Episode 153 – Beth Pascall, Pavel Paloncy, Mike Ambrose, Golden Ring Ultra.

Episode 153 of Talk Ultra is a packed show with multiple interviews… We speak with Beth Pascall who was 1st Brit and 4th lady at Transgrancanaria. We speak with 3 time winner of The Spine Race – Pavel Paloncy. We also chat with Michael from Russia’s Golden Ring Ultra and finally, Kurt Decker brings us chat with Mike Ambrose. Speedgoat co-hosts.
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00:16:56 NEWS
WAY TO COOL 50K
Ladia Albertson Junkans won in 3:44, Brittany Peterson 3:46 and Elizabeth Ryan 3:56
Max King 3:18, Jared Hazen 3:18:33 and Gus Gibbs 3:20
IDITAROD
Ever present David Johnston once again won but this time with Gavin Woody – 5 days, 10hrs and 23min.
TRANSGRANCANARIA 125km
Pau Capell did it again on a new course winning in 12:42 ahed of Aurelien Collet who led the race for much of the day, he finished in 12:56 and Cristofer Clemente was 3rd 13:22.
For the ladies it was a surprise win for Magda Lack ahead of the indestructible Andrea Huser and Ekaterina Mityaeva 3rd – 15:18, 15:58 and 16:12.
The UK’s Beth Pascall was 54th.
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00:28:15  Interview with BETH PASCALL
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Golden Ring Ultra – The Golden Ring Ultra-Trail® 100 is a trail race for runners of all backgrounds and levels of experience.
It’s no coincidence that the race is held in the town of Suzdal…
Founded in the 11th century, Suzdal is one of the oldest towns in Russia and home to more than 300 unique historical sites and monuments from ancient Rus, including several that have been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Awarded federally protected status in 1967 and surrounded by expansive forests and fields, Suzdal offers visitors a chance to travel back in time.
Set against this breathtaking landscape across which a millennium’s-worth of history has unfolded, the Golden Ring Ultra-Trail® 100 is designed for those who yearn for new adventures, discovering untapped strength within themselves, and finding total freedom in the outdoors.
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01:14:10 Interview with GOLDEN ULTRA RUSSIA
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01:32:06 Interview with MIKE AMBROSE
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02:01:14 Interview with PAVEL PALONCY
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UP & COMING RACES go to https://marathons.ahotu.com
  • Likeys Ultra 6633
    120 Mile
    North America / Canada / Yukon / Eagle Plains
    2018-03-09
    Ultramarathon
    SnowRunningMore info
  • Bel Monte Endurance Races
    50K
    North America / USA / South Atlantic / Virginia / Sherando Lake Recreation Area
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    MountainTrailRunningMore info
  • Bel Monte Endurance Races
    50 mile
    North America / USA / South Atlantic / Virginia / Sherando Lake Recreation Area
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    MountainTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Chester Ultra
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / England / Cheshire West and Chester / Chester
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Crazy Desert Trail Race
    50K
    North America / USA / West South Central / Texas / Park Drive
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Crazy Desert Trail Race
    100k
    North America / USA / West South Central / Texas / Park Drive
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • D33 Ultra From Epic Shit
    D33 Ultra
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / Scotland / Aberdeen City / Duthie Park, Aberdeen
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningOut & backSoloMore info
  • Dirty Duo
    50 km
    North America / Canada / British Columbia / North Vancouver
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Haworth Hobble
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / England / Bradford / Haworth
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Humanity Direct Amersham Ultra
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / England / Buckinghamshire / Amersham
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Labor of Love
    50M
    North America / USA / Mountain Region / Nevada / Lowell Canyon
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningMore info
  • Labor of Love
    50K
    North America / USA / Mountain Region / Nevada / Lowell Canyon
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • Land Between The Lakes Trail Runs
    60k
    North America / USA / East South Central / Kentucky / Grand Rivers
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Land Between The Lakes Trail Runs
    50 mile run
    North America / USA / East South Central / Kentucky / Grand Rivers
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Le Trail des Poilus
    Le poilu
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Nord-Pas-de-Calais / Pas-de-Calais / Ablain-Saint-Nazaire
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Marin Ultra Challenge
    50K
    North America / USA / Pacific / California / Fort Baker, Sausalito
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningHillySoloMore info
  • Marin Ultra Challenge
    50 Mile
    North America / USA / Pacific / California / Fort Baker, Sausalito
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningHillySoloMore info
  • Motatapu Icebreaker Off Road Marathon
    R&R Sport 49 km Team Adventure Run
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / New Zealand / Motatapu Station
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningHillyMore info
  • Old West Trails Fest
    50K Ultra
    North America / USA / Pacific / California / Borrego Springs
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    DesertTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Oxfam Trailwalker NZ
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / New Zealand / Whakatāne
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailWalkingTeam effortMore info
  • Prickly Pear 50K & 10 Mile Trail Runs
    50K Trail Run
    North America / USA / West South Central / Texas / San Antonio
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Relais de Nuit de Melesse
    Relais Hors stade non officiel
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Brittany / Ille-et-Vilaine / Melesse
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • Run for Amma
    50K
    North America / USA / Pacific / California / Portola Valley
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Saipan Marathon
    50K
    Oceania / Micronesia / Northern Mariana Islands / Saipan
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningOut & backMore info
  • SARR Prickly Pear 50K/10M/5K
    50K Trail Run Non-SARR Member
    North America / USA / West South Central / Texas / San Antonio
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • SARR Prickly Pear 50K/10M/5K
    50K Trail Run – SARR Member
    North America / USA / West South Central / Texas / San Antonio
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • Six Foot Track Marathon
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / Australia / New South Wales / Katoomba
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Te Houtaewa Challenge Marathon
    62 km Ultra marathon
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / New Zealand / Far North
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    SandTrailRunningMore info
  • Te Houtaewa Challenge Marathon
    5 Person Relay
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / New Zealand / Far North
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    SandTrailRunningMore info
  • Triple Peaks Challenge
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / New Zealand / Havelock North
    2018-03-10
    Ultramarathon
    MountainTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Ard Trail Raidlight
    L’Ard Trail
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Centre / Loiret / Ardon
    2018-03-11
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Fall Creek Falls 50K and Half Marathon
    50K
    North America / USA / East South Central / Tennessee / Pikeville
    2018-03-11
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Imber Ultra
    Imber Ultra Marathon
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / England / Wiltshire / Westbury
    2018-03-11
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Marxa dels Castells
    Marxa dels Castells PLUS
    Europe / Southern Europe / Spain / Catalonia / Ceravera
    2018-03-11
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningHillySingle loopSoloMore info
  • Trail del Marganai
    54
    Europe / Southern Europe / Italy / Sardinia / 09015 Domusnovas CI, Italy
    2018-03-11
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Trans-saint-paulienne
    Trail sud ardéchois
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Rhône-Alpes / Ardèche / Saint-Paul-le-Jeune
    2018-03-11
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Zululand Ultra Marathon
    56 km
    Africa / Southern Africa / South Africa / Nongoma
    2018-03-11
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • Ecotrail Paris
    45 km
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Ile de France / Paris
    2018-03-15
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • 3 days of Syllamo
    50K
    North America / USA / West South Central / Arkansas / Mountain View
    2018-03-16
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • 3 days of Syllamo
    North America / USA / West South Central / Arkansas / Mountain View
    2018-03-16
    Multiday race
    TrailMultiday RaceSoloMore info
  • Les Traces du Nord Basse Terre
    154 km
    North America / Caribbean / Guadeloupe / Lamentin
    2018-03-16
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningMore info
  • Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek 50-100 km Team Challenge
    Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek 100 km Team Challenge
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / Australia / New South Wales / Palm Beach
    2018-03-16
