Episode 162 – Beth Pascall, Casey Morgan, Brutal Claire and Elisabet Barnes

Episode 162 of Talk Ultra brings you a chat with Beth Pascall who placed 4th at the 2018 UTMB. We speak with Casey Morgan about injury and future plans and Brutal Claire will make us all feel lazy and inadequate in an inspiring chat. Elisabet Barnes co-hosts and tells us all about her victory and 4th overall at Ultra Mirage in Tunisia.
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NEWS 00:35:36
ULTRA MIRAGE
What a day… Rachid El Morabity and Elisabet Barnes take the victory. Read the story HERE
GRINDSTONE 100
Michael Owen and Shannon Howell won the tough hundo in 20:08 and 22:22.
PIRIN SKY ULTRA
Pere Aurell ended the season as he started with victory! He kicked of the the year with victory at Transvulcania and here won again and the SWS world title. Benat Marmissolle was 2nd and Dmitry Mityaev 3rd – 7:44, 7:50 and 8:04 for the 66km with 4400m of vert!
For the women, Brittany Peterson took her first win, great result! Emily Hagwood (rising star) was 2nd and Antoniya Grigorova was 3rd, 9:01, 9:38 and 9:39.
ELS 2900
Dakota Jones and Nicke Elson took the top honours at arguably one of the most extreme races out there! Approx 70km and an estimated 6700m vert – runners in teams of two navigate all the peaks in Andorra as fast as possible by a route that they decide. They must ego to certain checkpoints but otherwise it is open to the imagination!
Husband and wife team, Konrad Rawlik and Jasmin Paris took the mixed team prize.
Only 50 people start in teams of two, 15 teams finished.
ULTRA PIRINEU
Ekaterina Mityeava finally took top honours in 15:12 ahead of Magdalena Lack and Roser Espanol, 15:56 and 16:31.
For the men, Jessed Hernandez beat Zaid Ait Malek and Jordi Gamito, 12:35, 12:40 and 13:01.
SPARTATHLON
The weather gods dropped everything on the race this year, huge congrats to Yoshihiko Ishikawa 22:54 and Zsuzsanna Maraz 27:04 for completing the distance.
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00:56:03 Interview with BETH PASCALL
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01:33:25 Interview with CASEY MORGAN
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02:03:33 Interview with BRUTAL CLAIRE
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02:56:22 CLOSE
02:57:44
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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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  • Likeys Ultra 6633
    120 Mile
    North America / Canada / Yukon / Eagle Plains
    2018-03-09
    Ultramarathon
    SnowRunningMore info
  • Bel Monte Endurance Races
    50K
    North America / USA / South Atlantic / Virginia / Sherando Lake Recreation Area
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    MountainTrailRunningMore info
  • Bel Monte Endurance Races
    50 mile
    North America / USA / South Atlantic / Virginia / Sherando Lake Recreation Area
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    MountainTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Chester Ultra
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / England / Cheshire West and Chester / Chester
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Crazy Desert Trail Race
    50K
    North America / USA / West South Central / Texas / Park Drive
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Crazy Desert Trail Race
    100k
    North America / USA / West South Central / Texas / Park Drive
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • D33 Ultra From Epic Shit
    D33 Ultra
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / Scotland / Aberdeen City / Duthie Park, Aberdeen
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningOut & backSoloMore info
  • Dirty Duo
    50 km
    North America / Canada / British Columbia / North Vancouver
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Haworth Hobble
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / England / Bradford / Haworth
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Humanity Direct Amersham Ultra
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / England / Buckinghamshire / Amersham
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Labor of Love
    50M
    North America / USA / Mountain Region / Nevada / Lowell Canyon
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningMore info
  • Labor of Love
    50K
    North America / USA / Mountain Region / Nevada / Lowell Canyon
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • Land Between The Lakes Trail Runs
    60k
    North America / USA / East South Central / Kentucky / Grand Rivers
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Land Between The Lakes Trail Runs
    50 mile run
    North America / USA / East South Central / Kentucky / Grand Rivers
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Le Trail des Poilus
    Le poilu
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Nord-Pas-de-Calais / Pas-de-Calais / Ablain-Saint-Nazaire
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Marin Ultra Challenge
    50K
    North America / USA / Pacific / California / Fort Baker, Sausalito
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningHillySoloMore info
  • Marin Ultra Challenge
    50 Mile
    North America / USA / Pacific / California / Fort Baker, Sausalito
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningHillySoloMore info
  • Motatapu Icebreaker Off Road Marathon
    R&R Sport 49 km Team Adventure Run
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / New Zealand / Motatapu Station
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningHillyMore info
  • Old West Trails Fest
    50K Ultra
    North America / USA / Pacific / California / Borrego Springs
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    DesertTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Oxfam Trailwalker NZ
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / New Zealand / Whakatāne
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailWalkingTeam effortMore info
  • Prickly Pear 50K & 10 Mile Trail Runs
    50K Trail Run
    North America / USA / West South Central / Texas / San Antonio
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Relais de Nuit de Melesse
    Relais Hors stade non officiel
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Brittany / Ille-et-Vilaine / Melesse
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • Run for Amma
    50K
    North America / USA / Pacific / California / Portola Valley
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Saipan Marathon
    50K
    Oceania / Micronesia / Northern Mariana Islands / Saipan
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningOut & backMore info
  • SARR Prickly Pear 50K/10M/5K
    50K Trail Run Non-SARR Member
    North America / USA / West South Central / Texas / San Antonio
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • SARR Prickly Pear 50K/10M/5K
    50K Trail Run – SARR Member
    North America / USA / West South Central / Texas / San Antonio
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • Six Foot Track Marathon
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / Australia / New South Wales / Katoomba
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Te Houtaewa Challenge Marathon
    62 km Ultra marathon
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / New Zealand / Far North
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    SandTrailRunningMore info
  • Te Houtaewa Challenge Marathon
    5 Person Relay
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / New Zealand / Far North
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    SandTrailRunningMore info
  • Triple Peaks Challenge
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / New Zealand / Havelock North
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    MountainTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Ard Trail Raidlight
    L’Ard Trail
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Centre / Loiret / Ardon
    2018-03-11
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Fall Creek Falls 50K and Half Marathon
    50K
    North America / USA / East South Central / Tennessee / Pikeville
    2018-03-11
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Imber Ultra
    Imber Ultra Marathon
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / England / Wiltshire / Westbury
    2018-03-11
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Marxa dels Castells
    Marxa dels Castells PLUS
    Europe / Southern Europe / Spain / Catalonia / Ceravera
    2018-03-11
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningHillySingle loopSoloMore info
  • Trail del Marganai
    54
    Europe / Southern Europe / Italy / Sardinia / 09015 Domusnovas CI, Italy
    2018-03-11
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Trans-saint-paulienne
    Trail sud ardéchois
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Rhône-Alpes / Ardèche / Saint-Paul-le-Jeune
    2018-03-11
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Zululand Ultra Marathon
    56 km
    Africa / Southern Africa / South Africa / Nongoma
    2018-03-11
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • Ecotrail Paris
    45 km
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Ile de France / Paris
    2018-03-15
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • 3 days of Syllamo
    50K
    North America / USA / West South Central / Arkansas / Mountain View
    2018-03-16
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • 3 days of Syllamo
    North America / USA / West South Central / Arkansas / Mountain View
    2018-03-16
    Multiday race
    TrailMultiday RaceSoloMore info
  • Les Traces du Nord Basse Terre
    154 km
    North America / Caribbean / Guadeloupe / Lamentin
    2018-03-16
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningMore info
  • Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek 50-100 km Team Challenge
    Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek 100 km Team Challenge
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / Australia / New South Wales / Palm Beach
    2018-03-16
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek 50-100 km Team Challenge
    Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek 50 km Team Challenge Day: Sun, Sand, Surf
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / Australia / New South Wales / Palm Beach
    2018-03-16
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek 50-100 km Team Challenge
    Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek 50 km Team Challenge Day: Party All Night
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / Australia / New South Wales / Palm Beach
    2018-03-16
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • 3 days of Syllamo
    50 Mile
    North America / USA / West South Central / Arkansas / Mountain View
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Badwater Cape Fear
    Badwater Cape Fear 50 km
    North America / USA / South Atlantic / North Carolina / Bald Head Island
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • Badwater Cape Fear
    Badwater Cape Fear 51.4 Mile
    North America / USA / South Atlantic / North Carolina / Bald Head Island
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • Caldeira Trail
    Africa / Eastern Africa / Réunion / Ste-Rose
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    MountainTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Chuckanut 50K
    Chuckanut 50 K
    North America / USA / Pacific / Washington / Bellingham
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSingle loopSoloMore info
  • Coastal Trail Series – Sussex
    Coastal Trail Series – Sussex – Ultra
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / England / East Sussex / Birling Gap
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Ecotrail Paris
    Trail 80 km
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Ile de France / Paris
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    Night RaceCountrysideCityForestUTMB QualifierTrailRunningUndulatingPoint to PointSoloMore info
  • Elizabeth’s Furnace Fat Ass 50K
    North America / USA / South Atlantic / Virginia / Front Royal, VA
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Hardmoors 55 Ultramarathon
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / England / North Yorkshire / Helmsley
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningMore info
  • Lake Martin 100
    27 Mile Trail Race
    North America / USA / East South Central / Alabama / Lake Martin
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Lake Martin 100
    50 Mile Trail Race
    North America / USA / East South Central / Alabama / Lake Martin
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Lake Martin 100
    100 Mile Trail Race
    North America / USA / East South Central / Alabama / Lake Martin
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Lt. J. C. Stone 50K Road UltraMarathon
    Lt. J. C. Stone 50K UltraMarathon
    North America / USA / Mid-Atlantic / Pennsylvania / North Park, Allegheny County
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • Mesquite Canyon
    50M
    North America / USA / Mountain Region / Arizona / Waddell
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    MountainTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Mesquite Canyon
    50K
    North America / USA / Mountain Region / Arizona / Waddell
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    MountainTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Montaña de Oro
    50km
    North America / USA / Pacific / California / Los Osos
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Music City Trail Ultra
    50K
    North America / USA / East South Central / Tennessee / Pegram
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningHillySoloMore info
  • Northburn Station 100 miler Mountain Run
    Northburn Station 100 km Mountain Run
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / New Zealand / Cromwell
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    MountainTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Northburn Station 100 miler Mountain Run
    50 km Mountain Run
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / New Zealand / Cromwell
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    MountainTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Om Die Dam
    50 km Marathon
    Africa / Southern Africa / South Africa / Hartbeespoort
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningMore info
  • Pistol Ultra Run
    100K
    North America / USA / East South Central / Tennessee / Alcoa
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • Pistol Ultra Run
    50 Mile
    North America / USA / East South Central / Tennessee / Alcoa
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    Night RaceRoadRunningSoloMore info
  • Pistol Ultra Run
    50K Relay
    North America / USA / East South Central / Tennessee / Alcoa
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningRelayMore info
  • Pistol Ultra Run
    50K
    North America / USA / East South Central / Tennessee / Alcoa
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • Pistol Ultra Run
    100 Miler
    North America / USA / East South Central / Tennessee / Alcoa
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • The Grasslands Trail Runs
    The Grasslands 50-Mile
    North America / USA / West South Central / Texas / Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Ultrabericus
    Twin Lui&Lei
    Europe / Southern Europe / Italy / Veneto / Vicenza
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningHillyRelayMore info
  • Ultrabericus
    Trail Integrale
    Europe / Southern Europe / Italy / Veneto / Vicenza
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningHillySoloMore info
  • 5tot50vankrimpen
    50km
    Europe / Western Europe / Netherlands / South Holland / Krimpen aan den IJssel
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • 5tot50vankrimpen
    45km
    Europe / Western Europe / Netherlands / South Holland / Krimpen aan den IJssel
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningMore info
  • Ergysport Trail du Ventoux
    46 km
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur / Vaucluse / Mont Ventoux
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    SnowMountainTrailRunningMore info
  • Les Traces du Nord Basse Terre
    47 km
    North America / Caribbean / Guadeloupe / Lamentin
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Le Trail du Souffle
    Trail Long (42 à 80km)
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Ile de France / Seine-et-Marne / Larchant
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Millennium Way
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / Telford and Wrekin / Newport
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    RunningSoloMore info
  • Oldham Way Ultra Weekend
    Red Rose Ultra
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / Andhra Pradesh / Castleshaw
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningMore info
  • Trail du Petit Ballon & Circuit des Grands Crus
    Le Petit Ballon
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Alsace / Haut-Rhin / Rouffach
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningMore info
  • Trilhos do Paleozóico
    Ultra Trilho do Paleozóico
    Europe / Southern Europe / Portugal / Valongo
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • BSI Lake Balaton Supermarathon
    Europe / Eastern Europe / Hungary / Siófok
    2018-03-22
    Multiday race
    RoadMultiday RaceSoloMore info
  • BSI Lake Balaton Supermarathon
    BSI Lake Balaton Marathon+ Siófok – Fonyód
    Europe / Eastern Europe / Hungary / Siófok
    2018-03-22
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • BSI Lake Balaton Supermarathon
    BSI Lake Balaton Marathon+ Badacsony – Balatonfüred
    Europe / Eastern Europe / Hungary / Siófok
    2018-03-22
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • BSI Lake Balaton Supermarathon
    BSI Half Lake Balaton Supermarathon
    Europe / Eastern Europe / Hungary / Siófok
    2018-03-22
    Multiday race
    RoadMultiday RaceSoloMore info
  • BSI Lake Balaton Supermarathon
    BSI Lake Balaton Marathon+ Fonyód – Szigliget
    Europe / Eastern Europe / Hungary / Siófok
    2018-03-22
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • BSI Lake Balaton Supermarathon
    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
  • Pickled Feet 24/12/6 Hour Runs
    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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02:41:07 CLOSE
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REVIEW of 2016 in Trail, Mountain, Ultra and Skyrunning

