing 5th.

Tomorrow’s stage is 49km from Sierpe to Drake Bay (it is the longest stage of the race)

  1. Tom Evans 3:56:41
  2. Hayden Hawks 3:56:41
  3. Marcus Scotney 4:17:49
  4. Jorge Paniagua 4:38:01
  5. Erick Aguero 4:38:51
  6. Ragna Debats 4:52:05
  7. Suzanna Guadarrama 5:33:22
  8. Ester Alves 5:33:24
  9. Mirta Reaple 6:42:12
  10. Josephine Adams 6:47:27

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