Paradise Lost – Salomon Running TV, Season 5, Episode 1

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Salomon Running take things up a notch for the Salomon Running TV Season 5 Episode 1 with Paradise Lost.

It’s a departure for the running brand who in recent years have inspired and influenced us with a serious of beautiful and short films. The African Attachment (Dean Leslie and Greg Fell) have been instrumental in the visual look and feel of these images.

This is Salomons first project with ‪#‎TAA‬ co-founder Dean Leslie’s new production company Wandering Fever and marks the start of an exciting new journey.

Anna Frost has continued to inspire all of us with her no strings honesty; it is what makes her so approachable. It’s something that I personally have been able to witness at first hand. Paradise Lost gives a new insight into the inspiring lady we have all come to know as Frosty!

Enjoy this wonderful movie

[Full multimedia story http://runningtv.salomon.com/episodes…] Anna Frost takes some time out to journey to the highlands of Papua New Guinea to visit the place where she grew up. Anna’s adventure into her past is pause for reflection; the paths travelled, the races lost and won, a life on the road, as she searches for “home”.

A Film by Wandering Fever
A Production by The African Attachment

Music:
“Go Solo” by Tom Rosenthal – courtesy of Audio Network
“Sirens” by Ben Dey – courtesy of SM Publishing
“Stand in Line” by BANFF – courtesy of Create Control & We are Golden
“Portraits” & “Annika” – courtesy of Musicbox Licensing

Additional Footage:
Cavalls del Vent 2012 – Zoopa

Production Supported by:
Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority – http://www.tpa.papuanewguinea.travel
Air Niugini – http://www.airniugini.com.pg/

Wandering Fever

 

FAST and LIGHT Salomon SRTV – Skyrunning

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Watch the film, Fast and Light at the bottom of this article

A trickle of piano noise from the local music school weaves its way through open window shutters left ajar to allow some breeze… the heat of the day can be stifling. It feels and sounds like a scene in a movie. Cobbled streets, stone arches, a wonderful old square, the chatter of children playing and the smell of a freshly brewed cappuccino in the air.

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Biella, or should I say, the International Skyrunning Federation HQ (and home of Lauri van Houten and Marino Giacometti) is atop a hill in a walled village close to the Aosta valley, just over an hour from Chamonix and in close proximity to Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn. It seems the perfect location for the home of pure mountain running. Biella lies in the foothills of the Alps in the Bo mountain range near Mt. Mucrone and Camino.

It is midway through the 2014 season, between Ice Trail Tarentaise and Trofeo Kima, I spend time with Lauri and Marino in Biella at their home in the mountains (Casina) Corteno Golgi and at Trofeo Kima to get an inside look at what makes this couple tick and how the Skyrunning calendar and its logistics fall into place. The African Attachment with Greg Fell, Dean Leslie and Kelvin Trautman were also filming for Salomon Running. Today, 20th Oct the preview film will be made live. ‪#‎FastandLight‬ is for me a special moment. I hope you enjoy the film and the related articles and images that are currently published worldwide to coincide with the films release.

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Mountains dominate the life of Marino and Lauri. It’s not a job; it’s a passion that dominates 12+ hours of every day. You will see the dynamic duo at all the Skyrunner® World Series races every year. In total, that is 15-events in 3-disciplines, VK, SKY and ULTRA. But these worldwide events are just the visible face of what the ISF does! Behind the scenes it’s a frenetic highly pressured scene of telephone calls, emails, logistical planning and negotiations that make the Skyrunner® World Series tick.

“We moved here as the sports brand Fila were based here. In the 90’s they were a key sponsor for Skyrunning,” says Lauri van Houten, Executive Director for the International Skyrunning Federation, “When Fila folded, we were left with a dilemma; should we stay or should we go? Stay we did and it feels natural and relaxed to be here now.”

It’s a scenario far removed from 1989 when Giacometti set a record running from the village of Alagna to the summit of Monte Rosa. 25-years of mountain running and today, iconic names such as Bruno Brunod and Fabio Meraldi are once again being talked about in the same breath as Kilian Jornet.

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“Older generations were already Skyrunners. My grandfather crossed the mountains working for example. ‘We’ as Skyrunners added more speed but in essence it has always been the same thing, Skyrunners have always existed.” Bruno Brunod says. 

“What I liked was going quickly to the summit. I felt the same when I was a kid in the pastures, I always ran up and down the summits that surrounded me. It is something I felt inside, something I liked.”

In 2012, Skyrunning went through a revival. After careful and strategic planning, the ISF launched the new Sky Ultra Marathon Series with Transvulcania La Palma and a seminar, ‘Less Cloud, More Sky.’ The sport moved up a notch and became something that runners all over the world aspired to. It’s been called the ‘the next big thing’ but as Giacometti explains:

“There is nothing new in Skyrunning. It is just now that everyone is catching up with our vision from so many years ago.”

