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Nikki Kimball, current female champion of the 254km Marathon des Sables and three-time Western States 100 miler winner will be taking part in the four day, 150km Richtersveld Wildrun™ held during the first week of June 2015 in the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park in South Africa.
Kimball, a resident of Boseman, Montana in the USA, is one of the most respected female ultra-runners in the world and her presence at the Richtersveld Wildrun™ is a fantastic opportunity for top South African runners to measure themselves against one of the best in the world.
A few of Kimball’s achievements include:
Closer to home, Nikki finished the Comrades Marathon in 2010 in an impressive 7:26:37. She is over the moon to return to South Africa before she heads to another Western States 100 later this year:
While the distance of the Richtersveld Wildrun™ is what Kimball is used to racing non-stop, she is excited by the opportunity to explore the truly unique landscape of the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park – one of only 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world.
View image galleries of
Richtersveld Wildrun™ HERE
About the Richtersveld Wildrun™
The 150km Richtersveld Wildrun™ takes place in the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park over four days from 2 to 5 June. Starting and finishing at Sendelingsdrif, runners will get to experience a world of geological splendour. From the heights of Hellkloof pass, to the granite slabs of Tatasberg, the green swathe of the Orange River, the gargoyles of Halfmens Ridge and the crystal fields of the Sendelingsdrif plateau – every kilometre is unforgettable and participants are sure to leave the Richtersveld changed people. The Richtersveld experience is unlike any other in the world. Botanically, this area holds 40% of the world’s succulent species, many with incredible adaptations to the harsh mountain desert environment.
Wildrun™ stage races have become known as some of Southern Africa’s premier multi-day trail running events, and Owen Middleton, founder and managing director of the organising company, Wildrunner, is proud to see the interest in Wildrun™ events shaping up internationally, particularly with top-class runners such as Kimball.
Since its inception in 2014, the Richtersveld Wildrun™ has had amazing support from Boundless Southern Africa and marketing manager, Roland Vorwerk was equally excited about Kimball’s decision to join this adventure.
Peter McKuchane, general manager of Business Tourism in the Northern Cape said:
Episode 77 of Talk Ultra – It’s our Christmas Special. Ian and Speedgoat Karl Meltzer discuss 2014 and some of our highlights.
We have in depth interviews with Ellie Greenwood, Max King, Joe Grant and .Grant Maughan.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to joining you on your ultra journeys in 2015. – Ian & Karl
YOU CAN READ A REVIEW OF 2014 HERE
In the show we mentioned Kilian Jornet’s attempt at a FKT on Aconcagua. Kilian did it! You can read all about his Summit of My Life HERE
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Jo Meek has illuminated the ultra world in the past 18-months placing 2nd at the 28th edition of Marathon des Sables, winning The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica, setting a new course record and an outright win at Iznik Ultra and then placed 5th at the iconic Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa. But it didn’t end…
I caught up with Jo and wrote an article for RUNULTRA on this rising star of our sport.
Please check it out HERE
This is episode 64 of Talk Ultra and on this weeks show we speak with one of the Queens of ultra running, Lisa Smith Batchen. Mark Perkins talks about his win and course record at SDW100 and Ricardo Almeida gives us a minimalist perspective of running Comrades. We speak with Claus Rasmussen in about transitioning to minimalist and barefoot running. The News, a Blog, Talk Training, Up & Coming Races and Speedgoat.
- Stephan Hugenschmidt 10:36:50
- Cris Clemente 11:14:39
- Dan Doherty 11:30:26
- Anne-Marie Flammersfield 13:53:21
- Helene Ogi 15:19:27
- Elena Polyakova 15:51:22
- Mark Perkins14:03:54
- Richard La Cock 15:11:28
- David Ross 15:58:54
- Sharon Law 18:51:03
- Karen Hathaway 20:11:11
- Emily Gelder 20:11:15
- Paul Giblin 14:20:11
- Robbie Britton 14:47:48
- Matt Williamson 16:05:07
- Fiona Ross 18:54:04
- Rosie Bell 19:02:19
- Keziah Higgins
- Luke Nelson 19:10:15
- Patrick McGlade 19:39:03
- Benjamin Bucklin 20:34:20
- Missy Gosney 24:30:40
- Gwen Scott 25:54:38
- Jamie Fink 26:05:05
ASICS Xtrails – Red Bull Trail Sprinter Houffalize – 110 km | 110 kilometers | July 11, 2014 | website
ASICS Xtrails – Red Bull Trail Sprinter Houffalize – 77 km | 77 kilometers | July 11, 2014 | website
Castile and León
County Borough of Conwy
Niandi Carmont wanted a special outfit for her 14th Comrades ultra marathon, and why not! If you are going to push the boat out and test yourself (for the 14th time) over just under 90 km’s on the roads from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, you may as well look good, feel good and importantly be comfortable and efficient. Niandi picked up a full running outfit provided by Scott Running and here, Niandi reviews the T2 Palani road shoe.
