The Coastal Challenge #TCC2015 Day 5 Sierpe – Drake Bay

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TCC 2015 Day 5 Sierpe – Drake Bay

47.5km

1450m +

He did it again… Iain Don Wauchope blitzed the fifth stage with another course record! He said yesterday that he was getting better with each day and boy did he fly along the muddy trails the beautiful and iconic Drake Bay.

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Early morning rain turned torrential by the time the race got underway and in true rainforest fashion, it continued to pour for hours making the trails a mud bath. Despite the deep and slippery mud, Iain still blazed a trail and somehow managed to break the 2014 CR for the stage set by Michael Wardian.

“I didn’t need to run fast today, I ran on feel and to be honest I felt relaxed and I am really surprised I broke the record.”

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Mike Murphey who has battled with Iain all week still remains in second overall on GC but had a horrendous day 5. He had complained repeatedly of not feeling great and mid course he was stopped by the medical team and provided with a drip to help retain his equilibrium. When Mike had recovered he was allowed to continue. Normally a drip in any race scenario would incur a DQ or a time penalty, however, at TCC one drip is allowed.

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The male Costa Rican battle came to a conclusion when Ashur Youseffi pushed hard and gained an incredible time gap over Roiny and in doing so has taken the third podium spot.

©iancorless.com_TCC2015_Day5-2508In the ladies race, Anna Frost’s injury woes came to a head when she sprained an ankle causing a muscle sprain in her soleus muscle. Frosty tried to push on but it was no good. The plantar issues, ankle and muscle sprain brought an end to the 2015 TCC at Cp3.

”I could run in pain no longer and sometimes you just have to stop and look at the bigger picture.”

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Veronica Bravo reluctantly took the race lead after running with Frosty and she is now the leader on GC and barring an incident, she will be the 2015 TCC ladies champion.

©iancorless.com_TCC2015_Day5-2548 Behind, the race remained unchanged with Nikki Kimball running a consistent day, this time accompanied by Collete Potter and Samantha Gash.

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With Frosty dropping from the race, Costa Rican Laticia Maria Riviera will move up to a hard earned third place.

Tomorrow, day six of the TCC will bring the race to an end… expect a victory lap as all the runners enjoy the best of what Costa Rica has to offer.

  1. Veronica Bravo – Chile – 5:32:38
  2. Collete Potter – Australia – 6:28:58
  3. Nikky Kimball – USA – 6:28:59
  1. Iain Don Wauchope – South Africa – 4:11:44
  2. Ashur Youssefi – Costa Rica – 4:50:21
  3. Jeffrey Portuguez – Costa Rica – 5:03:50

 

 

The Coastal Challenge #TCC 2015 Day 4 Race Images

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Race summary HERE

 

The Coastal Challenge #TCC 2015 Day 4 Coronado – Palma Sur

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TCC 2015 Day 4 Coronado – Palma Sur

37.5km

2950m +

©iancorless.com_TCC2015_Day4-0866Iain Don Wauchope threw down the gauntlet today! From the gun, he pulled away from every runner in the race and provided a master class of multi day running. From beginning to end, Iain applied the pressure and at no point looked in any difficulty. Climbing the relentless hills and running the descents the clock ticked and by the time the finish tape was broken, Iain had set a new course record for stage four of the TCC… In 2014, Salomon athlete Philipp Reiter had run a fast stage while he battled with Michael Wardian. The time he posted was a new CR; today Iain broke that record by twenty-one minutes. Post race Iain said, “As each day passes, I am getting stronger and stronger. However, nothing is guaranteed.”

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Day four was always going to come down to a battle between Iain and Mike Murphey. Mike pushed from the off but had two stumbling blacks: Iain Don Wauchope in the form of his life and unfortunately a bad stomach. The combination of those two elements effectively put an end of Mike’s opportunity to re-grasp a hold of the race. He continued to push, ever the optimist but the writing was on the wall.

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The battle for third place was turning into a real nail biter as Youssef (3rd place) and Roiny (4th) went head-to-head looking for the final podium place and maybe most importantly, first Costa Rican. Roiny pushed hard and maintained a small lead throughout the race. His work rate looked too high as sweat poured from his body. But he held on and eventually gained a couple of minutes in the closing stages to take a slender lead and third on general classification.

©iancorless.com_TCC2015_Day4B-1702 Speedgoat Karl ran great for 30km but the heat and humidity took its toll and he was forced to slow in the latter stages to avoid heat stroke. Joe Grant after a tough third stage had a good fourth day after strapping his badly strained ankle.

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Anna Frost and Veronica Bravo looked to be having a repeat performance of day three as they approached Cp1 almost side-by-side. The only exception came from Frosty. Every now and then she would pull away on the climbs so that she could run the descents with less pressure. Frosty was however struggling from plantar fasciitis and in the latter stages of the race, Veronica slowly pulled away on the final descent. At the breaking of the tape, Veronica had gained six minutes leaving her just ten minutes behind on GC. With two stages to go, can Veronica pull back that time?

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Nikki Kimball once again ran a solid and consistent stage. Running the flats, marching the climbs and just keeping moving, Nikki almost certainly secured third place overall today.

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With just two days to go, runners are now on the home straight but the racing is not over. Iain Don Wauchope now has a convincing lead but as this race has shown, nothing is guaranteed…. Anything can happen! Third place overall is a Costa Rican battle and that position is certainly not decided yet. For the ladies, Frosty has a strong lead but Veronica is a fighter. It’s going to be interesting

  1. Veronica Bravo – Chile – 5:19:45
  2. Anna Frost – New Zealand – 5:25:21
  3. Nikky Kimball – USA – 6:05:56
  1. Iain Don Wauchope – South Africa – 3:58:41
  2. Mike Murphy – Canada – 4:37:07
  3. Jeffrey Portuguez – Costa Rica  – 4:48:30