Episode 135 – Eoin Keith and Tim Freriks

Episode 135 of Talk Ultra brings you two interviews. Eoin Keith talks about running a FKT across Ireland and Tim Freriks talks about bursting onto the world stage with victory at Transvulcania Ultramarathon.
It’s a short show this week folks due to extensive travel and workload. However, we have a couple of great interviews and stories for you.
Back to normal for episode 136!
Read about the 2017 Transvulcania HERE and VK HERE
UP & COMING RACES

Argentina

170x4D | 170 kilometers | May 24, 2017 | website
50K | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
80KX2D | 80 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website

Australia

New South Wales

The North Face 100 Australia | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
The North Face 50 Australia | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Queensland

Victoria

Ultra Marathon 60K | 60 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website

Austria

Über Drüber UltraMarathon | 63 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website

Belgium

Wallonia

Trail des Doux Dingues | 60 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Trail des Vallées du Chevalier – 62 km | 62 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Trails des Fous Fourieux | 105 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Bhutan

The Last Secret | 200 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website

Canada

Alberta

50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
Blackfoot Ultra 100KM | 100 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Blackfoot Ultra 50 Km | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Blackfoot Ultra 50 Miler | 50 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Confederation 150K Relay | 150 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
Confederation 150K Solo | 150 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

British Columbia

50k Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Ontario

100 Mile | 100 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
200 Mile | 200 miles | May 25, 2017 | website
50K | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
50 Mile | 50 miles | May 27, 2017 | website

Chile

Atacama Xtreme 100 Miles | 100 miles | May 19, 2017 | website
Atacama Xtreme 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 19, 2017 | website
Atacama Xtreme 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 19, 2017 | website

Denmark

Midtjylland

Nordisk eXtrem maraton X50 | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Nordisk eXtrem maraton X70 | 70 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Finland

Oulu

NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 160 km | 160 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 53 km | 53 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 80 km | 80 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

France

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Trail de Haute Provence – Ultra | 72 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Ardèche

205,5 km | 205 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Ua-60 duo | 60 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Ua-60 solo | 60 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Ardennes

100 km | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Aude

Challenge Cathare | 95 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Bouches-du-Rhône

Half – ultimate race | 64 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Ultimate Race | 131 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Ultimate Race Relais | 131 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website

Cantal

La Pastourelle – Le Grand Cirque | 53 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Dordogne

Le relais du perigord sur 105 km (45+60) | 105 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Ultra trail du perigord 105 km | 105 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Haute-Savoie

Technica Maxi Race | 85 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
XL Race | 87 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Hautes-Pyrénées

62 km | 62 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website

Haut-Rhin

Trail des Marcaires | 52 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website

Hérault

Hérault Trail | 73 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Ultra Draille | 120 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Manche

Trail de l’Archange | 55 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Nord

100 km de Steenwerck | 100 kilometers | May 24, 2017 | website

Pas-de-Calais

105 km | 105 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
50 km | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Puy-de-Dôme

Trail experience Chaîne des Puys | 75 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website

Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Euskal Trails – Ultra Trail | 130 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Trail des Villages | 80 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Trail Gourmand | 50 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website

Saône-et-Loire

Trails des Vignes | 300 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Ultra Trail de Côte-d’Or | 105 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Savoie

Grand Raid 73 | 73 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Seine-Maritime

60 km | 60 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website
60 km Relais | 60 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website

Tarn-et-Garonne

52 km | 52 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website

Vendée

100 km de Vendée | 100 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Vosges

55 km | 55 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website

Yonne

61 km | 61 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
Oxfam Trailwalker France | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Germany

North Rhine-Westphalia

Bödefelder Hollenlauf 101 KM | 101 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Bödefelder Hollenlauf 67 KM | 67 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Rhineland-Palatinate

Saar-Hunsrück-Supertrail | 128 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Westerwaldlauf 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website

Schleswig-Holstein

Steinburg – Ultra – Marathon 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website

Thuringia

GutsMuths-Rennsteiglauf Super Marathon | 72 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Hungary

Ultrabalaton | 212 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Ireland

Munster

The Irish Trail 60 km | 60 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
The Irish Trail 85 km | 85 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Italy

Emilia-Romagna

Nove Colli Running | 202 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Trail Alta Val Nure 60 km | 60 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website

Liguria

Gran Trail Rensen | 62 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website

Piedmont

Trail del Monte Soglio – Gir Lung | 63 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Sardinia

Asinara Ultra Trail 80K | 80 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Tuscany

100km del Passatore | 100 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Veneto

Alpago EcoMarathon | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
Gran Raid delle Prealpi Trevigiane | 72 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Japan

100 km | 100 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website
71 km | 71 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website

Morocco

3 étapes | 77 kilometers | May 19, 2017 | website

Nepal

Mount Everest Extreme Ultra Marathon | 60 kilometers | May 29, 2017 | website

Norway

80 km | 80 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Lofoten Ultra-Trail | 100 miles | June 02, 2017 | website

Philippines

Hardcore Hundred Miles | 100 miles | May 19, 2017 | website

Portugal

100 km | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
60 km | 60 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Blue Island Trail – Ultra Trail | 70 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Réunion

Semi Transrun | 75 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website
Ultra | 140 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Romania

100 km | 100 kilometers | June 02, 2017 | website
Fundu Moldovei 3-day staged 115km ultra | 115 kilometers | June 02, 2017 | website
Fundu Moldovei Ultra Romania | 115 kilometers | June 02, 2017 | website
Transylvania 100k | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Transylvania 50k | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Ultramaraton 52,75 km | 52 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Russia

Master | 56 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Ultimate 100 miles | 100 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Ultra | 100 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Serbia

108 km | 108 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
57 km | 57 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Spain

Balearic Islands

Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls | 185 kilometers | May 19, 2017 | website
Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls Costa Nord | 100 kilometers | May 19, 2017 | website
Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls Costa Sud | 85 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Galicia

80 km | 80 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Sweden

Boras Ultra Marathon – 100 miles | 100 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Boras Ultra Marathon – 87 km | 87 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Taiwan

50 km of Wild Pig | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Turkey

Artvin Ultra Trail | 94 kilometers | June 02, 2017 | website

Ukraine

Burning Heads 50K | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

United Kingdom

Birmingham

Grand Union Canal Race | 145 miles | May 27, 2017 | website

County Borough of Conwy

Dragon’s Back | 200 miles | May 22, 2017 | website

Cumbria

Keswick Mountain Festival Ultra Trail Marathon | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website
Old County Tops Fell Race | 37 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Devon

Forces March | 131 miles | May 24, 2017 | website

East Sussex

Weald Challenge 50 km Ultra Trail | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website

Greater London

First Half Challenge | 56 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
London 2 Brighton Challenge | 100 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Shropshire

Apocalypse 100 | 100 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Apocalypse 50 | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Somerset

Westcountry Ultra 100 Miler | 100 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Westcountry Ultra Flat 50 miler | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Westcountry Ultra Hilly 50 miler | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Worcestershire

