REVIEW of 2016 in Trail, Mountain, Ultra and Skyrunning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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So what have I missed? 

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

Be great to hear from you…

Episode 112 – Nicky Spinks, Emelie Forsberg, The Jeff’s

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This is Episode 112 of Talk Ultra and we speak with Nicky Spinks about that incredible DOUBLE Bob Graham Round. Emelie Forsberg joins us to tell us all about her injury, how she feels and when (we hope) she will be back and we speak to ‘The Jeff’s’ an inspiring husband and wife who took respective 1st places at the Salt Flats 100

NEWS

Ultra Trail Australia 

Men

Pau Capell 9:20

Ben Duffus 9:39

Yun Yanqiao 9:42

notable 4th – Ryan Sandes 9:48

Beth Cardelli 11:16

Fiona Hayvice 11:33

Kellie Emmerson 11:53

00:16:16 INTERVIEW Steven Jeff and Meagan Jeff – Salt Flats 100

Quicksilver 100k

Paul Terranova 9:17

Chris Calzetta 9:32

Mario Martinez 9:56

Krissy Moehl 11:02

Roxana Pana 11:44

Monica Imana 12:13

ROB YOUNG – marathonmanUK has started his Transcontinental run record (2766 miles) on May 14th. He started with an 81 mile day 1…. you can track him HERE

At the time of recording having run 5-days he was just south of the Grand Canyon heading to Flagstaff

We mentioned in the last show about Nicky Spinks completing the DOUBLE BOB GRAHAM ROUND and I am really pleased to say I caught up with her just days after of this inspiring interview. Only the 2nd person and 1st lady to complete a double BGR in 45:30

01:07:42 INTERVIEW with Nicky Spinks

01:44:19 INTERVIEW with Emelie Forsberg

UP & COMING RACES

Argentina

Fiambala Desert Trail 50K | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Fiambala Desert Trail 80K | 80 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Australia

Victoria

100km | 100 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

60 km | 60 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Macedon Ranges 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

Western Australia

Kep Track 100km Ultra Marathon II | 100 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Kep Track 75km Ultra Marathon II | 75 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Austria

ESPA-Mountain-Marathon | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

ESPA-Ötscher-Ultra-Marathon | 72 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Belgium

Wallonia

Trail des Vallées du Chevalier – 62 km | 62 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Bhutan

The Last Secret | 200 kilometers | May 27, 2016 | website

Canada

Alberta

Blackfoot Ultra 100KM | 100 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Blackfoot Ultra 50 Km | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Blackfoot Ultra 50 Miler | 50 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

Calgary Marathon 50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

British Columbia

55 km | 55 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Ontario

Sulphur Springs 100 Mile Trail Run | 100 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

Sulphur Springs 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Sulphur Springs 50 Mile Trail Run | 50 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

China

Shangri-La 100k | 100 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Shangri-La 50k | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Czech Republic

Craft Gemini Maraton | 84 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Mammut Ultramaraton | 85 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Denmark

Midtjylland

Nordisk eXtrem maraton X50 | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Nordisk eXtrem maraton X70 | 70 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Finland

Oulu

NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 160 km | 160 kilometers | May 27, 2016 | website

NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 53 km | 53 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 80 km | 80 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

France

Ardèche

53 km | 53 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Dordogne

La Mythique International Run | 250 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Haute-Savoie

Technica Maxi Race | 85 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

Trail du Gypaète | 73 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

XL Race | 87 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Hautes-Pyrénées

Trail du Hautacam – 50 km | 59 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

Isère

Circuit de la sure | 56 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Jura

La Transju’trail – 72 km | 72 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Orne

Trail du Massif d’Ecouves en Pays d’Alançon – 61 km | 61 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Pas-de-Calais

105 km | 105 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

50 km | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Rhône

Raid 500km | 500 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Saône-et-Loire

Trails des Vignes | 300 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Ultra Trail de Côte-d’Or | 105 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Germany