BIELLA

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Biella is a wonderful place. Calm and relaxing, to me, it is typically Italian. Located opposite a music school, the ISF headquarters and home of Marino Giacometti and Lauri van Houten resonate a calm and tranquility that seems far removed from the full-on days in and around and Skyrunner® World Series.
The sun shines and the daily bustle of Italian life provides a wonderful soundtrack that penetrates ones’ mind. Cars rumble over cobbled streets as they scoot off to work, mothers are heard chastising their child©iancorless.comIMG_5035ren as they amble to school. The click of an espresso machine and that wonderful noise as pressured water works its way through fresh coffee and the smell, oh the smell! Nothing beats a fresh coffee in the morning. It’s 7am and Marino is kicking off his day with a good strong shot of the dark stuff before donning glasses and opening his computer.

The office is adorned with memorabilia from 20+ years of travel and racing. The door plaque sums it up’ Skyrunners.’ In the corner, magazines are stacked in chronological order documenting a lifetime in sport.

Lauri joins us looking a little tired. Yesterday was another 18-hour day. It’s normal… it shouldn’t be but it is!

“What does a normal day look like for you Lauri?” I tentatively ask, knowing full well the answer.

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“How long have you got? I have no idea; I am speechless. I am a person that gets bored easy. This job is NEVER boring! I may have 5-spreadsheets open, 50 e-mails to look at, and a schedule of things to address and amend and then I need to coordinate with athletes, teams, team managers and race directors and media. My day starts with email. I often think oh my goodness and then the first forty or so emails arrive and then a daily grind starts. In addition to this, sometimes language is a challenge. I speak English, Italian, German but I have emails from Russia, Turkey, Greece, Afghanistan and so on. As I said, my day is never boring.”

Trofeo Kima is just around the corner. For many, me included, ‘Kima’ is the epitome of Skyrunning. Kilian Jornet sums it up well when he says:

“Picture a mountain terrain that has no paths, amidst glaciers; it is all crests, rocks, stretches of via Ferrata and all over a course that stretches 50-km. Kima is not athletics, it is mountaineering; pure Skyrunning!”

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Preparations are well underway for the race and in just 24-hours we will all need to travel to Milan for a press conference and then a journey will follow to the mountains, to Corteno Golgi and a stay at Marino’s mountain house, the ‘Casina’ before an onward journey to the Kima race itself.

“I m a hub, the person in the middle,” says Lauri. “But often you can’t plan how a day will unfold. I have a ‘to do’ list that obviously needs to get done but then things happen daily that need to be addressed immediately. It’s all about time management and you just can’t stick to a too rigid schedule as the guidelines constantly move and change. Kima is imminent and therefore many questions and problems arise. We also have a press conference in Milan, that requires work.”

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Marino looks over at us, he peeps over his glasses and smiles. My question. “Tell me where you come in Marino?” Seems to suggest that I am implying he does nothing.

“Now it’s difficult. We have so many races. I look at race profiles initially and it is easy to see from a quick glance what will and will not make a good Skyrunning race. Remember, my experience was mountaineering but we had to adapt my dreams for a worldwide audience. I look for mountains and mountains provide races and opportunities. I also need to consider locations, countries and how the schedule comes together.”

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The phone rings and Marino joins Fabio Meraldi in a conversation. Walking out of the office into the sunlight, Marino strides around the garden in animated discussion. The Italian sounds like bird song and with arms waving and gesticulating, plans are made for Kima and a series of interviews that will be filmed by The African Attachment on a new film about Skyrunning called, ‘Fast and Light.’

“Tell me about Trofeo Kima, because you designed this course, yes?”

“Kima is on the course of the Sentiero Roma. It’s a well known via ferrata route. It crosses the group of technical mountains in the area and passes through all the 7-refuges. We did the race in reverse for safety reasons but it is still a very technical race and ultimately it has become a beacon of Skyrunning. Ironically, for a Skyrunning race the course does not go to the summits! It is just not possible. However, it is a pure expression of Skyrunning.”

It is easy to look at the ISF calendar and see the Skyrunner® World Series and think easy! However, it takes 365-days to make those 15+ days happen. When one season ends, plans start immediately, if not before for the following season.

“We are no longer race organisers.” Lauri says, “We did in the past! We organised many races in logistically difficult places, such as Tibet, Mexico, Nepal and so on. I think we organised over 80-races! The World Series is a collection of races that we coordinate.”

Marino was a visionary and many like to call him the ‘Father’ of Skyrunning.

“Skyrunning differs to other sports and this is the discipline we launched in the late 1990’s. Skyrunning has always existed; all across the world it is just that it became a formalised sport. I therefore consider myself the father of Skyrunning for the aspect of race organisation because when it started 25-years ago nobody talked about this.”

Emails ping on arrival, the phone rings repeatedly and I suddenly realise that our day is going to be way too busy to continue discussing the working life of the ISF. Taking a place at my desk, I open my laptop and get on with my work in preparation for Kima. I sneak an opportunity pre lunch to stroll around the town, take in a cappuccino and photograph Biella. Lunch provides a break and in true Italian fashion, everything stops. It provides an opportunity to relax, take in a glass of wine and eat fresh and wholesome food in a meze style.

