Great Britain and Northern Ireland Team announced – IAU World Trail Championships 2015

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A 12-strong Great Britain and Northern Ireland team has been selected for the IAU World Trail Championships, Annecy, France on Saturday 30 May. Ricky Lightfoot, champion in 2013 will lead the team.

Ricky recorded a time of 5:36.03 two years ago but struggled with injury in 2014. When in form, Ricky is an unstoppable force on the trails and he will be looking to build his fitness in the coming months to top the podium in Annecy.  Paul Giblin was the highest placed Briton at the IAU World 100km Championships in Doha last November where he placed 11th, a great performance! Paul also won and broke the course record at the West Highland Way race in 2014. He is going to be one to watch, for sure.

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Kim Collison at Mourne Skyline MTR

Also joining the strong senior men’s team will be 2014 Lakeland 50 winner Kim Collison who just this last weekend stormed to victory with Adam Perry at the Marmot Dark MountainsPaul Raistrick was the 2011 Commonwealth Ultra-trail running Championships 12th place finisher. Tom Owens had an incredible return to form in 2014 and placed highly at all the Skyrunner World Championship events. In just over one week, Tom will ine up in Hong Kong for the Sai Kung, the first race in the Skyrunning Continental ChampionshipsLee Kemp will also be endeavouring to place highly in the field and guide the team to a podium placing.

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Tom Owens at Trofeo Kima

Jo Meek needs no introduction to readers of this website. I have been talking Jo up ever since meeting her at Marathon des Sables in 2013 and what she has achieved since is quite incredible. In 2014, Jo won the TCC in Costa Rica, won Iznik Ultra, placed 5th at Comrades, won Lakeland 50 and then placed fourth at the IAU World 100km Championships in Qatar. Needless to say Jo is one to watch in Annecy.

Holly Rush will join Jo and after some excellent runs in 2014, in particular a great showing at La Course Templiers (against a strong field) a win at Ultravasen and part of the Asics Outrun the Sun team.  Lizzie Wraith is the Lakeland 100 course record holder and was a recent victor of the 3×3 in the UK. Without doubt, Lizzie will be looking to peak for Annecy. Sarah FawcettSarah Morwood and Bonnie Van Wilgenburg add plenty of experience to the women’s team.

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Bonnie Van Wilgenberg at Lakeland 50

The full Great Britain & Northern Ireland team for the IAU World Trail Championships in Annecy, France:

Senior Men:

Ricky Lightfoot
Paul Giblin
Kim Collison
Tom Owens
Lee Kemp
Paul Raistrick

Senior Women:

Jo Meek
Holly Rush
Sally Fawcett
Lizzie Wraith
Sarah Morwood
Bonnie Van Wilgenburg

Marathon des Sables Hints ‘n’ Tips on RUNULTRA from JoMeek, Danny Kendall and Nikki Kimball

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Running the Marathon des Sables or any other multi-day race? Read some of the Hints ‘n’ Tips from Nikki Kimball, winner of the 2014 MDS, Jo Meek, 2nd at the 2013 MDS and winner, course record holder for The Coastal Challenge and Danny Kendall, highest male British finisher, MDS 2014.

The Marathon des Sables dates back to 1984 when a 28-year old Patrick Bauer ventured into the Sahara to traverse solo a 350km journey. It was the ultimate self-sufficient expedition. Lasting 12-days, Patrick carried all he required in a 35kg pack. Inspired by the experience, the first edition was created in 1986; just 23-pioneers embarked on that journey… a journey into the unknown.

Who would have thought those formative years would have laid the foundations for what is, without question, the father of multi-day racing. In 2015 the race is 30-years old. It’s quite remarkable, The MDS as it is known has had memorable moments; in ‘91’ the Gulf drama had an impact on the race, in ‘94’ the arrival of Doc Trotters medical team, in ‘96’ Mohamed Ahansal participated for the first time, in ‘97’ Lahcen Ahansal won his first MDS, in ‘2000’ internet arrived in the Sahara, in ‘01’ the long day exceeded 70km, in ‘02’ a week of sandstorms and wind made the journey extra difficult, in ‘09’ the MDS had flooding and in ‘13’ solar energy arrived.

Much has been written about how to survive at the Marathon des Sables. With the 30th edition looming on the horizon I caught up with previous winner, Nikki Kimball, 2nd placed lady in 2013, Jo Meek and the UK’s highest ever male finisher, Danny Kendall to pass on some words of wisdom.

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Ultra Running, Mountain, Trail and Skyrunning Review 2014

2014

Did that just happen?

Another year draws to a close and with it many races, many experiences and many highlights. I don’t need to tell you but our niche sport is progressing at an alarming rate: more runners, more races and more standout experiences, what a year!

It is no easy task being at the top of your game in our sport anymore. Competition is high at every race and past scenarios where a runner could return to a ‘fave’ race year-after-year and win it are long gone! I don’t think we will ever see a Scott Jurek or Ann Trason dominate the sport as they did in their times.

Runners at the top of the game now need to be specific, peak for races; recover and then re peak if they want to perform. The ISF (International Skyrunning Federation) and the UTWT add to the complexity of the race calendar by adding a ‘series’ element to proceedings. The need to be at your best for a series requires planning, commitment, dedication and patience. It’s way to easy to burn out… a good year, maybe two good years and then boom, gone! We have seen this happen time-and-time again. Ask Geoff Roes, ask Anna Frost, Tony Krupicka and so on. The need to balance racing and recovery is now more than ever a key component of the ultra runners weaponry and so therefore when I review a year, I do it with a sense of hesitation.

For sure, I am going to write about several runners who have excelled, who have repeatedly blown my mind with stunning performances and against all logic have recovered, come back and won again. So as I write this, please keep in mind the above. A long ultra running life must come with balance.

Also, the following summary and notes are my highlights of 2014 so I welcome your thoughts and feedback..

2014 in summary

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Jo Meek followed on 2nd place lady in the 2013 Marathon des Sables (2013) with a course record performance in The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica. Showing meticulous preparation and dedication, Jo just gave us all a glimpse of what was about to come!

 

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Ryan Sandes and Nuria Picas laid out a stall at Transgrancanaria and put on two consummate displays of ultra running prowess. Nuria lead from the front showing all the ladies a clean pair of heals whereas Ryan played the waiting game and moved through the field slowly but surely to grasp the race by the scruff of the neck in the latter stages and take a superb victory.

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Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel did the DrakTraverse and in doing so they showed us that big projects in the mountains are just as exciting as racing. FKT’s love them or hate them are here to stay and I for one love the concept. Ultimately it gets back to why we all run. Ryan and Ryno with considerable help of Red Bull really put South Africa on the map and the fellas at The African Attachment produced a great film called Trevelyan to document the record.

UTMF (Ultra Trail Mt Fuji) confirmed that Nuria Picas was going to be the lady to beat in 2014. Nuria’s strength, powers of recovery and ability to push beyond the norm elevated her to a new level. Equally, Francois d’Haene showed us that he had recovered from Raid de la Reunion in 2013 and when it came to 100-miles in mountainous terrain he would be the man to beat.

Nikki Kimball on her way to victory in the 2014 MDS.

Nikki Kimball on her way to victory in the 2014 MDS.

Nikki Kimball arrived in Morocco and for the 2nd year running put an American on the top of the ladies podium and in doing so she confirmed her status as one of the best female ultra runners in the world.

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I mentioned Anna Frost above and after 12+ months in an ultra wilderness the ever smiling lady from New Zealand returned to the volcanic island of La Palma and produced not only one of the best comebacks in our sport but in the process set a new course record for the Transvulcania La Palma course.

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As Frosty made that comeback, up the trail in La Palma, Luis Alberto Hernando was having one of the best races of his life as he went toe-to-toe with Kilian Jornet. He pulled it off! He beat Kilian and in doing so he achieved something that so few have done. His emotions on the line in Los Llanos provided a special moment in the sport.