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek 50-100 km Team Challenge
    Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek 50 km Team Challenge Day: Sun, Sand, Surf
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / Australia / New South Wales / Palm Beach
    2018-03-16
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek 50-100 km Team Challenge
    Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek 50 km Team Challenge Day: Party All Night
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / Australia / New South Wales / Palm Beach
    2018-03-16
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • 3 days of Syllamo
    50 Mile
    North America / USA / West South Central / Arkansas / Mountain View
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Badwater Cape Fear
    Badwater Cape Fear 50 km
    North America / USA / South Atlantic / North Carolina / Bald Head Island
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • Badwater Cape Fear
    Badwater Cape Fear 51.4 Mile
    North America / USA / South Atlantic / North Carolina / Bald Head Island
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    RunningMore info
  • Caldeira Trail
    Africa / Eastern Africa / Réunion / Ste-Rose
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    MountainTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Chuckanut 50K
    Chuckanut 50 K
    North America / USA / Pacific / Washington / Bellingham
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSingle loopSoloMore info
  • Coastal Trail Series – Sussex
    Coastal Trail Series – Sussex – Ultra
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / England / East Sussex / Birling Gap
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Ecotrail Paris
    Trail 80 km
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Ile de France / Paris
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    Night RaceCountrysideCityForestUTMB QualifierTrailRunningUndulatingPoint to PointSoloMore info
  • Elizabeth’s Furnace Fat Ass 50K
    North America / USA / South Atlantic / Virginia / Front Royal, VA
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Hardmoors 55 Ultramarathon
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / England / North Yorkshire / Helmsley
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningMore info
  • Lake Martin 100
    27 Mile Trail Race
    North America / USA / East South Central / Alabama / Lake Martin
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Lake Martin 100
    50 Mile Trail Race
    North America / USA / East South Central / Alabama / Lake Martin
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Lake Martin 100
    100 Mile Trail Race
    North America / USA / East South Central / Alabama / Lake Martin
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Lt. J. C. Stone 50K Road UltraMarathon
    Lt. J. C. Stone 50K UltraMarathon
    North America / USA / Mid-Atlantic / Pennsylvania / North Park, Allegheny County
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • Mesquite Canyon
    50M
    North America / USA / Mountain Region / Arizona / Waddell
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    MountainTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Mesquite Canyon
    50K
    North America / USA / Mountain Region / Arizona / Waddell
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    MountainTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Montaña de Oro
    50km
    North America / USA / Pacific / California / Los Osos
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Music City Trail Ultra
    50K
    North America / USA / East South Central / Tennessee / Pegram
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningHillySoloMore info
  • Northburn Station 100 miler Mountain Run
    Northburn Station 100 km Mountain Run
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / New Zealand / Cromwell
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    MountainTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Northburn Station 100 miler Mountain Run
    50 km Mountain Run
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / New Zealand / Cromwell
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    MountainTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Om Die Dam
    50 km Marathon
    Africa / Southern Africa / South Africa / Hartbeespoort
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningMore info
  • Pistol Ultra Run
    100K
    North America / USA / East South Central / Tennessee / Alcoa
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • Pistol Ultra Run
    50 Mile
    North America / USA / East South Central / Tennessee / Alcoa
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    Night RaceRoadRunningSoloMore info
  • Pistol Ultra Run
    50K Relay
    North America / USA / East South Central / Tennessee / Alcoa
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningRelayMore info
  • Pistol Ultra Run
    50K
    North America / USA / East South Central / Tennessee / Alcoa
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • Pistol Ultra Run
    100 Miler
    North America / USA / East South Central / Tennessee / Alcoa
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • The Grasslands Trail Runs
    The Grasslands 50-Mile
    North America / USA / West South Central / Texas / Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Ultrabericus
    Twin Lui&Lei
    Europe / Southern Europe / Italy / Veneto / Vicenza
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningHillyRelayMore info
  • Ultrabericus
    Trail Integrale
    Europe / Southern Europe / Italy / Veneto / Vicenza
    2018-03-17
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningHillySoloMore info
  • 5tot50vankrimpen
    50km
    Europe / Western Europe / Netherlands / South Holland / Krimpen aan den IJssel
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • 5tot50vankrimpen
    45km
    Europe / Western Europe / Netherlands / South Holland / Krimpen aan den IJssel
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningMore info
  • Ergysport Trail du Ventoux
    46 km
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur / Vaucluse / Mont Ventoux
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    SnowMountainTrailRunningMore info
  • Les Traces du Nord Basse Terre
    47 km
    North America / Caribbean / Guadeloupe / Lamentin
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Le Trail du Souffle
    Trail Long (42 à 80km)
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Ile de France / Seine-et-Marne / Larchant
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningMore info
  • Millennium Way
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / Telford and Wrekin / Newport
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    RunningSoloMore info
  • Oldham Way Ultra Weekend
    Red Rose Ultra
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / Andhra Pradesh / Castleshaw
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningMore info
  • Trail du Petit Ballon & Circuit des Grands Crus
    Le Petit Ballon
    Europe / Western Europe / France / Alsace / Haut-Rhin / Rouffach
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningMore info
  • Trilhos do Paleozóico
    Ultra Trilho do Paleozóico
    Europe / Southern Europe / Portugal / Valongo
    2018-03-18
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningSoloMore info
  • BSI Lake Balaton Supermarathon
    Europe / Eastern Europe / Hungary / Siófok
    2018-03-22
    Multiday race
    RoadMultiday RaceSoloMore info
  • BSI Lake Balaton Supermarathon
    BSI Lake Balaton Marathon+ Siófok – Fonyód
    Europe / Eastern Europe / Hungary / Siófok
    2018-03-22
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • BSI Lake Balaton Supermarathon
    BSI Lake Balaton Marathon+ Badacsony – Balatonfüred
    Europe / Eastern Europe / Hungary / Siófok
    2018-03-22
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • BSI Lake Balaton Supermarathon
    BSI Half Lake Balaton Supermarathon
    Europe / Eastern Europe / Hungary / Siófok
    2018-03-22
    Multiday race
    RoadMultiday RaceSoloMore info
  • BSI Lake Balaton Supermarathon
    BSI Lake Balaton Marathon+ Fonyód – Szigliget
    Europe / Eastern Europe / Hungary / Siófok
    2018-03-22
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • BSI Lake Balaton Supermarathon
    BSI Lake Balaton Marathon+ Balatonfüred – Siófok
    Europe / Eastern Europe / Hungary / Siófok
    2018-03-22
    Ultramarathon
    RoadRunningSoloMore info
  • Morocco Tizi N’Trail
    Africa / Northern Africa / Morocco / Essaouira
    2018-03-22
    Multiday race
    DesertSeaside / LakesideTrailMultiday RaceMore info
  • Antelope Island Buffalo Run
    100 Mile
    North America / USA / Mountain Region / Utah / Antelope Island
    2018-03-23
    Ultramarathon
    UTMB QualifierTrailRunningSoloMore info
  • Jurassic Coast Challenge
    Europe / Northern Europe / United Kingdom / England / Dorset / Weymouth
    2018-03-23
    Multiday race
    UTMB QualifierTrailMultiday RaceSoloMore info
  • Oxfam Trailwalker Australia – Melbourne
    50 km
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / Australia / Victoria / Wheelers Hill
    2018-03-23
    Ultramarathon
    TrailWalkingMore info
  • Oxfam Trailwalker Australia – Melbourne
    100 km
    Oceania / Australia and New Zealand / Australia / Victoria / Wheelers Hill
    2018-03-23
    Ultramarathon
    TrailWalkingMore info
  • Pickled Feet 24/12/6 Hour Runs
    Pickled Feet 100 Mile Run
    North America / USA / Mountain Region / Idaho / Eagle Island State Park
    2018-03-23
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningFlatSoloMore info
  • Pickled Feet 24/12/6 Hour Runs
    Pickled Feet 100 Mile Relay
    North America / USA / Mountain Region / Idaho / Eagle Island State Park
    2018-03-23
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunningFlatRelayMore info
  • SciaccheTrail
    SciaccheTrail, 47 km, 3000m +
    Europe / Southern Europe / Italy / Liguria / Monterosso al mare, Cinque Terre
    2018-03-23
    Ultramarathon
    TrailRunning
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Episode 152 – Tom Evans, Marcus Scotney and John Storkamp

