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

Episode 153 of Talk Ultra is a packed show with multiple interviews… We speak with Beth Pascall who was 1st Brit and 4th lady at Transgrancanaria. We speak with 3 time winner of The Spine Race – Pavel Paloncy. We also chat with Michael from Russia’s Golden Ring Ultra and finally, Kurt Decker brings us chat with Mike Ambrose. Speedgoat co-hosts.
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00:16:56 NEWS
WAY TO COOL 50K
Ladia Albertson Junkans won in 3:44, Brittany Peterson 3:46 and Elizabeth Ryan 3:56
Max King 3:18, Jared Hazen 3:18:33 and Gus Gibbs 3:20
IDITAROD
Ever present David Johnston once again won but this time with Gavin Woody – 5 days, 10hrs and 23min.
TRANSGRANCANARIA 125km
Pau Capell did it again on a new course winning in 12:42 ahed of Aurelien Collet who led the race for much of the day, he finished in 12:56 and Cristofer Clemente was 3rd 13:22.
For the ladies it was a surprise win for Magda Lack ahead of the indestructible Andrea Huser and Ekaterina Mityaeva 3rd – 15:18, 15:58 and 16:12.
The UK’s Beth Pascall was 54th.
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00:28:15  Interview with BETH PASCALL
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Golden Ring Ultra – The Golden Ring Ultra-Trail® 100 is a trail race for runners of all backgrounds and levels of experience.
It’s no coincidence that the race is held in the town of Suzdal…
Founded in the 11th century, Suzdal is one of the oldest towns in Russia and home to more than 300 unique historical sites and monuments from ancient Rus, including several that have been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Awarded federally protected status in 1967 and surrounded by expansive forests and fields, Suzdal offers visitors a chance to travel back in time.
Set against this breathtaking landscape across which a millennium’s-worth of history has unfolded, the Golden Ring Ultra-Trail® 100 is designed for those who yearn for new adventures, discovering untapped strength within themselves, and finding total freedom in the outdoors.
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01:14:10 Interview with GOLDEN ULTRA RUSSIA
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01:32:06 Interview with MIKE AMBROSE
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02:01:14 Interview with PAVEL PALONCY
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Transgrancanaria 2018 125km – Race Images and Summary

The 2018 Transgrancanaria HG started as planned at 2300 hours from a new start in Las Palmas. In the 24-hours before the race, it had been touch and go if the race would have a delayed start due to storms that were rolling in to the island. For example, the marathon was postponed from Friday to a Saturday start.

In the hours before the start, rain storms moved through the island bringing with it strong winds and torrential rain. However, in Las Palmas it was all calm… was it the calm before another storm?

Live music, thousands of people and on the stroke of 11pm, the runners departed along the beach for one of the toughest races in the world – 125km with over 7000m of vertical gain. As the name suggests, the route is ‘Transgrancanaria’ starting n the north-east and passing all the way down the spine of the island to conclude in the south at Maspalomas. Key moments come at Arucas, Teror, Fontanales, Presa de los Perez, Artenara, Tejeda, Garanon, Tunte, Ayagaures, Parque Sur and finally the finish line in Maspalomas.

The ladies’ race was dominated by Polish runner Magda Laczak who pushed from the front right from the start. She opened a gap early on and pulled away as the miles past to finally finish 40-minutes ahead of the ever present and indestructible Andrea Huser, their times 15:18:37 and 15:58:11. Third placed lady was Ekaterina Mityaeva who is new to the UTWT ranks but over the past years has gained a strong reputation in the Skyrunner Works Series. Her form was good to close strongly and pass Fernanda Maciel for the final podium place. Fernanda had run a strong race early on but faded in the last quarter to finally finish 6th being passed by Beth Pascall from the UK and Eva Sperger. The ladies race had notable drop outs with some key favourites haveng a tough night, in particular Caroline Chaverot, Francesca Canepa and Emilie Lecomte.

For the men, Pau Capell as defending champion was the man to beat and he looked relaxed with expectation on his shoulders. He ran smart, calm and cool as Frenchman Aurelien Collet dictated the pace from the front. At the iconic Roque Nublo the duo were less than a minute apart and Aurelien must have felt like a hunted animal. Pau eventually made his move and he opened a gap immediately which he extended to the line finishing in 12:42:08 ahead of Aurelien’s 12:56. A strong attack had been expected from the USA’s Tim Tollefson and certainly over the first third of the race his presence was felt, however, a recurring injury kicked in and he was forced to drop. Cristofer Clemente took over the reigns and running his longest ever race he surprised himself taking the final podium slot in 13:22. Daniel Jung placed 4th.