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Zegama-Aizkorri had all the excitement and buzz of previous years and Kilian started a winning streak that placed his career on an all time high. By comparison, Pocket Rocket, Stevie Kremer took top honours confirming that her 2013 results were no flook (never in question) and that a repeat performance for the Skyrunning World Series was on the cards

Ellie Greenwood did it… she won Comrades and achieved the ultimate tick for her own bucket list but inspired so many Brits, Canadians and Americans in the process. It was quite a run and one that Ellie will take to the grave as a defining moment of her running. Jo Meek followed up victory in January’s The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica with 5th in South Africa; the ultra community looked on and asked the question: who is Jo Meek?

Kilian Jornet obliterates the record for Denali in Summits of my Life (11:48) – nuff said!

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Luis Alberto Hernando bolstered by his Transvulcania performance laid it all on the line in Chamonix for the Skyrunning World Champions in the 80Km Ultra event. Collapsing on the finish line not only had Luis achieved a lifelong dream but he had relegated the almost unbeatable Francois d’Haene into 2nd place. Emelie Forsberg won the ladies race against Anna Frost and Kilian Jornet proved what an incredible athlete he is by working his craft in the VK and SKY race just days after setting a new Summits of my Life record on Denali. Elisa Desco became ladies SKY world champion in a highly competitive and exciting race and Laura Orgue confirmed her outright climbing ability and was crowned VK world champion.

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Steve Birkinshaw produced the ultimate FKT and broke a long-standing record for the Wainwrights (518km) in the English Lakes. Summiting 214 tops with an elevation gain/loss of 36,000m Steve set a new record of 6-days and 13-hours.

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Ice Trail Tarentaise in the stunning resort of Val D’Isere allowed Francois d’Haene to once again excel in the snowy and cold mountains of this tough, technical and amazing Skyrunning course. Running head-to-head with Luis Alberto Hernando (again) with less than 20km’s to go, Francois moved ahead and took top honours. Emelie Forsberg took a back-to-back victory at the race and confirmed that her ability at the 80km distance was unmatched.

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Hardrock 100 will go down in the history books as one of THE runs of all time. It was the most stacked field ever, it was a who’s who of ultra running and the prospect of Kilian Jornet finally getting an opportunity to test himself on what many consider to be the ultimate course was just way too exciting. Like a script from a screenplay, Kilian bided his time, pulled away, hung out waiting for Julien Chorier and then by his estimations ‘wasted’ 55-minutes in aid stations and still smashed the record. KJ’s victory guarantees an entry for next year when the course is run the opposite way; I wonder… could we see Kilian set two CR’s?

Western States was all about Rob Krar doing his thing and coming back for a repeat victory (14:53:22). This quiet unassuming man let his legs do the talking and produced what was the start of a trio of 100-mile successes. Max King in his first 100-miler set a blistering pace early on and eventually placed 5th… more on him later! Stephanie Howe was crowned ladies champion in 18:01:42.

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The Skyrunning Dolomites Skyrace was remarkable for two reasons. Laura Orgue progressed from a VK specialist to a SKY victor and remarkably Kilian Jornet, just 7-days after Hardrock ran the VK on Friday (placing top-10) and then won the SKY race on Sunday against the best in the world; ridiculous.

Sierre-Zinal, the epic mountain race in Switzerland was finally won by Pocket Rocket herself, Stevie Kremer after placing top-3 on two previous attempts. It was a defining moment for the little lady from Crested Butte and post race she said if she could only win one race, Sierre-Zinal would be it. A pattern is forming… yes, those two words: Kilian Jornet. Yes, he did it again!

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Trofeo Kima (Italy) only happens every 2-years and is arguably the jewel in the Skyrunning crown. It’s a kick-ass race of epic proportions and if I could only ever cover one race as a photographer, Kima would be it. Combining running, climbing, descending, chains, ropes, ladders and vertical drops it is a course that is made for Kilian Jornet. Needless to say the Catalan won and in doing so, he set a new course record. Emelie Forsberg look set to take the ladies crown but a lapse of concentration mid race took Emelie of course and loose approximately 1-hour. Despite chasing like a demon, Emelie could not pull back the time on ladies winner, Kasie Enman.

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The British Ultra Trail Championships crowned Jo Meek and Kim Collison as respective champions in two exciting races on the Lakeland 50 course.

Iker Karrera and Nura Picas won Buff Epic Trail in ‘testing’ conditions.

UTMB provided confirmation that Rory Bosio is one of the best female mountain runners in the world. Her 2013 course record performance was epic but as we all know, to come back and win again confirms the accolades. Nuria Picas placed 2nd and gets a nod here as her list of performances and results (on the UTWT) are off the scale. If anyone questioned who is the best 100-mile mountain runner in the world at the moment – Francois d’Haene backed up his incredible UTMF performance with an outstanding UTMB run against a stellar field.

Rob Krar backed up victory at WSER with a stunning Leadville 100 victory and set the stage for a repeat ‘Ultra Runner of the Year’ award.

Run Rabbit Run came pretty close after Leadville and to my surprise we saw Rob Krar toe the line. I was a little surprised. Rob has always been one of the more savvy runners on the circuit in that he peaks, recovers, trains and then re peaks. For Rob to run 100-miles so soon after Leadville was a surprise! Maybe the big prize bucks were a motivating factor? Anyway, what do I know… he took the win and the bucks! Nikki Kimball followed up 5th at WSER with the biggest payday victory of her career and she shed a few tears to show how much it meant.

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Skyrunning Limone Extreme confirmed Stevie Kremer as Skyrunner® Word Series Champion for the 2nd consecutive year but the big news came via Kilian Jornet. His victory in the VK confirmed him as Skyrunner® World Series Champion in all 3 Skyrunning disciplines – VK, SKY and ULTRA. If any of us needed confirmation of the Catalans all around ability, this was it!

Ultra Pirineu (Cavalls del Vent in the past) had Nuria Picas and Luis Alberto Hernando take top honours – unstoppable!

USA’s The Rut set the benchmark for Skyrunning in the USA with universal accolades about the course. It may come as no surprise that Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg took top honours and respective Skyrunner® World Series titles.

Raid de la Reunion became the Francois d’Haene show. He followed up his 2013 victory with a repeat consummate performance. Dare I say, ‘he makes 100-miles in the mountains look easy!’ Nathalie Mauclair also produced a quality back-to-back victory and along with great runs on the UTWT circuit set herself firmly at the top of the best female ultra runners in the world.

Doha finally became the venue for the 100km world championships and Ellie Greenwood backed up an incredible Comrades victory and placed herself on top of the world with a stunning performance. Big shout here too for the British ladies, Joasia Zakrzewski and Jo Meek who both placed in the top-5 ad took home team gold. Max King showed amazing depth of ability, speed and performance in taking the male victory ahead of some of the fastest men in the world.

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Iain Don Wauchope smashes the Salomon SkyRun record in South Africa and Landie Greyling tops the ladies podium.

Rounding out the year, Sage Canaday and Magdalena Boulet took top honours at San Francisco 50.

Phew…

Wait a minute! Kilian Jornet gets the last word. As I write this Mr Jornet is attempting another summit, Aconcagua. Only appropriate that we should end a year on a real high… Just below 7000m to be exact.

Get involved:

I am going to have missed races, missed performances and no doubt you will remind me of what they are. I welcome that. I’d love you all to comment (below) on what 2014 has meant to you and what/ who in your opinion deserves a tip of the hat.

MY 2014 AWARDS

  • Male ultra runner of the yearFRANCOIS D”HAENE (Rob Krar came close)
  • Female ultra runner of the yearNURIA PICAS
  • Best male performanceKILIAN JORNET for Hardrock 100
  • Best female performanceANNA FROST for Transvulcania La Palma and ELLIE GREENWOOD at Comrades
  • Best single stage raceTROFEO KIMA
  • Best multi day raceEVEREST TRAIL RACE
  • Best FKTSTEVE BIRKINSHAW, The Wainwrights
  • Biggest surprises of 2014ZACH MILLER and the rise of JO MEEK. The AUSSIES at the Skyrunning World Championships.
  • Stand out athlete of the year – KILIAN JORNET
  • Best cinematography – The African Attachment and Seb Montaz
  • Best film – Dejame Vivir

Anything else worthy of a mention?