Severn Challenge | 214 miles | May 25, 2017 | website
Severn Path Ultra | 58 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Severn Plod Ultra | 45 miles | May 26, 2017 | website
Severn Way Ultra | 58 miles | May 28, 2017 | website

United States Minor Outlying Islands

100K Flying Solo | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
100K Relay | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

USA

Alabama

Rockin Choccolocco 50K | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Arizona

Adrenaline 65K Night Run | 65 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Grand Canyon 100 Mile | 100 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Grand Canyon 50K | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Grand Canyon 50 Mile | 50 miles | May 27, 2017 | website

California

100 Miler | 100 miles | May 19, 2017 | website
60 Miler | 60 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website
San Francisco 100 Mile Endurance Run | 100 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
San Francisco 50 Mile Endurance Run | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Connecticut

Trail 2 Trail Series Kettletown Park 50K | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Florida

Keys 100 Mile | 100 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Keys 50K Race | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Keys 50 Mile Race | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Georgia

Cruel Jewel 100 | 100 miles | May 19, 2017 | website
Cruel Jewel 50 Mile Race | 50 miles | May 19, 2017 | website

Maine

Pineland Farms 50K Trail | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
Pineland Farms 50 Mile Trail | 50 miles | May 28, 2017 | website

Massachusetts

Big Bear 50K | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website

Minnesota

Spring Superior Trail 50 k | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
We Walk! 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Missouri

Berryman 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Nebraska

191 miles | 191 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
191 miles Relay | 191 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
G.O.A.T.z Gravel Classic 60k | 60 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
GOATz Gravel Classic 60K | 60 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Nevada

Silver State 50K | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Silver State 50-Miler | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

New Hampshire

Manchester 2 Monadnock Ultramarathon | 55 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

New Jersey

Mayapple 100K Trail Run | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Mayapple 50k Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

New Mexico

Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 50K | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 50-Mile | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Ohio

Playin’ Possum 50k | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Tie Dye 32 Miler | 32 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Oklahoma

Okie Relays 2 – 4 person Relay Team | 41 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Okie Relays Individual | 42 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Oregon

TrailFactor 50k | 50 kilometers | May 29, 2017 | website

Rhode Island

Gloridays | 44 miles | June 02, 2017 | website

South Carolina

El Diablo | 220 kilometers | June 02, 2017 | website

Utah

Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back | 192 miles | June 02, 2017 | website

Washington

100K | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
50K | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website
Pigtails 100 Mile Challenge | 100 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Pigtails 150 Mile Challenge | 150 miles | May 26, 2017 | website
Pigtails 200 Mile Challenge | 200 miles | May 25, 2017 | website
Soaring Eagle 10 M Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Soaring Eagle 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Wisconsin

Chippewa 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Wyoming

Rocky Mountain 50k | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
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Transvulcania Ultramarathon 2017 Summary – 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series

Transvulcania Ultramarathon 2017

The second race of the 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series kicked off today in La Isla Bonita as the glow of Fuencaliente lighthouse faded as 1000+ head-torches rushed north for a 70+km journey on the islands iconic GR131 route.

Soft black lava sand and single-track made the early miles under darkness tough. At the village of Los Canarios it was possible to see who had survived the early difficulties. Cheered by hundreds of locals, Timothy Lee Freriks and Hayden Hawks, the USA duo lead the men’s race followed by Ludovic Pommeret and Nicolas Martin.

For the ladies’ 2016 champion and pre-race favorite Ida Nilsson lead the charge ahead of Anne Lise Rousset and Ragna Debats.

The trails from Los Canarios weave in and out of pine forests – underfoot the trails are good, at times technical but it is as the runners break the tree line that the challenging volcano sections await. The arrival of the sun provides some clarity and the push begins to El Pilar and a notable marker in the race progression.

The Route of the Volcanoes was bathed in early morning sun. The island came to life with the distant islands of Tenerife and La Gomera breaking through the low cloud the race was on.

Timothy Lee Freriks was proving a revelation continued to forge ahead at the front of the race, the pace was high but it was clear that this was not going to be an easy day on the trails. Chasing behind Hayden Hawks and Ludovic Pommeret battled the terrain and in and amongst the lead men, Ida Nilsson was making her presence felt leading the ladies race.

At least 5km of relatively flat and easy running follow El Pilar. It provides an opportunity for the ‘runners’ to stretch their legs and either extend or reclaim lost time. A left turn and suddenly they are climbing again, high trees with a canopy of green shelter the runners and then from El Reventon the true splendor of this mountain range is exposed with Roques de los Muchachos visible in the distance. Freriks and Hawks were pushing ahead together, Pommeret chasing was now 10-minutes behind.

Ida Nilsson extended her margin over Rousset and Debats. Victory looked secured.

It was all to fight for and the the harder sections of technical running around the Caldera, combined with heat and altitude provided the next challenge. Weaving up, down and around the terrain, Freriks pushed looking for a time margin before the 18km and decisive drop to the sea and Tazacorte Port. Hawks was now suffering, the terrain and heat were punishing him and Pommeret was closing.

Freriks arrived at the Port first. Pommeret followed 15-mins later and then Nicolas Martin. Hawks hd suffered with sickness and vomiting. A short run along the beach, a technical run through the gulley and then a relentless climb all the way to the finish line in Los Llanos would decide the overall winner of the 2017 Transvulcania La Palma.

For the men, Freriks clinched the top honors ahead of Pommeret and Zaid Ait Malek had closed on the descent and final climb to clinch 3rd ahead of Martin – a spectacular podium. The times, 7:02:03, 7:18:15 and 7:26:31 respectively.

 

For the ladies, Ida Nilsson backed up 2016 victory with a spectacular showcase performance ahead of Rousset and Allen.

Nilsson setting a new course record 8:04:17 – the 2nd and 3rd placed ladies crossed in 8:32:15 and 8:38:46.

The previous course record was that of Anna Frost set in 2015 – 8:10:41. Luis Alberto Hernando’s male record of 6:52:39 remains a solid benchmark for this course.

Since 2012, Transvulcania Ultramarathon never disappoints, it is arguably one of the greatest courses and finish lines out there. Attention now turns to the iconic and legendary Zegama-Aizkorri, the next race on the 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series.

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The “2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series”. The Chinese company, Migu Run, under the name of Migu Xempower, was the Series’ main sponsor in 2016.

The 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series features 22 races in 11 countries and will reward the champions in the various categories a € 60,000 end of season prize purse.

The Chinese company Migu Run, the creator and owner of an advanced online and offline exercise and health management platform, has been announced as the new long-term title sponsor of the Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series beginning in 2017.

The Series is structured in three categories, Sky Classic, Sky Extreme and Sky Ultra, counting 22 races in 11 countries stretching from April to October.

Yading is the highest race of the circuit reaching 4,664m altitude. The Yading Skyrun will be organised by China Mountain Trails (CMT), a subsidiary of Migu Run, entrusted with spearheading the trail and mountain running events

Transvulcania Vertical Kilometer® 2017 Summary – Vertical Kilometer® World Circuit

Transvulcania VK – May 2017

The island of La Palma today hosted the 2nd Vertical Kilometer® (VK) in the new 2017 Vertical Kilometer® World Circuit.

