Haria Extreme 2015 Race Images and Results

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Haria is a small village in northern Lanzarote, an iconic island for sport and of course the Lanzarote Ironman. Made of beautiful trails that are quite unique, the island is playground for any enthusiast of sport!

Arista Events one day dreamed of a race to show the spectacular natural areas and surprises Lanzarote has to offer. 

Welcome Haria Extreme.

At times technical, the terrain provides many challenges for runners irrespective of the distance they will run. For the marathon and ultra runners, the stunning climb from the sea to the summit through a steep wall of rock (aided by rope) is without doubt a highlight of the race.

Haria Extreme is a stunning weekend of running, relaxation, partying and experiences. It’s a highlight on the calendar.

The Arista Events team do an incredible job of assembling a high quality elite field and provide world-class organisation to make the event tick like clockwork.

The presence of ‘running legend’ Marco Olmo had this sport mad island excited and his film showing on Friday night was warmly received.

But the action is not just for the adults. Several kids races took place on Friday afternoon and quite rightly each child had the same race number; no 1. A great way to show that all children are important and that inspiring them to race young is without doubt guaranteeing a healthy future for the sport we all love.

Racing over, the town partied to live music, an abundance of tapas and flowing wine and beer.

Lanazrote and Arista know how to put on a race and without doubt know how to celebrate! Put this race on your bucket list. It’s a cracker.

Results ULTRA

  1. Jose David Lutzardo Barroso 7:52:15
  2. Zaid Ait Malek 8:00:45
  3. Alvaro Rodriguez Barriero 8:13:08
  1. Raquel Rivero Delgado 9:58:00
  2. Beatriz Fernandez Ramos 10:13:27
  3. Laura Barrera Jaizme 10:17:21

 

Results MARATHON

  1. Dannilson Silva Pereira 3:18:49
  2. Domingo Juarez Espino 3:21:13
  3. Esteban Garcia Rodriguez 3:36:03
  1. Nuria Dominguez 4:00:51
  2. Yaiza Herrera Santana 4:04:00
  3. Raquel Linares Mateo 4:44:33

 

Haria Extreme 2015 – Press conference and Familiarization Day

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It has been a hot and humid day in Lanzarote. One that has allowed staff from Arista Events to make final preparations for the Haria Extreme, arrange a press conference and in the process organise a relaxed and informal lunch on the beach ahead of this evening’s showing of Marco Olmo’s film, ‘Il Corridore’ – The Runner.

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“Marco Olmo is a living legend of extreme running. In his “previous lives”, as he says, he has been a farmer, a truck driver, a workman. Running has became his reason for living, the way to take revenge on his hard destiny. At the age of 58 he became Ultratrail World Champion, winning the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, the hardest and most important endurance race in the world, over twenty hours of uninterrupted running, 167 km (over 100 miles) around the tallest mountain in Europe. An almost unimaginable speciality, where mental and physical training and personal motivations are fundamental. Despite age, physical problems and always younger and more prepared opponents, he doesn’t want to stop. For one year he prepares for the new edition of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. This competition, which for two consecutive times has consecreted him as the champion, could become the last of his career. Marco must win, to show himself that he can still do it.”

Tomorrow, Friday, registration opens and fund raising raw for Nepal will take place at 1000am.

On Saturday, racing starts at 0500 with the two main races, the 80km ultra and the marathon.

IMAGES – Coffee Table Photo Book

IMAGES coffee table book by Ian CorlessI am pleased to announce that my coffee table book, IMAGES is now available to order.

Preview Here ©iancorless all rights reserved, please, no reproduction under any circumstance.

Details:

  • Size: 10×8 inckes/ 25×20 cm’s
  • Format: Landscape
  • Pages: 68
  • Paper: High quality images printed on Premium Lustre paper
  • Cover: Hardcover with full colour images dust jacket
  • Foreward: by Emelie Forsberg (Salomon Running)

Availability:

Book : £50.00 (plus postage) full colour hard bound book with dust jacket, signed on request.

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Races included in the book:

Trofeo Kima, Templiers, The Coastal Challenge, The Causeway Crossing, Transvulcania La Palma, Zegama-Aizkorri, Haria Extreme, Ronda dels Cims, Mont-Blanc Marathon, Ice Trail Tarentaise, Dolomites VK & Skyrace, Trans D’Havet, Matterhorn Ultraks, TNFUTMB, Grand to Grand, UROC, MDS and Everest Trail Race.

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Images of Lanzarote

©copyright .iancorless.com.P1110390I don’t often get the chance when travelling for a race to get a day to go and take some personal images. Anyway, I had that opportunity in Lanzarote. Here is a selection. Hope you like them?