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“Marino is brilliant,” Lauri says as she pours white wine into my glass. “He took on the role of food shopping and preparation to allow me more time to work on logistics. It really is a life saver.”

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Marino is a fit man, he is lean, dark skinned from many hours outdoors and one may well think that is to be expected from someone who heads up the ISF and the sport of mountain running. It would be easy to assume that Marino spends 4 to 8-hours a day on the mountains, fulfilling his dreams and working his ISF role in and around his passion! In reality, Marino cycles or runs for 30-minutes a day. Somewhere deep inside I wonder, does he have regrets and then I find myself asking the question, “Do you regret the decisions you made all those years ago, to race direct and not race?”

“I made my choices. What can I say, for 2 to 3-years I was very disappointed with myself. I had run around Everest for example, but not to the top. Now I can’t go back. It’s a question of mountain mentality; I was born in a small valley, a small village with no sun in winter. You try to survive everyday and this forms your mentality. In my next life I hope to relax and enjoy simple pleasures.”

“But you must have dreams, aspirations. Do you have a bucket list; do you want to achieve anything else?”

“I want to go back to the mountains… it is just a dream! In 2016 I would like to go to the Everest North Face with Bruno and Kilian. I know it is impossible… but I can dream.”

It’s not often that I am stuck for words, but as I look into his eyes I feel sad. To me it seems as though Marino has given up on his personal dreams.

“Do you believe you can only live your dreams when you leave Skyrunning behind?”

“Skyrunning is our baby. But the baby has grown up. We would be lost without Skyrunning and we will be on board for as long as we can but obviously, in the near future we will hand over more duties to other people. Many of the people we work with are all very knowledgeable and passionate. That is stimulating and exciting. Skyrunning is here to stay, as we both are, have no fear!”

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MILAN – Trofeo Kima press conference

Milan is not far away and it’s on our way to the ‘Casina’ thus making the Kima press conference logical and workable into a day of travel. We are late but Marino drives like an Italian! A clean white shirt, Armani jeans and Mr ISF looks pretty darn dapper. Lauri is dressed in black with large shades. I suddenly feel very British. Italians do ‘style’ with ease and of course, where better to look sharp than Milan. I have no choice, I am on a working trip and my wardrobe doesn’t extend to looking cool.

It’s hot in the city and the traffic irritates me after the quiet of Biella. Walking into a large office block we are escorted to the 4th floor and Kima delegates greet us. It’s all kisses and handshakes. Old friends meet new friends and the banter is relaxed.

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A large table with place names adds formality to the event. Marino takes his place and the conference begins. It’s a show for local press and global papers and all part of the valued process to promote the ISF, Skyrunning and give valued exposure to race sponsors.

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Post the conference, a meeting takes place and Kima is discussed. Great emphasis is placed on schedules in regard to the helicopter. Kima is so technical and demanding that a helicopter is the only way to transport media around the event. Bad weather; no media!

Helicopters are expensive but at Kima we often have 2-helicopters at our disposal for 8+ hours. It may well be why I enjoy the race so much. It’s an adventure. Believe me, to be afforded the opportunity to see the worlds best runners on arguably the best course is something I will never take for granted.

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“We have to do these press conferences, it’s important for all concerned but it’s a drain on our valuable time and for every hour, minute and second we are here, more and more emails and questions flood into our respective in-boxes,”Lauri says as we rush to the car for our onward journey to the Casina. “It has a knock on effect for tomorrow and the days after, what can you do?”

CASINA – Corteno Golgi 

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The ‘Casina’ is a mountain house in Corteno Golgi close to Marino’s birthplace of San Antonio. Spread over 2-floors it is almost two completely different buildings. Upstairs is all wood, a combination of rustic/ modern and a wonderfully relaxing place that has been heavily influenced by Lauri. Downstairs is the original building, un-touched for years and one that harks back to Marino’s past. The garage is a Skyrunning museum of ice axes, helmets, shoes, race bibs, clothing, videos and old slides.

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Surrounded by green fields and mountains on either side I suddenly see Marino in a new light. He his home! He points at peaks and explains his childhood; his passions and I suddenly feel very honoured and privileged.

“The African Attachment (TAA) arrive tomorrow Ian and you are going to be able to spend a couple of days in the mountains with Marino. They are filming a piece on Skyrunning and they want to take Marino back to his childhood, revisit old haunts and film Marino running in the mountains.”

I met Dean Leslie and Greg Fell from TAA at Transvulcania La Palma back in 2012 and since then we have kept in-touch and often crossed paths at races all over the world. I am excited at the guys arriving and the opportunity to work alongside them and shoot stills, a real perk of the job. Photographer, Kelvin Trautman is directing the film and although I haven’t met him before, we soon hit it off and I realise that what is in store; two awesome days in the mountains.