Results:

  1. Pau Capell – 12:42:08
  2. Aurelién Collet – 12:56:39
  3. Cristofer Clemente – 13:22:48
  1. Magda Laczak – 15:18:37
  2. Andrea Huser – 15:58:11
  3. Ekaterina Mityaeva – 16:12:48

Race website http://www.transgrancanaria.net

Full Results http://transgrancanaria.livetrail.net

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Transgrancanaria 2017 Race Summary and Images

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The island of Gran Canaria once again hosted the Transgrancanaria series of races. Over the years, the races have grown not only in stature and entries but also in quantity. In total, there are now seven races and this year the addition of the TRANS 360 (265km) really has elevated the race portfolio so that TRANSGRANCANARIA now contrasts and compares directly to the UTMB series of races.

Starting with a FAMILY race (17km) you then have PROMO (17km), STARTER (30km), MARATHON (42km), ADVANCED (82km), the TRANS 360 and then the main event of the weekend, TRANSGRANCANARIA at 125km and 8000m of vertical gain.

Over the year’s, TRANSGRANCANARIA has had the world best come to this Canary island and do battle. Ryan Sandes, Sebsatien Chaigneau, Nuria Picas and Caroline Chaverot are amongst the winners and the 2017 edition, like previous years, had a high quality field.

Notably, the 2017 edition is also earlier in the year, in the past, the race has been in March. This is significant, the 125km race is tough at anytime of the year but coming so early means that the end of one season and the beginning of the next becomes increasingly cloudy. If you want to do well here, it’s fair to say that the previous year’s season needs to end in September or October to allow for recovery and then building training once again to be ready in February.

Caroline Chaverot and Didrick Hermansen were 2016 returning champions and without doubt they were pre-race favourites. Didrick most definitely would have a fight on his hands with the final result going anyway. By contrast, Caroline after an incredible 2016 season was almost guaranteed a victory. But this is ultra-running and things don’t always go the way you expect.

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From the off, Pau Capell and Azara Garcia dictated the race from the front and by the time they reached Artenara (approx 30km), the duo had a convincing lead in their respective races. Many had predicted pre-race that 2017 was Pau’s year, however, Azara was stepping up to the 125km distance – she normally races hilly, technical mountain races of marathon distance, so, stepping up to 125km and 8000m of vert was going to be a challenge.

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The Spanish duo most certainly had some highs and lows on an incredible journey to the line but they didn’t falter. Pau looked to be a man on a mission throughout the race and although he went through a bad patch in the last 20km, he rallied and then continued to pull away to take one of the biggest victories of his life.

Azara battled and battled and from Roque Nublio looked tired and maybe a little bit broken. Somehow she managed to find the mental strength to beat and will her body to the line. She finished with a convincing lead over 2nd lady Andrea Huser, but Azara was an empty shell on the line. She was broken and the emotion of the biggest win of her career seemed all too much as she sat lost in her exhaustion. Eventually she was stretchered away to recover.

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Behind two amazing performances were the highs and lows of the ultra world. In the ladies’ race we saw Caroline Chaverot drop from the race at Artenara lacking energy with tired legs. We saw Andrea Huser produce an ever-consistent and well placed performance to place 2nd and gain another high-ranking podium place and Melanie Rousset from France rallied to finish 3rd ahead of Kirstin Berglund. Full ladies’ results HERE.

The men’s race was a cracker, however, everyone was running in the wake of Pau Capell who produced a dominating world-class performance. Vlaidas Zlabys from Lithuania was the revelationn of the race and a name to note for the future. Right from the beginning he was in the mix and he produced a strong, consistent and well paced performance to finish 2nd 14:35 minutes behind Pau. In the final 20km he had closed that gap down to 10-minutes but Pau surged. Didrick Hermansen ran much of the race off the podium but he knows his strength. In the last 3rd of the race he closed hard and moved up through the race to finally finish on the podium in 3rd – a great result!

Behind the top-3 is a story of trials and tribulations, pre-race favourites of Andy Symonds, Diego Pazos and Timothy Olson all finished in the top-10 but it was stories of niggles, sickness, fatigue and fighting a cold and challenging night. Full men’s results HERE.

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The 2017 edition of the race will be remembered for a very cold and windy night that challenged the runners. Even the arrival of daylight did not warm the ambient temperature in the mountains. It was only as the runners descended to the sea in the final 20-30km’s did temperatures rise and of course, this brings it’s own problems. From 4-degrees to 25-degrees is a tough ask. The challenge was clearly seen on each runners face.