Episode 152 of Talk Ultra is a packed show with two interviews from The Coastal Challenge, one with race winner and course record holder, Tom Evans the other with Marcus Scotney. Kurt Decker brings us an interview with John Storkamp and Speedgoat is here to tell us about his 39th 100-mile win!
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00:07:16 NEWS
TARAWERA
Dylan Bowman and Kelly Wolf took respective victories in 8:27 and 10:08. Cody Reed and Sam McCutcheon rounded out the male podium and Amanda Basham was 2nd ahead of Erika Lori.
Vajin Armstrong and Lucy Bartholomew won the 62km
LONE STAR 100
Speedgoat won again… his 4th! 23:38. Alyson Kirk won the ladies in 29:10
BLACK CANYON 100k
Tim Freriks is on a roll again with a win and Western States slot. Juan Maron and Kanoa King was 2nd and 3rd. Top 3 times 8:12, 8:53 and 9:10.
Alisa MacDonald took the ladies win and 2nd overall! in 8:53. Courtney Dauwalter was 2nd in 9:18 and Paige Pattillo 3rd in 10:09.
MOAB RED HOT 55k
Cat Bradley and Anthony Costales took victory in 4:54 and 3:37. Anthony’s time a new CR! Benjamin Stout and Kyle Pietari was 2nd and 3rd. For the ladies, it was Emily Hawgwood and Betsy Bies.
THE COASTAL CHALLENGE
Ragna Bebats obliterated the ladies race winning all stages and setting a new CR by almost a hour (previous record Anna Frost). Her collective time 26:14. Ester Alves, previous winner of TCC was 2nd and Suzanna Guadarrama was 3rd.
The men’s race was a doozy with Tom Evans winning all stages, setting a new CR but he was only 4-min ahead of Hayden Hawks – the duo battled throughout. Tom’s record is 44mins better than the 2017 Tome Owens record, the new mark 21:44. Michael Wardian finished 3rd.

Race Reports and Images

Day 1 HERE
Day 2 HERE
Day 3 HERE
Day 4 HERE
Day 5 HERE
Day 6 HERE
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00:26:15  Interview with MARCUS SCOTNEY
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01:06:14 Interview with TOM EVANS
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SUSITNA 100
David Johnston and Laura McDonough won in 23:39 and 28:39.
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01:43:18 Interview with HOHN STORKAMP
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UP & COMING RACES

Canada

Yukon

Likeys Ultra 6633 | 120.0 miles | March 09, 2018 | website
Likeys Ultra 6633 | 350.0 miles | March 09, 2018 | website

Cayman Islands

Off the Beaten Track | 50.0 kilometers | February 25, 2018 | website
Off the Beaten Track | 50.0 kilometers | February 25, 2018 | website

Costa Rica

Ultra Trail Irazu | 70.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
Ultra Trail Irazu | 100.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

France

Dordogne

50 Kms de Lalinde | 50.0 kilometers | March 04, 2018 | website

Finistère

Ultra-thonnerieux | 115.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Gard

Ceven’ Trail | 62.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
Ceven’ Trail | 100.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Ille-et-Vilaine

Endu’Rance Trail des Corsaires | 55.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Endu’Rance Trail des Corsaires | 107.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website

Puy-de-Dôme

Trail de Vulcain | 73.0 kilometers | March 04, 2018 | website

Saône-et-Loire

Trail des Trois Châteaux | 55.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Tarn

Black Mountain Trail | 55.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Germany

Bavaria

Chiemsee-Ultramarathon März | 108.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Hesse

Lahntallauf | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Hong-Kong

Translantau | 100.0 kilometers | March 02, 2018 | website
Translantau | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Italy

Tuscany

Terre di Siena Ultramarathon | 50.0 kilometers | February 25, 2018 | website
EcoTrail Florence | 93.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
EcoTrail Florence | 55.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
EcoTrail Florence | 80.0 kilometers | March 04, 2018 | website

Umbria

Strasimeno | 58.0 kilometers | March 04, 2018 | website

Nepal

Annapurna Sanctuary Fastpack | 100.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

New Zealand

Back Country Cuisine Alps 2 Ocean | 301.0 kilometers | February 23, 2018 | website
Old Ghost Ultra Marathon | 85.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
The Hillary Trail Race | 80.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website

Nicaragua

Survival Run Nicaragua | 80.0 kilometers | February 28, 2018 | website
Fuego y Agua Nicaragua | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
Fuego y Agua Nicaragua | 103.1 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Philippines

Davao50 Ultramarathon | 50.0 kilometers | February 25, 2018 | website

Portugal

Trail Terras do Sicó | 111.0 kilometers | February 23, 2018 | website
Trail Terras do Sicó | 52.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website

South Africa

Three Cranes Challenge | 106.0 kilometers | February 23, 2018 | website
South African Addo Elephant Trail Run | 100.0 miles | March 01, 2018 | website
South African Addo Elephant Trail Run | 44.0 miles | March 02, 2018 | website
South African Addo Elephant Trail Run | 76.0 kilometers | March 02, 2018 | website

Spain

Andalusia

Ultra Trail Sierras del Bandolero | 85.6 kilometers | March 02, 2018 | website
Ultra Trail Sierras del Bandolero | 166.0 kilometers | March 02, 2018 | website

Canary Islands

Transgrancanaria | 125.0 kilometers | February 23, 2018 | website

Region of Murcia

USA

Alabama

Mount Cheaha 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Delano Park | 50.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website

Alaska

Iditarod Trail Invitational | 350.0 miles | February 25, 2018 | website
Iditarod Trail Invitational | 1000.0 miles | February 25, 2018 | website
Chena River to Ridge Endurance Race | 45.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website

Arizona

Ultra Adventures Antelope Canyon | 55.0 kilometers | February 23, 2018 | website
Ultra Adventures Antelope Canyon | 50.0 miles | February 23, 2018 | website
Old Pueblo 50 Miler | 50.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website
Old Pueblo 50 Miler | 75.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website