 

Haria Extreme Race Report

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The Canaries really are becoming a hub for great running. We have already had Transgrancanaria of Gran Canaria and most recently, Transvulcania La Palma on La Palma. This weekend it was the turn of Lanzarote and the Haria Extreme.

Haria is a small un-spoilt village on this beautiful volcanic island. Close to the iconic Mirador Del Rio it is jewel in the Lanzarote crown. White washed buildings are covered in beautiful flowers; doors and window shutters are pastel colored wood weathered by the winds that continually blow from Morocco. Apart from a weekly market and the occasional tourist bus that stops, allowing tourists an opportunity for a meal or souvenir shop; it does not see much action. That is until the Haria Extreme comes to town!

An influx of runners, supporters and of course race staff means that this sleepy Canaria town becomes a highlight for a weekend. What impresses me is the scale that races are put on… not just a few barriers, a make shift finish tape and a dodgy PA system; no! They go to town. They put on event that feels like a world championship. Inflatable gantries, posters all over the island, branded press cars and of course, a local population turns out to embrace the party.

Now in its third year, the race has gained a reputation as a tough race. A distance of just over 32km can often be snubbed by an ‘ultra’ audience but mark my words, this is no easy day out!

Three races are offered, each providing a challenge that allows it to become an inclusive event; a 10km, 22.5km and the main event, the Ruta Copa De Espana at 32.5km.

Haria Extreme Stats:

  • Distancia:  32.5 km.
  • Desnivel positivo:  1450 m.
  • Desnivel negativo:  1450 m.
  • Altura mínima:   5 m.
  • Altura media:     240 m
  • Altura máxima:  640 m.

It is a race that the Spanish and Canaria people have embraced. Participation outside Spain has been limited, however, that is due to change for 2014.

The Contenders

 

The Haria Extreme is part of the Spanish Cup and therefore offers points towards an overall classification. It therefore becomes a race to do… lining up for the 2013 edition the race had no other than man-of-the-moment, Luis Alberto Hernando who placed second behind Kilian Jornet at Transvulcania La Palma and then repeated the result at Zegama-Aizkorri. At Zegama, Luis was just twelve seconds behind Kilian.

Zaid Ait Malek also raced at Zegama and just missed the podium. Boosted by this great run he would also be expecting great things at Haria. David Lopez Castan, Yeray Duran, Carlos Garcia, Zigor Iturrieta and Ivan Ortiz would also add some spice to the front of the field.

The ladies race had two main front contenders, Nuria Dominguez and Maite Maiora. Maite in particular, also has just raced at Zegama-Aizkorri and like Zaid just missed the podium producing an outstanding run. Montse Martinez, Eva Moreda, Leire Agirrezabala Ezcurdia, Esther Fernandez and Fernanda Maciel amongst others would also race.

The Race

Departing from Haria at 0800 on the dot the early pace was pushed by Zaid Ait Malek for the men and Maite Maiora for the ladies

Starting at 300m and dropping to sea level, the first test would come at around the 8km mark when the runners entered Malpais de las Leguas, an area of technical volcanic lava and harsh shrubbery.

Zaid Ait Malek and Luis Alberto Hernando were neck and neck through this section, they matched each other’s steps and Zaid would occasionally jump showing his enthusiasm for the trail.

When the ladies arrived, Maite was still pushing the pace but just behind Nuria Dominguez, Eva Moreda, Leire Agirrezabala Ezcurdia and Fernanda Maciel followed. It was anybody’s race.

At 15km the runners were at sea level, Luis Alberto and Zaid confirmed a dominant stranglehold over the men but the ladies race was still wide open! Maite had a lead over Nuria but it would only take a mistake or a surge of energy for this to change.

At Mirador Del Rio, 21km in the race and an altitude of 450m, Luis Alberto Hernando had opened a gap. It was only one minute though over a comfortable looking Zaid Ait Malek. Dani Tristany was now in third and also looking strong but a stream of men pursued. It was most definitely going to be a fight for the line.

The ladies race had little change but ahead was a tough descent, Camino de los Gracioseros, at approximately 2km long it was a quad bursting and ankle-twisting nightmare of hardened volcanic razor blades. You wouldn’t want to fall here!

Luis Alberto now had the lead and although the gap was comfortable, it would not allow for any errors or mishaps. Climbing on the spectacular, Camino de los Pescadores, Luis had hands on knees as he powered hi way up the gradient. He occasionally would grab the rope in the middle of the trail to help pull him up the tough, steep and technical gradient. It was beautiful to watch as he moved from hike, jog and run in a seamless movement. In the distance we had a panoramic view of the trail, the sea and distant islands. Spectacular.