Pau Capell and Azara Garcia are the names of 2017, I wonder, who will be the names of 2018?

Men Results

  1. Pau Capell 13:21:03 (Didrick ran 13:41 in 2016)
  2. Vlaidas Zlabys 13:35:38
  3. Didrick Hermansen 13:50:06
  4. Jordi Baus 13:53:53
  5. Maxime Cazajous 13:53:54

Ladies Results

  1. Azara Garcia 16:25:20 (Caroline ran 15:23 in 2016)
  2. Andrea Huser 17:15:45
  3. Melanie Rousset 17:30:40
  4. Kistin Berglund 18:00:04
  5. Ildo Wermescher 18:17:43

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Transgrancanaria 2017 Pre-Race

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Countdown to the 2017 #Transgrancanaria and everyone is registered and prepared to toe the start line at 2300 hours local time.

It’s going to be a very competitive race both for the ladies’ and the men – Didrik Hermansen and Caroline Chaverot are here to defend their 2016 titles.

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Strong competition will come in the ladies’ race from Andrea Huser, Gemma Arenas and so many more…

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In the men’s race, Didrik will have his hands full fighting off Diego Pazos, Yeray Duran, Pau Capell and Andy Symonds amongst others. Julian Chorier will not run due to a broken rib.

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You can read a full preview of the 125km race HERE

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Episode 108 – Schlarb, Hermansen, Navesey

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This is Episode 108 of Talk Ultra. We speak with 2016 Transgrancanaria champion, Didrik Hermansen. We have a chat with Brit Paul Navesey about winning the 100km Anglo Celtic Plate and Jason Schlarb gives us the lowdown of skiing the Hardrock 100 route in 4 days. Niandi gives us a stress fracture update (Ian and Niandi loose the plot!) and Niandi brings us another Big Red Run interview and Speedgoat is here after ‘another’ 100-mile victory.

00:01:31 Show Start

Karl wins another 100 – 16:47 at Lake Martin 100

Ian’s been swimming and cycling but no running

00:15:07 NEWS

Niandi gives us an update on her injury and talks to Kirsten about the Big Red Run

00:23:12 INTERVIEW

Kirsten Maplestone ran the Big Red Run in Australia in a past edition and will return in 2016, Niandi caught up and had a chat about the unique challenges this race brings. Read about and enter the Big Red Run HERE

Anglo Celtic Plate

  1. Paul Navesey 6:58:52
  2. Daniel Weston 7:11:47
  3. Robert Turner 7:17:11
  1. Melissa Vendables 8:15:54
  2. Edwina Sutton 8:24:05
  3. Sophie Mullins 8:30:22

01:01:00 INTERVIEW  PAUL NAVESEY

Two Oceans in SA (56km)

Mike Fokoroni 3:13:33

Caroline Wostmann 3:44:44

Chuckanut 50K 

  1. Ryan Bak 3:38:17
  2. Mario Mendoza 3:40:00
  3. Matt Flaherty 3:43:00
  1. Ellie Greenwood 4:11:58
  2. Anne Marie Madden 4:22:00
  3. Sarah Bard 4:25:00

Georgia Death Race 68m

Andrew Miller and Bethany Patterson took out the wins in 11:42 and 14:28 for WSER slots

Trail du Ventoux 46km

Nico Martin and in-form Caroline Chaverot took out victories.

Iditarod Trail Invitational 1000m

Tim Hewitt (61) 19 days 9 hours 49 minutes – ouch! First person ever to complete in under 20 days

MIRA film is available, check it out HERE

Hardrock 100 on skis

Jason Schlarb, Paul Hamilton, Scott Simmons skied the HR100 with cameraman Noah Howell.

01:52:56 INTERVIEW  JASON SCHLARB.