Reviews to follow of: Scott eRide Tank, Light Socks and Skort.
Scott is not a brand name widely associated with running but more often than not conjures up images of cycling. Perhaps we need to rethink our preconceived ideas about household brand names. This is the second Scott model I’ve tested although the first road shoe (read the T2 Kinabalu review HERE). The timing was right as I was in pre-Comrades training and looking for a shoe not only for race day but also a shoe to see me through the last couple of months of my race build-up.
The first thing I noticed when I lifted them out of the shoe-box was the weight – at 7.4 oz, this is a lightweight shoe. However it also boasts AeroFoam midsole cushioning which makes it a good compromise in terms of weight and cushioning for the long-distance ultra-runner not seeking to go minimalist. The outsole offers great grip providing great traction on the road, which is a typical Scott shoe feature. Drainage holes on either side of the toe-box keep your feet relatively dry in wet weather conditions. The shoe I tested is a women’s specific fit.
500-meters into my first run I knew that I was going to get on with this shoe. What I like about Scott shoes is the unique patented eRide geometry of their shoes. The rocker shape creates a very stable midstance for a more efficient running style. It might have something to do with the fact that I heel-strike with my right foot and I felt that the shoe helped provide me with a more economical stride. Instead of my heel smacking on the ground, I felt the rocker provided me with more bounce and forefoot lift off. The eRide is a great concept compensating for the lack of sensory feedback and proprioception due to cushioning.
Scott say about eRide, ‘Get that fleet-footed feeling with our eRide range. The unique rocker shape creates a very stable midstance, promoting the faster and more efficient running style that runners strive for. You`ll be rocking as the miles roll by.’
Basically the unique heel shape causes the foot to roll forward, converting impact energy into forward motion. This is another plus for ultra-runners who irrespective of individual biomechanics will eventually heel strike. Thus the shoe is not only more energy efficient, reducing fatigue through heel striking over long distances but also provides a smoother ride and a more natural midfoot strike.
1. Healthier body position
2. More energy efficient
3. Natural midfoot strike
4. Lower profile heel
5. Smoother ride
6. Minimal and lighter weight
My perceptions of the shoe for this first one-hour training run were thus extremely positive and I subsequently adopted the shoe as my Comrades race shoe. I tested it for every road run over the 2 months preceding Comrades and found that it was a great all-weather road shoe. In very wet road conditions in the UK the drainage holes prevented the shoe from becoming water-logged and in South Africa on the hot tarmac the breathable mesh upper kept my feet relatively cool. Also the grippy outsole on the inside of the arch and the outer side of the toe box provided great grip on wet road.
The toe-box is very roomy even with the narrower female-specific fit and provides ample room for toes to splay or for runners with wider feet. Heel-striking has caused my right arch to collapse slightly. As a result the foot is wider and I often have an issue with chafing as well as a Taylor’s bunion on the outside of my foot which the toe-box accommodated perfectly.
The shoe is neutral with an 11mm drop from heel to forefoot. Cushioning 15mm at the front and 26mm at the rear.
Lastly this shoe is EXTREMELY durable. That is definitely a Scott quality – very little sign of heel wear through heel striking on the outer side of my right foot and this NEVER happens with any other brand of shoe. I’ll definitely get more mileage out of this racing shoe than with other rival products and in the long run (sorry about the pun!) save on my shoe budget!
Scott say, ‘The T2 Palani is a high performance, lightweight neutral trainer and racing shoe for the roads. Unbeatable for anything from short races to marathons as well as all fast training units, it incorporates all essential ingredients of a winning lightweight running shoe.’