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As a year comes to end, it’s always nice to be able to look back and appreciate some of the highlights that all come together that allows one to decide if it was a good or bad year. For me personally, 2016 was a cracker and I am truly thankful for all the opportunities that came up.

Looking back and deciding on what a highlight is, is of course a tricky thing. It’s very personal and it also requires a great memory. So, I will declare right from the off that these are ‘my’ highlights and yes, I am going to miss some key performances, runners, experiences and so on that should be in the list. So, please feel free to comment and remind me.

It would make sense to start in January and move through to December in a logical way… I am not going to do that, I am writing this off the cuff.

Jim Walmsley has been on fire in 2016 and ironically, despite an amazing run and course record at JFK50, FKT’s for the Rim-to-Rim and Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim in the Grand Canyon and countless other victories, it will be his Western States performance that well and truly cements Jim as one of the most exciting runners to rise in 2016. He said pre Western States that he was there to win and win with a course record. He flew along the trails and at one point was almost 30-minutes under the record. As he passed 90-miles everyone was re-writing the history books and then boom! Jim went off course. I caught up with a full and in-depth interview with Jim and you can listen to that HERE and read it HERE. Jim for many is the male Ultra-runner of the Year with victories at Stagecoach Line 55km, Franklin Mountains Trail Run, Lake Sonoma, Mesquite Canyon, Moab Red Hot 55k, Bandera 100k and the recent JFK50. 2017 is going to be a very exciting one.

Rob Young set off on a journey Across the USA looking for a new record, fame, glory and an opportunity to raise a load of money for charity. Somewhere along the way he lost a grasp of reality, perspective and ruined what was a remarkable story be cheating and deceiving the whole ultra running community. Ultimately, Rob is a story of an individual who tried to do good and maybe we should ask what went wrong rather than preach about his morals.

That brings me on to Mark Vaz. What is it with FKT’s and delusional behaviour? Mark seemed to think that running from Land’s End to John O’Groats 31-hours quicker than anyone else for the 860-mile journey was a good idea. It’s not even a convincing lie. As many pointed out, the god of ultra -running, Yiannis Kouros, couldn’t have done it as quick as Mr. Vaz claimed… oh dear!