The series started just last weekend in Italy with with the Trentapassi Vertical, rising 1,000m above Italy’s Lake Iseo with two new race records. Read the report HERE.

To clarify, a VK is a uphill mountain race that climbs for 1,000m over a course that is less than 5 km in length. Certain courses on the circuit do obtain special dispensation – Transvulcania one case in point.

The route here in La Palma covers over 1200m of vertical gain over a distance of 7.6km and re-traces sections the Ultramarathon course along the GR131 and concludes at the forest lookout tower at an altitude of 1600m with stunning views of the Aridane valley and the north east of the island.

The VK circuit is a Skyrunner® World Series spin off – previously, the Vertical Kilometer® discipline was included in the SWS, it now has its own category that will allow more races in an ever increasing market. In 2017 there are seventeen races in eight countries.

Featuring  the world’s shortest and fastest races, the first and only triple VK, some 20-year-old classics and some exciting new ones, the 2017 Vertical Kilometer® World Circuit will produce some very exciting races.

From sea to sky, up cliff faces, volcanoes, mountain summits and ski runs, this gravity-defying sport is for anyone ready to push their limits – today in La Palma, Transvulcania provided a wonderful showcase for the sport as runners departed from Tazacorte Puerto.

The line-up for the VK was impressive with Stian Angermund, Saul Padua, Ferran Teixido, Remi Bonnet and Ondrej Fejfar heading up a world-class field. Transvulcania Ultramarathon champion Luis Alberto Hernando, also toed the line along with Arley Luque, Jose Manuel Leon, Daniel Garcia, Diego Simon, Joan Freixa and many more.

Stian Angermund dominated with a strong and. course record performance ahead of Luis Alberto Hernando and Saul Padua. His time of 00:47:22. Hernando ran 48:39 and Padua 50:41.

Yuri Yoshizumi headed up the ladies’ competition with Virginia Perez, Daniella Moreno, Gabriela Sanches, Zuzana Kirchova and Zuzana Urbancova, and a return to racing for Stephanie Jimenez after giving birth to her first child recently.

Christel Dewalle from France was an entrant in the race but withdrew from the competition on Tuesday May 9th. This morning, May 11th, the ISF (International Skyrunning Federation) released a communique that related to a doping infringement by Dewalle under WADA rules that related to the Skyrunning World championships in 2016. Dewalle has received a 4-month ban from the sport effective from May 8th and her results from said World Championships will be removed. See the communication HERE.

Yuri Yoshizumi pushed hard up this long course to clinch victory ahead of Stephanie Jimenez and Zuzana Kirchova, the times 00:59:28, 01:01:18 and 01:04:33 respectively.

Attention now turns to the main event of the weekend, the Transvulcania Ultramarathon that starts in the early hours of the morning on Saturday at Fuencalienti lighthouse. You can read the race preview HERE.

TRANSVULCANIA ULTRAMARATHON 2017 PREVIEW – 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series

The 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series kicked-off in April in China with Yading SkyRun – a 29km ‘SKY CLASSIC’ event that set a new benchmark in high altitude sport. Attention now turns to the iconic Transvulcania Ultramarathon, the first ‘Ultra’ race in the 2017 calendar.

Transvulcania and the island of La Palma has become arguably one of the most well-known races around the world after its inclusion in the SWS in 2012. The motto, Less Cloud, More Sky is personified by this point-to-point course that climbs from sea level all the way up to extended periods of running well above 2000m. The drop from Roques de Los Muchachos has gained a reputation as one of the toughest and most challenging in the world – 2426m in 18km. Tazacorte Port offers some recovery but the final 5km kick up to the finish line in Los Llanos is brutal and in past editions has been a decisive part of the race.

Anna Frost, Emelie Forsberg and Ida Nilsson have shone the light for the ladies in recent years and for the men, Dakota Jones, Kilian Jornet and Luis Alberto Hernando have set the benchmark of how to cover this tough and challenging course in record times.

The 2017 edition of the race looks set to have all the makings of a classic with a stunning world-class field.

Luis Alberto Hernando will not defend his title this year leaving an opportunity for a new male champion. In the ladies’ race, Ida Nilsson will return and after showing incredible form in China at the Kora Ultra – she is without doubt the hot favourite for victory on the trails of the GR131.

The Men’s Race

The race for victory in the men’s category will be a terrifying one as many of the world’s best will go head-to-head.

Nicolas Martin from France placed 2nd in 2016 and excelled at Skyrunning is without doubt a hot favourite for victory.

Hayden Hawks a rising star from the USA who is setting a fast trail following in the footsteps of Walmsley and Miller. He will go out all guns blazing. He already has two victories over the 50km and 55km distance in 2016 and 2nd at Chuckanut 50km.

 

Pau Capell from Spain who is currently on a roll after victory at Transgrancanaria and 2nd at MIUT (Madeira Island Ultra Trail) will without doubt be a contender for the podium if not victory. He’s on fire at the moment!

UTMB reigning champion Ludovic Pommeret from France had a great 2016 with three victories, a 2nd, 3rd and 5th place in Maxi Race China, MSIG Lantau 50 and the IAU World Trail Champs. In 2017, he has only raced once, March, at the Trail du Ventoux and he placed 2nd.

Xavier Thevenard also from France who is the only runner to win all UTMB events – OCC, TCC, TDS and UTMB.  In March he placed 8th behind Pommeret’s 2nd at Trail du Ventoux but recently placed 3rd at MIUT behind Francois D’Haene and Pau Capell – maybe the form is coming?

Tom Owens from the UK is in fine form now after a stunning victory at The Coastal Challenge and in Costa Rica and 2nd at the ‘Three Peaks’ in the UK. He has raced in La Palma before and struggled with the heat, this year will be a different story.

Remigio Huaman from Perú recently raced at MDS and excelled with a top placing. He is new to Skyrunning but he laid some great foundations in 2016.

And finally, Hardrock 100 winner Jason Schlarb from the USA rounds out the top challengers for the podium places after a solid The Coastal Challenge earlier this year and a recent win at Zion 55km.

Dimitris Theodorakakos from Greece has also raced well in La Palma in the past and he will be a contender ahead of one of the strongest male fields this island has ever seen:

Diego Camacho,

Dmitry Mityaev,

Nuno Silva,

Roger Viñas,

Jan Bartas,

Fulvio Dapit,

Daniel Jung,

Daniel Aguirre,

Manuel Anguita,

Thomas Angeli,

Lamnbert Santelli,

Iván Ortiz,

Héctor Haines,

Francesc Sole,

David López Castán,

Davide Cheraz,

Santiago Obaya,

Ignacio Conde,

Antonio Manjón,

Martin Schedler,

Zdenek Kriz,

Peter Fankhauser,

Ernest Ausiro,

Santos Gabriel Rueda,

Alejandro Fraguela,

Basilio Labrador,

José Carlos Vera,

Francisco Javier Rodríguez,

Santiago García,

Pere Aurell,

Agustín Luján Maldonado,

Iván Cáceres,

Chico Santos,

Martial Collomb,

and Xavier Teixido.