Arkansas

Run LOVit | 100.0 miles | February 23, 2018 | website
Run LOVit | 100.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website

California

Orange Curtain | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Orange Curtain | 100.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Salmon Falls 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Sycamore 100k | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Sycamore 100k | 100.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Sycamore 100k | 100.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Griffith Park Trail Marathon | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
Way Too Cool 50k | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Florida

Cross Florida Route 40 Romp | 116.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website
Cross Florida Route 40 Romp | 116.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website
The Dunes 100 | 100.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website
The Dunes 100 | 50.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website
The Dunes 100 | 100.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website

Georgia

Flatlanders Canyon Crash Trail Run | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website

Kansas

Psycho Wyco Run Toto Run | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website

Maryland

Frozen Heart 50 km | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Frozen Heart 50 km | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Hashawha Hills 50 km Trail Run | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website
Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Marathon & 50K | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Mississippi

Carl Touchstone Mississippi Trail Runs | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
Carl Touchstone Mississippi Trail Runs | 50.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website

New Mexico

Sierra Vista Trail Runs | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

New York

Caumsett Park 50K Championship and GLIRC 25K Run | 50.0 kilometers | March 04, 2018 | website

North Carolina

Black Mountain Marathon | 40.0 miles | February 24, 2018 | website

Ohio

Olde Girdled Grit 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website

Oklahoma

Tulsa Running Club Post Oak Lodge Challenge | 50.0 kilometers | February 24, 2018 | website

Pennsylvania

Naked Bavarian 20M, 26.2 & 40M | 40.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website

South Carolina

Conquer the Rock | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Texas

Cowtown Marathon | 50.0 kilometers | February 25, 2018 | website
Tinajas Ultras | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
Tinajas Ultras | 100.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
Reebok Ragnar Luckenbach | 200.0 miles | March 09, 2018 | website

Utah

Lake to Lake Team Relay & Ultra | 50.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website
Monument Valley Ultra | 50.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website
Monument Valley Ultra | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website
Red Mountain | 55.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

Vermont

PEAK Snowshoe race | 100.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website

Virginia

Reverse Ring | 71.0 miles | February 24, 2018 | website

Washington

Wallace Falls Trail Run | 50.0 kilometers | March 03, 2018 | website

United Kingdom

Bihar

Green Man Ultra | 45.0 miles | March 03, 2018 | website

Essex

St Peters Way Ultra | 45.0 miles | February 25, 2018 | website

Northumberland

Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland | 34.0 miles | February 24, 2018 | website
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The Coastal Challenge 2018 #TCC2018 – Registration

The 2018 The Coastal Challenge finally got underway today in San Jose, Costa Rica, as over 100 runners from all over the world came to packet pick up and registration for the 14th edition of the race.

As always, it was a mixture of nerves and excitement. The journey ahead, a stunning 6-days running along the coast of Costa Rica from Quepos to the iconic Drake Bay. Flanked on the right by the Pacific and to the left, the amazing Talamanca mountain range. 

The 2018 edition of the race has all the makings of a classic. The men’s field is arguably the best ever with Michael Wardian, Hayden Hawks, Tom Evans, Marcus Scotney and Timothy Olson.

Michael Wardian, TCC champion and previous course record holder.

Hayden Hawks 2017 CCC champion.

Tom Evans 3rd at MDS Morocco 2017 and 4th at CCC and the Eiger Ultra Trail.

Marcus Scotney winner of the Dragons Back Race and Cape Wrath Ultra.

The ladies’ race is equally impressive with past winner Ester Alves returning joined by Ragna Debats, Inge Nijkamp and Josephine Adams.

Ester Alves 2016 The Coastal Challenge champion.

Ragna Debats Skyrunner World Series champion 2017.

Inge Nijkamp 11th at MDS Morocco 2017.

Josephine Adams 6th at MDS Peru 2017.

Full preview HERE

Tomorrow, Sunday 11th, runners depart for San Jose at 0400 for the 4-hour journey to the coast.

It’s a tough day as the race will start at 0900, the sun will already be high in the sky and the heat intense. It’s a day when patience can prevail.

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Episode 151 – Carol Morgan

Episode 151 of Talk Ultra has a full and in-depth interview with 2018 The Spine Race female champion, Carol Morgan. Speedgoat Karl is with us to co-host and chew the ultra fat.
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NEWS
ARROWHEAD 135
News just in that John Storkamp, RD of Superior 100 has just won Arrowhead 135 – he’s won it before and has a great history with the race – so awesome.
HONG KONG 100
So, Jig Liang won the race in 9:28:35 – a new CR beating Francois D’Haene’s time. But was then disqualified – apparently he grabbed a water bottle from a hiker and the threw the bottle on the trail! Min Qi was then upgraded to winner with the USA’s Alex Nichols becoming 2nd and Run Yun Yu was 3rd.
Miao Yao was the ladies champ  in a stunning time of 10:40 – that was 40-minutes faster than Nuria Picas! A returning to form Mira Rai was 2nd and Fu-Zhao Xiang in 3rd.
MOUNTAIN MIST 50K
David Riddle and Jackie Merritt took the wins in 3:53 and 4:40.
THE SPINE
Pavel Paloncy won the race (109 hours 50min) for the men and Carol Morgan (130 hours 37min) for the ladies. Once gain it turned out to be epic with the early good and fast conditions getting worse as the days passed. By the end it was all snow, ice, blizzards and the race was even stopped at one point for safety.
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INTERVIEW – CAROL MORGAN
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LANZAROTE TRAINING CAMP
We were out in Lanzarote for our annual multi-day training camp. Once again an incredible week with over 40-athletes of all abilities taking part. Our coaches, MDS champ Elisabet Barnes, up and coming GB athlete Tom Evans and single and multi-stage runner Sondre Amdahl all lead specific based run groups – Marie-Paule Pierson took a walking group. I normally move between groups but this year took a specific group moving between fast walking and running. Stunning week and we have just opened booking for 2019.
What is great about the camp is seeing how people learn and progress. For example, Gemma Game placed 4th at MDS in 2015 and she was running in the fast group with Tom Evans. We had other runners nervous about the challenges a multi-day will bring and by the end of the week they were confident and ready for the next step. We also had one or two runners who actually were worried about just being on the camp but they soon overcame their fears. Got to give a shout out to Sue Ding who had a really tough day 1 with us and then overcame so many fears and obstacles to finish the week on a high.
COLDWATER RUMBLE
Notable because Courtney Dauwalter once again won outright! She did the 52 mile race in 7:10. – this was 1 hr better than the male CR!
Still a quiet time in the news…
Next week THE COASTAL CHALLENGE preview HERE
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UP & COMING RACES

Argentina

Vuriloche Ultra Trail | 90.0 kilometers | February 02, 2018 | website

Australia

Queensland

Dusk to Dawn | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Dusk to Dawn | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Dusk to Dawn | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Dusk to Dawn | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Dusk to Dawn | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Dusk to Dawn | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Dusk to Dawn | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Tasmania

The Cradle Mountain Run | 82.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website

Chile 

Futangue Challenge | 62.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Finland

Lapland

Rovaniemi Arctic Winter Races | 150.0 kilometers | February 16, 2018 | website
Rovaniemi Arctic Winter Races | 66.0 kilometers | February 16, 2018 | website
Rovaniemi Arctic Winter Races | 300.0 kilometers | February 16, 2018 | website