Pete Kostelnick by contrast embraced the FKT concept and showed the world that the claims made by Rob Young are possible by smashing a 30+ year old Guinness record out of the ether by running Across the USA a full 4-days quicker than anyone else. As records go, this is an absolute doozy and when you look deep and hard into this 40+ day journey, you soon start to understand the difficulty and complexity of running 70+ miles a day. You can listen to an in-depth interview with Pete HERE and read the story HERE. In addition, we must also add to this story, Pete’s incredible and record breaking run at Badwater 135. This achievement has been overshadowed by the USA run but as a stand alone run, it’s also a cracker.

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Karl Meltzer did it, he finally completed the Appalachian Trail in a new record breaking time after failing on two previous occasions.  His time was some 10-hours quicker than Scott Jurek’s set in 2015, however, Karl did run in the opposite direction and has said, post run, he feels that they are two records. Notably, Karl helped Scott in 2015 and Scott helped Karl in 2016. It’s a remarkable story and one that truly reflects our sport of ultra-running. Karl’s record of 45-days, 22-hours and 38-minutes now sits in the record books and well and truly establishes Karl as one of ‘the’ greatest ultra-runners in the world. This is also backed up with his 38 100-mile victories and 5 victories at Hardrock 100. Listen to the in-depth interview HERE and read HERE

Talking of Hardrock 100, Kilian Jornet and Jason Schlarb held hands and crossed the line together in 2016. It was a wonderful moment that split the ultra-running audience in two. Some would have preferred a race to the line while others discussed the wonderful gesture and statement this moment made. Whichever camp you sit in, it was back-to-back victories for Kilian and a career defining moment for Jason Schlarb. Something he discussed in my in-depth interview HERE. For equality, we also need to mention Anna Frost nailing a back-to-back ladies victory. As I understand it, these three Musketeers will all return in 2017.

Aaron Denberg got a bee in his bonnet about Hardrock 100 lottery and decided to create a law suit. Many believe Mr. Denberg makes some good points but questioned if his approach was the correct one? Hardrock 100 released statements and have since removed the payment of a fee by each runner to enter the lottery, something which was apparently illegal! This will run and run (pardon the pun) but ultimately, is Hardrock a victim of it’s own success?

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Caroline Chaverot for me, without doubt, female ultra-runner of the year. This French lady has been on fire all the way from victory in Transgrancanaria early in the year to a most recent win in Hong Kong on December 2nd. Along the way, Caroline won UTMB, became Skyrunning World Champion for the ultra distance and won the IAU World Trail Championships in Portugal. Add to these incredible results, victories at Madirea Island Ultra Trail, Mont-Blanc 80km and the UTWT world title for 2016 and I lower my head and bow to Queen Caroline. Plus she has made the lottery for Hardrock in 2017… exciting!

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Adam Campbell survives a horrific fall and not only lives to tell the tale but has a remarkable recovery, listen to the interview HERE and read HERE

Lizzy Hawker sneaked from under the radar and once again picked up the gauntlet testing her personal boundaries and voyage of self-discovery. After years of injury, Lizzy completed the GHT (Great Himalayan Trail). A 1600km, east to west journey across Nepal. It was, as Lizzy promised, a “beautiful, rough, hard and unforgettable journey”. It was about many things, but also about trying to raise money to give opportunities to Nepali runners, particularly girls, for whom one chance can be a catalyst for much wider change.

Damian Hall set a new FKT on the UK’s South West Coast Path 10-hours, 15-minutes and 18-seconds for the 630-mile jaunt.

Jeff Browning, what a year…! Winner Hurt 100, 3rd at Western States, 4th at Hardrock 100 and 4th at Run Rabbit Run – that is some year, the WSER/Hardrock double a stand out and fastest combined time.

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Kilian Jornet won Hardrock 100 and attempted to summit Everest. The Summits Of My Life project continues on into 2017 after Kilian and his team decided to pull the plug on a 2016 attempt as weather detonated.

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Emelie Forsberg was quiet in 2016 after damaging her ACL and having an operation, she did however return to Trofeo Kima and put the record straight with a victory… she hopes the course record will come in 2018 when the race will take place once again. Emelie discussed her injury HERE

Beth Pascall went from strength-to-strength in 2016 and elevated the Lakeland 100 (UK) record to a whole new level by placing 4th overall. Listen to her interview HERE

Zach Miller did what he always does and lead from the front. At UTMB many predicted, me included, that it was going to be a story of glorious victory with a stunning ‘off-the-front’ performance or carnage with a monumental blow-up! In reality it was both, the blow-up came and he somehow managed to hold on for grim death to still get a top-10 place, he will win this race one day! Jump forward to December and Zach did it again at San Francisco 50. This time he had company and many are saying that ‘this’ race was one of the highlights of the year as Zach and Hayden Hawks traded blows at the front. Zach won with a course record and he took home the $10,000 prize. Hayden finished just 2-minutes back. Note that name! If you want to know what it’s like to put it ALL on the line, take a look at Zach’s final 2-minutes of that incredible 5:56:03 run.

Andrew Miller became the youngest winner of the iconic Western States and today, myself and so many others still know very little about this 20-year old. Certainly, Jim Walmsley had an impact on the kudos and plaudits that Andrew should have received. Running 15:39:36 at WSER takes some doing but I can’t help but think that Biology and chemistry are a priority as Andrew starts his sophomore year at Northern Arizona University. He will be back at WSER in 2017!

Kaci Lickteig has been nailing it and nailing it and finally got the Western States victory that she has longed for and then contrasted it with victory at the Bear 100. You can listen to Kaci’s post Western States interview HERE

Andrea Huser runs and races it would appear ‘every’ weekend. She is relentless. As I understand it, Andrea raced on thirteen occasions but I may have missed some/ She had victories at Raid de La Reunion Swiss Irontrail T201 Eiger Ultratrail 101km, Lavaredo, Trail d’Albertville, Trail Des Allobroges and Maxi-Race Annecy. Phew… any other year and the lack of Caroline Chaverot and Andrea would be female ultra-runner of the year.

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Luis Alberto Hernando won Transvulcania, became Skyrunning World Champion for the ultra distance and became IAU World Trail Champion. That is a solid year and Luis has raced less having become a Dad. Had his feet not fallen apart at UTMB, he may well have been in the running with Jim for male ultra-runner of the year.

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Diego Pazos is a name to watch and has surprised many in 2016. He’s my heads-up for the future. He had a notable result at Transgrancanaria early in 2016 but what followed was quite incredible, his victory at Mont-Blanc 80km a highlight!

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Didrik Hermansen won Transgrancanaria and then placed 2nd at Western States. That is solid and shows real diversity. What will 2017 hold for him? Listen HERE and as Sondre corrects me, Didrik ran 6:45 and 6:38 for 100k.

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Running Beyond Book was released in October and November to a worldwide audience and has been translated into Spanish, Italian, German, Swedish and of course is available in English. Containing 240-pages, this large coffee table books documents the sport of trail, ultra, mountain and skyrunning in images and words, HERE

Dan Lawson (UK) won the IAU 24 Hour European Championships in 2016 with a distance of 261.843 kilometres (162.702 mi).

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Jasmin Paris has elevated herself to a whole new level in 2016. This quiet and shy fell runner set new records for the UK’s ‘Rounds’ and in the process placed 6th at UTMB (her first 100) won Tromso SkyRace, won Glencoe Skyline, became the Skyrunner World Series Extreme Champion 2016 and in addition to countless other races, also placed on the podium at the Skyrunning World Championships for the ultra distance behind Caroline Chaverot. Interviews with Jasmin Paris HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

Joe Grant set a new record on the 14’ers in 31-days by cycling between trailheads and then summiting all the 14’ers (50+ of them) on foot to then return back to his cycle and then continue on his journey. He was self-sufficient for the whole trip. “I did set a speed record, but that wasn’t my goal,” says Grant, 33, an accomplished ultrarunner who finished second at the 2012 Hardrock 100. “The goal was to challenge myself and see the state, although the previous record served as a reference for how long I could take.” taken from trailrunningmag.

Megan Hicks also completed a ’14’ journey, the Nolans 14 in Colorado. She completed the journey in 57:19:19 to the summit of the 14th peak and then completed the journey back to the Fish Hatchery Trailhead in under 60-hours – 59:36. Her time is the fastest ever completed by a woman.