Personal message:

On a personal note, 2014 has been an incredible year! I have travelled the world and in the process I have attended and worked on 31-races. From the humidity of Costa Rica, to the heat of the Sahara and the cold of the Himalayas, my job has afforded me the privilege to watch, observe and photograph the best runners in the world work their craft.

 

I am eternally grateful to each and every race, race director and of course I must give huge thanks to Lauri van Houten and Marino Giacometti from the ISF for the continued support and opportunities they have afforded me in allowing me the opportunity to work on and cover the Skyrunner® World Series.

 

I must also give a huge thanks to every single person who listens to my podcast, Talk Ultra, reads this website and ‘likes’ or ‘follows’ my respective Facebook and Twitter feeds.

I am eternally thankful.

 

Now roll on 2015 and lets do it all again!

Mourne Skyline MTR 2014 – Race Report

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Misty skies, gale force winds, relentless climbing, technical terrain and an incredible field of runners made the inaugural Mourne Skyline MTR a day to remember.

Concluding Skyrunning UK’s first year, the Mourne Skyline MTR really was a fitting end to what has been an incredible year. The course, organisation and the field of runners made this a special and unforgettable day in the mountains.

©iancorless.com_Mourne-6576The addition of Skyrunner® World Series champion (2013 and 2014) Stevie Kremer did provide some icing on the Mourne cake. However, ‘Pocket Rocket’ was not isolated… Jo Meek, British Ultra Trail Champion, provided more than enough pressure on the Colorado based Skyrunner on what proved to be one of the most exciting ladies mountain races I have followed for some time. Sharon Trimble, Diane Wilson and Shileen O’Kane would bring local knowledge and fell experience to the mix making this a classic in the making.

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As expected, Kremer pushed hard from the off and after leaving the Donard Forest the trail became steeper and more technical playing to the Colorado runners strength. Although a gap opened up, it was nothing substantial and Meek maintained a gap keeping Kremer in sight. After passing over the saddle, runners were hit by gale force winds and low cloud as they headed out to Slieve Bearnagh, Slieve Meelmore and then an anticlockwise loop that would eventually return them to Slieve Meelmore and then run back to the finish. Conditions were brutal… thankfully the previous nights torrential rain had disappeared. Had it not, runners and marshals would have had a very testing day!

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Wilson, Trimble and O’Kane in many respects were running for third such was the pace of the front two ladies. On the flat, Meek would catch Kremer and then pull away. The relentless and rollercoaster nature of the terrain and mountains would then allow Kremer to pull back and pass on the climbs. This to and froing made for an exhilarating competition of willpower, mental strength and endurance. The latter half of the course, on paper, looked made for Kremer as climb and after climb would allow her to open a gap. However, Meek was having none of it. Running with blinkered vision, Meek fought the technical terrain and chased. ‘I was swearing at the terrain and my own frustrations in managing my technical ability,’ said Meek. Kremer was having no easy ride too, ‘that is the hardest race I have ever done! Harder than Zegama Aizkorri it was just brutal. Relentless climbing, technical and with the wind it was just soooo hard!’

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After CP4, Kremer opened up a gap and extended this on the steep ascent to Slieve Commedagh. Battered by the winds, Kremer put her head down and now pushed hard to the highest point of the course, Slieve Donard. Turning at the summit and descending down the lead extended and on the final technical descent to Newcastle the gap really opened up eventually providing Kremer a winning time of 4:24.2 to Meek’s 4:30.3. The time gaps don’t reflect how close this race was! Post race, Meek was very philosophical, ‘I really did push and race hard but the relentless ankle twisting and gnarly terrain beat me down and in the latter stages as Kremer pulled away I eased off a little knowing that 2nd place was secure.’ Diane Wilson placed 3rd producing a great run on home soil in a time of 4:45.4.

©iancorless.com_Mourne-1133 In the men’s race, local man, Allan Bogle pushed hard in the early stages closely followed by Kim Collison, Eoin Lennon and just 5 seconds back, J Marshall Thomson. It was close, and unlike the ladies race a winner looked likely to come from any of the front contenders. Particularly when one looked at the contenders looking for honours. Ally Beaven, David Steele and Paul Navesy all showed previous results that would mean they could never be ruled out of a podium place.

©iancorless.com_Mourne-0112 ©iancorless.com_Mourne-0130 British Ultra Trail Champion, Collison showed his class at descending and moved away from the other men but Lennon was never going to relinquish the lead without a fight. These two fought a hard battle all day and Lennon showed the wounds of war as blood tricked down his leg.

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Revelation of the race, was Colorado based J Marshall Thomson (Stevie’s fiancé) who raced in the top-5 all day and despite having never raced on ‘typical’ UK terrain pulled out a top-drawer run to place 3rd. ‘That was some of the most crazy terrain I have ever run. It was relentless. The terrain was beyond technical. You had no idea where to put your feet and I can’t tell you how many times I fell over… I loved it!’ said Thomson.

©iancorless.com_Mourne-6344 Collison won the race in 3:57.0 an incredible time in very tough conditions. Ryan Maxwell, race director for the Mourne Skyline MTR had predicted a win time of 4-hours, however, with conditions on the day, we expected this to be optimistic. For Collison and Lennon to both run sub-4 is a real testament to the competition between the two front men.

Thomson moved up into 3rd place and brought a truly international flavour to the men’s podium, his time of 4:08.3 reflecting his ability.

©iancorless.com_Mourne-0433The 2014 Mourne Skyline MTR has firmly established itself as a must-do race after just one edition. The combination of location, local infrastructure, great organisation, enthusiastic locals and a brutal course will guarantee that demand will be high for the 2015 edition.

Covering 35km and a total elevation gain of 3370m, the Mourne Skyline MTR is everything a Skyrunning race should be. I for one can’t wait for 2015.

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RESULTS WOMEN Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race

Stevie Kremer 4:24.2 (10th overall)

Jo Meek 4:30.3

Diane Wilson 4:45.4

Sharon Trimble 5:02.1

Shileen O’Kane 5:03.1

RESULTS MEN Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race

Kim Collison 3:57.0

Eoin Lennon 3:59.4

J Marshall Thomson 4:08.3

Ally Beaven 4:12.0

David Steele 4:15.0

Mourne Skyline MTR 2014 – Race Images

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Misty skies, gale force winds, relentless climbing, technical terrain and an incredible field of runners made the inaugural Mourne Skyline MTR a day to remember.

Congratulations to Stevie Kremer and Kim Collison on two great performances.

Stevie said post race, ‘that is the hardest race I have ever done! Harder than Zegama Aizkorri it was just brutal. Relentless climbing, technical and with the wind it was just soooo hard. Kilian Jornet would love it!’

A full race report will follow.

RESULTS WOMEN Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race
Stevie Kremer 4:24.2 (10th overall)
Jo Meek 4:30.3
Diane Wilson 4:45.4
Sharon Trimble 5:02.1
Shileen O’Kane 5:03.1

RESULTS MEN Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race
Kim Collinson 3:57.0
Eoin Lennon 3:59.4
J Marshall Thomson 4:08.3
Ally Beaven 4:12.0
David Steele 4:15.0

Mourne Skyline MTR 2014 Race Preview – what a line up!

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Ryan Maxwell, race director for the Mourne Skyline MTR provides us with an in-depth preview of this coming weekend’s Mourne Skyline MTR. The final race in the 2014 Skyrunning UK calendar.

This coming weekend, will see the phenomena that is ‘Skyrunning’ reach the shores of Northern Ireland for the first time. The Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race, hosted by popular running website www.nirunning.co.uk, will see a plethora of talent take to the stunning Mourne Mountains.

