Kilian Jornet #kilianPhantasm24h Part Two!

Kilian Jornet, Trofeo Kima 2014

On October 26th 2020 I released via this website that Kilian Jornet would take on a 24-hour run at the Måndalen Stadium in Norway on November 8th.

This post was news to the ultra running world and it created a stir. It was BIG news. Just the thought that mountain man, climber, skier, alpinist, explorer and adventurer, Kilian Jornet, would contemplate running around a 400m loop was, well, crazy!

Kilian ‘Skyrunning’ at the iconic Trofeo Kima.

My news was copied, posted, re-quoted, shared and many media took my content, provided no credit and then shared the story.

Ironically, the news was short lived. Kilian direct messaged me to say he was too injured to contemplate this and then said via social media:

“Wow! I was all the day out and saw this just now 😅 Thanks for the idea guys!! At the moment I’m trying to get back from a injury (literally did my first run since last weekend) but why not to try to run something that long in the future..”

Suddenly, all the media who had posted were left perplexed and while many supported my news, I received countless negative comments, questions and basically nasty comments. I think the assumption was I had posted fake news, to coin a phrase.

I had been with Kilian at Hytteplanmila 10km Road Race (HERE) where he ran 29:59 in his first ‘official’ road race. He told me of a niggling injury and that he would take a week off. In the following days (w/c Oct 19th), I heard news of the 24-hour attempt. This came from multiple sources, primarily athletes who were being invited to join Kilian on November 8th at Måndalen Stadium.

“In fact, the assault on the 24-hour challenge was scheduled for the first week of November, but Kilian was forced to delay it due to the discomfort that appeared after running his first 10 km race on asphalt, the Hytteplanmila, in 29 ‘ 59 ” in mid-October.” – Albert Jorquera writing for Runedia

It was difficult to confirm the story. That is until Sunday October 25th when a post on Norsk Ultra was made public. It was only a matter of time before this news became available for all.

I wrote my article HERE and reached out for quotes. The post once live went viral. I guess the rest is history… The announcement today by Salomon and Kilian is vindication, albeit the date of the event was wrong (injury doesn’t work to dates), of my original post.


November 15th, Salomon and Kilian Jornet released simultaneously.

kilianphantasm24 announcement.

The date may have changed (due to injury) but the location and the concept remain the same. Kilian Jornet will run 24-hours on a track.




The release of the news by Salomon is extremely welcome and it so wonderful to hear the Kilian will push himself on a new stage. The original concept was an attempt to break the record of ultrarunnning legend Yiannis Kouros. The reality is 756 laps of a 400m track. Yiannis set the world record at 188.590-mile.

The event will take place at *Måndalen Stadium, and should have happened on the weekend of November 21/22 and as per my original post, the provision of +/- 2-days may need to be considered for weather. (*Lymbus who manage Kilian confirm the location to be Måndalen.)

Kilian writing on Facebook

The attempt has now been pencilled for Friday 27th November with a 1030 am start – to be confirmed! Weather looks cloudy with some sun but temperatures could drop to -7 if long term forecasts are to be relied on.

Salomon say, “The start time of Kilian’s Phantasm24 challenge is slightly weather dependent…”

Currently, weather forecasts are very poor with 70/80% chance of snow and temperatures between -1 and -3 during the day, they would be much colder at night. The stadium Måndalen Stadium is outdoor and this in itself brings a whole new dynamic to any 24-hour should this be the confirmed location. Norway in November, minimal daylight and cold temperatures, this will be a tough 24-hour.

To follow all the health prevention measures against the Covid pandemic, the challenge will be closed to the public. But it will be possible to watch live HERE

Phantasm shoe – Kilian used this for the 10km road race.

Titled #kilianphantasm24 – the project will see Kilian push new personal boundaries and at the same time, provide exposure for the Phantasm shoe. I am currently aware (tbc) of several other high-profile athletes who ‘may’ join Kilian on the track, Didrik Hermansen, Simen Holvik, Sebastian Conrad and two more, Harald Bjerke and Jo Inge Norum I believe.

“My hopes are to set a new national record and to have the honor to run 24 hours with these fantastic people.” – Simen Holvik

Didrik Hermansen Oslo 2020.

“So, now we all know! Going to be exiting. I will do the 24h, zero degrees.. hopefully no wind!” – Didrik Hermansen.

For perspective, to break the Yiannis Kouros world record, any runner would need to be able to cover an incredible 7.875-miles per hour. Statistics show that from the ‘test’ run by Kilian earlier in August 2020 that this objective may be possible? He ran 84.89km in 5:58:13 with an average 4:13/km pace. The numbers speak for themselves, it’s a huge undertaking, especially on an outdoor tack. However, it is going to be fascinating to see what happens with each journey of the 400m.