Baden-Württemberg

Schefflenzer Ultralauf – 100 km | 100 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Schefflenzer Ultralauf – 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

North Rhine-Westphalia

Bödefelder Hollenlauf 101 KM | 101 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Bödefelder Hollenlauf 67 KM | 67 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Hungary

Ultrabalaton | 212 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Ireland

Kilkenny

Tullaroan Ultra Marathon | 39 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Italy

Emilia-Romagna

Trail Alta Val Nure – 60 km | 60 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

Piedmont

Trail del Monte Soglio – Gir Lung | 63 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Sardinia

Asinara Ultra Trail 80K | 80 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol

Vigolana Trail | 65 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Tuscany

100km del Passatore | 100 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Veneto

103 km | 103 kilometers | June 10, 2016 | website

53 km | 53 kilometers | June 10, 2016 | website

Nepal

Mount Everest Extreme Ultra Marathon | 60 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

Netherlands

Friesland

Pieter-ROG-pad Special Waddeneilanden | 300 kilometers | June 02, 2016 | website

Peru

Jungle Ultra | 220 kilometers | June 03, 2016 | website

Portugal

Blue Island Trail – Ultra Trail | 70 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

OMD – Ultra Trail Serra da Estrela – 100 Milhas+ | 100 miles | June 03, 2016 | website

OMD – Ultra Trail Serra da Estrela – K100 | 101 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

OMD – Ultra Trail Serra da Estrela – K70 | 70 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Santana Ultra SkyMarathon Madeira | 59 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Ultramaratona Caminhos do Tejo – 144 km | 144 kilometers | June 10, 2016 | website

Ultramaratona Caminhos do Tejo – 57 km | 57 kilometers | June 10, 2016 | website

Ultra-Trail de Sesimbra | 60 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Réunion

60 km | 60 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Romania

80 km | 80 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Ultramaraton 52,75 km | 52 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Russia

Elton Ultra-Trail® – Master 56 km | 56 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Elton Ultra-Trail® – Ultra 104 km | 104 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Master | 56 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Ultra | 100 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Serbia

Ultra Trail Stara Planina 122 km | 122 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Ultra Trail Stara Planina 86 km | 86 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Slovakia

Štefánik Trail | 140 kilometers | June 10, 2016 | website

South Africa

Comrades Marathon | 89 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

Spain

Basque Country

Euskal Herria Mendi Erronka | 65 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Castile and León

60 km | 60 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Catalonia

Trail | 71 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Trail Els Bastions® | 52 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Ultra Els Bastions® | 90 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Ultra Trail | 129 kilometers | May 27, 2016 | website

Galicia

80 km | 80 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Sweden

Boras Ultra Marathon – 100 miles | 100 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

Boras Ultra Marathon – 87 km | 87 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Switzerland

Berne

100km run Biel | 100 kilometers | June 10, 2016 | website

United Kingdom

Birmingham

Grand Union Canal Race | 145 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

Calderdale

Calderdale Way Ultra (long) | 50 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Devon

Dartmoor Discovery | 32 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

East Sussex

Weald Challenge 50 km Ultra Trail | 50 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

Greater London

First Half Challenge | 56 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

London 2 Brighton Challenge | 100 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Northamptonshire

Northants Ultra | 35 miles | June 05, 2016 | website

Surrey

The Omen 66.6 | 67 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Worcestershire

Severn Path Ultra | 58 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

Severn Plod Ultra | 45 miles | May 27, 2016 | website

Severn Way Ultra | 58 miles | May 29, 2016 | website

USA

Alabama

Rockin Choccolocco 50K | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Arkansas

War Eagle Tail Twister Trail 50k | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

California

Loco 50K | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Loco 50K | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Nanny Goat 100M Trail | 100 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run | 100 miles | June 03, 2016 | website

San Francisco 100 Mile Endurance Run | 100 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

San Francisco 50 Mile Endurance Run | 50 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

Colorado

50K | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

50K Trail Race | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

50 Mile Trail Race | 50 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Ultimate Direction Dirty 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Florida