 

The Ladies Race

Ida Nilsson from Sweden will be head and shoulders above the rest of the field if she shows anything of the form she had at the recent racing in China at the Yading Skyrunning Festival. In 2016, she won Transvulcania and The Rut in addition to the Endurance Challenge 50 in December.

Anne Lise Rousset from France had a very solid 2016 and took a stunning victory at High Trail Vanoise. Two 2nd’s at The Rut and Transvulcania most certainly make her a potential winner in 2017.

Andrea Huser from Switzerland is relentless in her racing calendar. This year she has already taken two victories and one second place at Ultra Trail Tai Mo Shan, MIUT and Transgrancanaria. She will without doubt be in contention for a top placing but for me, will lack the speed needed to win this race.

Hillary Allen from the USA had a solid year Skyrunning in 2016 with a string of podium places at The Rut, Ultra Pirineu, Ultra SkyMarathon Madeira and Transvulcania. It’s fair to say she was tired at the end of the year and I believe that Transvulcania kicks-off her 2017 campaign.

 

Kristina Pattison also from the USA like Hillary Allen had a strong 2016 with a sting of top places typically between 4th and 6th.

Ragna Debats from Holland was 3rd at the IAU World Trail Champs in 2016 – a stand out performance. Just last weekend she placed 2nd in China at the Yading races. She will be in the mix for the top-5.

Mimmi Kotka from Sweden won the CCC in 2016 along with Gran Trail Courmayeur and Trail des Balcons d’Azur – I think she may well be a surprise package of the 2017 edition of Transvulcania.

Cassie Scallon from the USA has won three races in 2017 already – Gorge Waterfalls 50km. Nine Trails 35m and La Cuesta Ranch Trail Run. However, her victory at Bandera 100km in 2016 is her stand out performance. More importantly, her 16th placing at Festival de Templiers is maybe more relevant to Transvulcania.

Zuzana Urbancova from the Czech Republic placed 7th at Trofeo Kima and 8th at USM in 2016 – she is contender for the top-10 and maybe the top-5 if she has a good day!

Corrine Malcolm from the USA was 6th at The Rut in 2016 and a recent 2nd at the Yakima Skyline Rim 50km shows that 2017 form is coming.

Verónica Bravo from Chile has a great pedigree in adventure racing and has won The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica.

Ekaterina Mityaeva from Russia has slowly but surely made her presence felt in the Skyrunning world, her best result 4th at Ultra Pirineu.

Maïlys Drevon placed 2nd at Mont-Blanc 80km and heads up a string of other top-female contenders will be chasing the ladies above:

Eva María Moreda,

Raquel Martínez,

Sara Longoni,

María Yolanda Fernández,

Tracy Dean,

Natalia Román,

Noelia Camacho,

Ana Begoña González,

Elisabeth Margeirsdottir,

Manikala Rai,

Svetlana Buravova.

Action kicks-off in La Palma on Thursday with the Transvulcania Vertical Kilometer, the second race in the ‘new’ 2017 VERTICAL KILOMETER® WORLD CIRCUIT HERE

The main event of the weekend, the Transvulcania Ultramarathon starts on Saturday the 13th at 0600 hours. The route begins at Faro de Fuencaliente and continues through the “Gran Recorrido” trail GR 131, also known as ‘Ruta del Bastón’, until Puerto de Tazacorte. Connecting with the GR 130, Camino Real de la Costa, the route continues until the finish line located in Plaza de España – Los Llanos de Aridane.

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The “2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series

The Chinese company, Migu Run, under the name of Migu Xempower, was the Series’ main sponsor in 2016.

The 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series features 22 races in 11 countries and will reward the champions in the various categories a € 60,000 end of season prize purse.

The Chinese company Migu Run, the creator and owner of an advanced online and offline exercise and health management platform, has been announced as the new long-term title sponsor of the Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series beginning in 2017.

The Series is structured in three categories, Sky Classic, Sky Extreme and Sky Ultra, counting 22 races in 11 countries stretching from April to October.

As Hard as a Rock -Jason Schlarb on IRUN4ULTRA

Jason Schlarb is ‘the man!’ – Let’s face it, anyone who can go head-to-head with ‘KJ’ and finish alongside him at Hardrock 100 is doing something right. Jason just placed 3rd at The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica and while we downed one or three ‘Imperials’ we discussed what 2017 has in store.

Read the article on IRUN4ULTRA HERE

Episode 111 – Chris Vargo, Alicia Shay and Ida Nilsson – a Transvulcania Special

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This is Episode 111 of Talk Ultra and it’s all about Transvulcania. We speak with Chris Vargo who placed 5th, Alicia Shay who placed 4th and Ida Nilsson who blasted around the course to take the ladies victory. We have the news, a chat with Holly Rush and Speedgoat Karl is back

01:03:00 Start

80 days to the AT for Karl

00:15:32 NEWS

Transvulcania

Men

  1. Luis Alberto Hernando  – 7h04’44”
  2. Nicolas Martin – 7h10’40”
  3. Sage Canaday – 7h14’16”
  4. Andy Symonds – 7h25’04”
  5. Chris Vargo – 7h26’53”

Women

  1. Ida Nilsson – 8h14’18”
  2. Anne-Lise Rousset – 8h31’53”
  3. Ruth Croft – 8h33’32”
  4. Alicia Shay – 8h49’46”
  5. Hillary Allen – 8h54’57”

00:36:54 INTERVIEW Chris Vargo and Alicia Shay

Canyons 100k

Men

  1. Paddy O’Leary 9:35
  2. Bob Shebest 10:07
  3. Lon Freeman 10:51

Women

  1. Magdalena Boulet 10:58
  2. Erika Lindland 12:22
  3. Annie Rutledge 12:24

Miwok 100k

Men

  1. Cody Reed 9:04
  2. Chiara Omine 9:13
  3. Franz Van Der Groen 9:16

Women

  1. Aliza Lapierre 10:25
  2. Bree Lambert 10:55
  3. Katie Arnold 11:16

NDW 50

No full results online yet but Holly Rush blasted around the ladies course to smash the CR and finish 4th overall (time 7:11) and Neil Kirby 6:57 for the men’s win

01:40:17 INTERVIEW Holly Rush

DOUBLE BOB GRAHAM ROUND

Nicky Spinks has done it only the 2nd person and 1st lady to complete a double BGR in 45:30

02:28:38 INTERVIEW with Ida Nilsson

UP & COMING RACES

Australia

New South Wales

The North Face 100 Australia | 100 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

The North Face 50 Australia | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Queensland

Glasshouse 50 | 50 kilometers | May 15, 2016 | website

Glasshouse 80 | 80 kilometers | May 15, 2016 | website

The Great Wheelbarrow Race – Mareeba to Dimbulah | 104 kilometers | May 13, 2016 | website

Victoria

Ultra Marathon 60K | 60 kilometers | May 15, 2016 | website

Belgium

Wallonia

Les Bières du Diable | 100 kilometers | May 15, 2016 | website

Bhutan

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

Canada

British Columbia

100K | 100 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

50K | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

50 Miles | 50 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

Ontario

Seaton Trail 50 km Trail | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Chile