The Mourne Skyline MTR will see a sell-out field, including Stevie Kremer (Team Salomon), who last weekend was crowned Skyrunner® World Series Champion, over the ‘Sky’ distance for the second time at the incredibly scenic Limone Extreme in Italy where Kremer covered a 24.5k course incorporating 2000m of ascent.  Stevie will have strong competition from Jo Meek who in 2014 became British Ultra Trail Champion, took    5th place at the iconic Comrades and won  The Coastal Challenge with a new course record.

Covering a gruelling but incredibly scenic 35k course incorporating 3,370m of ascent. The Mourne Skyline MTR includes Northern Ireland’s highest mountain, Slieve Donard, which stands at 850m above sea-level and it will be the final peak, before the athletes descend quickly into the Donard Park finish area.

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Former adventure racer and newly crowned British ultra-running Champion Kim Collison will be high in confidence after his victory at the Lakeland 50 trail race in July (2014).  This noteable achievement followed an excellent (joint) win at the notoriously tough Fellsman 61 mile ultra in the Yorkshire Dales in April (2014). Kim, who completed the Bob Graham Round in 2009, also collected a prize at the Scafell trail race and finished well up the field at the Transvulcania La Palma Ultra.

American athlete J Marshall Thomson (Dynafit) hails from Colorado and is an experienced and successful trail runner, with numerous mountain race victories to his name.  Most recently, Marshall secured a win at the Power of Four 50k in Aspen, having smashed the course record.  Looking back,Marshall also proved his worth at the Pikes Peak marathon, where he narrowly missed a podium spot after finish fourth in what was a classy field.

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Irish international Paul Teirney proved himself over 100 miles when he claimed the runners up spot at the Lakeland 100 mile race in 2012; since then, Paul, a former Wicklow Way 82 mile Ultra record holder (13 hours 38mins), finished second at the Wicklow Way Ultra in both 2013 and 2014.

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England based Jayson Cavill has been one of the most impressive performers of the inaugural Skyrunning UK Series, having placed on the podium at two of the three races.  The Pickering Running Club member followed up his second place finish at the V33K with a win at the Peaks Skyrace; he (Jayson) also won the gruelling Blakey Blitz Fell Race back in April (2014).

Paul Navesey (Centurion Ultra Running Team) is another athlete worth watching; after a note-worthy 2013, Paul has brought his form into 2014, winning the Centurion South Downs Way 50 miler in a new course record.  The talented distance runner also showed his speedy age when taking second place at the Canterbury 10 mile road race in 56:27.

Another man known for his ability over shorter distance and not mentioned above is Jens Jakob Anderson (Denmark); the ‘www.runrepeat.com’ website creator has a 5k personal best of 15:58, which he may hope to put to use on the final 3.1 mile descent off Slieve Donard to the finish in Donard Park.

On the local front, Allan Bogle (City of Derry AC) has already proved himself against the best in the UK this year.  In memorable foggy conditions, the City of Derry Spartan secured an excellent win at the British Championship race at Slieve Donard just before the summer.  He (Allan) went on to take sixth place in the overall British Championships standings.  Also on Allan’s CV are wins at the Balearic Mountain Running Championships inMallorca and an impressive top spot at the Lurig Challenge 2014.

Although having raced sparingly in the mountains recently, North Belfast Harriers man Andrew Annett has a classy history and if focussed on this event, he’ll play a major part at the front.  In 2013, Andrew, who was part of North Belfast Harriers winning team at the NI & Ulster (Road) Relay Championships two weeks ago, finished in thirteenth place at Snowdon International Mountain Race last year (2013).  More recently, he has clocked 1:11:31 for his first ever half marathon (on the road), and 5k and 10k bests of 15:48 and 32:38 respectively.

Established Irish international Martin Rea (North Belfast Harriers) will also toe the line as he prepares for the World 100k Championships in Doha (November 2014) and he’ll be joined on the men’s start line by no less than eleven Northern Ireland international’s, which will include the in-form David Steele (Newcastle AC), Deon McNeilly (Newcastle AC), Sam Herron (Mourne Runners), Dale Mathers (Newry City Runners) and Ryan Stewart (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers) amongst others.  Shane Donnelly (Acorns AC), Billy Reed (East Antrim Harriers), Nicki McPeake (Unattached), Matthew Hewitt (East Coast AC) and Gary Bailey (Unattached) all have vast knowledge of the Mourne Mountains and will therefore have high hopes of finishing well up the field.

Stevie Kremer copyright Ian Corless

Stevie Kremer copyright Ian Corless

In truth, the ladies field at the Mourne Skyline MTR has attracted a lot more attention in the international press than the aforementioned men’s line-up.  Much of this is because of the addition of current Skyrunning World Series Champion Stevie Kremer (Team Salomon). The American international burst onto the scene after winning the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) ‘Long Distance’ event in 2012; Stevie proved this wasn’t a ‘one hit wonder’ when she went on to take second place at the world famous Sierre-Zinal Mountain Race in the same year.

From there, the down to earth athlete has grown in stature, winning the Limone Extreme, Marathon Du Mont-Blanc Skyrace’s in 2013, and with it, the Skyrunning World Series.  Now, Stevie is one of the superstars of the Skyrunning circuit and one of the most respected (and in-form) athletes in the World.  After wins at the Matterhorn Ultraks, Zegama and Sierre-Zinal this year, and a second place finish at the Limone Extreme Skyrace last weekend, Stevie retained her Skyrunning World Series Champion status (at ‘Sky’ distance).

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Another athlete who is in-form at the moment and will also grace the Central Promenade start-line is Jo Meek (Scott); theEngland based athlete has enjoyed an incredible 2014.  After finishing in second place at the Marathon Des-Sables in 2013 it would have been easy for Jo to sit on that success, but the dedicated runner took confidence from it and hammered into 2014, and on doing so, she (Jo) has won the Le Grand Trail du St Jacques (70k), Transylvania Trail Traverse (106k), Iznik Ultra (80k) and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Marathon (27.8 miles); interestingly, in Pembrokeshire, Jo finished in first place overall!  An excellent year was made all the better when Jo was crowned British ultra-running Champion after winning the Lakeland 50 trail race in July (2014).

The list of Champions continues in the form of Sharon Trimble (North Belfast Harriers) and Diane Wilson (Dromore AC).  Originally from Northern Ireland, Sharon is an Irish international who lives in Scotland – Alongside Sarah McCormack (’GTR’ competitor), Sharon is a World Mountain Running Championship medallist.  The 2:51:44 marathoner is also a former Scottish ultra-running Champion and a regular on the podium over all terrain; with her knowledge of the course and if she is on top form, Sharon is a real threat to Stevie and Jo.  Diane is the current Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association (NIMRA) Champion and a lady who knows the Mourne Mountains exceptionally well; Diane also won the Hill & Dale Series in 2014 and clocked a new course record when winning the Carrantuohill mountain race in Ireland; interestingly, Carrantuohill is Ireland’s highest peak.  Diane also claimed a top ten finish at the Ben Nevis mountain race in Scotland this year (2014), taking seventh place.

Former NIMRA Champion and current Northern Ireland international Shileen O’Kane (Lagan Valley AC) will also play a major part in proceedings.  Despite suffering a broken wrist over the summer, the talented athlete, who placed within the top ten in her Vet45 category at the World Masters Mountain Running Championships in last month (September 2014).  Respected ultra-runners Susan McCartney (Up and Runners) and Joanne Curran (BARF) should also finish well up the field – Like, Shileen, Susan has enjoyed an excellent year despite setbacks. The England based athlete had knee surgery earlier this year, but has still managed to win the Mourne Way 52 mile Ultra and claim a very credible twenty second place in the CCC race at UTMB (Ultra trail du Mont-Blanc). Comrades Ultra finisher Joanne Curran has really begun to show good form beyond marathon distance and a win at the Causeway Coast Ultra earlier this month, where she came through late on, has re-iterated her potential over the longer distances.