Nicky Spinks continues to inspire and while she may have lost her ‘Round’ records to Jasmin Paris, she went on to set a new benchmark with a record for a double Bob Graham Round – Nick is an inspiration! You can listen to an interview with her HERE

Ludovic Pommeret ran the most controlled and impressive UTMB ever moving from not being in contention to slowly but surely ticking off the runners ahead and taking the crown at the largest ultra in the world. Add to this victory four other victories and Ludovic is one to keep an eye on in ’17.’

Caroline Boller set new American Trail 50-mile record 5:48:01

Gina Slaby set new female 100-mile WR 13:45:49 for ‘any’ surface, Anne Trason had the previous record of  13:47:41 set in the early 90’s.

Skyline Scotland achieved a first with Glencoe Skyline achieving Skyrunner World Status in the Extreme category and as such, the 2016 edition of the race had arguably one of the best fields assembled on UK soil for a mountain race. HERE

Jon Albon transitioned from obstacle racing (something he still does and excels at) to Skyrunning and won the 2016 Skyrunner World Series Extreme category. We are going to see more of him in 2017! HERE

Samantha Gash ran across India in a project called ‘Run India’ as a means to create awareness and raise money. Covering over 3000km you can listen to her story in episode 125 of Talk Ultra out on Friday 16th December.

Ida Nilsson started the year with a win in Transvulcania, she took victory at The Rut and then in early December won San Francisco 50. Without doubt, Ida is a star of the future. Listen to Ida talk about Transvulcania HERE

Stu Leaney breaks Michael Wardian’s 50km treadmill record by just 7-seconds

Mina Guli ran 40-marathons across 7 deserts on 7 continents in 7 weeks to raise awareness for water, listen to the interview HERE

Jason Schlarb started his year by prepping for Hardrock 100 by skiing the course, listen to the interview HERE

Skyrunning and the world series (SWS) elevated to new heights with an increased circuit that traveled the globe and the addition of the new Extreme series.

And finally (maybe), Donnie Campbell just recently set a new Winter Ramsay Round record to finish a very solid year!

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So what have I missed? 

I am well aware that I will have missed some key performances in 2016 and I welcome you commenting and letting me know. Of course, many performances, races or experiences will resonate on a personal level for you. I can think of many British performances that are worthy of a nod – Jo Meek’s 2nd at the CCC, Paul Giblin 5th at Western States, Joasia Zakrzewski’s medal at the 100k World Champs for example.

Be great to hear from you…

Salomon Glen Coe Skyline 2016 Preview – Skyrunner® Extreme Series

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Skyrunning reaches new heights in the UK this September with the Skyline Scotland series of events – VK, SKY and EXTREME. In just three years, Skyrunning in the UK has progressed from zero races to a well-established portfolio of races that bring the ethos and principles of pure Skyrunning onto UK soil.

In 2015, the Glen Coe Skyline provided a race that was considered by the ISF (International Skyrunning Federation) as a pinnacle event and plans were hatched. In 2016 we saw the launch of the Skyrunner® Extreme Series – three races, three ultimate challenges and Glen Coe Skyline was included alongside Kilian Jornet’s and Emelie Forsberg’s Tromso SkyRace and the iconic Trofeo Kima.

In addition to this, Shane Ohly (Ourea Events) in conjunction with Skyrunning UK was well aware of the growth potential and possibilities that Glen Coe area has to offer, therefore, new for 2016 will be the UK’s first ever VK – Salomon Mamores VK. Yes, folks, 1000m of vertical gain in one push. In addition to this a new SKY distance race has been added, the Salomon Ring of Steall SkyRace.

The VK and SkyRace will have eligible points for the Skyrunning UK Series but not the Skyrunner® Extreme Series, that honour is given to the pinnacle event, the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline.

Tromso and Kima are done and dusted and boy oh boy there has been some seriously exciting racing. At Tromso, it was a Brit 1,2,3 with Tom Owens, Jon Albon and Finlay Wild taking top honours. In the ladies’ race it was Jasmin Paris who topped the podium.

At Kima it was all change with Nepalese runner, Bhim Gurung taking top honours and Owens and Albon missing the top podium places. Finlay Wild was missing saving his energy for Scotland and Jasmin Paris ran UTMB and placed an incredible 6th. Emelie Forsberg made her return to high level racing after month and months of rehabilitation after ACL surgery. She won! It was a dream comeback for the Salomon runner and hopes were raised that the 2015 Glen Coe Skyline winner would return… Unfortunately, no. Emelie is taking her rehabilitation seriously and has now gone to India for 1-month to work on her yoga skills ahead of the 2016/17 ski mountaineering calendar.

So, the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline is all to fight for from a male and female perspective with valuable Skyrunner World Series points up for grabs.

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The men’s race is going to be a nail biter. Tom Owens racing on home soil must be the favourite, particularly after victory in Tromso. He placed just off the podium in Kima and so therefore overall position and the 20% bonus points that come with the final race will be crucial. Tom had a purple patch of running recently with back-to-back incredible results, maybe he was a little tired at Kima but I think he will be rested and fired up for the Scottish race.

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Although not confirmed, Skyrunning and Trail Running Nepal are doing their best to obtain a visa to allow Bhim Gurung to race in Scotland. With a victory at Kima, his chances of sealing the SkyExtreme title are very high. His race in Kima against Skyrunning legend, Marco De Gasperi was phenomenal. Also take into consideration he broke the course record set by Kilian Jornet. If Bhim makes it to Glen Coe it is going to be very exciting to watch.

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Jonathan Albon was the 2015 champion at Tromso and placed 2nd this year. He ran Kima very much as a learning curve knowing full well that Glen Coe is a race that he can excel at. It’s all to fight for and the points combinations between Bhim, Tom and Finlay make the SkyExtreme champion an unknown…

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This is Finlay Wild’s home ground and after placing 3rd at Tromso, home advantage here at Glen Coe is going to provide a great boost for the man who excels in the mountains.

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Alexis Sevennec ran in the lead for much of Trofeo Kima only to relinquish a podium place in the latter stages of the race. However, he has points for the Extreme Series and with such a quality field here in Scotland, it’s all to fight for.

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Marc Lauenstein and along with Stian should not be ruled out for overall victory at Glen Coe. This guy is on fire and with a victory at the iconic Zegama-Aizkorri and a recent victory at Matterhorn Ultraks, Marc is one to watch. This is Marc’s first Extreme race and he can therefore not qualify for the series.

What follows is a list of athletes that without doubt makes the Glen Coe Skyline THE most exciting and stacked field ever assembled on UK soil. Skyrunning UK had a plan 3-years ago to bring the world’s best to the UK. In 2016 we have achieved that. This line-up is world class. What is important to remember is that in many respects two races are taking place in Glen Coe – the race for the podium and the race for points so that one male and one female can be crowned Sky Extreme Champion 2016.

In alphabetical order:

Jan Bartas – Jan is a regular runner on the Skyrunning circuit and has recently raced at the Skyrunning World Champs where he placed 27th on the men’s race and most recently he raced Trofeo Kima.

Donald Campbell – racing on home soil. He had a below par performance at Kima but will look to put the record straight here.

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Kim Collison had a great race at the Skyrunning World Championships and with a strong background in fell, mountain and and adventure racing he is without doubt another UK talent who will be a contender in the upper ranks.

Pascal Egli – A Skyrunner who will no doubt mix things up at the front of the race who will be looking for victory or podium place. – Injured

Mike Foote – The TNF athlete needs no introduction as he has been around the ultra-scene for years. He is best known for strong and consistent performances at UTMB and notably, he is the race director (along with Mike Wolfe) at the RUT VK, SKY and ULTRA – cancelled

Andrew Fallas raced at Tromso with a strong and consistent performance and will without doubt be one to watch. He recently had a below par performance at Matterhorn Ultraks.

Martin Gaffuri – Team Manager for the Scott Team is no slouch when it comes to racing and running in the mountains. Last year, Martin had a great run and placing at the super technical ELS2900 in Andorra, so, we can expect a sold run.
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Eirik Haugsness – Won the inaugural Tromso SkyRace and followed with a strong performance in 2015. In 2016 he had a strong run in Tromso but below par for him. He missed Kima saving his strength for Scotland.

Gareth Hughes – Is a UK based runner who has performed consistently on the Skyrunning UK Series where he is one of the top performers, he will no doubt relish the opportunity to test himself against such a world-class field.