France

Côtes-d’Armor

Trail Glazig | 72.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Trail Glazig | 54.0 kilometers | February 11, 2018 | website

Morbihan

19éme Tro Maneguen | 100.0 kilometers | February 11, 2018 | website

Germany

Lower Saxony

Brocken-Challenge 84,5 km | 86.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Guadeloupe

Traces du Nord Basse-Terre | 154.0 kilometers | February 16, 2018 | website

Hong-Kong

Green Power Hike | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
MSIG Sai Kung 50 | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

India

Gujarat

Run the Rann | 101.0 kilometers | February 02, 2018 | website
Run the Rann | 161.0 kilometers | February 02, 2018 | website

Kerala

Munnar Marathon | 71.12 kilometers | February 11, 2018 | website

Ireland

Kildare

Donadea 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Italy

Marche

Maratona sulla sabbia | 50.0 kilometers | February 11, 2018 | website

Malaysia

Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

New Zealand

Tarawera Ultramarathon Run | 85.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Tarawera Ultramarathon Run | 62.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Tarawera Ultramarathon Run | 162.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Tarawera Ultramarathon Run | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Oman

Wadi Bih Run | 52.0 kilometers | February 02, 2018 | website
Wadi Bih Run | 72.0 kilometers | February 02, 2018 | website
Wadi Bih Run | 52.0 kilometers | February 02, 2018 | website
Wadi Bih Run | 72.0 kilometers | February 02, 2018 | website

South Africa

Bay Ultra Marathon | 50.0 kilometers | February 02, 2018 | website

Thailand

The North Face 100® – Thailand | 75.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
The North Face 100® – Thailand | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
The North Face 100® – Thailand | 100.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
Ultra Trail Koh Chang | 66.0 kilometers | February 16, 2018 | website
Ultra Trail Koh Chang | 100.0 kilometers | February 16, 2018 | website

USA

Alabama

Black Warrior/Phillip Parker 50k and 25k Trail Runs | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Black Warrior/Phillip Parker 50k and 25k Trail Runs | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Arizona

Elephant Mountain | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
Ragnar Relay Del Sol | 200.0 miles | February 09, 2018 | website
Pemberton Trail 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Arkansas

White Rock Classic 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website

California

Fort Ord Trail Run | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
Ordnance 100 | 100.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
Sean O’Brian Trail Runs | 100.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
Sean O’Brian Trail Runs | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
Sean O’Brian Trail Runs | 50.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website

Florida

Lost 118 | 118.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website
Iron Horse Endurance Runs | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Iron Horse Endurance Runs | 50.0 miles | February 10, 2018 | website
Iron Horse Endurance Runs | 100.0 miles | February 10, 2018 | website
26.2 With Donna | 110.0 miles | February 11, 2018 | website

North Carolina

Uwharrie Mountain Run | 40.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website

Oregon

Bristow Trail Runs | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website

South Carolina

Rut Rogue 40s | 40.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website
Rut Rogue 40s | 40.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website
Rut Rogue 40s | 40.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website
Mill Stone 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Texas

Rocky Raccoon | 100.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website
Lone Star 100 | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Lone Star 100 | 100.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website
Lone Star 100 | 100.0 miles | February 10, 2018 | website
Lone Star 100 | 100.0 miles | February 10, 2018 | website
Rocky 50 Trail Run | 50.0 miles | February 10, 2018 | website
Rocky 50 Trail Run | 50.0 kilometers | February 10, 2018 | website

Virginia

The Wild Oak Trail 100 | 112.8 miles | February 16, 2018 | website

Washington

Jed Smith Ultra Classic | 50.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website
Jed Smith Ultra Classic | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
Orcas Island 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website
Orcas Island 100 | 100.0 miles | February 09, 2018 | website

Wisconsin

John Dick Memorial 50K | 50.0 kilometers | February 03, 2018 | website

United Kingdom

Cornwall

Arc of Attrition | 100.0 miles | February 09, 2018 | website

Devon

Coastal Trail Series- South Devon | 34.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website

Oxfordshire

Thames Trot 50 | 50.0 miles | February 03, 2018 | website

Surrey

Wales

Brecon to Cardiff Ultra | 42.0 miles | February 11, 2018 | website

Warwickshire

Cotswold Marathon & 35.35 Mile Ultra Run | 35.35 miles | February 11, 2018 | website
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The Coastal Challenge 2018 Race Preview #TCC2018

The 2018 ‘The Coastal Challenge’ is upon us! Six days, 230.5km of racing and 9543m of vertical gain, 9413m of vertical descent – TCC is more than a challenge!

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Over the years, TCC has grown in stature with an ‘A’ list of elite runners from all over the world. The 2017 edition was won by Salomon International Athletes – Anna Frost and Tom Owens. For 2018, the race steps up a notch with arguably the greatest ever male field assembled for a multi-stage race.

The 2018 edition lists a who’s who of elite runners.

Michael Wardian, a past winner and yours record holder returns. The unstoppable Chema Martinez from Spain returns once again looking for that top spot. Rising GB star, Tom Evans heads for his first rainforest experience after planing 3rd at MDS in 2017. Add to this, the legendary and iconic Timothy Olson, Drgagons Back and Cape Wrath winner, Marcus Scotney and the USA’s rising star and fast-man, Hayden Hawks – needless to say, the rainforest of the Talamancas may be ablaze after these guys have forged a path through its stunning trails.

For the ladies’ Ester Alves returns, a past champion, Ester has just placed 2nd at the Everest Trail Race in Nepal. She will be joined by the Dutch mountain goat and fast lady, Ragna Debats. Our top three female contenders should have been rounded out by Elisabet Barnes but unfortunately, illness has taken its toll and she will not make the start in Quepos.

“Due to several occurrences of cold and flu in the last few months I have had to reevaluate my upcoming race schedule. I have raced nine demanding multi-stage races in the last two years and my body is telling me to back off a bit. I plan to come back stronger and one thing is guaranteed, I will be back at TCC2019 – It is a race I love!”

– Elisabet Barnes

The Race:

Stage 1 34.6km 1018m of vert and 886m of descent

Stage 2 39.1km 1898m of vert and 1984m of descent

Stage 3 47.4km 1781m of vert and 1736m of descent

Stage 4 37.1km 2466m of vert and 2424m of descent

Stage 5 49.8km 1767m of vert and 1770m of descent

Stage 6 22.5km 613m of vert and 613m of descent

Stats:

Total 230.5km

Vertical 9543m

Descent 9413m

Description

Hugging the coastline of the tropical Pacific, TCC is the ultimate multi-day experience that weaves in and out of the Talamancas; a coastal mountain range in the Southwest corner of Central America.

The terrain is ever-changing from wide, dusty and runnable fire trails to dense and muddy mountain trails. Runners will cross rivers, boulders, swim through rivers, pass under waterfalls, survive long relentless beaches and finally finish in the incredible Corcovado National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site with a stunning final loop around Drake Bay before departing for their journeys home via speedboat.

THE ROUTE

Stage 1 

It’s a tough day! Runners depart San Jose early morning (around 0530) for a 3-hour drive to Playa Del Rey, Quepos. It’s the only day that the race starts late and ‘in the sun!’. It’s the toughest day of the race, not because the the terrain or distance, but because of the time of day! The runners are fresh and feel great. That is until about 10km and then they realise the heat and humidity is relentless. It’s a day for caution – mark my words! The 34.6km is very runnable with little vertical and technicality – it welcomes the runners to Costa Rica.