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The evening is amazing. The sky is adorned with clouds and as we climb with cameras, Marino runs to the instructions of Kelvin.

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Looking for ridges and technical lines, Marino embraces the challenge and is arguably having the most fun he has had in ages.

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Days don’t get much better than this… at the summit of Monte Padrio the light is incredible and as the sun disappears for the day we are rewarded with a colour palette of orange, red and gold. Marino is in silhouette on the Skyline and I realise I am in a moment, a moment that I won’t ever forget.

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Sleep is not something you need when working with the ISF. The following day starts early with a short drive and we are suddenly looking at Marino’s childhood home.

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Marino’s childhood home

Marino laughs as he recounts boyhood memories. “I used to go mushroom picking in this area.”

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Following him up the trail, Kelvin wants Marino to go back 50-years to those mischievous days as a boy. Immediately Marino finds a mushroom, he removes his Buff and ties a knot in one end to create a cloth bag. Moving left to right on the trail, the bag slowly fills with the rewards from the land.

“In the Valle Campo Vecchio I would go skinny dipping in the river.”

Marino may well have regretted this sentence as just an hour later he was running along grass banks barefoot and then submerging himself in the ice cold river water from the mountains.

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Today, Marino may well have fulfilled some of those dreams that he thought might not ever come back. It was special.

The warmth of the log burner in the Casina provided that ultimate feeling of contentment that one longs for after a day in the mountains. Marino’s body was aching, his legs heavy from the repeated running but beneath a tired façade I knew he had had a good. Red wine had been decanted to glasses and dinner was moments away.

As we relax into the evening, the Casina provided a very different ambiance to Biella. It’s more relaxed. The pressures and deadlines still exist, they have not gone away but the mountains and mountain life make us all realize why we are here. It provides perspective.

Eager to resume my questions from the previous day, I hold back. Now is not the time… it has been a great day, a great couple of days and we need to savour the moments.

“We have plans for some very exciting races at high altitude that will be very technical in future years.  2012 was an important stepping-stone. Less Cloud. More Sky was an important phase in the development of Skyrunning. One thing that was apparent is the desire from runners for technical and high altitude sport. So, here we are following our heritage for a new era.”

My concerns of talking shop are eroded away as Lauri brings our conversation to present day.

“So, am I correct in assuming that we won’t see races like Templiers or UROC in future ISF race calendars?” I ask.

“We needed to expand, to grow and introduce Skyrunning to a new audience. Templiers and UROC allowed this to a certain extent but we will go back to our roots moving forward. In America it is harder to find courses but we are working on this. UROC was a high altitude race just not technical. The Rut has shown we can find the correct style of course. We would love to do a race from Cervinia or Chamonix to the summit of Mont-Blanc but we can’t do this for everyone!”

“Do you think it is a happy coincidence that the revival of Skyrunning coincides with the rise of Kilian Jornet?”

“Absolutely, however, it is no coincidence. Bruno Brunod was Kilian’s hero. Kilian followed his dreams and the inspiration Bruno provided, Kilian is now the epitome of Skyrunning. When we first met Kilian in 2006, he impressed immediately. He was a natural Skyrunner. We all know the history; he was born in the mountains and as such he has just developed in an organic way. As I said, a natural.”

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Conversation turns to the day’s events; Lauri is eager to enquire how filming went. We laugh as Marino explains in detail his plunge in the ice-cold water of the river and how his fingers turned blue.

“Kelvin worked Marino hard today with his demands but it was great fun. This area, the mountains and the small village are all quite special. I can understand completely why Marino loves to escape here.”

Another fried mushroom is removed from the platter and added to my plate. To think, just this morning Marino was collecting these very mushrooms from his childhood haunts. He had prepared them in the traditional manner and the simple delicacy provided the perfect accompaniment to the surroundings and company.

The Casina gallery:

Filming with The African Attachment gallery:

TROFEO KIMA

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Emelie Forsberg looked into the lens of the TAA camera, smiled in a way that only Emelie can and with a nervous and infectious giggle whispered the words:

“Two years ago in my first year of racing I was fortunate to race at Trofeo Kima. I looked at this course and thought; really… you can run a race on this course?”

©iancorless.com-8663I too had found my first Kima experience equally mesmerising. My breath had been taken away by the drama and severity of the course. I had never seen anything quite like it and the impact was profound. Hopping from one section of the course to another via helicopter added some serious icing to the Kima cake.

A vertical wall of rock and suddenly a flash of red and white. Kilian appears, hand-over-hand as he descends via chains and then flies past us with a wave as though running a 5k. He looks so incredibly relaxed.

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Kasie Enman is the first lady and this provides some confusion. Emelie Forsberg had had a convincing lead; what had happened? Finally, Emelie arrives 5th lady, in tears but running like a demon. She had gone off course and lost almost an hour. Trying to claw back time she takes risks; 4th place, 3rd place and then 2nd, was it possible to take back victory?