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Rolf Einar Jensen – Was 3rd at Tromso SkyRace in 2015 and just off the podium in 2016. He is a strong runner who knows how to handle the tough, technical and challenging terrain that Scotland will offer. Tromso’s terrain and weather is very similar to Scotland – he’s one to watch!

Oli Johnson – Another UK based fell runner who excels on muddy, technical and boggy terrain. He’s had good results in the Skyrunner World Series in previous years and has also contested the Skyrunning UK Series with a strong performance at the V3K. – withdrawn

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Andre Jonsson – Has been a revelation in 2016 with a string of strong results in the Skyrunner World Series. He raced Trofeo Kima just a couple of weeks ago and he’d be the first to admit that it was a learning curve… One that he loved. He will be in the mix in Scotland.

Ricky Lighftoot – Could very well win Glen Coe. He has all the skill sets to excel on this terrain as he has proven countless times in past years. Ricky though can’t contest the SkyExtreme title as this will be his first race. – withdrawn

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Jim Mann – The Dragons Back 2015 champion raced at Tromso and Kima and under normal conditions he’d be a contender for the top places. However, life seems to be getting in the way for Jim and he’s using 2016 for experience.
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Luke Nelson – Raced Tromso and just recently raced the VK and SKY race at the RUT in Montana. Luke loves the mountains and technical terrain and we can expect a strong performance.

Pavel Paloncy – Is a winner of The Spine race and comes from an adventure racing background. For sure he will be in the mix in Scotland but on this terrain over this distance, I think he will lack the speed to contend for the podium.

Konrad Rawlik – Ever consistent in the mountains and fells. We won’t see him on the podium but he will hover around the top-10.

©iancorless.com_Tromso2015-4836Philipp Reiter – Tromso and Kima are ticked off for Philipp and if he was ‘just’ able to run and train he would have been a contender for the overall series. However, like for many of us, life and work has got in the way. However, don’t rule him out. This guy has natural talent and he will certainly be in the top-10 mix.

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Christophe Le Saux – Has raised the series and as many of you may well know, this guy races a great deal! He’s a huge character, very friendly and although he won’t be in contention for the series podium, you can expect to see him around the top 10 to 20.

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Joe Symonds – Last year’s Glen Coe Skyline winner has not raced at Tromso or Kima so will only be looking for Glen Coe glory. However, he will have his hands full as I am sure he is aware. He has the advantage of racing and winning last year, he also has home advantage.

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Esmond Tressider – Es almost certainly could have contested the overall series had been available to race at Tromso or Kima. As it stands, he will only race Glen Coe but he is one to watch. Last year he was living and training in the flat lands despite a love of the mountains. That has changed recently and he has been able to train on more specific terrain.

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Greg Vollet – Team Manager for Salomon often beats the athletes he manages… He comes from a professional mountain biking background and is known for his fast descending. Just last weekend he placed 2nd at The Rut 50k. Greg won’t be contesting the series but he will be in the mix at the front end of this race!

Notable mentions for Jayson Cavill and Ally Beavan who are racing on home soil who are solid performers in the Skyrunning UK series.

Do I need to say that the men’s race is going to be an incredible and exciting battle?

The ladies’ race has less depth. It’s often the case in all Skyrunning racing but in the SkyExtreme Series this is even more so due to the challenging nature of the courses.

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Jasmin Paris is without doubt the favourite for the race victory and overall series title after her victory at Tromso. This is also helped by the fact that Emelie Forsberg (who won Kima) will not race. I have to say, I would have loved to see these two run against each other again on this course. In 2015, Emelie beat Jasmin. Jasmin’s biggest question mark will be her recovery from 6th place at UTMB? It was a few weeks ago but the deep fatigue from such a big race lies within and you only find out how tired you are when you try to race again…
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Marlene Bikken Haukoy – Had a solid race once again at Tromso with a repeat podium place, she was also on the podium in 2015. Marlene is a rock solid racer with a string of top placed runs. Like I have said before, Norway is very similar to Scotland and we can expect her to on the podium.

©iancorless.com_TrofeoKima2016-1676Ruth Croft placed 2nd behind Emelie Forsberg at Trofeo Kima and has now decided to run in Scotland in the hope to gain valuable ranking points and with a 20% bonus there is everything to fight for. The battle for the series title between Ruth, Jasmin and Malena is an exciting one!

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Sarah Ridgeway – Is currently 2nd in the Skyrunning UK Series and ultimately will be looking for a maximum of points to secure her 2016 title. However, she is extremely competitive and has experience of competing on a world-stage. Sarah won’t be phased by the competition in Scotland, on the contrary, she will love it. A podium place for sure but which one?

©iancorless.com_LSU2015-2-31Beth Pascall is a force on the UK scene with some incredible performances at The Spine Race, Dragons Back and most recently she obliterated the Lakeland 100 female course record. Beth will relish the opportunity to mix things up with the other ladies and she may well pull of a surprise victory!

Naila Jornet Burgada – Kilian Jornet couldn’t make Glen Coe, apparently there is some big peak he is trying to set an FKT on in the Himalayas… Not to worry, Kilian’s sister, Naila will join us. Not a pure runner, Naila is very much a skier, ski mountaineer and rock climber, however, all these skills will come together on the Glen Coe course. It’s going to be great to see her take part!

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Lizzie Wraith – Is a previous winner of the Lakeland 100, she made the podium at the Dragons Back Race and we can expect her to be in the mix for the top 5 and most likely the podium. Although not a pure Skyrunner, Lizzie has dipped her toe in the UK series and placed well at the Mourne Skyline MTR in Ireland.

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Martina Valmassoi from the Salomon International Team has raced on the Skyrunning Circuit for 2-years now. Last she placed 3rd at The Rut and earlier this year she had a strong performance in Madeira. Just last week she raced at The Rut once again but dropped with stomach issues. Martina did race at Tromso with a solid performance so we can expect her to mix things up at the front in Scotland and of course she will be looking for valuable series points.

Natalia Tomisiak, Zuzana Urbancova and Olga Lyjak will also be ones to watch in what will be an exciting and stunning ladies race.

 

VK and SKY Preview

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For the UK’s first ever VK there are several notable names to watch. Firstly, and most importantly is Skyrunning World Champion for the VK and SKY distance, Stian Angermund from Norway. I think it’ stair to say that the time he sets in the VK race is one that may last for some years to come…

However, Francois Gonon from France is the 2015 Skyrunning European VK Champion and if one person can push Stian it is him.

From a UK perspective eyes will be on Graham Gristwood who is the 2010 World Orienteering Champion tackling his first VK. Jim Mann, Joe Symonds and Martin Mikkelsen-Barron will also run.

In the ladies’ race, Lizzie Wraith is looking to do the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline double.

Salomon Ring of Steall SkyRace

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Stian Angermund is the Skyrunning World Champion for the Sky distance and it’s an honour to have him come and race on UK soil. The similarities between Norway and Scotland are going to suit him and we can expect him to blast around the course and without doubt he will contest for the top of the podium.

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Francois Gonon is the most likely person to push Stian to top the podium in the SkyRace and we can expect him to blaze a fast trail to the line.

Bjorn Verduijn currently leads the Skyrunning UK Series ranking and he will be looking to consolidate his lead with a top placing and maximum points.

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In the ladies’ race, Raidlight sponsored Joanna Zakrzewski is a likely contender for the top spot. She is Scotland based and has great experience racing on a big stage. She has placed highly at Comrades in South Africa, is a GB 100km runner and has completed races like the Dragons Back.

Importantly, many runners from the UK will be looking for points in the Skyrunning UK Series. Please make yourself familiar with the main names and overall contenders HERE.

More race information and full entry lists are available:

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Action starts on Friday September 16th with the VK, the SkyRace is on the 17th and the weekends main event will take place on the 18th.

Skyline Scotland will be the pinnacle of the UK’s running calendar and a whole weekend of activities are planned. Please check out the website HERE.

Film shows, meet and greet the athletes, talks with Q&A possibilities and of course 3 amazing races that you can come and watch for free! Information HERE.

  • Taking centre-stage on Friday night will be the awesome Jasmin Paris who will be talking about her record breaking Bob Graham and Ramsay Rounds followed by questions from the audience.  We’ll follow this with a screening of the Best of Sheffield Adventure Film Festival winner, The Barkley Marathons.
  • On Saturday night the spotlight will be on Salomon athletes Tom Owens and Joe Symonds (2015 Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ winner) who will be introducing two Salomon films including Fast and Light and Bob Graham Round followed by a question and answer session. After the interval you can settle down to watch the Best of Sheffield Adventure Film Festival films: 3022 FeetThere on the Periphery and Curiosity.