Category – Performance
Weight – 210g
Forefoot – 15
Heel – 26
Heel to toe drop -11mm
- eRide flow
Size – US 5-11
- Upper: Mesh/Synthetic Overlays
- Lower: EVA/rubber
View the product on Scott Running HERENiandi Carmont – Niandi is South African born, a former resident of Paris, she now lives in the UK. A runner for over 20-years; Niandi has completed Comrades Marathon 13-times, Washie 100 2-times and has finished well over 100 marathons and ultras all over the world. Currently residing in the UK, Niandi splits her work life between the UK and France.
Episode 63 of Talk Ultra – We have a great interview with Queen of the Fells, Nicky Spinks. An in-depth interview with Morgan Williams all about the Bob Graham Round and we speak to Greg Felll from The African Attachment about what it’s like producing iconic ‘trail’ films such as Travailen w/ Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel, Wandering Fever and the Salomon running series of films. We also catch up with Jo Kelsey (Meek) on that incredible 5th place at Comrades Marathon and in Talk Training, we speak with Richard Fluck, the UK’s expert on kidneys and the effects of NSAID’s. The News, a Blog, Up & Coming races and Speedgoat Karl Meltzer is back from the wilderness….
|1||31020||Bongmusa Mthembu||RSA||Nedbank Running Club KZN||5:28:34|
|2||45047||Ludwick Mamabolo||RSA||Nedbank Running Club GN||5:33:14||+ 4:41|
|3||18289||Gift Kelehe||RSA||Samancor Chrome Marathon Club LP||5:34:39||+ 6:06|
|4||55925||Stephen Muzhingi||ZIM||TOYOTA AC||5:35:18||+ 6:45|
|5||29889||Rufus Photo||RSA||Pietersburg Road Runners||5:35:30||+ 6:57|
|6||27026||Mncedisi Mkhize||RSA||Maxed Elite – KZN||5:36:06||+ 7:33|
|7||13892||Jonas Buud||SWE||Nedbank Running Club International||M40||5:38:17||+ 9:44|
|8||51249||Manoko William Mokwalakwala||RSA||–||5:39:29||+ 10:56|
|9||43769||Prodigal Khumalo||ZIM||Maxed Elite International||5:39:36||+ 11:03|
|10||28424||Latudi Makofane||RSA||Samancor Chrome Marathon Club LP||5:40:41||+ 12:08|
|1||13938||Eleanor Greenwood||GBR||Nedbank International||6:18:15|
|2||19987||Elena Nurgalieva||RUS||TOYOTA ATHLETICS||6:23:18||+ 5:04|
|3||19988||Olesya Nurgalieva||RUS||TOYOTA ATHLETIC CLUB||6:24:51||+ 6:36|
|4||19177||Irina Antropova||RUS||Nedbank Running Club||6:34:08||+ 15:53|
|5||10410||Jo Meek||GBR||Toyota Athletic Club||6:47:02||+ 28:48|
|6||24381||Caroline Wostmann||RSA||Nedbank Running Club GN||6:51:43||+ 33:29|
|7||32475||Zola Budd Pieterse||RSA||Hooters A.C||6:55:55||+ 37:40|
|8||20702||Frida Sodermark||SWE||Nedbank Running Club||6:57:33||+ 39:19|
|9||32448||Martinique Potgieter||RSA||Pietersburg Road Runners||7:00:46||+ 42:32|
|10||52266||Julanie Basson||RSA||Toyota AC CG||7:02:50||+ 44:35|
- Ivan Cudin 18:30:12
- Lojze Primozic19:12:06
- Boris Ivanovic19:39:56
- Matene Varju Edit 23:41:11
- Drusko Zsofia 25:11:59
- Laurence Suisse Brunet 25:13:47
Richard went to Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the London Hospital Medical College, London University
He has developed all aspects of nephrology within Derby looking at service delivery, planning, education, teaching, training and research. In his role as Service Director, his major projects have included Emergency Care Reform (Project Lead, Trustwide), EWTD (Directorate) and undergraduate teaching programme (Strategy document for Directorate)
Prior to Derby he was honorary senior registrar and lecturer to the medical unit and the renal unit, within the Royals NHS trust and Queen Mary Westfield College, London.
He divided his time between the medical unit, covering acute general medicine, with interests in diabetes and metabolic disease, and the department of nephrology.
In the last 18 months Richard has been elected onto the Renal Association, and sits on the Clinical Advisory Board. He has designed and led an audit of vascular access in all renal units in the United Kingdom.