Stage 2

From here on in, it is early breakfast. Around 0400 runners wake and the race starts with  the arrival of the sun! The only way is up from the start with a tough and challenging climb. It’s a tough day with an abundance of climbing and descending and a final tough flat stretch on the beach, just as the heat takes hold.

Stage 3

It is basically 25km of climbing topping out at 800m followed by a drop to the sea and a final kick in the tail before the arrival at camp. For many, this is a key day and maybe one of the most spectacular. Pura Vida.

Stage 4

It’s another tough start to the day with a relentless climb, but once at 900m the route is a rollercoaster of relentless small climbs and descents, often littered with technical sections, rainforest, river crossings and boulders. At 30km, it’s a short drop to the road and the finish at 37.1km.

Stage 5

The long day but what a beauty! This route was tweaked a couple of years ago and now has become iconic with tough trails, plenty of climbing, sandy beaches and yes, even a boat trip. The finish at Drake Bay is iconic.

Stage 6

The victory lap! For many, this stage is the most beautiful and memorable. In just over 20km, the route manages to include a little of all that has gone before. It’s a stage of fun and challenges and one that concludes on the beach as a 2018 medal is placed over your head – job done!

THE RUNNERS – MALE

 

Michael Wardian has won the race and set a course record. He knows the lay of the land and if anyone knows how to race hard, day-after-day, it is Mike. You can never bet against him and he always comes ‘to race!’ There is no sandbagging, no pretenses, just a full-on let’s race and let the best man win!

Hayden Hawks burst on the scene in recent years blazing a trail of fast running. He is one of the new breed of trail runner who is moving from the road/ track to the trails. That natural speed is making trail racing faster and faster. Hayden won CCC in 2017 – a huge win. He loves to train with big weeks and TCC will feel like a ‘training week’ but just a whole lot faster… he is a favourite for the win! 

Timothy Olson needs no introduction. This man blasted Western States to a whole new level and was the man to beat at any race. A tough 2016 started to overturn in 2017 with a slow but calculated return to form. One of the nicest guys out there, Timothy will bring his love for all things to TCC and will inspire with his feet and his heart. On his day, this guy could rip the legs off the competition.

Tom Evans burst on the scene in 2017 placing 3rd at Marathon des Sables. He played the Moroccans at their own game and had them worried. Interestingly, Michael Wardian also placed 3rd some years ago… Tom placed 4th at the Eiger Ultra and CCC and recently has earned a slot on the GB Squad for the World Trail Championships in May. He is fast and can run technical trails, he has the multi-day format nailed – it is going to be awesome!

Marcus Scotney has represented GB and has won ‘The Challenger’ at the UK’s Spine race, won the Cape Wrath Ultra and most recently, The Dragons Back Race – both of which are gnarly UK multi-stage races. Marcus has all the skills for a great race at TCC, the biggest question may well come with heat adaptation from a cold UK?

Finally, Chema Martinez is slowly but surely become Mr. TCC. He has raced many times and played 2nd year-on-year. Will 2018 be the year when he tips the scales in his favour? Who knows, one thing is for sure, he will race hard every day.

THE RUNNERS – FEMALE

Ester Alves has won the race before and last year placed 3rd. Recently, she placed 2nd at the Everest Trail Race in Nepal. Ester brings experience and excellent mountain/ technical running to TCC and as such, will always be a favourite for the win.

Ragna Debats in recent years has been a revelation mixing fast running (IAU World Trail Champs) with Skyrunning. On paper, Ragna is a hot favourite for victory in Costa Rica. The combination of speed and technical ability may well give her a supreme edge over the competition.

Inge Nijkamp placed 11th at Marathon des Sables and although she won’t appreciate me highlighting her name here, she will be one to watch. Her form, in her own words, “Is not what it should be,’ but, she has the ability and skill to certainly edge onto the podium should all go well.

Of course, we can not rule out the local talent who, over the years, has made the race exhilarating and exciting. We will update this report with a review of both the male and female talent once the race list has been confirmed.

Registration takes place on February 10th

Racing starts on the 11th

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ELISABET BARNES and MARCUS SCOTNEY – THE COASTAL CHALLENGE 2018 #TCC2018

2015 and 2017 Marathon des Sables ladies champion Elisabet Barnes will join 2016 Cape Wrath Ultra and 2017 Dragons Back Race champion Marcus Scotney on the start line in Quepos for the 2018, The Coastal Challenge.

TCC as it is affectionately known is a multi-day race starting in the southern coastal town of Quepos, Costa Rica and finishing at the stunning Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula. It is an ultimate multi-day running experience that offers a new challenge even to the most experienced runner. Taking place over 6-days, the race hugs the coastline of Costa Rica, traveling in and out of the stunning Talamanca mountain range. Even the strongest competitors are reduced to exhausted shells by the arrival of the finish line due to the combination of technical trails, dense forest, river crossings, waterfalls, long stretches of golden beach, dusty access roads, high ridges and open expansive plains.

The 14th edition of the race is set to be a classic in the making with the confirmation of Barnes and Scotney. Barnes is a two-time winner of the iconic Marathon des Sables and is a two-time finisher of the TCC – 2015 and 2016.

Bitten by the Costa Rica bug and the ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle, Barnes has repeatedly said that the Central American race is her most favourite.

“Costa Rica is a magical place and the TCC is spectacular in so many ways. I work hard in this race because technical running is not my strength, but I love the fact that I get to push my boundaries and challenge myself. The course is just breath taking with great variety, always interesting but not always easy! After a tough day on the trails you are rewarded with yet another stunning campsite, a warm welcome by the dedicated volunteers, and excellent food provided by the hard-working catering team. It’s a race that every runner should add to their bucket list.”

The race looks set to elevate itself to new heights in with the confirmation of Marcus Scotney. Scotney is a highly-respected runner within the UK who has on multiple occasions represented his country on the world ultra-stage. In recent years, he has participated in multi-day races – The Cape Wrath Ultra in Scotland and The Dragons Back Race in Wales. Both races are tough, technical races with many 1000m’s of vertical gain. Scotney won them both and now looks forward to testing himself in the high heat and humidity of Costa Rica.

 

‘The Coastal Challenge has been on my bucket list of races since 2014, it looks like an amazing beautiful race with a stunning mixture of trail, beach and jungle running. I can’t wait to visit Costa Rica and experience the culture and run a multi-stage race which has a brilliant reputation. I am sure it will live up to that reputation and all that I expect; I feel very privileged to run the race.’

Unlike races such as the Marathon des Sables, TCC is not self-sufficient. Don’t be fooled though, the racing, terrain, heat and climbing make the stages considerably harder and more challenging than the Moroccan adventure. 

“Not carrying equipment is convenient, as is having access to your gear so you can run in fresh clothes every day and change for camp,” Barnes says. “However, the terrain is at times far more difficult than in MDS, and when adding to that the high humidity, you really have a challenge on your hands. Still, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a week”

Will it be third time lucky for Barnes in Costa Rica, who knows? She certainly has knowledge of the course, an understanding of how to run in the heat and yes, she also knows how to maximize her time to make the most of her racing experience. For Scotney, the challenge will be a new one. He will love all the faster sections of the course where he will be able to unleash his natural running speed. The challenges will come with the technical terrain and of course the heat combined with the humidity.