02:46:44 INTERVIEW DIDRIK HERMANSEN

UP & COMING RACES

Algeria

Ultramarathon des Ziban | 100 kilometers | April 07, 2016 | website

Argentina

Patagonia Run 100k | 100 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Patagonia Run 130k | 130 kilometers | April 08, 2016 | website

Patagonia Run 63k | 63 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Patagonia Run 84k | 84 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Australia

Australian Capital Territory

Australian Running Festival Ultra Marathon | 50 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

Tasmania

50 km | 50 kilometers | April 03, 2016 | website

50 km Relay | 50 kilometers | April 03, 2016 | website

Victoria

100 km | 100 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

50 km | 50 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

Ultra SkyMarathon | 75 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

Western Australia

3 Waters 50km Ultra Marathon | 50 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

Belgium

Brussels Capital Region

Trail 50 km | 50 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

Canada

British Columbia

Diez Vista 50k Trail Run | 50 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Chile

Ultra Fiord 100K | 100 kilometers | April 15, 2016 | website

Ultra Fiord 100M | 100 miles | April 14, 2016 | website

Ultra Fiord 70K | 70 kilometers | April 15, 2016 | website

Croatia

100 Miles of Istria | 108 miles | April 15, 2016 | website

100 Miles of Istria – 110 km | 110 kilometers | April 15, 2016 | website

France

Bas-Rhin

Le Challenge des Seigneurs | 100 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

Le Défi des Seigneurs | 74 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

Le Grand Défi des Vosges | 58 kilometers | April 11, 2016 | website

L’Intégrale | 132 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

Bouches-du-Rhône

58 km | 58 kilometers | April 03, 2016 | website

Côtes-d’Armor

Trail Des Douaniers – 50km | 50 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

Eure

53,1 km | 53 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

Gironde

Tour du Canton de Fronsac 60 km | 60 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

Jura

Le Savagnin | 58 kilometers | April 03, 2016 | website

Landes

80 km | 80 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

La Ronde des Pains | 80 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

India

West Bengal

Sandakphu 70 Mile Himalayan Race | 70 miles | April 10, 2016 | website

Ireland

Galway

Connemara Ultramarathon | 39 miles | April 10, 2016 | website

Israel

Race the Promised Land Ultra | 124 kilometers | April 14, 2016 | website

The Sea to Jerusalem 144 km Ultra | 144 kilometers | April 14, 2016 | website

The Sea to Jerusalem 54 Ultra | 54 kilometers | April 14, 2016 | website

The Sea to Jerusalem 70 km Ultra | 70 kilometers | April 15, 2016 | website

Italy

Lombardy

100 km di Seregno | 100 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

60 km di Seregno | 60 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

BVG Trail | 73 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

UMS Ultramaratona Milano Sanremo | 280 kilometers | April 08, 2016 | website

Malaysia

50 km | 50 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

68 km | 68 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

Morocco

Ecotrail de Ouarzazate | 111 kilometers | April 15, 2016 | website

Marathon des Sables | 250 kilometers | April 08, 2016 | website

Nepal

Annapurna Mandala Trail | 250 kilometers | April 01, 2016 | website

Buddhist Stupa Trail Marathon | 50 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Netherlands

North Holland

Castricum Ultraloop | 60 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

New Zealand

Oxfam Trailwalker NZ | 100 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

Norway

Bergen Maratonkarusellen no3 – 1 1/2 Marathon | 63 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Bergen Maratonkarusellen no3 – Ultra 100km | 100 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

KRSUltra 60k | 60 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Philippines

Balangiga to Calicoan Island, 80km | 80 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Mayon 360º | 80 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Poland

Beskidzka 160 Na – Long Distance | 84 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Portugal

Inatel Piódão Trail Running – 50 km | 50 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

Réunion

62 km | 62 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

South Africa

The Ultra 5 – The Africa Run | 250 kilometers | April 06, 2016 | website

Spain

Andalusia

TrailRunning BRIMZ “Guzmán el Bueno” X Sierra Morena – 60 km | 60 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Catalonia

Ultra Trail Muntanyes de la Costa Daurada | 90 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

Extremadura

LXVII Milhas Romanas | 100 kilometers | April 08, 2016 | website

Sweden

200 Miles | 200 miles | April 15, 2016 | website

United Kingdom

Calderdale

The Calderdale Hike – Long | 36 miles | April 09, 2016 | website

Carmarthenshire

Pendine Sands Ultra | 32 miles | April 03, 2016 | website

Devon

Coastal Trail Series – Exmoor – Ultra | 34 miles | April 09, 2016 | website

Dorset

The ONER | 78 miles | April 09, 2016 | website

The ONER Half Day Section | 39 miles | April 09, 2016 | website

East Sussex

South Downs Way 50 | 50 miles | April 09, 2016 | website

Glasgow City

Glasgow – Edinburgh Double Marathon | 55 miles | April 02, 2016 | website

Hampshire

Compton 40 mile Challenge | 40 miles | April 09, 2016 | website

Highland

2XU Jogle | 860 miles | April 01, 2016 | website

Northumberland

Kielder Ultra Trail 100 km | 100 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