Atacama Xtreme 100 Miles | 100 miles | May 20, 2016 | website

Atacama Xtreme 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2016 | website

Atacama Xtreme 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 20, 2016 | website

China

Trail de la Grande Muraille de Chine | 73 kilometers | May 13, 2016 | website

Cyprus

Lionheart Run | 80 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Czech Republic

M.E.T.R. 60km | 60 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Finland

Oulu

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

France

Ain

La Promenade du Bûcheron | 70 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Trail de Haute Provence – Ultra | 72 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Aude

Challenge Cathare | 95 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Course des Seigneurs | 50 kilometers | May 15, 2016 | website

Cantal

La Pastourelle – Le Grand Cirque | 53 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Côtes-d’Armor

58 km | 58 kilometers | May 15, 2016 | website

Haute-Savoie

L’intégrale | 77 kilometers | May 15, 2016 | website

Trail des Allobroges | 64 kilometers | May 15, 2016 | website

Haute-Vienne

Le Grand Trail du Limousin | 58 kilometers | May 15, 2016 | website

Haut-Rhin

Trail des Marcaires | 53 kilometers | May 22, 2016 | website

Hérault

Hérault Trail | 73 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Ultra Draille | 120 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Isère

Chartreuse Maratour | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2016 | website

Lozère

Ultra Lozère | 108 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Savoie

Grand Raid 73 | 73 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Var

12,5 km | 125 kilometers | May 15, 2016 | website

Yonne

Oxfam Trailwalker France | 100 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Yvelines

Trail des Cerfs – 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 22, 2016 | website

Germany

Hesse

WiBoLT | 320 kilometers | May 25, 2016 | website

North Rhine-Westphalia

TorTour de Ruhr | 230 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Rhineland-Palatinate

Keufelskopf Ultra-Trail | 85 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Saar-Hunsrück-Supertrail | 128 kilometers | May 15, 2016 | website

Thuringia

GutsMuths-Rennsteiglauf Super Marathon | 72 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Ghana

Runathlon 50km Ultramarathon | 50 kilometers | May 25, 2016 | website

Greece

Heroes Ultra | 154 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Guernsey

Guernsey Ultra | 36 miles | May 22, 2016 | website

Israel

Mountain to Valley Relay | 215 kilometers | May 18, 2016 | website

Italy

Emilia-Romagna

Nove Colli Running | 202 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Liguria

Gran Trail Rensen | 62 kilometers | May 22, 2016 | website

Veneto

Gran Raid delle Prealpi Trevigiane | 72 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Japan

100 km | 100 kilometers | May 22, 2016 | website

71 km | 71 kilometers | May 22, 2016 | website

Korea

50k | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Mayotte

Mahoraid | 70 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Netherlands

Drenthe

UltraRun van Gieten 50 kilometer | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

New Caledonia

Ultratrail des Cagous | 80 kilometers | May 15, 2016 | website

Ultratrail des Cagous | 80 kilometers | May 15, 2016 | website

Norway

80 km | 80 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Philippines

Hardcore Hundred Miles | 100 miles | May 20, 2016 | website

Portugal

Running Challenge Linhas de Torres | 100 kilometers | May 15, 2016 | website

Trans 333 | 333 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Trans 333 Non Stop | 333 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Ultra Trail de São Mamede | 100 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Romania

Transylvania 100k | 100 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Transylvania 50k | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Slovenia

110 km | 110 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

50 km | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Spain

Balearic Islands

Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls | 185 kilometers | May 20, 2016 | website

Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls Costa Nord | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2016 | website

Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls Costa Sud | 85 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Principality of Asturias

Ultra Trail Picos de Europa 55 km | 55 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Switzerland

Berne

Bielersee Ultra-Marathon | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Bielersee XXL 100 Meilen | 100 miles | May 13, 2016 | website

Turkey

Cekmekoy 60K Ultramarathon | 60 kilometers | May 15, 2016 | website

United Kingdom

Cumbria

Keswick Mountain Festival Ultra Trail Marathon | 50 kilometers | May 22, 2016 | website

Old County Tops Fell Race | 37 miles | May 21, 2016 | website

Devon

Forces March | 131 miles | May 25, 2016 | website

Perth and Kinross

110 Mile Ultra | 110 miles | May 13, 2016 | website

55 Mile Ultra | 55 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

Shropshire

Apocalypse 100 | 100 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

Apocalypse 50 | 50 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

Somerset

Westcountry Ultra 100 Miler | 100 miles | May 21, 2016 | website

Westcountry Ultra Flat 50 miler | 50 miles | May 21, 2016 | website

Westcountry Ultra Hilly 50 miler | 50 miles | May 21, 2016 | website

Surrey

North Downs Way 50 | 50 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

Wiltshire

Marlborough Downs Challenge – 33 mile | 33 miles | May 15, 2016 | website

Wessex Ridgeway Relay | 100 kilometers | May 22, 2016 | website

Worcestershire

Severn Challenge | 214 miles | May 26, 2016 | website

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

USA

Arizona

Adrenaline 65K Night Run | 65 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Grand Canyon 100 Mile | 100 miles | May 21, 2016 | website

Grand Canyon 50K | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Grand Canyon 50 Mile | 50 miles | May 21, 2016 | website

California

100 Miler | 100 miles | May 13, 2016 | website

50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

60 Miler | 60 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

Cinderella Trail Run 50 km (May) | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Gold Rush 50K | 50 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

Me-Ow Quads | 104 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

Me-Ow Siamese | 42 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 22, 2016 | website

PCT50 Trail Run | 50 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

Quicksilver 100K Endurance Run | 100 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

Quicksilver 50K Endurance Run | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Colorado

135 km | 135 kilometers | May 13, 2016 | website

Quad Rock 50 | 50 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

The Divide 135 Ultra | 135 miles | May 13, 2016 | website

Connecticut

Trail 2 Trail Series Kettletown Park 50K | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Florida

Keys 100 Mile | 100 miles | May 21, 2016 | website

Keys 50K Race | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Keys 50 Mile Race | 50 miles | May 21, 2016 | website

Georgia

Cruel Jewel 100 | 100 miles | May 13, 2016 | website

Cruel Jewel 50 Mile Race | 50 miles | May 13, 2016 | website

Peach State 300 | 300 miles | May 25, 2016 | website

Run for the Heroes – 260 Mile Run Across Georgia | 260 miles | May 25, 2016 | website

Indiana

DWD Gnaw Bone 50K | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

DWD Gnaw Bone 50M | 50 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

Kansas

Rock On! Lake Perry 50K | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Massachusetts

Ragnar Relay Cape Cod | 186 miles | May 13, 2016 | website

Minnesota

Spring Superior Trail 50 k | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

We Walk! 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Missouri

Berryman 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 21, 2016 | website

Nevada

Silver State 50K | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Silver State 50-Miler | 50 miles | May 21, 2016 | website