Runner up at the Peaks Skyrace, Kim England (Pickering AC), will also perform well, as will the likes of Hazel McLaughlin (Lagan Valley AC), Taryn McCoy (BARF), Anne Sandford (Lagan Valley AC), Violet Linton (LV), Denise Mathers (Newry City Runners), Miriam Bridge (City of Derry AC), Angela Stevenson (Newcastle AC) and Kathleen Monteverde (BARF).

2014 has bee the inaugural year for Skyrunning UK. The Mourne Skyline MTR is the final race of the series and looks set to be a classic!

It’s difficult to believe that in less than 12-months, Skyrunning UK has grown in to ‘the’ series to be involved in. The line up for the 2014 Mourne Skyline MTR confirms we are on the up…

Episode 67 – Martin-Consani, Fonn, Meek, Böttger

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Episode 67 of Talk Ultra – On this weeks show we speak with Lakeland 100 and Lakeland 50 winners, Debbie Martin Conasani and Jo Meek. We speak with Norwegian powerhouse, Torill Fonn about her recent world record for running 374.999km’s in 48-hours. Julia Böttger joins us for a catch up and tells us about her running journey in Turkey and winning Ronda dels Cims. We have the News, a Blog, Up & Coming Races, Emelie Forsberg for Smile and Miles and Niandi Carmont once again joins us as co host.

NEWS

Marmot 24

24-Hour
Aurellio Antonio Olivar/ Angel Garcia – 390 points
Kenny Leitch/ Keith Masson – 380 points
Anthony Emmet/ Catriona Sutherland – 280 points
12-Hour
Sam Jenner/ James Langstraat – 100 points
Tarni Duhre/ Andrew Campbell – 90 points
Alice Lamont/ Andrew Jones  – 60 points
Lakeland 100 – race report and images HERE

Marco Consani 21:14:52
Charlie Sharpe 22:47:56
Lee Knight 23:21:48
Debbie Martin Consani 25:28:33
Beth Pascall 25:48:36
Nicky Taylor 29:37:08
INTERVIEW
 
Debbie Martin Consani won the Lakeland 100 in convincing style just recently and we caught up with er to hear about her running history and how the Lakeland 100 went.

Lakeland 50 – British Championships

Kim Collison 7:48:01
Marcus Scotney 8:06:42
Danny Kendall 8:13:39
Jo Meek 8:43:14
Lizzie Wraith 9:18:22
Bonnie Van Wilgenberg 9:31:05

 INTERVIEW with Jo Meek

Red BUll K3
3030 meters of elevation gain in a little less than 10 km: Red Bull K3 is the event that will revolutionize skyrunning. The first competition of “triple vertical kilometer” will start from Susa (Turin) on the 2nd of August, when professional athletes and amateurs will have to face the ascent to the summit of Rocciamelone, at 3538 meters high.
Marco Moletto 2:06:30
Marti Teixido 2:07:18
Nejc Kuhar 2:08:12
Laura Orgue 2:22:38
Stevie Kremer 2:29:44
Corinne Favre 2:39:27

Buff Epic Trail 100km *only 17 finishers of the main race
Iker Karrera 12:19:16
Jessed Hernandez Gispert 12:43:53
Pau Bartolo Roca 13:28:23
Nuria Picas 15:00:29 (6th overall)
Francesca Canepa 16:18:45
Marta Riba 17:31:32
Devil O the Highlands
Casey Morgan 5:13:42
Robert Turner 6:00:03
Neil MacNicol 6:02:25
Nicola Hendry 7:09:58
Noanie Heffron 7:12:56
Helen Lees 7:14:07
Mention for Karen Wallace 8:03:35 1st vet
Swiss Alpine K78

Jonas Buud 6:30:18
Beat Ritter 6:38:51
Mirco Berner 6:53:39
Denise Zimmermann 7:47:57
Claudia Kahl 8:12:50
Ornella Poltera 8:33:38
Peak SkyRace race report and images HERE
Jason Cavill 4:22:52
James Ellis 4:26:54
Tim Pleijte 4:36:54
Sally Fawcett 5:24:54
Kimberley England 5:38:13
Sasha Habgood 6:26:44
Interviews live from the event by Niandi Carmont
 
BLOG
 
‘When I ski on a steep slope, or when I solo climb (or more scrambling, I can not consider a V+ is climbing seeing what people is doing today!), or running on a glacier, I don’t do because I want to die. I have not suicidal impulses on myself. I want to be alive, I want to explore and my goal on the mountains is to find happiness, answers to my questions, improve, learn, meet new friends, see, discover, mostly, on a world that is more and more structured and looked, to feel freedom.” Kilian Jornet http://www.kilianjornet.cat/en/blog/are-mountains-the-last-space-of-freedom/

INTERVIEW

Torill Fonn from sweden (born norwegeian) last weekeend set a new nordic record in 48h running and a new world record for ladies over 45 when she ran 374 999 km at the Skovde Ultrafestival in Sweden.

SMILES and MILES with EMELIE FORSBERG

INTERVIEW – Julia Boettger
 
UP & COMING RACES

Argentina
Ultra Marathon Yaboti International – 90 km | 90 kilometers | August 17, 2014 | website
Yaboty Ultra Marathon | 90 kilometers | August 17, 2014 | website

Australia
Northern Territory
Alice Springs 60K Ultramarathon | 60 kilometers | August 17, 2014 | website
Queensland
Lamington Eco Challenge Two Marathons on Two Consecutive Days | 84 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website

Belgium
Flanders
100 km Dodentocht® | 100 kilometers | August 08, 2014 | website
Wallonia
Trail des Fantômes – 100 km | 100 kilometers | August 16, 2014 | website
Trail des Fantômes – 50 km | 50 kilometers | August 16, 2014 | website

Canada
Alberta
Iron Legs 50 Miler | 50 miles | August 16, 2014 | website
British Columbia
Arc’teryx Squamish 50 | 50 miles | August 16, 2014 | website
Arc’teryx Squamish 50K | 50 kilometers | August 17, 2014 | website
Fat Dog 100 Trail Race: 120 mile | 120 miles | August 15, 2014 | website
Fat Dog 100 Trail Race: 50 mile | 50 miles | August 16, 2014 | website
Fat Dog 100 Trail Race: 70 mile | 70 miles | August 16, 2014 | website
Ontario
Iroquoia Trail Test – 50K | 50 kilometers | August 16, 2014 | website
Quebec
XV de la Vallée- Trans Vallée | 66 kilometers | August 15, 2014 | website

Denmark
Sjælland
Winforce 100 km | 100 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website
Winforce 50 km | 50 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website

France
Hautes-Pyrénées
Grand Raid des Pyrénées – l’Ultra | 160 kilometers | August 22, 2014 | website
Grand Raid des Pyrénées – Tour des Cirques | 117 kilometers | August 22, 2014 | website
Isère
Ultra Tour des 4 Massifs | 160 kilometers | August 22, 2014 | website
Savoie
Trail du Galibier | 55 kilometers | August 17, 2014 | website
Vienne
Trail des Castors – 80 km | 80 kilometers | August 17, 2014 | website

Germany
Berlin
100MeilenBerlin | 100 miles | August 16, 2014 | website
North Rhine-Westphalia
Monschau Ultra-Marathon | 56 kilometers | August 10, 2014 | website

Iceland
Fire and Ice | 250 kilometers | August 10, 2014 | website

India
La Ultra – The High | 222 kilometers | August 17, 2014 | website
La Ultra – The High 111 | 111 kilometers | August 17, 2014 | website

Ireland
Connacht
Connemara 100 | 100 miles | August 09, 2014 | website
Ulster
Quadrathon | 169 kilometers | August 14, 2014 | website

Malaysia
Most Beautiful Thing Ultra Trail Marathon – 100K | 100 kilometers | August 16, 2014 | website
Most Beautiful Thing Ultra Trail Marathon – 50K | 50 kilometers | August 16, 2014 | website