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Unfortunately, no! Kasie Enman held on to a convincing lead and the records will show that the American was the 2014 Kima ladies champion. In the male race, Kilian Jornet had the race of his life and in doing so broke his own course record.

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Fabio Meraldi makes an appearance and like a long lost son is embraced into the arms and hearts of the Skyrunning throng:

“I remember the feeling, like a drug, feeling this moving energy… I still get goose-bumps just talking about it.”

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The party atmosphere continues and minutes after the award ceremony, clouds turn from grey to black and a warning clap of thunder alerts everyone that a change is coming. The heavens open and rain falls from the sky like a series of rods being thrown. It’s a biblical storm and we all look at each other and simultaneously shake our heads. Lauri relays our thoughts, “Wow, thank god this rain and storm did not arrive during the race.”

Another race over, another successful event but there is no rest. This evening a glass of red and a nice meal but tomorrow it’s back to the grind. Another race is only weeks away and like déjà vu the process will repeat itself.

“Lauri, and you, your dreams?”

“To expand Skyrunning and see the growth continue with the collaboration from those who love the sport as we do.”

“Will you ever be able to let go?”

“Why, why would I want to let go? This is my life: I love it. Maybe I would like less stress but I like challenges, I like work and I don’t like to be bored.”

I smile knowing full well that her words are true and that in all honesty, I already knew the answer.

“One thing is for sure, I won’t be in the Bahamas filing my nails everyday, I can guarantee that will never happen.”

 

The KIMA galleries:

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FastandLight Salomon SRTV

Fast and Light is released on October 20th 2015 at 1600 via Salomon SRTV HERE

Credits and thanks

Quotes from Bruno Brunod, Fabio Meraldi, Emelie Forsberg and Kilian Jornet are taken from the film, FAST and LIGHT. ©TheAfricanAttachment and ©SalomonRunning.

Many thanks to Lauri van Houten and Marino Giacometti the ISF and Skyrunning.

Many thanks to Trofeo Kima and all the staff.

All images and content ©iancorless.com

A series of articles will be published worldwide to coincide with the release of Fast and Light and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the editors and creatives involved in this process.

Look out for articles in: Adventure Types – Australia/ NZ, Canadian Running Magazine – Canada, Trail Chile – Chile, TRAIL Magazin – Germany, Ski Alper – Italy, Trail Run – Japan, Poland, ALERG – Romania, Running The Cape – South Africa, Outdoor Fitness Magazine – UK, Like The Wind – UK, Nature Trail – France, Spain and many more.

 

Episode 63 – Spinks, Williams, Meek, TAA

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Episode 63 of Talk Ultra – We have a great interview with Queen of the Fells, Nicky Spinks. An in-depth interview with Morgan Williams all about the Bob Graham Round and we speak to Greg Felll from The African Attachment about what it’s like producing iconic ‘trail’ films such as Travailen w/ Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel, Wandering Fever and the Salomon running series of films. We also catch up with Jo Kelsey (Meek) on that incredible 5th place at Comrades Marathon and in Talk Training, we speak with Richard Fluck, the UK’s expert on kidneys and the effects of NSAID’s. The News, a Blog, Up & Coming races and Speedgoat Karl Meltzer is back from the wilderness….

NEWS
 
COMRADES
Results from comrades.com
1 31020 Bongmusa Mthembu  RSA Nedbank Running Club KZN 5:28:34
2 45047 Ludwick Mamabolo  RSA Nedbank Running Club GN 5:33:14 + 4:41
3 18289 Gift Kelehe  RSA Samancor Chrome Marathon Club LP 5:34:39 + 6:06
4 55925 Stephen Muzhingi  ZIM TOYOTA AC 5:35:18 + 6:45
5 29889 Rufus Photo  RSA Pietersburg Road Runners 5:35:30 + 6:57
6 27026 Mncedisi Mkhize  RSA Maxed Elite – KZN 5:36:06 + 7:33
7 13892 Jonas Buud SWE Nedbank Running Club International M40 5:38:17 + 9:44
8 51249 Manoko William Mokwalakwala  RSA 5:39:29 + 10:56
9 43769 Prodigal Khumalo  ZIM Maxed Elite International 5:39:36 + 11:03
10 28424 Latudi Makofane RSA Samancor Chrome Marathon Club LP 5:40:41 + 12:08
 
 
1 13938 Eleanor Greenwood  GBR Nedbank International 6:18:15
2 19987 Elena Nurgalieva  RUS TOYOTA ATHLETICS 6:23:18 + 5:04
3 19988 Olesya Nurgalieva  RUS TOYOTA ATHLETIC CLUB 6:24:51 + 6:36
4 19177 Irina Antropova  RUS Nedbank Running Club 6:34:08 + 15:53
5 10410 Jo Meek  GBR Toyota Athletic Club 6:47:02 + 28:48
6 24381 Caroline Wostmann  RSA Nedbank Running Club GN 6:51:43 + 33:29
7 32475 Zola Budd Pieterse  RSA Hooters A.C 6:55:55 + 37:40
8 20702 Frida Sodermark  SWE Nedbank Running Club 6:57:33 + 39:19
9 32448 Martinique Potgieter  RSA Pietersburg Road Runners 7:00:46 + 42:32
10 52266 Julanie Basson  RSA Toyota AC CG 7:02:50 + 44:35
 