Important

*Please check the race website on information in regard to spectating HERE. The main race takes place on some very challenging and exposed terrain. For the safety of runners, volunteers and supporters, we request that you do not go to certain areas. Please also appreciate that this is the UK, the weather can change in minutes. Be prepared with warm layers, waterproof clothing, hat, gloves and please make sure you have food and water to last whilst on the mountain.


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 116 – Beth Pascall and Donnie Campbell

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This is Episode 116 of Talk Ultra and We speak with Beth Pascall who obliterated the female record at the UK’s Lakeland 100 and placed 4th overall in the process. We also speak with Donnie Campbell who won the Lakes Sky Ultra. We have the news, results and Niandi Carmont co-hosts while Speedgoat Karl goes for a jog on the AT!

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00:15:00 NEWS

SKY RUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS images HERE

Luis Alberto Hernando and Caroline Chaverot were crowned champions for the ULTRA in 12:53 and 14:41 of the 105km course with 8000m of vert. Andy Symonds and Javier Dominguez were 2nd and 3rd and Eva Moreda and Jasmin Paris were 2nd and 3rd in the ladies. HERE

Stian Angermund did a double winning the VK and SKY. He ran 3:56 for the SKY to beat Tom Owens and Ismail Razga. Maite Maiora won the ladies race in 4:42, Azara Garcia placed 2nd and Elisa Desco 3rd. HERE

In the VK it was Stian Angermund and Christel Dewalle who took top honours. HERE

KENDAL MOUNTAIN RUN

Dakota Jones and Emelie Forsberg both had two great runs and returns to form to win in 1:37 and 1:59. In the men’s race Daniel Hadis placed 2nd and Timmy Parr 3rd. Sarah Pizzo and Taylor Nowlin were 2nd and 3rd respectively in the ladies’ race.

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Pete Kostelnick set a new CR** of 21:56 beating Valerie Nunes 2007 record. Harvey Lewis placed 2nd and Dan Lawson from the UK 3rd.

Alyson Venti won the ladies race with a new CR**too in 25:53 – 23 minutes better than the old CR. Brenda Guajardo was 2nd and Nikki Wynd 3rd.

** The race now starts at night as opposed to the morning start and may very well influence the new CR’s?

SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA HERE

Male:

  1. Tom Owens 2:40
  2. Hassan Ait Chaou 2:41
  3. Aritz Egea 2:44

Female:

  1. Laura Orgue 3:14
  2. Oihana Kortazar 3h17
  3. Angela Castello 3h20

LAKES SKY ULTRA

Donnie Campbell and Sarah Ridgeway, champions at the 2nd edition of the LAKES SKY ULTRA their respective times 07:30:40 and 8:38:46 and new CR’s.

Second place went to Neil Talbott and Sophie Grant with Alexander Beaven and Katie Boden placing 3rd.

00:26:22 INTERVIEW DONNIE CAMPBELL

FKT RECORD

Yassine Diboun and Scott Loughney set the new Supported FKT on the Oregon Section of the PCT running the length of the state in 8 days 12 hours & 5 minutes (Finishing the 453 mile journey yesterday). Brian Donnelly still holds the overall FKT of 7 days 22 Hours & 37 minutes (Respectively unsupported).

Gonzalo Calisto, 5th at 2015 UTMB tests positive for EPO

Post 1 UTMB faces positive EPO test HERE

Post 2 Michel Poletti HERE

Post 3 IAAF HERE

Post 4 Update IAAF and Catherine Poletti HERE

Post 5 Gonzalo Calisto statement HERE

Lizzy Hawker has just completed a solo foot circumnavigation of monte Rosa on the Tour de Monte Rosa.  Approximately 170km and 11,700m of elevation change in just over 37 hours. She returned to grachen after leaving the church square at 4am on Friday.

Controvery over UTMB, the Polettis and the term, ‘ULTRA TRAIL’

LAKELAND 100

Michael Jones 20:30:03

Marco Consani 21:13:17

Chris Bookham 21:26:49

Beth Pascall 21:29:36 (4th overall)

Fiona Mayley Peterson 29:08:33

Ashleigh Bennett 29:25:15

01:05:50 INTERVIEW BETH PASCALL

UP & COMING RACES

Australia

New South Wales

Altra Centennial Park Ultra100km | 100 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

Altra Centennial Park Ultra 50km | 50 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

Northern Territory

The Malbunka | 133 kilometers | August 12, 2016 | website

The Namatjira | 80 kilometers | August 12, 2016 | website

Queensland

64km Kuranda to Port Douglas Ultra Trail Marathon | 64 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

Kuranda to Port Douglas Ultra Trail Marathon | 64 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

Lamington Eco Challenge Two Marathons on Two Consecutive Days | 84 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Austria

Dirndltal Extrem Ultramarathon | 111 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Belgium

Flanders

100 km Dodentocht® | 100 kilometers | August 12, 2016 | website

Wallonia

Trail des Fantômes – 100 km | 100 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

Trail des Fantômes – 50 km | 50 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

Bulgaria

Persenk Ultra | 157 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

Wild Boar Ultra | 104 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

Canada

Alberta

Iron Legs 50 Miler | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

British Columbia

Fat Dog 100 Trail Race: 120 mile | 120 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

Fat Dog 100 Trail Race: 50 mile | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Fat Dog 100 Trail Race: 70 mile | 70 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Ontario

50K | 50 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

75K | 75 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Quebec

Trans Vallée | 67 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

Colombia

Ultra Trail Parque Los Nevados – 59 km | 59 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Ultra Trail Parque Los Nevados – 93 km | 93 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Denmark

Sjælland

NDURE Trail 100 km | 100 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

NDURE Trail 50 km | 50 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

France

Isère

Ultra Tour des 4 Massifs | 160 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

Savoie

Courchevel X Trail 54 km | 54 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

EDF Cenis Tour 50 | 50 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

EDF Cenis Tour 73 | 73 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

Germany

Bavaria

Allgäu Panorama Ultra Trail | 70 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

Berlin

100MeilenBerlin | 100 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Lower Saxony

Süntel-Trail 50K | 50 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

North Rhine-Westphalia

Monschau Ultra-Marathon | 56 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

India

Jammu and Kashmir

La Ultra – The High 111 | 111 kilometers | August 11, 2016 | website

La Ultra – The High 222 | 222 kilometers | August 11, 2016 | website

La Ultra – The High 333 | 333 miles | August 11, 2016 | website

Ireland

Donegal

Quadrathon | 169 kilometers | August 11, 2016 | website

Galway

Connemara 100 | 100 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Kenya

Tsavorun | 84 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

Latvia

Cēsis ECO Trail 80 km | 80 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Madagascar

Boby Trail | 80 kilometers | August 05, 2016 | website

Namoly Trail | 50 kilometers | August 05, 2016 | website

Mauritius

Xtreme Dodo Trail | 50 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

Montenegro

1500 km | 1500 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

3000 km | 3000 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Norway

Bèrghem Ultra90 Hare Hunting 2016 | 90 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Peru

80 K | 80 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

80K Relay | 80 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

Portugal

Ultra-Trail Nocturno da Lagoa de Óbidos | 50 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Réunion

Trail du Grand Ouest | 60 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Romania

VLC Ultra TrailRun Petrimanu 56 | 56 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

South Africa

Merrell Whale of Trail | 53 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Spain

Aragon

Calcenada Vuelta al Moncayo – 104 km | 104 kilometers | August 05, 2016 | website

Catalonia

Ultra | 104 kilometers | August 05, 2016 | website

Sweden

Björkliden Arctic Mountain Marathon 50 km | 50 kilometers | August 12, 2016 | website

Björkliden Arctic Mountain Marathon 70 km | 70 kilometers | August 12, 2016 | website

Tierra Arctic Ultra | 120 kilometers | August 05, 2016 | website

Trans Scania | 246 kilometers | August 12, 2016 | website

Switzerland

Grisons

Swiss Irontrail T141 | 147 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

Swiss Irontrail T201 | 202 kilometers | August 18, 2016 | website

Swiss Irontrail T81 | 89 kilometers | August 19, 2016 | website

Trail Marathon 70 KM | 70 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Stage Run | 260 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