Kielder Ultra Trail 50 km | 50 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

Kielder Ultra Trail 80 km | 80 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

USA

Alaska

Tanana River Challenge 45 Mile | 45 miles | April 02, 2016 | website

Arizona

Crown King Scramble 50 Km Trail Run | 50 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

California

American River 50-mile Endurance Run | 50 miles | April 02, 2016 | website

Grizzly Peak 50 Km Trail Run | 50 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

Lake Sonoma 50 | 50 miles | April 09, 2016 | website

Oriflamme 50k | 50 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Ragnar Relay So Cal | 200 miles | April 01, 2016 | website

Woodside Crossover 50K | 50 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Illinois

Chicago Lakefront 50K George Cheung Memorial Race | 50 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Potawatomi 100 Mile Trail Run | 100 miles | April 09, 2016 | website

Potawatomi 150 Mile Trail Run | 150 miles | April 08, 2016 | website

Potawatomi 50 Mile Trail Run | 50 miles | April 09, 2016 | website

Iowa

Hawkeye 50k | 50 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Kansas

Prairie Spirit Trail 100 Mile Ultra Race | 100 miles | April 02, 2016 | website

Prairie Spirit Trail 50 Mile Ultra Race | 50 miles | April 02, 2016 | website

Rocking K Trail 50 Mile Run | 50 miles | April 02, 2016 | website

Kentucky

Yamacraw 50k | 50 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Massachusetts

Cape Cod Trail Race – Run Forward. Give Back – Ultra | 50 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

Michigan

Kal-Haven Trail Run | 33 miles | April 09, 2016 | website

Minnesota

Zumbro 100M | 100 miles | April 08, 2016 | website

Zumbro Midnight 50 Mile | 50 miles | April 09, 2016 | website

Missouri

Ozark Foothills 50K | 50 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Nebraska

Double Half Mary+5 | 50 kilometers | April 15, 2016 | website

Nevada

55K | 55 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

New Jersey

100K Trail Race | 100 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

100M Trail Race | 100 miles | April 02, 2016 | website

50K Trail Race | 50 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

50M Trail Race | 50 miles | April 02, 2016 | website

North Carolina

50-KM | 50 kilometers | April 10, 2016 | website

Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run | 100 miles | April 02, 2016 | website

Umstead 50 Mile Endurance Run | 50 miles | April 02, 2016 | website

Ohio

Fools 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

Oklahoma

Tatur’s Lake McMurty Trail Race 50K | 50 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Oregon

Gorge Waterfalls 100k | 100 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

Gorge Waterfalls 50k | 50 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Peterson Ridge Rumble 40 Mile Trail Run | 40 miles | April 10, 2016 | website

Shotgun Trail Blast 50K | 50 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

South Carolina

Blind Pig 100K Ultra Marathon | 100 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

Blind Pig 100 Mile Ultra Marathon | 100 miles | April 02, 2016 | website

Tennessee

Power to the Tower 50k Ultra | 50 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

Texas

Hells Hills 50 km Endurance Trail Run | 50 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

Hells Hills 50 Mile Endurance Trail Run | 50 miles | April 02, 2016 | website

Utah

100k | 100 kilometers | April 08, 2016 | website

100 Mile | 100 miles | April 08, 2016 | website

50K | 50 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Behind the Rocks 50 K | 50 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

Behind the Rocks 50 Mile | 50 miles | April 02, 2016 | website

Vermont

Twin State 50 km | 50 kilometers | April 02, 2016 | website

Twin State 50 Miles | 50 miles | April 02, 2016 | website

Virginia

50K | 50 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

50 Mile | 50 miles | April 09, 2016 | website

Bull Run Run 50 Mile | 50 miles | April 09, 2016 | website

Washington

Lumberjack 100 K Run | 100 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Lumberjack 100 Mile Run | 100 miles | April 09, 2016 | website

Lumberjack 50 Mile Run | 50 miles | April 09, 2016 | website

Palouse 100K Relay – 2-3 runners | 100 kilometers | April 03, 2016 | website

Palouse 100K Relay – 4-10 runners | 100 kilometers | April 03, 2016 | website

Palouse 100K Solo | 100 kilometers | April 03, 2016 | website

Squak Mountain 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Wisconsin

Mad City 100K | 100 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Mad City 50K | 50 kilometers | April 09, 2016 | website

Zimbabwe

33 Miler | 33 miles | April 03, 2016 | website

33 Miler Relay | 33 miles | April 03, 2016 | website

03:19:04 CLOSE

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Transgrancanaria 2016 – Race Summary and Images

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The 2016 Transgrancanaria concluded in Maspalomas this morning at 5am after many runners battled through two nights and a long hot day to achieve the goal of completing the 125km journey from the north to the south of the island. It’s a race of many challenges!