INTERVIEW
 
We have an interview with 5th placed lady at Comrades –  JO MEEK
 
ULTRABALATON 212km
 
  1. Ivan Cudin 18:30:12
  2. Lojze Primozic19:12:06
  3. Boris Ivanovic19:39:56
  1. Matene Varju Edit 23:41:11
  2. Drusko Zsofia 25:11:59
  3. Laurence Suisse Brunet 25:13:47
 
ENDURANCLIFE CLASSIC QUARTER
 
Duncan Oakes 6:58:18
Justin Nicholas 7:08:30
Clare Prosser 7:14:05
James Poole 7:24:27
2nd lady Jayne Angilley 9:02:18
3rd lady Becky Shuttleworth 9:03:37
 
Give a mention for Ultra D-Day Trail – https://iancorless.org/2014/06/10/ultra-d-day-trail-100-miles/
 
 
BLOG
 
NICK CLARK gives us an insight into his training for WSER – http://irunmountains.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/four-weeks-ending-june-1.html
INTERVIEW
NICKY SPINKS completes the Ramsey Round in a new CR and adds to an impressive list of other ‘Rounds’ records. Hear about this amazing lady…
 
MELTZER MOMENT with Speedgoat 
 
INTERVIEW
 
MORGAN WILLIAMS discusses the Bob Graham Round
 
TALK TRAINING with Dr Richard Fluck we discuss NSAID’s (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and sport.
DR. Richard Fluck, Consultant Physician, Derby City General Hospital, Clinical Director Renal Services and Service Director of Medicine.

Richard went to Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the London Hospital Medical College, London University

He has developed all aspects of nephrology within Derby looking at service delivery, planning, education, teaching, training and research. In his role as Service Director, his major projects have included Emergency Care Reform (Project Lead, Trustwide), EWTD (Directorate) and undergraduate teaching programme (Strategy document for Directorate)

Prior to Derby he was honorary senior registrar and lecturer to the medical unit and the renal unit, within the Royals NHS trust and Queen Mary Westfield College, London.

He divided his time between the medical unit, covering acute general medicine, with interests in diabetes and metabolic disease, and the department of nephrology.

In the last 18 months Richard has been elected onto the Renal Association, and sits on the Clinical Advisory Board. He has designed and led an audit of vascular access in all renal units in the United Kingdom.

He has been a programme chair for the British Renal Society’s Annual Conference in 2005 and 2006 and is involved in the production of Criteria for Success.

His renal research interests included the myopathy of renal failure and disorders of cellular calcium control in uraemia,

Richard has published extensively.

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

Austria

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bolivia

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

Bulgaria

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

Canada

Alberta

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ontario

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

Croatia

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

Czech Republic

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

France

Alpes-Maritimes

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

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

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

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

Aube

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

Cantal

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

Drôme

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

Hautes-Alpes

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

Haute-Savoie

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

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

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

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

Hautes-Pyrénées

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

Ille-et-Vilaine

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

Lozère

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

Manche

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

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

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

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

Morbihan

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

Pas-de-Calais

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

Pyrénées-Atlantiques

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

Var

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

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

Vosges

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

Germany

Bavaria

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

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

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

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

Hesse

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

WiBoLT | 320 kilometers | June 18, 2014 | website

Rhineland-Palatinate

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

Ireland

Connacht

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

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

Leinster

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

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

Italy

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Magraid | 100 kilometers | June 13, 2014 | website

Piedmont

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

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

Puglia

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

Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol

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

Tuscany

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

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

Veneto

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

Netherlands

Gelderland

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

Norway

UltraBirken | 55 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Portugal

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

Romania

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

Serbia

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

Slovakia

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

Spain

Basque Country

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

Madrid

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

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

Sweden

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

Switzerland

Berne

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

Neuchâtel

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

United Kingdom

Cumbria

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

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

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

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

East Dunbartonshire

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

East Sussex

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

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

Isle of Wight

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

Sheffield

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

USA

Arizona

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

California

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

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

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

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

Colorado

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

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

Maryland

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

Massachusetts

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

Montana

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

New Mexico

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

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

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

Ohio

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

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

Oregon

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

Pennsylvania

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

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

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

South Carolina

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

Tennessee

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

Utah

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

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

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

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

Washington

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

Wyoming

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

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

Bighorn Trail 50 Mile Endurance Run | 50 miles | June 20, 2014 | website
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Why We Run – Salomon Running TV S3 E01

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“Ideally I would like to be a bird but running is a close second”

The African Attacment and Salomon Running once again take our sport and the visual story to the next leveel

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Bernd Heinrich is a retired Professor living in a log cabin in the woods of Western Maine. He has held numerous running records throughout his life and has committed much of his time to the study of the natural world. In Episode 01 we look back at this man’s incredible life, his achievements, the lessons he has learned, and what we can possibly learn from him.