The 2018 edition of TCC is already looking like a stunning race and in the coming months, several other elite athletes will be announced who will participate in this classic race.

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The Cape Wrath Ultra™ 2016 – Day 4

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Day 4 of the Cape Wrath Ultra was a stunner, no, it was amazing! The early morning cold temperatures and icy wind lifted to show the highlands in their true magnificence and what a course… today was arguably THE day of the Cape Wrath Ultra.

Just 69 runners (from 95) are left in the race, yes, the first 3-days have really started to hit! Although day-4 was a ‘recovery’ day (heard in the camp this morning!) of 22 miles, it was still a day of epic challenges and one seriously beautiful course. In particular, the section of trail from CP1 (on the A896) in the Glen Torridon that weaved it’s way up and up via a stony path between Spidean a Choire Leith and Spidean Coire nan Clach to the amazing cauldron that backed onto Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair. This is a stunning place! Despite tired legs, fatigue, pain and no matter what ailments, this place put a smile on every single participants face.

It may come as no surprise that Marcus Scotney once again lead the charge. He was instructed by event director, Shane Ohly, that under no circumstances must he start before 0900. For the remaining runners, the start window of 0700-0900 was open and many, despite fatigue, still decided to leave early in the hope that they would be back in camp to gain additional rest at the end of the day.

Finishing in Kinlochewe, Scotney stopped the clock in 4:05:52 and although Thomas Adams had been very close to hime at the midway point, he lost more time at the finish with a 4:22:22. Ian White finished 3rd and Pavel Paloncy finished 4th, their respective times 4:41:23 and 4:42:32 – looks like we may have a fight on our hands for 3rd place with Paloncy just 9-minutes advantage.

For the ladies, Ita Emanuela Marzotto was back on form today, with a definite, ‘I love the mountains!’ as she moved past me on the trail. Her time of 6:14:51 extended her lead over Laura Watson (overall ladies 2nd place) who finished in 6:42:26. However, 2nd lady on the stage and 3rd lady overall, Louise Staples stopped the clock in 6:34:04. We may have a battle on our hands for the ladies podium?

Ultimately, today was all about blue skies, white clouds and the stunning highlands, even Marcus Scotney stopped to grab some photos on his phone! Today was a special day and one that all the runners will not forget.

Roll on day 5 which once again is a (relative) shorter day of 27-miles and 1400m+ to Inverlael.

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The Cape Wrath Ultra™ 2016 – Day 3

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A ‘runnable’ day played into Marcus Scotney’s hands and pulling of a three-in-three stage win he once again consolidated his overall lead by another 20+ minutes for convincing lead overall. For the ladies, Laura Watson today took a stage victory by just over 1-minute from overall ladies race leader, Ita Manuela Mariotto.

At 68km long, it was a long and tough day, considerably coming on the back of a tough day 2. Although considered a course that would allow more running, the 2400m of ascent added to the difficulty. Unfortunately, the day didn’t start well for a couple of runners, Darren Grigas and Peter Fairhurst who made a huge navigational error and went completely off course and causing a minor concern from the safety team – a message was sent to the runners informing them that they were off course and to take evasive action. Unfortunately they missed the cut-off time at CP1 and therefore were withdrawn from the race in a competitive nature. It was a huge blow for both runners, particularly Peter who was in a top-position.

At the time of writing (21:30) just 49 runners had completed the day 3 course with 13 confirmed additional confirmed dnf and the remaining 32 fighting the cut-off times for a finish.

Departing Kinloch Hourn between 0700-0900, most runners maximised the additional time and left as close to 0700 as possible in an attempt to make Acanshellach before 2300 hours.

The sun was out, the skies were blue and white fluffy clouds occasionally offered some cover from the heat of the day but it was a tough day and only Scotney (7:49:09) and Mariotto (11:56:24) made the day look easy. For the remaining runners it was a day of struggle and survival. Thomas Adams (8:11:29) remained consistent running 2nd (once again) but Pavel Paloncy (10:00:58) seemed to struggle today and looked to be fighting the terrain, he finished the stage 5th over 1hr and 10min behind Scotney. Ian White (9:31:22) ran another good stage and today finished 3rd.

Ita Manuela Mariotto and Louise Staples ran a consistent day 3 and consolidated their respective overall top-3 places with11:56:24 and 12:18:38.

Stage 4 is a arguably a recovery day at 22-miles finishing in the town of Kinlochewe.

Overall standings after day-3 

  1. Marcus Scotney 16:58:06
  2. Thomas Adams 17:36:28
  3. Pavel Paloncy 20:24:51
  1. Ita Manuela Mariotto 25:29:00
  2. Laura Watson 25:54:06
  3. Louise Staples 26:30:40

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Episode 79 – Amdahl Pascall Kimball

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Episode 79 of Talk Ultra is another packed show! We speak with HK100 2nd placed runner, Sondre Amdahl. We also speak to the female winner of the UK’s, The Spine, Beth Pascall. Nikki Kimball discusses her incredible 2014 season with victory at Marathon Des Sables, top-5 at Western States Endurance Run and winning Run Rabbit Run. The News, a Blog, Up & Coming Races and Speedgoat Karl Meltzer.

00:05:11 NEWS
 
HK100
 
Long-Fei Yan 9:52:42
Sondre Amdahl 9:59:46
Antoine Guillon 10:30:02
Pui Yan Wyan Chow 12:24:56
Dong Li 12:39:54
Lisa Borzani 12:50:38
00:13:27 INTERVIEW
 
Sondre Amdahl check out his website HERE
 
The Spine
 
Pavel Paloncy 79:34 and Beth Pascall 90:59 –  It is the longest non-stop foot race in the UK, set against the unforgiving British winter. 268 miles of ice, snow, cold and savage winds. You have 7 days to complete the race from Edale to Kirk Yetholm.
 
01:08:45 INTERVIEW
 
Beth Pascall
 
HURT 100
 
Michael Arnstein 21:29
Alex Nunn 21:47
Nick Hollon 22:42
Amy Sproston 26:22
Alicia Woodside 28:10
Kiyomi Kuroda 31:22
 
02:04:38 BLOG
Sondre Amdahl – Diagonale des Fous race report – HERE
 
02:05:30 INTERVIEW
 
Nikki Kimball – Finding Traction film HERE
 
03:05:10 UP & COMING RACES
 

Argentina

Columbia Cruce de los Andes | 90 kilometers | February 05, 2015 | website

Queensland

Beerwah at Night – 50 km | 51 kilometers | January 25, 2015 | website

Caboolture Historical Village Dusk to Dawn 100km | 100 kilometers | January 31, 2015 | website

Caboolture Historical Village Dusk to Dawn 50km | 50 kilometers | January 31, 2015 | website

Chad

TREG | 170 kilometers | February 06, 2015 | website

Chile

El Cruce Columbia | 103 kilometers | February 05, 2015 | website

Costa Rica

Coastal Challenge | 250 kilometers | January 31, 2015 | website

France

Tarn

La Ronde Givrée | 62 kilometers | February 01, 2015 | website

Germany

Bavaria

Chiemsee-Ultramarathon Januar | 108 kilometers | January 24, 2015 | website

Brandenburg

HallenMarathon 50km Ultra-Lauf | 50 kilometers | January 25, 2015 | website

Hesse

Rodgau 50km Ultramarathon | 50 kilometers | January 31, 2015 | website

India

Thar Desert Run – 100 miles | 100 miles | February 06, 2015 | website

The Great White Rann – Run of Kutch – 135 Miles | 135 miles | February 06, 2015 | website