The first big European race on the calendar, Transgrancanaria always attracts a high quality elite field and this year was no different. Starting at 2300 hours on Friday under warm skies, runners left the coastal town of Agaete and then weaved a route through many climbs and descents on what is a very demanding island to run on.

Aurelien Collet and Caroline Chaverot started the race like two possessed animals, constantly pushing and dictating the pace at the front. Chaverot was not a surprise after her string of recent high quality results and her 2nd place in Transgrancanaria last year. Collet though was a surprise!

As the runners ran into the night, Artenara was one of the first key aid stations and it soon became clear that the evening temperatures were causing many problems. A wind had started to increase off the coast and with it temperatures dropped.

By contrast, day temperatures were very warm and in the men’s race Roque Nublo became a significant point in the race as 2015 winner, Gediminas Grinius closed on Collet who had dictated the pace from the start.

Hermansen was also closing on Grinius and we knew the race was on!

In the ladies race, Chaverot’s lead was so huge it would have taken an injury for her to lose her lead, particularly after the withdrawal of Nuria Picas in the night with an injury. Emelie Lecomte, Andrea Huser and Uxue Fraile were pursuing but they were in a different race.

Hermansen finally took hold of the race in the section between Garanon and Pico de las Nieves when he overtook Collet. Grinius pursued but Hermann was committed to victory, something that he had prepared meticulously for having placed 2nd in 2015. He stopped the clock in 13:41:48 which established a new course record*

Pau Capell, winner of Transgrancanaria’s Advanced race in 2015, moved up a notch to finish on the podium jointly with Diego Pazos for third.

Caroline Chaverot was in a league of her own this year, committed, focused and dedicated, she was like a machine! Despite her huge lead, Chaverot continued to push the pace all the way to the finish and she also, like Hermansen, set a new course record and finished in the top-20 overall. Her closest rival was Andrea Huser who was almost 2 hours behind. Uxue Fraile finished 3rd.

*This years course has now been changed over the final 25km which is slightly less distance but more technical.

Results

  1. Didrik Hermansen 13:41:48
  2. Gediminas Grinius 13:45:08
  3. Pau Capell and Diego Pazos 14:11:02
  1. Caroline Chaverot 15:23:40
  2. Andrea Huser 17:21:43
  3. Uxue Fraile 17:28:05

Transgrancanaria 2016 – Elite Press Conference

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Many of the top elite runners assembled in Maslpalomas, Gran Canaria yesterday evening for the Transgrancanaria 2016 elite press conference.

In the past few years, Transgrancanaria has grown as the first big European race that in many ways sets the scene for what is to come later in the year.

The 2016 edition of the race is no different.

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2015 champion Gediminas Grinius is back and looking to defend his crown but he is going to have a tough job. He said:

“I feels no pressure now but as I stand on the start, the tension will come and then will be soon released. I am here to perform to the best of my ability.”

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Seth Swanson from the USA is considered to be a dark horse, his repeat 2nd places at the past editions of Western States and 4th at UTMB not only means that he has pace to run fast but that he can also climb and descend.

“I’m really happy to be back in Europe and the opportunity to run across an island, from the top to the bottom, is one of the unique attraction of the Transgrancanaria race.”

Julien Chorier, Yan Long Fei, Antoine Guillon, Didrik Hermansen, Jonas Buud, Tim Tollefson, Sondre Amdahl, Andy Symonds, Seb Chaigneau, Yeray Duran are just some of the other top elite men who will contest the finish line on Saturday outside the Palais de Congress in Maspalomas.

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The ladies race has less depth but two time champion Nuria Picas is back and of course a hot favourite for victory. Last years 2nd placed lady, Caroline Chaverot is also one to watch:

“I want to have a good race, a pleasant journey and I hope I don’t get lost… last year I made a couple of mistakes.”

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The USA’s Angela Shartel was also present and excited to be racing in Europe for the first time.

Dong Li, Uxue Fraile, Manuela Vilaseca, Lisa Borzani, Anrea Huser and Silvia Trigueros are also hot contenders for the top-3 podium places.

Racing starts at 2300 (local time) on Friday March 4th

Read a full race preview HERE