Trails of Fury 50K | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

New Hampshire

Manchester 2 Monadnock Ultramarathon | 55 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

New Jersey

Mayapple 100K Trail Run | 100 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Mayapple 50k Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

New Mexico

Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 50K | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 50-Mile | 50 miles | May 21, 2016 | website

North Carolina

Gamelands Ultra 100K | 100 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Gamelands Ultra 50K | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Ohio

Playin’ Possum 50k | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Tie Dye 32 Miler | 32 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

Oregon

McDonald Forest 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Pennsylvania

50K | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

50K | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

50-Mile | 50 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

50 Mile Relay | 50 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

Dawn to Dusk to Dawn 50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Dirty German 50K | 50 kilometers | May 15, 2016 | website

Dirty German 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 15, 2016 | website

South Carolina

Family Tree 100 Relay | 100 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Forest Freak 50k | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2016 | website

Knock on Wood 100 Mile | 100 miles | May 21, 2016 | website

Tennessee

Ragnar Relay Tennessee | 196 miles | May 13, 2016 | website

Thunder Rock 100 Mile Trail Race | 100 miles | May 20, 2016 | website

Utah

Red Rock Relay Moab Edition | 63 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

Vermont

100 Miles | 100 miles | May 21, 2016 | website

200 Miles | 200 miles | May 19, 2016 | website

50 miles | 50 miles | May 21, 2016 | website

Virginia

Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run | 100 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

Washington

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

Pigtails 200 Mile Challenge | 200 miles | May 26, 2016 | website

Sun Mountain 50K | 50 kilometers | May 22, 2016 | website

Sun Mountain 50M | 50 miles | May 22, 2016 | website

Wisconsin

Ice Age Trail 50K | 50 kilometers | May 14, 2016 | website

Ice Age Trail 50M | 50 miles | May 14, 2016 | website

03:50:55 CLOSE

 

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Transvulcania Ultramarathon 2016 RACE IMAGES – Skyrunner® World Series

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Luis Alberto Hernando once again powered to glory for the third time in a row after running a very controlled and patient race. American Sage Canaday who finished third had lead the race all the way to Roques de los Muchachos, a desperate attempt to build a buffer before the long descent. Frenchman Nicolas Martin, had been in the lead pack throughout the day and with Hernando, overtook Canaday on the downhill from the 2,423 island summit, to finish second.

Ida Nilsson, from Sweden, ran an incredible race from the gun and her victory never looked in doubt, that is until the long downhill… At the highest point of the race at 2,423m Ida was leading by 30-minutes, unused to downhill running, her lead was reduced by Anne-Lise Rousset from France who placed second, and skyrunning newcomer, Ruth Croft from New Zealand, placed an excellent third less than a minute later.

Results

Men

  1. Luis Alberto Hernando (ESP) – 7h04’44”
  2. Nicolas Martin (FRA) – 7h10’40”
  3. Sage Canaday (USA) – 7h14’16”
  4. Andy Symonds (GBR) – 7h25’04”
  5. Chris Vargo (USA) – 7h26’53”

Women

  1. Ida Nilsson (SWE) – 8h14’18”
  2. Anne-Lise Rousset (FRA) – 8h31’53”
  3. Ruth Croft (NZL) – 8h33’32”
  4. Alicia Shay (USA) – 8h49’46”
  5. Hillary Allen (USA) – 8h54’57”

READ THE RACE REPORT HERE

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The 2016 Skyrunner® World Series is brought to you with a new management company, Geneva based SkyMan SA

SkyMan SA  is pleased to present a new Main Partner, Migu Xempower, a Chinese exercise and health management platform which also counts a rich experience in organising marathons, city and mountain races for millions of runners.

The well-established, SkyUltra and Vertical format is joined by the Extreme Seriespresented by Alpina Watches, which more than ever expresses the true spirit of skyrunning defined not only by distance, but vertical climb and technical difficulty.

Skyrunner® World Series is supported by Migu Xempower, Alpina Watches, Compressport, Salomon and Scott Sports.

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Transvulcania Ultramarathon 2016 – Skyrunner® World Series

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The glowing Fuencalientie Lighthouse once again provided a stunning back drop to the start of the 2016 Transvulcania Ultramarathon, the first Ultra race in the 2016 Skyrunner® World Series.

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The majestic and beautiful trails of ‘La Isla Bonita’ provided a stunning but hard start of the race as 1000 plus runners navigated the wide start to funnel into single-track with black lava sand underfoot causing no end of traction problems.

It was a fast start, it always is and as the runners forged ahead looking of clear trail, it was the village of Los Canarios were hundreds of villagers assembled before a clear glimpse of who the main protagonists where?

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Sage Canaday as per usual, looked to gain an early lead  and buffer lead over Luis Alberto Hernando – his main rival for the top slot on the podium. A pattern was forming but it was still early days in such a long race and the heat and sun had yet to make an appearance. In the ladies race Ida Nilsson started to lay the ground work for what would result in a dominating performance.

Running out of Los Canarios, the trails are runnable and fast, weaving in and out of lush green vegetation, space finally opens up and the soft black sand returns making progress hard. At times it can be a little like running on the spot, one step forward and two steps back.

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The Route of the Volcanoes were bathed in early morning sun and suddenly the island came to life with the distant islands on Tenerife and La Gomera breaking through the low cloud.

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Sage Canaday continued to forge ahead at the from of the race, the pace was high but it was clear that this was not going to be an easy day on the trails. Chasing behind Luis Alberto Hernando, Nico Martin, Andy Symonds, Ricky Lightfoot and others battled the terrain and in and amongst the lead men, Ida Nilsson was making her presence felt leading the ladies race.

Reaching the top of the volcano section, finally some fast running to El Pilar, a key stage of the course with almost one third of the race covered. It’s the first major feed station and a place full of activity as thousands of fans assemble to cheer on the runners. It also provides a very clear opportunity to see each and every runner. Sage was looking good, as was Nico Martin but Luis Alberto was just biding his time. Ida Nilsson was almost in her own race but Ruth Croft and Ann Lise Rousset. Pre race favourites Anna Frost and Mira Rai were back in 6th and 7th and roughly stayed in these places for the whole race.

Leaving El Pilar a section of good running allows the pure runners to open their stride and make time on their rivals. It doesn’t last long though, it’s soon back to hands-on-knees euro grunt as arguably the runners enter the most stunning sections of the whole house that leads to Reventon and beyond.

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Pine needles cover the floor provide a lush carpet in-between the sharp and aggressive rocks. The sun breaks through the tress providing a stunning array of orange light that looks like golden fingers. The trails now weave left and right, up and down and to the left, Tazacorte can be seen off into the distance nestled next to the sea. the views are incredible.

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Sage Canaday continued to push ahead but Luis Alberto was also looking good and had the American in sight -it was just a matter of time! It was all to play for but the harder sections and technical running around the Caldera were looming. One plus side as the runners enter the Caldera is that the bulk of the climbing is now done, what followed was a series of rollercoaster ups and downs of at times technical rock.

Ida Nilsson had used her speed to good use to open up a huge gap, Ann Lise Rousset was chasing as was Ruth Croft but barring an accident or a lack of energy, Nilsson looked set for victory!