Lake to Ocean 100K | 100 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Georgia

Wildwood Games – 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Idaho

Scout Mountain Ultra Trail 100k | 100 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Scout Mountain Ultra Trail 60k | 60 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Maine

Pineland Farms 50K Trail | 50 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

Pineland Farms 50 Mile Trail | 50 miles | May 29, 2016 | website

Michigan

10k Run | 62 miles | May 30, 2016 | website

Yankee Springs Trail Double Marathon | 84 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Missouri

Go! KT82 Trail Relay | 82 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Nebraska

G.O.A.T.z Gravel Classic 60k | 60 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

GOATz Gravel Classic 60K | 60 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

New York

Cayuga Trails 50 | 50 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Oregon

Bend Beer Chase | 70 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

TrailFactor 50k | 50 kilometers | May 30, 2016 | website

Walk The Line Relay – 2 Person Team | 33 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Walk The Line Relay – 3 Person Team | 33 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Walk the Line Relay – Solo | 33 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Rhode Island

Gloridays | 44 miles | June 05, 2016 | website

South Carolina

El Diablo | 220 kilometers | June 03, 2016 | website

Hell Hole Hundred – 100K | 100 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Hell Hole Hundred – 100M | 100 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Hell Hole Hundred – 60K | 60 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Utah

Squaw Peak 50 Mile Trail Run | 50 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Virginia

Old Dominion 100 Cross Country Run | 100 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Washington

Pigtails 100 Mile Challenge | 100 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

Pigtails 150 Mile Challenge | 150 miles | May 27, 2016 | website

Rainier to Ruston 50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Rainier to Ruston 50M Ultra | 50 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Soaring Eagle 10 M Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Soaring Eagle 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Vashon Island 50K Ultramarathon | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Wisconsin

Kettle Moraine 100 km Trail Run | 100 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Trail Run | 100 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Kettle Moraine 38 Mile Night Fun Run | 38 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Kettle Moraine 50 km Trail Run | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Ragnar Relay Chicago | 194 miles | June 10, 2016 | website

Wyoming

Rocky Mountain 50k | 50 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

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Nicky Spinks completes a double Bob Graham Round in record time

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Joss Naylor and Nicky Spinks – image via inov-8 ©DarkPeakFellRunners

inov-8 ambassador Nicky Spinks, the inspirational cancer-survivor and fell runner, marked her 10 years post-diagnosis by becoming only the second person – and first woman – to complete a DOUBLE Bob Graham Round in a record time of 45 hours and 30 minutes

Starting at 00.01am on Saturday May 14, the 49-year-old farmer from Yorkshire started her 132-mile route across the Lake District’s highest fells in the hope to complete in under 48 hours.

A standard Bob Graham Round involves a 66-mile circuit of 42 summits including 27,000ft of elevation gain, to be completed in less than 24 hours. Nicky was the previous record holder for the Bob Graham Round – 18hrs 06mins completed in 2015. This record was recently recently broken by Jasmin Paris (read HERE) in 15:24.

Nicky managed to do all that twice; running 132 miles and visiting each summit two times on an epic run that involved 54,000ft of elevation gain. The only person to previously complete a Double Bob Graham Round in less than 48 hours was Roger Baumeister, who in 1979 clocked 46hrs 34mins.

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Nicky still has the fastest women’s times for the equivalent 24-hour fell running challenges in Scotland (the Ramsay Round) and Wales (the Paddy Buckley Round).

In her blog, Nicky, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, said before the attempt:

“I hope to become the first woman to complete the Double Bob Graham Round in less than 48 hours, maybe even breaking Roger’s record time. The main aim, however, is to enjoy it and celebrate the fact that I am still here, living and running ten years after being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer.”

Well, Nicky did that and then some… it really is difficult to comprehend the mental and physical tenacity that is required for such a challenge.

Many congratulations Nicky – that is some record!

Episode 63 – Spinks, Williams, Meek, TAA

Ep63

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
CLOSE
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Website – talkultra.com

 

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