Music:
“Breathe”
By SignPost
Written for The African Attachment & SRTV
http://www.signpostsound.co.za

Additional Race Footage:
Transvulcania & Zegama – Kikazaru Producciones
Marathon du Mont Blanc – Mouss Productions
Olympus Marathon – Stamos Birsim

Ryan Sandes – Wandering Fever Fund

MG_00841Ryan Sandes is a modest and extremely giving person. Modest about his ability, one almost has to laugh when he says, “An impulsive decision one Sunday afternoon completely changed my life back in 2008. Could I run 250km, self-supported through a Desert? Without another thought, I maxed out my credit card and entered a race I knew almost nothing about. The lead up to the Gobi Desert Race consumed me but most importantly it enabled me to dream.”

Dream he did and look what has happened. He has won races on all continents, he is unbeaten in the four deserts, he has won Leadville 100, he was second at Western States 2012, beating Geoff Roes CR and loosing out to a flying Timothy Olson.

It is an incredible journey.

Ryan says, “I have worked damn hard to achieve my dreams, but I have always been in a fortunate position. What about the people who do not have the opportunities to make their dreams a reality?”

Way back when Ryan’s  journey started, long time friends Dean Leslie and Greg Fell (The African Attachment) asked if they could document his story. What a coup. Nobody would have thought that a fil project called ‘Wandering Fever’ would actually document the rise of somebody to the pinnacle of the sport.

Now Wandering Fever has been a long term project, Dean, Leslie and Ryan have said many times… it won’t be long! Well, finally, it looks like the latter half of 2013 may well see the release of this highly anticipated film.

Ryan is extremely appreciative of his success and he wants to give back.

“I want to provide a base, a launching pad for people to reach out and grab their dreams with both hands and change their lives. I have decided to set up a Fund which will be distributed  to individuals, charities or worthwhile causes, enabling people to LIVE their dreams.”

It is all about givingback to the community, and I for one am so pleased to here of this initiative.

“The “Wandering Fever Fund” is currently being setup and will be kick-started by 50% of all the profit made from the documentary Wandering Fever (which is due to be completed later this year). Wandering Fever has been a very raw and personal project for Dean, Greg (The African Attachment) and myself, and we all feel very strongly about giving back to the community that has given me so much.”

Ryan finishes off by saying, “It is up to us more fortunate people to share our opportunities with those less fortunate. If I could help only one person live their dream, then that in itself would be a dream come true for me.”

Links:

Ryan Sandes HERE

Wandering Fever HERE

Marco Olmo – The Runner

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TRAILS IN MOTION Film Festival

Big shout out here to my buddy, James at GoTrail for getting this incredible project off the ground and showcasing some of the best in trail movies.

I am eager to see the Marco Olmo film, ‘The Runner‘ but I am equally stoked to see that friends, Dean & Greg from The African Attachment will be showing ‘Collective Dreams‘. Collective Dreams is a film that delves into the professional world of trail running – a sport rapidly growing and changing around the world. At its core, trail running is a solitary pursuit born out of a love of the mountains. The film follows a group of individuals finding their way in this new professional world and, as they learn and gain experience, they are brought together by this common bond as a team and as friends.

The Trails in Motion Film Festival is a project aimed at creating an artistic and engaging platform to showcase the imaginative and awe-inspiring trail running film productions of both local and international film makers.

The objective is to not only capture the true spirit of trail running through the screening of high quality films and documentaries, but ultimately develop an exciting social and visual experience for everyone who shares a connection with the trail and a deep appreciation for the creative expression of others.

An initiative by GoTrailmedia

Ryan Sandes

 

Guest Host – Ryan Sandes

It has only taken four short years for ultra-marathon ace Ryan Sandes to rise to the very top of his game, earning the prestigious honor of winning all four of the 4Deserts events. He received this record-breaking accolade after a first place result in the Last Desert event in Antarctica at the end of 2010. The human running machine from South Africa led the 250km event from start to finish, battling challenging sub-zero temperatures and treacherous conditions with ice underfoot on the hilly course.

With his focus now shifted to some of the world’s premier single staged 100 kilometer and 100 mile endurance races, Ryan continues to work hard at achieving his goals, all the while maintaining the balance of life. More recently, Ryan’s achievements have included a win at the 2011 Leadville Trail 100, the 2012 TNF100 in Australia, a second place finish at the 2012 Western States 100 as well as a record breaking run through the Fish River Canyon in Namibia towards the end of 2012.