“…and now I am super excited to test myself doing something that long (and far from what I like) but where I will learn so much and grow as an athlete. (And probably doing this 24h in a track because I love that pain feeling.)”

Kilian Jornet, Twitter

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The organisers of the UK’s first 24-hour nonstop mountain marathon, Marmot24™, have just announced that the inaugural event will be held in the Lake District National Park this August.

Marmot24™ combines the very best elements of the predominantly British mountain marathon phenomenon with aspects of the more international 24-hour rogaining events. With mountain running and navigation at the heart of the event, competitors will have 24, 12 or 6-hours to visit as many checkpoints as possible on a score format course.

Race Director, Shane Ohly described the competition area to us. “From our central Event Centre the competition area spans 360 degrees in all directions and includes approximately 300 square kilometers of the finest mountain running terrain in the UK. It is Perfect for a 24-hour non-stop mountain marathon and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the event weekend 2nd/3rd August”.

He continued, “To the north of the Event Centre are the remote Northern Fells guarded by the imposing flanks of Blencathra. To the south, Clough Head marks the start of the Dodd’s ridge running towards Helvellyn and ultimately Ambleside. There are also interesting yet rarely visited fells to the east and west. The terrain is perfect for a mountain marathon with laser fast ridges and valleys linking remote and trackless areas that contain complex contour features.”

As many regular visitors to the Lake District will know this vast competition area includes about every topographical feature you could possibly imagine, and the experienced planning team of Charlie Sproson and Shane Ohly, will no doubt be conjuring up another excellent event after the highly successful Great Lakeland 3Day™ earlier this year.

The 24-hour race starts at noon Saturday but if that sounds too daunting, then there is a 12-hour race starting at midnight Saturday and a 6-hour race starting at 0600 on the Sunday morning. Everyone will finish at 12 noon on the Sunday in what promises to be an exciting and dramatic finale to a memorable weekend of racing.

Over 100 competitors have now entered Marmot24™ including a large number of elite Spanish runners that includes Aurelio Antonio Olivar, the 2013 European Rogaine Champion.

If you enter Marmot24™ now you can get a free Marmot Compact Hauler (worth £22) for each person.

Key Event Information
Date: 2nd & 3rd August 2014
Venue: Northern England
Entry: from £55
Courses: 24-hour, 12-hour and 6-hour





Episode 53 – Pavel Paloncy, Marcus Scotney, Johan Van De Merwe


Episode 53 of Talk Ultra is once again a packed show… We have two interviews from the Montane Spine race, regarded as one of the toughest races out there. We speak with Pavel Paloncy who won the 268-mile event with a new course record and Marcus Scotney who won the 106-mile Challenger event. We also speak with South African long distance runner, Johan Van De Merwe about ultra running in South Africa and his new African 24-hour record. The News, a Blog, Talk Training, Up & Coming Races, Smiles and Miles and Speedgoat is back from the Love Boat!

The Spine
  1. Pavel Paloncy 110h 45min (4.5 days)
  2. Steve Holyoak 119h 26m
  3. Matt Davis 119h 28m
  1. Debbie Brupacher 153h 24min
Hurt 100
  1. Gary Robbins does it again… 21:34:00
  2. Timo Meyer 22:34:00
  3. Alex Nuun 22:50:00
  1. Gina Slaby 27:06:00
  2. Candice Burt 27:58:00
  3. Heather Anderson 29:22:00
I caught up with 106-mile Challenger Winner, Marcus Scotney about his win.
Sage Canaday 2:22 marathon
  1. Tirtha Bahadur Tamang 10:02 – Ryan Sandes still holds the CR
  2. Bed Bahadur Sunuwar 10:06:37
  3. Vlad Ixel 10:11:53
  1. Francesca Canepa 12:59:19
  2. Chow Pui Yan 13:32:48
  3. Agnes Cheng 13:46:36
Notables, Lizzy Hawker dropped. What happened to Cassie Scallon. Dave Mackey was doing well but faded at the end. Jez Bragg 10th. Great performances by Australian and NZ runners.
Bandera 100k
  1. Jorge Maravilla 8:02:27
  2. David Laney 8:07:06
  3. Chikara Omine 8:16:42
  1. Meghan Arbogast 10:12:57
  2. Liza Howard 10:39:00
  3. Melanie Peters 11:00:44
Rocky Raccoon coming up
I’m going to Costa Rica for the TCC with an incredible race field: Frosty, Jo Meek, Julia Bottger, Clarky, Wardian, Reiter, Martin Gaffuri and Carlos Sa – going to be pretty awesome!
Ellie Greenwood, Patience Part Two on iRunFar –
“A quick summary of the last eight months would be: start getting pain in fibula, cut back running, pain continues, find out I have a stress fracture, stop running entirely for seven weeks, start running and gradually build up from 10 minutes to a marathon in 2.5 months, get new injury, cut back running, pain still there, stop running entirely for four weeks, build up slowly starting with a run/walk program at end of November. Yeah, this is a whole new level of patience.”
Niandi Carmont and myself caught up with South African distance runner, Johan Van De Merwe and we discussed SA running, Comrades and his record breaking 24-hour run that broke a long standing Wally Haywood record.
Pavel Paloncy set a new course record for the 268-mile Montane Spine Race. I caught up with him just a few days after the event when he had returned home to the Czech Republic, Website HERE