As the observatories approached it was clear to see that we had a race on our hands, Sage Canaday was holding his own against Luis Alberto and Nico Martin was not far behind. In the ladies race, Ida Nilsson looked just too strong – victory was on the cards!

Dropping 2400+m in 18km requires legs and nerves of steel. Believe me, it’s one hell of a ride. The early sections are open and the heat hits hard. Tree cover finally arrives and underfoot the single-track changes from dusty sand perpetuated with rocks to sand trail covered with a blanket of pine needles. The pine needles are difficult as it’s just like running on slippery grass.

Once again the trails opened up and then sections of technical rock slow the runners progress before they reach the road and the cafe at El Time. Luis Alberto had extended his lead and as he ran down the steep tarmac roads that lead to the zig-zag technical trails that lead to Tazacorte port, the writing was already on the wall for victory.

Nico Martin had moved into 2nd and was pushing hard to gain an advantage over Sage but it would require an all out effort and some serious risk taking from sage to pull back any time. The only possible scenario to pull back and gain time would come at Tazacorte and the tough and relentless climb to the finish on Los Llanos.

In the ladies race, Ida held on well and although anything could happen in the final 10km it was looking good for victory.

The heat and crowds welcomed the runners in Tazacorte and just when they thought the race was all over, a run along the beach front and a technical run up a gully were only just appetisers before the final climb to the finish line.

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The crowds had been assembled hours, the music had been blurting away and ‘Depa’ the mc for the race and been whipping the crowds into a frenzy. Suddenly the large screens showed Luis Alberto entering the final street sections, head down and pushing hard. In the finish are his wife waited with his new born baby!

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It was victory for Luis Alberto Hernando in a time of 07:04:44, Nico Martin ran a great run for 2nd place and Sage Canaday placed 3rd in times of 7:10:40 and 7:14:16.

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Ida Nilsson won the ladies race in 8:14:18 followed by Ann Lise Rousset 8:31:53 and Ruth Croft placed 3rd in 8:33:32.

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Transvulcania Ultramarathon never disappoints and I’ve said it before and I will say it again, it is arguably one of the greatest courses and finish lines out there. Add to that stunning organisation, wonderful support and a passionate island who gets behind the race, there is no mistaking why Transvulcania has become THE must race to do.

Results:

  1. Luis Alberto Hernando 7:04:44
  2. Nicolas Martin 7:10:40
  3. Sage Canaday 7:14:16
  4. Andy Symonds 7:25:04
  5. Chris Vargo 7:26:53

 

  1. Ida Nilsson 8:14:18
  2. Anne Lise Rousset 8:31:53
  3. Ruth Croft 8:33:32
  4. Alicia Shay 8:49:46
  5. Hillary Allen 8:54:57

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The 2016 Skyrunner® World Series is brought to you with a new management company, Geneva based SkyMan SA

SkyMan SA  is pleased to present a new Main Partner, Migu Xempower, a Chinese exercise and health management platform which also counts a rich experience in organising marathons, city and mountain races for millions of runners.

The well-established, Sky, Ultra and Vertical format is joined by the Extreme Series presented by Alpina Watches, which more than ever expresses the true spirit of skyrunning defined not only by distance, but vertical climb and technical difficulty.

Skyrunner® World Series is supported by Migu Xempower, Alpina Watches, Compressport, Salomon and Scott Sports.

iancorless.com is the official photographer and media partner for the Skyrunner® World Series Follow on:

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Transvulcania 2016 #VK Results and Images – Skyrunner® World Series

Saul Padua and Emmie Collinge are 2016 Binter Vertical Kilometer Transvulcania champions in the first VK race in the 2016 Skyrunner World Series.  Saul Padua fulfilled his pre race top billing and was crowned winner of the Binter Vertical Kilometer Transvulcania. The Colombian runner, the last to leave and the fastest to reach the finish, kicked off the race with a fast pace and held that all the way to the finish. At 7.6km this is a long VK that requires a different run technique and style to many other races in the category.
Emmie Collinge from the UK shone ahead of the rest of the ladies and beat the course record. A disciple of Marco De Gasperi, Emmie splits her time between the UK and Italy.

Bernard Dematteis still holds the male CR 48 minutes and 43 seconds. Padua’s time placed him with the third fastest time in the history of the race, just ahead of Kilian Jornet. 
Second runner was the Czech Ondrej Fejfar who also ran under 50 minutes. Andorran Ferran Teixido completed the podium. 
Emmie Collinge exceeded all expectations setting a new record of  57:56 lowering the record of Elisa Desco, previously 59 minutes and 43 seconds set two years ago.
Christel Dewall, a VK specialist, holds the world record for the distance but could not beat the power of Collinge. Vanessa Ortega placed 3rd. 
18 different nationalities, a melting pot of countries, took part in the 3rd edition of the race with over 130 runners taking part.

1. Saúl Padua
2. Ondrej Fejfar
3. Ferran Teixido Martí-Ventoso
1. Emmie Collinge (Récord de la prueba)
2. Christel Dewalle
3. Vanesa Ortega
Official times to follow

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Transvulcania Ultramarathon 2016 Preview – Skyrunner® World Series

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The island of La Palma one more prepares for the biggest weekend of the year:

Transvulcania!

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The Skyrunner® World Series 2016 kicked off just last weekend in China with the Yading SkyRun, now, it’s the big start for the European calendar and what a start. Transvulcania has become one of THE races to do. It’s reputation for stunning organisation, the majestic and beautiful trails of ‘La Isla Bonita’ and yes, a world-class field that that sets the bar.

Over the years, since 2012, the race distance has always been a point of conjecture. Now though, many of us are happy to say the races sits somewhere between 73-75km, which is approximately 46-miles that includes 3000+m of vertical gain.

It is a stunning race and one that is completely logical for a runner’s perspective. The point-to-point journey from sea to summit and back to sea personifies Skyrunning. The trails, although not overly technical, are some of the best trails to run on – they are stunning!

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Starting at Fuencaliente lighthouse, runners basically climb for 50km (with a drop down to El Pilar) to the caldera and the impressive Roques de los Muchachos. Many have considered this huge and impressive cauldron to be a Volcano, it is not, it is actually a large water erosion crater.

The trails, the landscape and the stunning vistas are beyond impressive. Depending on weather systems, an inversion can take place and therefore the runners run ‘above the clouds.’

Since 2012, the race has been transformed, directly attributable to Skyrunning, the ISF and the vision of Marino Giacometti and Lauri van Houten. 2016 once again steps up the reputation of the race with a stunning line up, yes, to coin a phrase, the field is stacked!

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Luis Alberto Hernando is the two time defending champion and returns in 2016. His performance in 2015 was off the scale and his course record was beyond impressive. Lies really has become a star of the sport but yet still remains a relatively low key character despite being a Skyrunning World and European Champion and having placed on the podium at UTMB. Luis is without doubt the outright favourite, he knows the course like the back of his hand. He became a father in 2015 and clearly stated that he would race less in 2016 to place an emphasis, that can only mean one thing, the races he does do he will be fired up for and at 100%.