Netherlands
North Holland
Dutch Coast Ultra by Night (Summer Edition) | 75 kilometers | August 22, 2014 | website
Dutch Coast Ultra by Night (Summer Edition) – 50 km | 50 kilometers | August 22, 2014 | website
Zomer Editie Dutch Coast Ultra by Night 50 km | 50 kilometers | August 22, 2014 | website
Zomer Editie Dutch Coast Ultra by Night 75 km | 75 kilometers | August 22, 2014 | website

Norway
Scandinavian Adventure Run | 50 kilometers | August 19, 2014 | website

Sweden
Björkliden Arctic Mountain Marathon 50 km | 50 kilometers | August 15, 2014 | website
Björkliden Arctic Mountain Marathon 70 km | 70 kilometers | August 15, 2014 | website
Stockholm Ultramarathon 100 km | 100 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website
Stockholm Ultramarathon 50 km | 50 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website
Tierra Arctic Ultra | 120 kilometers | August 08, 2014 | website
Trans Scania | 246 kilometers | August 15, 2014 | website

Switzerland
Grisons
Swiss Irontrail T141 | 147 kilometers | August 15, 2014 | website
Swiss Irontrail T201 | 202 kilometers | August 14, 2014 | website
Swiss Irontrail T81 | 89 kilometers | August 15, 2014 | website
Trail Marathon 70 KM | 70 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website
Obwald
MOUNTAINMAN Ultra | 80 kilometers | August 16, 2014 | website
Vaud
Ultra Trail du Barlatay | 87 kilometers | August 16, 2014 | website

United Kingdom
Cornwall
Inov-8 Roseland August Trail – 32 Mile | 32 miles | August 16, 2014 | website
Inov-8 Roseland August Trail – The Plague | 64 miles | August 16, 2014 | website
Greater London
T184 | 184 miles | August 22, 2014 | website
South Lanarkshire
John Lucas Memorial Run | 50 miles | August 17, 2014 | website
Suffolk
Stour Valley Path 100km Ultra Run | 100 kilometers | August 16, 2014 | website
Surrey
North Downs Way 100 | 100 miles | August 09, 2014 | website
Wiltshire
Salisbury 54321 50K Ultra Marathon | 50 kilometers | August 10, 2014 | website

USA
Alaska
Resurrection Pass 100 Mile Ultra Trail | 100 miles | August 08, 2014 | website
Resurrection Pass 50 Mile Ultra Trail | 50 miles | August 09, 2014 | website
Arizona
Hypnosis 62K Night Trail Runs | 62 kilometers | August 16, 2014 | website
California
Cinderella Trail Run 50 km (Aug) | 50 kilometers | August 16, 2014 | website
Cool Moon 100M | 100 miles | August 09, 2014 | website
Cool Moon 50M | 50 miles | August 09, 2014 | website
Crystal Springs 50 Km Trail Run (summer) | 50 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website
Nine Trails 35 Mile Endurance Run | 35 miles | August 16, 2014 | website
Run-de-Vous 100M | 100 miles | August 16, 2014 | website
Run-de-Vous 50K | 50 kilometers | August 16, 2014 | website
Run-de-Vous 50M | 50 miles | August 16, 2014 | website
Run on the Sly 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | August 17, 2014 | website
Colorado
GORE-TEX TransRockies Run – Run3 | 59 miles | August 12, 2014 | website
GORE-TEX TransRockies Run – TRR6 | 120 miles | August 12, 2014 | website
Leadville Trail 100 Run | 100 miles | August 16, 2014 | website
Ragnar Relay Colorado | 200 miles | August 08, 2014 | website
Telluride Mountain Run | 38 miles | August 09, 2014 | website
Idaho
Standhope 60K | 60 kilometers | August 08, 2014 | website
Indiana
Potato Creek Trail Runs 60K | 60 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website
Massachusetts
TARC Summer Classic 50K | 50 kilometers | August 16, 2014 | website
TARC Summer Classic 50M | 50 miles | August 16, 2014 | website
Michigan
Marquette Trail 50 Kilometer | 50 kilometers | August 16, 2014 | website
Marquette Trail 50 Mile | 50 miles | August 16, 2014 | website
Minnesota
Ragnar Relay Great River | 200 miles | August 15, 2014 | website
Montana
Ghosts of Yellowstone 100M | 100 miles | August 22, 2014 | website
Nevada
Extraterrestrial Full Moon Midnight 51 km | 51 kilometers | August 10, 2014 | website
Ruby Mountain Relay | 184 miles | August 08, 2014 | website
New Hampshire
Hampshire 100 Ultra Trail Run | 100 kilometers | August 17, 2014 | website
New Jersey
Wildcat Ridge Romp 100k | 100 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website
Wildcat Ridge Romp 50k | 50 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website
Wildcat Ridge Romp 50M | 50 miles | August 09, 2014 | website
New York
Beast of Burden Summer 100 Miler | 100 miles | August 09, 2014 | website
Beast of Burden Summer 50 Miler | 50 miles | August 09, 2014 | website
North Dakota
Badlands 50K | 50 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website
Badlands 50 miler | 50 miles | August 09, 2014 | website
Oregon
Hood to Coast Relay | 199 miles | August 22, 2014 | website
Where’s Waldo 100k Ultra | 100 kilometers | August 16, 2014 | website
Pennsylvania
Eastern States 100 | 100 miles | August 16, 2014 | website
Texas
Colorado Bend – 60k | 60 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website
Utah
Kat’cina Mosa 100K Mountain Challenge Run | 100 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website
Sapper Joe Trail Race 50K | 50 kilometers | August 16, 2014 | website
Vermont
100on100 Heart of Vermont Relay | 100 miles | August 16, 2014 | website
Virginia
Martha Moats Baker Memorial 50Km | 50 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website
Washington
Angels Staircase 50K | 50 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website
Angels Staircase 60K | 60 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website
Wyoming
El Vaquero Loco 50K | 50 kilometers | August 09, 2014 | website

Zambia
MOSI-OA-TUNYA TRAIL | 85 kilometers | August 11, 2014 | website

CLOSE

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Episode 63 – Spinks, Williams, Meek, TAA

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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….

NEWS
 
COMRADES
Results from comrades.com
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
 
INTERVIEW
 
We have an interview with 5th placed lady at Comrades –  JO MEEK
 
ULTRABALATON 212km
 
  1. Ivan Cudin 18:30:12
  2. Lojze Primozic19:12:06
  3. Boris Ivanovic19:39:56
  1. Matene Varju Edit 23:41:11
  2. Drusko Zsofia 25:11:59
  3. Laurence Suisse Brunet 25:13:47
 
ENDURANCLIFE CLASSIC QUARTER
 
Duncan Oakes 6:58:18
Justin Nicholas 7:08:30
Clare Prosser 7:14:05
James Poole 7:24:27
2nd lady Jayne Angilley 9:02:18
3rd lady Becky Shuttleworth 9:03:37
 
Give a mention for Ultra D-Day Trail – https://iancorless.org/2014/06/10/ultra-d-day-trail-100-miles/
 
 
BLOG
 
NICK CLARK gives us an insight into his training for WSER – http://irunmountains.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/four-weeks-ending-june-1.html
INTERVIEW
NICKY SPINKS completes the Ramsey Round in a new CR and adds to an impressive list of other ‘Rounds’ records. Hear about this amazing lady…
 
MELTZER MOMENT with Speedgoat 
 
INTERVIEW
 
MORGAN WILLIAMS discusses the Bob Graham Round
 
TALK TRAINING with Dr Richard Fluck we discuss NSAID’s (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and sport.
DR. Richard Fluck, Consultant Physician, Derby City General Hospital, Clinical Director Renal Services and Service Director of Medicine.

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.