He has been a programme chair for the British Renal Society’s Annual Conference in 2005 and 2006 and is involved in the production of Criteria for Success.
His renal research interests included the myopathy of renal failure and disorders of cellular calcium control in uraemia,
Richard has published extensively.
Isle of Wight
XNRG Round The Island Isle Of Wight Multi Stage Ultra | 70 miles | June 21, 2014 | website
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Episode 62 of Talk Ultra ia a Comrades Special show. We have a full and in-depth interview with Michael Wardian who is looking for a top-10 placing. Live from Durban, we speak to Jo Kelsey (Meek) who is having her first experience of this race. Nick Clark joins us to discuss UTMF, WSER and the up and coming Salomon SkyRun South Africa. We have a ladies perspective on running with children in Talk Training. The News, a Blog and joining me as a special Comrades Marathon co-host we have 2013 7th placed lady, Holly Rush.
This show is dedicated to Manya Claassen – RIP
1. Kilian Jornet (Salomon) 3h48’38”
2. Marco De Gasperi (SCOTT Sports) 3h50’38”
3. Luis Alberto Hernando (adidas) 3h50’57”
4. Ionut Zinca (Valetudo Skyrunning Italia) 3h53’14”
5. Zaid Ait Malek (Buff) 3h55’06”
1. Stevie Kremer (Salomon) 4h46’44”
2. Elisa Desco (SCOTT Sports) 4h50’21”
3. Maite Mayora (La Sportiva) 4h51’48”
4. Emelie Forsberg (Salomon) 4h52’11”
5. Kasie Enman (Salomon) 4h53’35”
- Stu Gibson – 9:31:11
- Andrew Tuckey (The North Face) – 9:31:??
- Brendan Davies (Inov-8) – 9:53:10
- Jonathan O’Loughlin – 9:53:30
- Ben Duffus (Hoka OneOne) – 9:56:16
- Núria Picas (Buff) – 10:57:46
- Joelle Vaught (Montrail) – 11:45:15
- Fernanda Maciel (The North Face) – 11:47:52
- Gill Fowler (La Sportiva) – 11:56:01
- Claire Walton – 12:05:30
New South Wales
Trail du Massif d’Ecouves en Pays d’Alançon – 61 km | 61 kilometers | June 01, 2014 | website
Trail 2 Trail Series Chatfield Hollow State Park 50K | 50 kilometers | June 08, 2014 | website
The North Face Endurance Challenge Washington, DC 50K | 50 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website
The North Face Endurance Challenge Washington, DC 50 Mile | 50 miles | June 07, 2014 | website
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This is episode 58 of Talk Ultra and on this weeks show we speak with Ryan Sandes about his record breaking run with Ryno Griesel on the DrakTraverse. We speak to Brit, Claire Walton who placed 2nd lady at the highly competitive, Tarawera Ultra. As part of our MDS coverage, we have a catch up with Danny Kendall who is arguably the UK’s most consistent MDS performer, we also speak to actor, Bertie Portal who is going to the MDS for the first time. Talk Training is an extended edition with Holly Rush. Holly placed 7th lady at the 2013 Comrades and in this episode we discuss how to prepare for this iconic road ultra. The News, a Blog, Up & Coming Races and of course Speedgoat.
- Bert Goos 8:09:27
- Dan Anderson 8:19:00
- Matty Brennan 8:53:23
- Charmaine Horsfall 8:59:26
- Shelli Gordon 9:35:29
- Emma David 10:13:15
- Wouter Hamelick 24:33:45
- Greig Hamilton 27:05:14
- Andrew Redinger 27:39:27
- Jean Beaumont 26:24:30
- Becky Nixon 34:58:15
- Tayebeh Alireazee 40:02:56
Australian Capital Territory
Shangri-La LIJIANG Action Asia 3 day 100 km Ultra Marathon | 100 kilometers | April 18, 2014 | website
Shangri-La LIJIANG Action Asia 3 day 60 km Ultra Marathon | 60 kilometers | April 18, 2014 | website
Cahors (Lot) – Eauze (Gers) : du 5 au 8 avril 2013 | 187 kilometers | April 11, 2014 | website
Athens International Ultramarathon Festival – 1000 km | 1000 kilometers | April 13, 2014 | website
Athens International Ultramarathon Festival – 1000 miles | 1000 miles | April 07, 2014 | website