United Kingdom

Cornwall

Inov-8 Roseland August Trail – 32 Mile | 32 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Inov-8 Roseland August Trail – The Plague | 64 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

England

Round the Rock Ultra | 46 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Gloucestershire

Oxford Ultra | 65 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

Thames Challenge | 184 miles | August 11, 2016 | website

Windsor Ultra | 43 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

South Lanarkshire

John Lucas Memorial Run | 50 miles | August 14, 2016 | website

Suffolk

Stour Valley Path 100km Ultra Run | 100 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Surrey

North Downs Way 100 | 100 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Wiltshire

Salisbury 54321 50K Ultra Marathon | 50 kilometers | August 14, 2016 | website

USA

Alaska

Nifty Fifty 50K | 50 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Resurrection Pass 100 Mile Ultra Trail | 100 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

Resurrection Pass 50 Mile Ultra Trail | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Arizona

Vertigo 63K Night Trail Run | 63 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

California

Angeles Crest 100 mile endurance run | 100 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Cinderella Trail Run 50 km (Aug) | 50 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Cool Moon 100M | 100 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Cool Moon 50M | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Crystal Springs 50 Km Trail Run (summer) | 50 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

Skyline 50K | 50 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

Colorado

GORE-TEX TransRockies Run – Run3 | 59 miles | August 09, 2016 | website

GORE-TEX TransRockies Run – TRR6 | 120 miles | August 09, 2016 | website

Ouray 100 Mile Endurance Run | 100 miles | August 05, 2016 | website

Ragnar Relay Colorado | 200 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

Silverheels 100 Mile Endurance Run | 102 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Silverton 1000 – 100 Miler | 100 miles | August 16, 2016 | website

Telluride Mountain Run | 38 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Wild West Relay | 200 miles | August 05, 2016 | website

Idaho

Standhope Ultra Challenge | 83 miles | August 18, 2016 | website

Wild Idaho 50K Enrudance Run | 50 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Wild Idaho 50M Enrudance Run | 50 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Massachusetts

TARC Summer Classic 50K | 50 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

TARC Summer Classic 50M | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Minnesota

Ragnar Relay Great River | 200 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

Montana

HURL Elkhorn 50 K Ultramarathon | 50 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

HURL Elkhorn 50 Mile Ultramarathon | 50 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Nevada

Ruby Mountain Relay | 184 miles | August 19, 2016 | website

New Hampshire

MadAthlete Emerald Necklace 3-Day Stage Race | 80 kilometers | August 12, 2016 | website

MadAthlete Emerald Necklace 3-Day Stage Race 2-Person Relay | 80 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

New Jersey

100k | 100 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

50k | 50 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

50M | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

New York

Beast of Burden Summer 100 Miler | 100 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Beast of Burden Summer 50 Miler | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Team Relay Race | 234 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

The Mighty Mosquito 99 Mile Trail Relay | 99 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

North Carolina

Death Before DNF Ultra 100 Miler | 100 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Drop to 50 Miler | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

North Dakota

Badlands 50K | 50 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Badlands 50 miler | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Ohio

100 Mile | 100 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

50 Mile | 50 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

50 Mile Back Half | 50 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Oregon

Elkhorn Relay | 203 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

Post Canyon 50k | 50 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Pennsylvania

Eastern States 100 | 100 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Viaduct Trail 100 Mile Ultramarathon | 100 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Viaduct Trail 50 Mile Ultramarathon | 50 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Texas

Colorado Bend – 60k | 60 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Utah

Kat’cina Mosa 100K Mountain Challenge Run | 100 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Ultra Adventure Tushars 100 Mile | 100 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Ultra Adventure Tushars 93K | 93 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

Vermont

100on100 Heart of Vermont Relay | 100 miles | August 13, 2016 | website

Moosalamoo Ultra – 36 M | 36 miles | August 06, 2016 | website

Virginia

Dahlgren Heritage Rail Trail 50 km | 50 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

Martha Moats Baker Memorial 50Km | 50 kilometers | August 13, 2016 | website

Washington

Bigfoot 200 Mile Endurance Run | 205 miles | August 12, 2016 | website

Wisconsin

50K Run | 50 kilometers | August 07, 2016 | website

Wyoming

El Vaquero Loco 50K | 50 kilometers | August 06, 2016 | website

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Lakes Sky Ultra 2015 – Race Images and Summary

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Skyrunning hit the UK hard today with the first edition of the Lakes Sky Ultra, the 4th race on the 2015 Skyrunning UK calendar of 6 races.

It’s a race not for the feint hearted and today the race became considerably harder with severe weather. Wind and rain battered the course and made key difficult sections of the course, considerably more difficult. So much so that a key section of the course, Pinnacle Ridge was considered too dangerous for competitors. It was a great call and one that all the runners agreed with.

Experienced Skyrunning World Series competitor Eirik Haugsnes, flew in from Norway to take part in the inaugural race and as expected he won the race with a strong and dominant performance ahead of Skyrunning UK V3K winner Gareth Hughes.

Sarah Ridgeway, Skyrunning UK V3K ladies winner and 3rd on the podium at Glen Coe Skyline ran a strong ladies races and took a 2nd victory the Skyrunning UK series ahead of  Dragons Back 2nd place lady and The Spine Champion, Beth Pascall.

A full race report and results will follow tomorrow.

Results

  1. Sarah Ridgway 9:13:04
  2. Beth Pascall 9:19:42
  3. Zoe Salt 11:15:27
  1. Eirik Haugsnes 7:16:50
  2. Gareth Hughes 7:31:22
  3. Jim Mann 7:32:38

Live Tracking Results HERE

Skyrunning UK HERE

Lakes Sky Ultra HERE

Lakes Sky Ultra 2015 Race Preview

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Skyrunning UK is booming. Already this year we have had the V3K, Peaks Skyrace and the recent ground breaking Salomon Glen Coe Skyline.

Attention now turns to the True Mountain Lakes Sky Ultra.

A Lakeland course that offers elevated ridgelines, breathtaking exposure, fast travel on technical mountain terrain and some classic Lakeland scrambling. Race directors Charlie Sproson and Andrew Burton say, ‘Fell running on additives. This is Skyrunning™.’

Race date is September 12th and race entries close on September 6th, so you have time to gain a last minute entry in what will be a very special race.

It’s a race route that follows on quite nicely from the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline in that the True Mountain Lakes Sky Ultra has plenty of vertical grind (4300m+), grade 3 scrambling, knife edge arêtes and all over 50km’s of challenging terrain.

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It’s not a race for the feint hearted and this is reflected by the start list.

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Starting on the streets of Ambleside, arguably one of the most important town in the English Lakes, runners will run this challenging course via a fully way marked route.

Who is running?

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Eirik Haugsness has been racing the Skyrunner® World Series for several years and he is the 2014 champion of the Tromso Skyrace. His presence in the English lakes is an exciting prospect as he will attempt to do battle against local talent.

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Ricky Lightfoot needs no introduction to Skyrunning and fell running aficionados and without doubt he is a favourite for overall victory on what for him is home soil. Ricky has already had a string of top performances in 2015, can he add the LSU to the list?

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Es Tressider recently raced the Glen Coe Skyline and ran much of the day in 2nd place. Unfortunately, Es faded in the latter stages of the race and missed the podium. Es’s experience in the mountains is quite incredible and if recovered, we can certainly expect him to mix it up at the front of the race.

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Damian Hall in 2015 has raced The Spine, The Dragons Back Race and just finished 32nd at UTMB (2nd Brit). LSU only comes 2 weeks after the Mont-Blanc monster so Damian may well be a little tired; we can’t rule him out though!

Ben Bardsley is an experienced fell runner and ski mountaineer. In the past he has raced at classic Skyrunning races such as Zegama-Aizkorri. Ben’s current form is a little unknown but he’s one to watch for sure.

Chris Stirling has had excellent performances at the Langdale Horseshoe, Three Shires, Great Lakes Race and has preparing for LSU for several months. His presence almost certainly will be felt at the front of the race.

 

In the ladies’ race, V3K winner and 3rd placed lady at Glen Coe Skyline, Sarah Ridgway makes an appearance and if recovered we can expect her to contest the podium once again.