White Continent 50K | 50 kilometers | January 26, 2014 | website


Columbia Cruce de los Andes | 90 kilometers | February 06, 2014 | website



The Cradle Mountain Run | 82 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website



Yukon Arctic 100M | 100 miles | January 30, 2014 | website

Yukon Arctic 300M | 300 miles | January 30, 2014 | website

Yukon Arctic 430M | 430 miles | January 30, 2014 | website


El Cruce Columbia | 103 kilometers | February 07, 2014 | website

Costa Rica

Coastal Challenge | 250 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website



Hivernale du Raid Normand | 55 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website


La Ronde Givrée | 62 kilometers | February 02, 2014 | website



Chiemsee-Ultramarathon Januar | 108 kilometers | January 25, 2014 | website


Rodgau 50km Ultramarathon | 50 kilometers | January 25, 2014 | website


Green Power Hike 50K | 50 kilometers | January 25, 2014 | website


Oxfam Trailwalker India | 100 kilometers | January 24, 2014 | website

New Zealand

Kaweka Klassic 50 km | 50 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website

The James Mountain Stampede Ultra | 50 kilometers | January 25, 2014 | website


Wadi Bih Run | 72 kilometers | February 07, 2014 | website


North Face Endurance Chalenge Peru 50K | 50 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website

North Face Endurance Chalenge Peru 80K | 80 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website


Canary Islands

Marathón ‘Isla del Meridiano’ – 86 km | 86 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website

United Kingdom

Milton Keynes

Quadzilla | 164 kilometers | February 06, 2014 | website

North Yorkshire

Yorkshire Ultra – 50 Miles | 50 miles | January 25, 2014 | website


Thames Trot 50 | 50 miles | February 01, 2014 | website


The Pilgrim Challenge North Downs Way Multistage Ultra | 66 miles | February 01, 2014 | website



Mountain Mist 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | January 25, 2014 | website


Antelope Canyon 50K | 50 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website

Antelope Canyon 50 Mile | 50 miles | February 01, 2014 | website

Coldwater Rumble 100 Mile Trail Run | 100 miles | January 25, 2014 | website

Coldwater Rumble – 52K | 52 kilometers | January 25, 2014 | website

Coldwater Rumble – 52 Mile | 52 kilometers | January 25, 2014 | website


White Rock Classic 50K | 50 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website


Folsom South Side Trail 38 Mile Run | 38 miles | February 01, 2014 | website

Folsom South Side Trail 50K Run | 50 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website

Fort Ord Trail Run 50K | 50 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website

Jed Smith Ultra Classic – 50K | 50 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website

Jed Smith Ultra Classic – 50 Miler | 50 miles | February 01, 2014 | website

Ordnance 100K | 100 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website

Ray Miller 50K Trail Race | 50 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website

Ray Miller 50 Mile Trail Race | 50 miles | February 01, 2014 | website

Sean O’Brien 50K | 50 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website

Sean O’Brien 50M | 50 miles | February 01, 2014 | website


Ragnar Relay Florida Keys | 199 miles | February 07, 2014 | website


Cape Cod Frozen Fat Ass 50 km | 50 kilometers | January 25, 2014 | website


Arrowhead 135 mile Winter Ultramarathon | 135 miles | January 27, 2014 | website


Running from an Angel 50 Mile | 50 miles | January 25, 2014 | website

North Carolina

Charlotte 50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website

Gator Trail 50K Run | 50 kilometers | January 25, 2014 | website

North Carolina Fat Ass 50k | 50 kilometers | January 25, 2014 | website

Uwharrie 40-Mile Mountain Run | 40 miles | February 01, 2014 | website


Keep on Truckin’ Trail 50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | February 02, 2014 | website

Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile | 100 miles | February 01, 2014 | website

Rocky Raccoon 50 Mile | 50 miles | February 01, 2014 | website


Snowshoe Festival 50K | 50 kilometers | January 24, 2014 | website


Lake Youngs NUTS 50K Run | 50 kilometers | January 25, 2014 | website

Orcas Island Fat Ass 50K | 50 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website


Ultra Laguna de Urao | 65 kilometers | February 01, 2014 | website

Virgin Islands (USA)

St. Croix Scenic 50 | 50 miles | January 26, 2014 | website