 
INTERVIEW
Greg Fell of The African Attachment talks to us about producing incredible films that we all have come to love and enjoy… TAA are the creators of many Salomon films and the recent Travailen documenting Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel’s ‘Drak Traverse’ – https://iancorless.org/2014/05/30/travailen-film-review-ryan-sandes-and-ryno-griesels-drak-traverse/
 
 
UP & COMING RACES
 

Austria

100km Wien | 100 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

50km Wien | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

ESPA-Mountain-Marathon | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

ESPA-Ötscher-Ultra-Marathon | 70 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Mozart 100 | 100 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Mozart 100 – 54 km | 54 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Bolivia

Ultra BOLIVIA Race | 170 kilometers | June 23, 2014 | website

Bulgaria

Vitosha 100km Mountain Super Trail | 100 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Canada

Alberta

Fast Trax 100K Road Ultra | 100 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Fast Trax 100K Trail Ultra | 100 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Fast Trax 50K Road Ultra | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Fast Trax 50k Trail Ultra | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Fast Trax 50M Road Ultra | 50 miles | June 14, 2014 | website

Fast Trax 50M Trail Ultra | 50 miles | June 14, 2014 | website

Ontario

Niagara Ultra 50 Km | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Croatia

Velebit Ultra Trail 100 km | 100 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Czech Republic

Krakonosova Stovka 100 km | 100 kilometers | June 20, 2014 | website

France

Alpes-Maritimes

Grand Défi Vésubien | 67 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

La Grande Courasse | 61 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Neander-Trail | 50 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Trail de la Vésubie | 63 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Aube

Team Trail Intermarché | 180 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Cantal

Ultra-Trail Puy Mary Aurillac | 105 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Drôme

Les Drayes du Vercors 60 km | 60 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Hautes-Alpes

Trans Écrins | 80 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Haute-Savoie

80km du Mont-Blanc | 80 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

AravisTrail – 52 km | 52 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

AravisTrail – 70 km | 70 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

L’esprit Angolon | 60 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Hautes-Pyrénées

Aneto trail de la Haute – Bigorre | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Ille-et-Vilaine

La MiL’KiL | 1000 kilometers | June 15, 2014 | website

Lozère

Aubrac Circus Trail | 55 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Manche

Défi des Barjos | 57 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Défi des Grands Barjos | 102 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

La Barjo | 87 kilometers | June 15, 2014 | website

Raid de l’Archange | 270 kilometers | June 15, 2014 | website

Morbihan

Grand Raid 56 Golfe du Morbihan | 177 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Pas-de-Calais

Trail des Coteaux de l’AA- 55 km | 55 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Montan’Aspe : la Piste Noire | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Var

Verdon Canyon Challenge – 110 km | 110 kilometers | June 13, 2014 | website

Verdon Canyon Challenge – 60 km | 60 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Vosges

Le trail de la Vallée des Lacs | 63 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Germany

Bavaria

Chiemsee-Ultramarathon Juni | 108 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Salomon Zugspitz Ultratrail – Supertrail | 60 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Salomon Zugspitz Ultratrail – SuperTrail XL | 79 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Salomon Zugspitz Ultratrail – Ultratrail | 100 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Hesse

Rhön-Weser-Challenge | 190 kilometers | June 20, 2014 | website

WiBoLT | 320 kilometers | June 18, 2014 | website

Rhineland-Palatinate

Eifel Ultramarathon | 51 kilometers | June 15, 2014 | website

Ireland

Connacht

Forest Marathon – 100 km | 100 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Forest Marathon – 50 km | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Leinster

Celtic 6 Day Stage Race 125K | 125 kilometers | June 23, 2014 | website

Celtic 6 Day Stage Race 250K | 250 kilometers | June 23, 2014 | website

Italy

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Magraid | 100 kilometers | June 13, 2014 | website

Piedmont

Grand Raid International du Cro-Magnon | 130 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Trail del Marguareis | 80 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Puglia

Ultramaratona del Gargano | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol

Pasubio 100 | 100 miles | June 14, 2014 | website

Tuscany

Malandrino XL | 83 kilometers | June 15, 2014 | website

Trail del Malandrino | 70 kilometers | June 15, 2014 | website

Veneto

Lavaredo Ultra Trail | 118 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Netherlands

Gelderland

53 km Veluwezoom Trail | 53 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Norway

UltraBirken | 55 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Portugal

Caminhos do Tejo | 146 kilometers | June 13, 2014 | website

Romania

Transylvania Trail Crossing 2-Day Stage Race | 100 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Serbia

100 km Run Palic | 100 kilometers | June 15, 2014 | website

Slovakia

Štefánik Trail | 140 kilometers | June 13, 2014 | website

Spain

Basque Country

Hiru Haundiak | 100 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Madrid

Gran Trail Peñalara | 110 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Gran Trail Peñalara 60km | 60 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Sweden

Lapland Ultra | 100 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Switzerland

Berne

100km run Biel | 100 kilometers | June 13, 2014 | website

Neuchâtel

Trail de l’Absinthe | 75 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

United Kingdom

Cumbria

The Wall Ultramarathon – Challenger | 69 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

The Wall Ultramarathon – Expert | 69 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

The Wall Ultramarathon – Relay | 69 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Three Rings of Shap | 100 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

East Dunbartonshire

West Highland Way race | 153 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

East Sussex

50 Mile Overnight Run | 50 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

South Downs Way 100 | 100 miles | June 14, 2014 | website

Isle of Wight

XNRG Round The Island Isle Of Wight Multi Stage Ultra | 70 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

Sheffield

Ultra Tour of the Peak District | 60 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

USA

Arizona

Adrenaline 65K Night Run | 65 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

California

Burton Creek Trail Run 50K | 50 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Harding Hustle 50K | 50 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Rodeo Valley Trail Run Spring 50K | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

San Lorenzo River Trail Run 50 km | 50 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Colorado

Gunnison 100k Endurance Run | 100 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

San Juan Solstice 50 Mile Run | 50 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

Maryland

Mason-Dixon Trail Longest Day 100K Challenge | 100 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Massachusetts

Vegan Power 50K | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Montana

Waterton Glacier Relay | 100 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

New Mexico

Angel Fire Endurance 100 Mile Run | 100 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

Angel Fire Endurance 50K Run | 50 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Angel Fire Endurance 50 Mile Run | 50 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

Ohio

Mohican Trail 100M Trail Run | 100 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

Mohican Trail 50M Trail Run | 50 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

Oregon

Mary’s Peak 50K Trail Running Race | 50 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Pennsylvania

Laurel Highlands Ultra’s 50 K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Laurel Highlands Ultra’s 77 Mile Trail Run | 77 miles | June 14, 2014 | website

Rachel Carson Trail Challenge | 34 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

South Carolina

Bad Marsh 50K Night Ultra | 50 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Tennessee

Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race | 60 miles | June 13, 2014 | website

Utah

Bryce Canyon 100 Mile | 100 miles | June 14, 2014 | website

Bryce Canyon 50K | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Bryce Canyon 50 Mile | 50 miles | June 14, 2014 | website

Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back | 192 miles | June 27, 2014 | website

Washington

Rattlesnake Ridge Run 50K | 50 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Wyoming

Bighorn Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run | 100 miles | June 20, 2014 | website

Bighorn Trail 50K Endurance Run | 50 kilometers | June 20, 2014 | website

Bighorn Trail 50 Mile Endurance Run | 50 miles | June 20, 2014 | website
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Jo Meek Q&A in trailrunnermag.com

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The eyes tell the story—they look through you. Deep in focus, almost blinkered like a horse, Jo Meek has only one purpose. To run as fast and as efficiently as possible over six days and win the 10th edition of the 2014 The Coastal Challenge (TCC) in Costa Rica.

I had seen this look once before, at the end of stage 1 of the 2013 Marathon des Sables in Morocco. Sitting in a bivouac, Meek, 36, of Fair Oak, New Hampshire, had just excelled on the first day of the race. I, like others, looked around in wonder and asked the question, “Who is Jo Meek?”

By the end of that 28th Marathon des Sables, no more questions needed to be asked. Meek placed second at her first Marathon des Sables behind Trail Runner Contributing Editor Meghan Hicks.