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But Beth Pascall comes to the race with a set of solid results. She has placed 2nd at Lakeland 100, won The Spine, placed 2nd The Dragons Back Race and for me is the most likely lady to top the podium on the 12th September.

Shiri Leventhal has placed on the podium of multi-day races in the 4 Desert Series and in 2013 was 2nd lady at the Everest Trail Race. This course will provide a test to Shiri but it’s one that she can rise too!

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Finally, Victoria Mousley is another hot contender for the top of the podium. Her experience on courses such as The Three Peaks, Tour of Pendle and Scaffell Pike Marathon will set her up nicely for a great run at LSU.

Race details can be viewed here:  HERE

Course map here: HERE

RACE ENTRY HERE (open till September 6th)

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The Berghaus Dragons Back Race Day 3 2015 – Race Images

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It is day 3 of the Berghaus Dragons Back Race and despite a very long day for all the competitors yesterday (53.9km), today they have a whopping 68.3km to cover. Ouch!

Needless to say the runners are exhausted and this is reflected in the current drop out rate of 30% (+/-.) This will change as today progresses! Early morning good weather had been replaced with clag, drizzle and colder temperatures. It’s a difficult combination to contend with; navigation will be considerably harder due to a lack of visibility and of course colder temperatures and wet increases the risk of hypothermia.

It was going to be tough.

Starting in a timing window of  0600 – 0900, the runners looked in good spirits as they climbed up to the first control at Gau Craig (683m.) Today they finished with a final climb of Pumlumon Fawr (752m) but before that, they have 5 peaks to ascend and descend and a total of 10 controls to meet.

An epic day and one that confirms the Berghaus Dragons Back Race as one of  the (if not THE) toughest events I have worked on.

From the early action, as one would expect, male leader Jim Mann and female leader Jasmin Paris looked the strongest. However, it was long day with some challenging navigation and in these conditions, anything could happen.

Lizzie Wraith and Beth Pascall both looked strong as they tried to close the gap on Paris and notably, Jez Bragg appeared to be getting stronger as the race progresses but this only lasted for so long as unfortunately Bragg’s stomach caused him issues during the day which really impacted on his pace.

Mann continued his dominance producing another spectacular performance and Pascall rallied producing the fastest time for the ladies just a couple of minutes ahead of race leader, Paris.

Konrad Rawlik and Jez Bragg once again ran consistent performances and placed 2nd and 3rd men but they were both beaten by Pascall and Paris.

Bragg said post race, ‘My stomach flared up. It can do that every now and again. I usually have it under control but on multiple days like this it can become fragile. Have to say, this is a seriously tough race. It is relentless! It’s also great to see the top 3 ladies doing so well; they are so consistent.’

So, although Mann is providing everyone a masterclass performance at the Berghaus Dragons Back Race, the ladies trio of Paris, Pascall and Wraith are providing some serious inspiration for all.

Day 4 is going to be another long day and as I write this, another 13 runners have retired from the race. Cut off is 2300 hours and I will update more tomorrow and provide an insight into the day 4 route.

Results Day 3

  1. Jim Mann 9:12:03 – 25:02:47
  2. Beth Pascall 9:42:50 – 28:20:17
  3. Jasmin Paris 9:44:26 – 26:37:06
  4. Konrad Rawlik 10:01:53 – 27:26:16
  5. Jezz Bragg 10:07:37 – 28:28:41
  6. Damian Hall 10:18:31 – 28:13:47

Lizzie Wraith was 10:20:09 – 30:31:40

Overall results after 3 days:

  1. Jim Mann 25:02:47
  2. Konrad Rawlik 27:26:16
  3. Damian Hall 28:13:47
  1. Jasmin Paris 26:37:06 (2nd overall)
  2. Beth Pascall 28:20:17
  3. Lizzie Wraith 30:31:40

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The Berghaus Dragons Back Race Day 2 2015 – Race Images

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What a day! Wales looked magnificent in bathed in glorious sunshine but as you can imagine, running 50km+ in intense heat over some of the most gruelling terrain is not a match made in heaven.

Runners struggled and buckled.

However, Jim Mann once again made what is extremely tough look relatively easy. He finished the day in 8 hours! At control 1, the summit of Cnicht, runners appeared in dribs and drabs due to the staggered start. Mann, starting last rocketed up and as he ran past us he was made aware of his time. His response was cal calculated, ‘Good, looks like I am gaining time!’ He then proceeded to come off the clearly defined trail and turned right down the scree slopes using his navigation skills to the full.

Ultimately, it was day that was all about the ladies; Jasmine Paris, Beth Pascall and Lizzie Wraith all embraced the terrain, the heat and the course and finished within the top 5. Jez Bragg also had a great day, ‘I’m feeling better today, the legs are feel good and I’m finding my pace.’

Unfortunately, Konrad Rawlik and Ed Catmur had tough days. Catmur fell while running in a strong position at the front of the race which resulted with a visit to hospital with a leg wound. Rowlock finished the day but looked dejected. He started the day 2nd overall but the terrain took its toll on his knees and he struggled.

‘Today was a tougher day than in 2012 as day 1 was made a little easier,’ said Shane Ohly race director. ‘It has been a very tough day, relentless some may say and of course the heat added to the severity.’

Camp 2 is in Llanelltyd in the grounds of Tymer Abbey. It’s quite the setting! Hot food is being consumed in vast quantities, cake and custard eaten in multiples of 2 or 3 and to top it all, as each runner finished, Ohly had an ice cream waiting for them.

Tomorrow is a big day. Read into that what you will but we can conform that the course will be 68km with 3700m+

My advise to the runners is sleep and sleep as soon as possible! They are going to need all the recovery time as possible.

Top 6 day 2

  1. Jim Mann 8:00
  2. Jasmin Paris 8:41
  3. Jez Bragg 9:03
  4. Konrad Rawlik 9:12
  5. Beth Pascall 9:29
  6. Damian Hall 9:42

Overall Results

  1. Jim Mann
  2. Jasmin Paris
  3. Konrad Rawlik
  4. Damian Hall
  5. Jez Bragg
  6. Beth Pascall
  7. Andre Jonsson
  8. Alexander Beaven
  9. Jonas Mollare
  10. Owen Rees

Ladies:

  1. Jasmin Paris
  2. Beth Pascall
  3. Lizzie Wraith

The Berghaus Dragons Back Race Day 1 2015 – Race Images

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MANN ON FIRE – Day 1 The Berghaus Dragons Back Race 2015

Jim Mann took the fire out of the Dragon and blazed a trail on day 1 of the Berghaus Dragons Back Race. Mann crossed the line to record a time of 7:49 almost 1 hour ahead of predicted time. Post race apparently was heard to say, ‘I was taking it easy today to safe myself!’ That is a worrying sign for the other competitors.

Andre Jonsson finished 2nd 11 minutes behind Mann; a great run! However, it was interesting to hear how Jonsson’s fatigue compared to Mann on the line. He has his work cut out if he hopes to topple Mann.

The weather is always a significant factor in any mountain race and it was an up and down day of rain showers, clag, cloud and sun. When the sun came out it was incredible to see; particularly for those runners who were on Crib Goch.

Jasmine Paris (8:11) placed 1st lady and crossed the line with Konrad Rawlik, Ed Catmur and Damian Hall just behind. Steve Birkinshaw was next to finish running day 1 as a single stage for the Berghaus relay team. The Spine female winner, Beth Pascall (9:07) looked strong all day and finished 2nd. Lizzie Wraith was 3rd lady in 10:06.

Day 1 camp is in Nant-Gwynant and as per all Ourea Events; all runners are looked after with homemade fresh food, constant tea and coffee supplies and an abundance of cake. In contrast to other Ourea Events, participants do not need to provide their own ten, Berghaus as race sponsor have provided large 8 man tents and runners sleep together similar to bivouac at the Marathon des Sables.

As I write this runners are still out on the course and therefore we can only update on retirements when the 2300 cut off has elapsed. However, one of the pre race favourites, Pavel Paloncy (Spine winner) took a fall and has had to retire.

Day 2 will have a staggered start with runners departing between a window of 0600 and 0900. Start times are based on finishing times from day 1.

All times are provisional and will be confirmed in due course.