FILM LINE UP

Emilie Lecomte | portrait of a trail runner

Runtime: 6 minutes

Directed by: scenario-s.com

Produced by:  Quechua & Montagne TV

 

Il Corridore | The Runner

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Runtime: 52 minutes

Directed by: Paolo Casilas and Stefana Scarafia

Produced by:  BODA’

 

Mountain Of Greatness

Runtime: 24 minutes

Directed by: Andrew King

Produced by:  D4 Productions

 

Collective Dreams | The Documentary

Runtime: 26 minutes

Directed by: Dean Leslie

Produced by:  Greg Fell

 

HEADLINE FILM

Marco Olmo – The Runner

Runtime: 52 minutes

Directed by: Paolo Casilas and Stefana Scarafia

Produced by:  BODA’

Marco Olmo is a living legend of extreme ultra-running. In his “previous lives”, as he says, he has been a farmer, a truck driver and a workman. Running has became his reason for living, the way to take revenge on his hard destiny. At the age of 58 he has became Ultra-trail World Champion, winning the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc in France, the hardest and most important endurance race in the world. make no mistake about it, this is no easy feat: over twenty hours of uninterrupted running, 167 km (over 100 miles) and a circumnavigation of the tallest mountain in Europe. An almost unimaginable specialty, where mental and physical training and personal motivations are fundamental.
Despite age, physical problems and always younger and more prepared opponents, he doesn’t want to stop. For one year he prepares for the new edition of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. This competition, which for two consecutive times has consecrated him as the champion, could become the last of his career. Marco must win, to show himself that he can still do it.
This is his story.

Meet the Film Makers HERE

 

 

A year of memories

What a Year 2012 was for Salomon Running! New friends, precious moments, good stories – all there to strenghten the ties that bind us together.

This clip captures 12 months of emotions nicely.

5 Races 5 Continents

If possible, you may want to check out this movie as part of the festival AFF 2012 (link here) – Endurance Adventure will take you across the world. From Antarctica, with the world’s first unsupported expedition to walk to the South Pole and back again, to ultra-running across five continents (as outlined below) and chasing the disappearing Colorado River.

5 Races 5 Continents

At the beginning of the 2011 trail running season Kilian Jornet set out to win five races on five continents. The lengths varied in distance, climate and altitude – from a 100 mile race in the scorching heat of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the vertical ascent of South East Asia’s highest mountain in Malaysian Borneo, Mount Kinabalu.

Follow his experiences over the year, from the pressures of high-end competition to his unprecedented performance and success. This story is not just about what he has achieved, but rather what he has learnt from running in these surroundings and the emotions they bring. The film immerses itself in the trail communities around the world as Kilian and his teammates, friends and competitors try to understand the desire they have for the mountains and running.

For many, it is the simplicity of running, its meditative nature and the freedom it offers to explore new landscapes that drives their passion for the sport. 5 Races, 5 Continents is an inspirational ode to the beauty of trail running, a sport that is inherently simple and pure.

Length – 26 minutes

Director – Dean Leslie from The African Attachment

Dean Leslie is young South African Filmmaker and Co-Owner of Cape Town based independent film production company, The African Attachment. He has experience on a wide range of local and international productions and has worked as a producer, director, cinematographer, photographer and editor. He was the cinematographer for ‘Interviews Unit’ in the Academy Award nominated feature film, ’District 9’. He edited the International short film,‘Pumzi’, for Focus Features (USA) and Inspired Minority Pictures, which was won Best International Short at Cannes Independent Film Festival and was a favourite at the 2010 Sundance International Film Festival.He produced, directed and edited the critically acclaimed South African documentary,’12 Mile Stone’, alongside Greg Fell, and has directed a string of music videos for some of South Africa’s top bands including  Die Heuwels Fantasties, The ParlotonesThe Dirty Skirts, aKING andAshtray Electric. He is currently in post-production on his debut documentary feature film‘Wandering Fever’, a film that has seen him shoot on all 7 Continents over 4 years  as he explores the idea of why we run through the story of South African elite ultra runner Ryan Sandes. Dean  has a distinctive visual style and his projects have a strong narrative element layered with underlying themes and tones. His work has been widely praised for its cinematography, style and underlying mood – all testaments to Dean’s continued growth and progress as a Director. Taken from Vancouver International Mountain Festival.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

A way of life

The TAA (The African Attachment) boys once again coming up with some wonderful footage for Salomon Running TV S2 episode 08 ‘A way of life’ featuring the ISF Skyrunning race Pikes Peak and some footage of Leaville 100.

Great to hear Tony Krupicka say that the important thing is to run…. racing is a bonus.

The Beauty of the Irrational

Human beings don’t always make rational decisions. But making irrational decisions is precisely what makes us human. These decisions, based on an impulse or a feeling, often lead us to those perfect moments when it feels great to be alive.
“The Beauty of the Irrational” follows Ryan Sandes,  as he returns to the Fish River Canyon to run the 5 day, 84km, Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail in the fastest time possible.

He completed the run, self-supported, in amazing time of 6h57min!

You can read more HERE

Filmed by Greg Fell and Dean Leslie from The African Attachment this movie once again shows Ryan at his best and shows the skills of Dean & Greg.

You can link to the movie on Vimeo here: 47355798