The Great White Rann – Run of Kutch – 160 km | 160 kilometers | February 06, 2015 | website

The Great White Rann – Run of Kutch – 50 km | 50 kilometers | February 06, 2015 | website

The Great White Rann – Run of Kutch – 80 km | 80 kilometers | February 06, 2015 | website

Kenya

Kimbia Kenya 100 km | 100 kilometers | January 30, 2015 | website

Kimbia Kenya 50 km | 50 kilometers | January 30, 2015 | website

New Zealand

The James Mountain Stampede Ultra | 50 kilometers | January 24, 2015 | website

Nicaragua

Survival Run: Nicaragua | 70 kilometers | February 04, 2015 | website

Oman

Wadi Bih Run | 72 kilometers | February 06, 2015 | website

Réunion

Transvolcano | 52 kilometers | January 25, 2015 | website

Thailand

The North Face 100® – Thailand | 100 kilometers | January 31, 2015 | website

The North Face 100® – Thailand – 50 km Solo | 50 kilometers | January 31, 2015 | website

United Kingdom

Cornwall

Arc of Attrition | 100 miles | February 06, 2015 | website

Lancashire

Marmot Dark Mountains™ – Elite Course | 53 kilometers | January 24, 2015 | website

Milton Keynes

Quadzilla | 164 kilometers | February 05, 2015 | website

Surrey

The Pilgrim Challenge North Downs Way Multistage Ultra | 66 miles | January 31, 2015 | website

USA

Alabama

Mountain Mist 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | January 24, 2015 | website

Arizona

Coldwater Rumble 100 Mile Trail Run | 100 miles | January 24, 2015 | website

Coldwater Rumble – 52K | 52 kilometers | January 24, 2015 | website

Coldwater Rumble – 52 Mile | 52 kilometers | January 24, 2015 | website

Race Across Arizona – Beeline and Beyond (4 Marathons) | 106 miles | February 06, 2015 | website

Race Across Arizona – Border to Border (15 Marathons) | 405 miles | January 28, 2015 | website

Race Across Arizona – Valley of the Sun (4 Marathons) | 106 miles | January 30, 2015 | website

California

Folsom South Side Trail 38 Mile Run | 38 miles | January 24, 2015 | website

Folsom South Side Trail 50K Run | 50 kilometers | January 24, 2015 | website

Fort Ord Trail Run 50K | 50 kilometers | January 31, 2015 | website

Ordnance 100K | 100 kilometers | January 31, 2015 | website

Race Across California – Desert Challenge (4 Marathons) | 107 miles | January 23, 2015 | website

Spooner’s Cove 50 Km Trail Run | 50 kilometers | January 25, 2015 | website

Colorado

Frozen Dead Guy 50km | 50 kilometers | January 31, 2015 | website

Florida

Ragnar Relay Florida Keys | 199 miles | February 06, 2015 | website

Skydive Ultra 100M Run | 100 miles | January 31, 2015 | website

Skydive Ultra 50 km Run | 50 kilometers | January 31, 2015 | website

Skydive Ultra 50M Run | 50 miles | January 31, 2015 | website

Massachusetts

Cape Cod Frozen Fat Ass 50 km | 50 kilometers | January 24, 2015 | website

Minnesota

Arrowhead 135 mile Winter Ultramarathon | 135 miles | January 26, 2015 | website

New York

The Beast of Burden Winter 100 Miler | 100 miles | January 24, 2015 | website

North Carolina

North Carolina Fat Ass 50k | 50 kilometers | January 31, 2015 | website

Ohio

Run for Regis 50K | 50 kilometers | January 31, 2015 | website

Texas

Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile | 100 miles | January 31, 2015 | website

Rocky Raccoon 50 Mile | 50 miles | January 31, 2015 | website

Winter Festival Goat 50K | 50 kilometers | January 31, 2015 | website

Winter Festival Goat 50 Mile | 50 miles | January 31, 2015 | website

Utah

Snowshoe Festival 50K | 50 kilometers | January 31, 2015 | website

Washington

Lake Youngs NUTS 50K Run | 50 kilometers | January 31, 2015 | website

Venezuela

Ultra Laguna de Urao | 65 kilometers | January 24, 2015 | website

Virgin Islands (USA)

St. Croix Scenic 50 km | 50 kilometers | January 25, 2015 | website

 
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Packing for Nepal and Everest Trail Race

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Packing for Nepal…

If you are like me, packing and deciding on kit is harder than doing an event sometimes. This is magnified in an event like the Everest Trail Race when I need to cover the same ground as participants, be self sufficient AND carry all my camera equipment.

It has taken me a long time to tweak and get this right. I am still not sure I am 100% but I am close.

I have been asked many times what do I take, how do I do it and what are my hints ‘n’ tips are? So as I pack for Nepal it seemed to make sense to document this and provide a little insight.

From the start I want to express many thanks to The North Face, Montane and Suunto for the support on making these trips possible. I couldn’t do it without help.

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To start with I use a F-Stop camera rucksack. F-Stop are without doubt the ‘dogs bolx’ when it comes to combining cameras and equipment for tough long days on any terrain. Unlike other camera bags, these packs work just as well as any top quality hiking or run pack but with the addition of providing a safe and functional home for my gear. They use ICU‘s that are possible to purchase in different sizes so you can have exactly the camera storage you need allowing you to customise ‘free’ space for essential kit. I usa the LOKA UL which is a lighter version of the classic LOKA.

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The above picture shows my LOKA UL with a small pro ICU. Inside the ICU I have the following:

  • Canon 6D with 70-200mm F4
  • Canon 50mm F1.8
  • Canon 17-40mm F4
  • Flash
  • Remote flash triggers

On the waist belt I have a camera holder that will take my 2nd Canon 6D with a 24-105mm F4 lens.

The above set up allows me to have immediate access and quick access to another camera and accessories as required.

A huge plus of the F-Stop is the storage and comfort capacity.

The above photo asol shows a selection EXPED dry bags with all my equipment for a week on the trail. These bags are great as you can colour code, they come in different sizes and of course they keep everything dry!

Here it is in the pack:

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So what am I taking? Take a breath….

  • Montane Direct Ascent 800 down sleeping bag – see HERE
  • PHD Minimus Down pants – see HERE
  • PHD Minimus Down Socks – see HERE
  • TNF Victory hooded jacket – see HERE
  • TNF Thermoball gilet – see HERE
  • TNF – GTD tights – see HERE
  • TNF GTD shirt – see HERE
  • TNF GTD shorts – see HERE
  • Ice Breaker Merino wool base layer
  • Smartwool Merino socks
  • TNF Ultra Trail shoes (not shown) HERE

Essentials:

  • TNF Gloves Red Point HERE and eTip HERE
  • TNF Neckwear HERE and Hat HERE
  • TNF Balaclava HERE
  • Leki ‘Stick’ walking poles (not shown) HERE
  • Suunto Ambit 3 Peak HERE

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I am not sure on the overall weight. To be honest, if it was just the clothing and sleeping bag I would be travelling very very light indeed. The cameras add some serious weight but once in or on the pack the whole package is very workable and comfortable.

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I will be posting daily from Nepal as and when connections allow. Everything will be posted on this website, Facebook and Twitter.