Zaid was close but not so close that he would offer Luis Alberto any problems. He climbed with a beaming smile… Zaid loved the difficulty that lay ahead of him. Third place was now Carlos Garcia, previous podium contender; Dani Tristany had gone off course and was now making up ground.

Nuria and Maite were now neck and neck matching each other’s blows. They didn’t use the rope available, both decided to keep low and almost crawl up the gradient. Behind, Eva Maria Moreda pulled on the rope like her life depended on it. Right arm and then left arm she moved each leg with each arm movement and forced herself to the summit.

The summit of Gallo at just over 540m now presented the most technical descent of the day. The men’s race remained unchanged with Luis Alberto Hernando arriving first in a new course record time of 02:34:17. Zaid Ait Malek arrived three minutes later in 02:37:16 and the final podium place was awarded to Carlos Garcia Exposito in 02:40:35.

Nuria Dominguez finally broke the hold of Maite Maiora but only just, she crossed the line in 03:06:21, just thirty four seconds clear. Eva Moreda Gabaldon arrived just one minute ten seconds later and in doing so completed a very competitive podium for the top three places.

Summary

Lanzarote offered a perfect and technical playground for all to enjoy; runner or spectator, The variety of views, terrain, sunshine and excellent crowned support and organization certainly makes this a race ‘to do’ for the future. Every time I cross a race of my bucket list, I replace it with another, however, in the case of Haria Extreme, I may need to promote it and move it up a few places to nearer the top.

VIEW A FULL SET OF RACE IMAGES HERE 

Links:

  • Haria Extreme HERE
  • Images of Haria HERE
  • Luis Alberto Hernando pre race images HERE
  • Pre Race interview with Luis Alberto Hernando HERE
  • Fernanda Maciel pre race images HERE
  • Pre Race interview with Fernanda Maciel HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haria Extreme – A race in images

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What an incredible day… the Haria Extreme needs to be seen to be believed. An absolutely awesome experience of trails, lava, rocks, sea, beaches and rope… yes, rope!

Here is a story of the day told in images.

All images are available to purchase for personal or commercial use via the link

HERE

Images of Haria

©copyright .iancorless.com.P1100578It’s the buzz I love. The hustle, the excitement, the sense of anticipation. A quiet village comes to life as it is invaded by runners, supporters and associated race staff. But underneath the buzz, Life goes on. Locals meet for coffee, children play and beers are drunk.

The natural beauty of a town is maintained underneath. White washed walls contrast against weathered wood. Cigarettes are smoked as a means of escape from daily chores and weathered faces are softened by a flower.

The tick of the clock is not stopped or paused as photographers and journalists document the circus. Come Monday, it will all be over… the influx will be gone and again the villagers will be able to hear the church bell, the birds in the trees and the rattle of a cup on a saucer.

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Fernanda Maciel – pre race interview Haria Extreme

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Fernanda Maciel speaks to Ian ahead of the 2013 Haria Extreme. Fernanda raced at Transvulcania La Palma but took a fall causing her to drop from the race. She is now recovered and on her way back to fitness. She has some big targets ahead….

YouTube HERE

Pre race photographic shoot HERE

Links:

  • Fernanda Maciel website HERE
  • The North Face HERE
  • Haria Extreme HERE

Haria Extreme – Fernanda Maciel

©copyright .iancorless.com.P1100588Fernanda Maciel (The North Face) has an impressive running cv. She loves long distance… really long. She set a record for running the Santiago de Compostela in just 10 days.

She has a very busy run schedule ahead. In May she lined up at Transvulcania La Palma in the hope that she would have a great race. Unfortunately, she fell over and had to stop. The fall caused some issues to her back and shoulders but she now feels much better.

Haria Extreme at 35km’s is probably too short for Fernanda, however, it will allow her a great opportunity to push the pace and obtains as she says, ‘some speed work’.

Following Haria Extreme she races at Lavaredo, the Skyrunning European Championships and then TNFUTMB. Later in the year (November) she will also go to the Everest Trail Race. A busy year indeed!

Links:

Fernanda Maciel website HERE

The North Face HERE

Haria Extreme HERE

Photographs pre race:

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Luis Alberto Hernando pre race interview Haria Extreme

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Luis Alberto Hernando speaks to Ian ahead of Haria Extreme (translation by Celeste). He discusses his race at Transvulcania, his head-to-head race with Kilian Jornet at Zegama, his expectations at Haria Extreme and what races are in the future.

Luis Alberto is without doubt in excellent form at the moment. The 2012 winner of Haria Etreme, will he break his own course record in 2013?

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Interview:

YouTube link HERE

  • Pre race photographs with Luis Alberto Hernando HERE
  • Race website HERE
  • Follow the race on Twitter and Facebook
  • Online race tracker HERE