Switching from the dunes of the Sahara to the beaches and rainforest of Costa Rica was always going to be a cathartic moment for Meek, particularly when one considered the slated seasoned competition: Julia Bottger, Veronica Bravo and Anna “Frosty” Frost. Unfortunately, Frosty had to withdraw from the race just days before the start. While disappointed at not having the opportunity to test herself against one of the best female mountain-ultrarunners in the world, Meek was unfazed: “It changes nothing. I am here to race and race hard. I would have loved to have Anna push me but you know what? I can push myself pretty hard.”

Read the full article HERE

Jo Meek trailrunnermag.com

Iznik Ultra 2014 – Race Summary

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British runners dominate the Iznik Ultra race series, Iznik, Turkey.

Located just 2-hours away from Istanbul, Iznik is very much a quiet holiday resort for those in the know. Situated on an idyllic lake, the town comes to life as the Iznik Series of races arrive in town. The idea of Caner Odabasoglu (a keen ultra runner himself) and now in its 3rd edition, the races is very much a highlight of the Turkish racing season.

Offering 4-race distances, 130km, 80km, a classic marathon and a 10km, Caner and his team from MCR Racesetter have provided an opportunity for all. The 130km race is the longest single stage ultra in Turkey and therefore it appeals and has a loyal following from the ever-growing Turkish ultra running community.

In just 3-years, the races have grown in numbers. US ultra runner Amy Sproston raced the 80km in 2013 and set a new CR proving that interest and international appeal in Iznik and ultra running in Turkey is on the up! In 2014 a strong British contingent crossed the channel and joined runners from France, China, South Africa, Germany, Australia and New Zealand making the races a truly international event. Arriving in Bursa prepared for a stunning weekend of racing; the race or the racing didn’t disappoint.

130K

Marcus Scotney Iznik Ultra ©iancorless.com

Marcus Scotney Iznik Ultra ©iancorless.com

On the stroke of midnight in Iznik Square, participants ventured out onto a clockwise loop of Iznik Lake. The harder and more challenging part of the course, the first 60km would run in darkness, whilst the flatter and far more runnable sections would be taken in daylight. From the off runners separated with a small lead pack pushing the pace. However, Marcus Scotney (Montane) and Akin Yeneceli forged ahead and opened up a convincing lead ahead of John Bayne from New Zealand by the 11km mark. At cp1, Edwards arrived first closely followed by runner after runner. Something was wrong and it soon became clear that our front two runners had gone off course.

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Iznik Ultra ©iancorless.com

By the time they arrived well over 30-minutes had elapsed and Scotney had visible and vocal frustration at the dilemma, ‘That’s it, it’s all ruined now… what a waste!’ What followed was a master class in pacing and distance running, one-by-one, Scotney moved his way up the field using each runner ahead as a carrot. Closing the gap to 26-mins, 22-mins, and 16-mins and by the time he arrived at the 60-km mark Marcus was 4th with 6-mins to catch up. All the early protagonists who had set the early pace had faded whereas Scotney had become stronger and stronger. The big question mark would be could he hold on? Chasing Yavuz and Ivanovski from Macedonia, Scotney eventually took the lead of the race and never looked back. A course record had always been on Scotney’s mind and his wish came true, despite an epic detour, he arrived in Iznik 12 –hours, 53-minutes and 59-seconds later. The effort of his endeavor was clear to see. Mahmut Yavuz retained local celebrity status with 2nd place and Zhikica Ivanovski placed 3rd.

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The ladies race was a low-key affair with just 3-entrants. Previous 130km winner, Elena Polyakova would not defend her title after injury issues and therefore decided to race the marathon. This provided an open stage for local ultra runner and legend, Bakiye Duran to shine. Shine she did! Bakiye covered the course from start to finish in the lead with only Svetiana Ivanovski to worry about.

  1. Marcus Scotney (Montane) 12:53:59 new CR
  2. Mahmut Yavuz 13:11:55
  3. Zhikica Ivanovski 13:53:41
  1. Bakiye Duran 19:09:39
  2. Svetiana Stojanoska 22:27:08

80k

Jo Meek Iznik Ultra ©iancorless.com

Jo Meek Iznik Ultra ©iancorless.com

Jo Meek (Scott Running) and Tracy Dean (inov-8) set a blistering pace in the 80km race. Dean leading Meek over the first 10km with just a 1-min lead but at cp1, Meek took over the lead and never relinquished it. Dean pursued all day keeping Meek in her sights never allowing the gap to grow beyond 1-2 mins. However, stomach issues struck for Dean and post race she went on to say that she continually felt as though she was struggling and never felt comfortable. Meek however had her blinkers on and was pushing not only for the outright win but a new course record, a record set by Amy Sproston!

Aykut Celikbas Iznik Ultra ©iancorless.com

Aykut Celikbas Iznik Ultra ©iancorless.com

Aykut Celikbas (very much a pioneer of the Turkish ultra scene) had chased the dynamic duo of Dean and Meek all day and eventually moved into 2nd place after Dean dropped at 60-km.

Tracy Dean Iznik Ultra ©iancorless.com

Tracy Dean Iznik Ultra ©iancorless.com

Meek ran like a woman possessed, without doubt she is currently one of the most exciting prospects in the UK ultra running scene as her 2nd place at the 2013 Marathon des Sables and her victory at the 2014 The Coastal Challenge confirms. In the final 10km with flat trail and road, Meek pushed and crossed the line in sub 7-hours blasting the old CR to a new level. Celikbas and Kara placed 2nd and 3rd but the day belonged to Meek.

With Dean out of the race, Yasemin Goktas and Ayse Beril Basliail took 2nd and 3rd places in the female race. 

  1. Jo Meek (Scott Running) 6:52:17 new CR first lady and first overall
  2. Aykut Celikbas 7:41:34
  3. Firat Kara 7:46:07 (tbc)
  1. Jo Meek (Scott Running)
  2. Yasemin Goktas 9:45:34
  3. Ayse Beril Basliqil 9:54:45

Marathon

Robbie Britton Iznik Ultra ©iancorless.com

Robbie Britton Iznik Ultra ©iancorless.com

Taking the front of the race in the opening meters, Robbie Britton (inov-8) continued to extend his lead over the opening km’s and never looked back. Running strong with a permanent smile on his face, Britton reveled in the warmth of a sunny Turkish day and put to good use all his training of the past month on the island of La Palma in preparation for Transvulcania.

Benoit Laval Iznik Ultra ©iancorless.com

Benoit Laval Iznik Ultra ©iancorless.com

Benoit Laval (Raidlight) was Britton’s closest rival but it soon became clear, as each checkpoint came, that Britton was continually extending his lead the only question mark; what margin would he win by? On the line, Britton set a new CR of 3:08:19, a great time for a hilly and undulating marathon. Laval placed 2nd in 3:30:38 and Duygun Yurteri 3rd just over 1-min later 3:31:56.

Elenya Polyakova Iznik Ultra ©iancorless.com

Elenya Polyakova Iznik Ultra ©iancorless.com

Elena Polyakova is an ever-present runner at the Iznik series of races and a previous 130km champion. Due to injury, Polyakova decided to play safe and run the marathon, however, her class shone and not only did she place 4th overall but she had a convincing victory ahead of Aysen Solak and Brit, Helen Southcott in 3rd.

  1. Robbie Britton (inov-8) 3:08:19 new CR
  2. Benoit Laval (Raidlight) 3:30:38
  3. Duygun Yurteri 3:31:56
  1. Elena Polyakova 3:47:26
  2. Aysen Solak 3:51:01
  3. Helen Southcott 4:14:07

10k

Robbie Britton (inov-8) and Tracy Dean (inov-8) not content with racing in the 80km and marathon distances also towed the line for the 10km fun run the following day and both topped the podiums, Britton running a solid 34-min was impressive after his marathon exploits just 24-hours earlier.

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Iznik Ultra ©iancorless.com

Results: HERE

RACE IMAGES HERE

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