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Sage Canaday has been close but no cigar many times on the island of La Palma. His achilles heel in comparison to the pure Skyrunners is his descending ability and unfortunately for Sage, Transvulcania drops from the high point of the course right down to the sea (2400m) in one 18km drop that not only requires 100% attention but great skill. Therefore, Sage has always employed the tactic of run hard from the start, build a buffer and then hopefully hold on. On the podium twice before, Sage missed 2015 and now he is back – can he topple Luis?

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Andy Symonds for me is the one who has all the potential to not only make the podium but push Luis all the way to the one and possibly pass him. Andy was there in 2012 when Dakota Jones took top honors ahead of Kilian Jornet. It signified a break through for Andy and what followed was disaster and series of issues and problems. He finally made a comeback in 2015 and he gained some notable success especially at Mont Blanc 80km, ELS2900 and most recently at Transgrancanaria. A move from Salomon to Scott has rejuvenated Andy and he has a new enthusiasm for the sport, he is back and I think Andy can win.

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Miguel Heras is an enigma, at times inspirational and at other times frustrating, His injury woes are a continual saga and it is just impossible to predict if he will run well or not. All I can say is, if he is on form he will be up there and he has every chance of contesting the podium as he did at Ultra Pirineu in 2015. However, the odds are increasingly stacked against him with such a young and talented field, but this is Miguel Heras – you cannot rule him out!

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Ricky Lightfoot like Andy Symonds has all the potential to win Transvulcania. Just last weekend he placed 2nd at the Three Peaks in the UK sandwiched between two fellow Salomon teammates. Ricky works full time, has a family and therefore often has to fit races in at last minute and occasionally he has to cancel at last minute. He can run with the best as he proved at the IAU World Trail Championships and his fell running background sets him up perfectly for anything technical.

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Cristofer Clemente placed 7th in 2015 but went on to have a very sold 2015 Skyrunning season. He’s a quiet guy who sits below the radar and therefore is often able to surprise. His 2nd place at The Rut was arguably his best performance of 2015 and although he is maybe not always a podium contender, he is consistent if nothing else – exactly what you need for the Skyrunner World Series.

Adam Campbell is somewhat a surprise entry; I didn’t see that one coming. Since his stunning Hardrock performances, Adam took a lower profile and took to skis and ski mountaineering – no bad thing, Kilian and many others have been doing that for years. Adam’s last experience at Transvulcania in 2013 was a character building lesson in persistence and survival. His finish despite huge problems earned him respect. He has the race skills and speed for Transvulcania and if he finds his run legs, he will be a contender.

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Mike Murphy is a fellow Canadian of Adam Campbell and although you will not see his name mentioned or talked about in any previews, take note, he is one to watch! Mike is one of the gutsiest and committed athletes I know. He doesn’t race much but when he does it is at 110%. We discussed his participation at Transvulcania in 2015 and I know he has been preparing for this showdown.

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Zaid Ait Malek is a runner who embraces life and the trails. He loves life and he loves running. Even though he won Matterhorn Ultraks in 2014 one could arguably say his best performance was placing 2nd to Kilian Jornet at Ultra Pirineu in 2015. Zaid does have a habit of blowing hot and cold though. I hope he has a good race in La Palma.

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Stephan Hugenschmidt placed 5th in 2014 and the stage was set for stardom, what followed, didn’t actually follow the script that many had written. Despite a win at the TransAlpine and other wins in smaller races, the ‘big’ victory didn’t follow which leaves a huge question mark for Transvulcania 2016. My gut feeling says that we will see him top-5 again!

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Fulvio Dapit loves to run and run regularly, the distance of Transvulcania will suit him as will the technical aspects – he is a pure Skyrunner. On his day, we can really expect him to contend the top-5, however, he is prone to stomach issues which can often ruin his racing.

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Gerard Morales like his Buff team mates of Zaid and Pau has the potential to be top-10 but may just lack the additional oomph and speed to penetrate the top-5.

Pau Bartolo won TCC in 2014 and although on his day we can expect him around the top-10, I don’t see him making any inroads on the top-5.

Sylvain Court leaves a huge question mark for me? He was the winner of the IAU World Trail Championships on home ground in Annecy. Was it home advantage a purple patch? I don’t know, I really don’t. However, the trails around Annecy need respect and Sylvain did beat a tired Luis Alberto Hernando that day – what do you think?

Nicolas Martin however placed 3rd at CCC, 2nd at Templiers and was 7th in Annecy at the IAU World Trail Championships and that balance of results elevates him to a potentially higher overall placing at Transvulcania over Sylvain.

Chris Vargo had a tough 2015 but prior to this had excellent 2013 and 2014 seasons. The hard packed single-track that Transvulcania offers will suit Chris, however, the black soft sand, technical trails around the Caldera and the 18km drop to the sea may suit him less?

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Vajin Armstrong is a top class runner from the Southern Hemisphere who has all the potential to be top-10 and if he has a good day, he may come close to 5th but I don’t see the podium as a possibility.

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Vlad Ixel has raced Transvulcania before and was forced to withdraw as his shoes fella apart…. at the time of dropping, he was in and around the top-10 and looking good. Based in Hong Kong he ha regularly has a string of top quality results and like Vajin Armstrong I see him in the top-10.

Benoit Cori is a two times winner of Templiers and a recent winner of the SainteLyon night race. Two of Frances biggest races outside of the UTMB. Although Benoit can obviously run, I don’t see him beating the like of Luis, Andy, Ricky, Miguel, Sage and Zaid on a cause such as this – I may be wrong?

Ones to watch:

Julien Codert has placed 6th at Transvulcania previously.

Yeray Duran is from the Canaries and will be fired up for this race.

Aurelian Collet another French runner who like running French races.

Ion Azpiroz

Florian Reichert – been training on the island and looks fired up for a good race.

Marcin Swierc

Marco Ranchi

Nuno Silva

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and finally a huge nod of the hat for Bruno Brunod who is along with Marino Giacometti, the father of Skyrunning. In recent years he has run and raced the Tor des Geants. I for one will be interested to see how the legend performs on these wonderful trails.

 

LADIES

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Anna Frost heads up the ladies’ race and I have to say, if ‘Frosty’ is on form she will win the race. No disrespect to the other ladies but Frosty knows and loves this course, holds the course record and when in beast mode; is unstoppable. But will she be 100% fit? Her ability to climb hard, descend fast is un-matched by any other lady in the field with the exception of Mira Rai. Frosty missed the race last year with injury but won Hardrock 100, a race she will go back to this year.

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Mira Rai just placed 2nd at the Three Peaks in the UK. A clear sign of pure class… fell running is far removed from what she is used to. Mira’s story is an inspirational one and along with Jo Meek, I believe that Mira has all the potential to contest the top of the podium. Mira in my opinion will get the edge over Jo due to her technical ability – the 18km descent is going to be a crucial element of the race.

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Jo Meek had some tough times with injury but she returned in late 2015 placing 2nd at Everest Trail Race and then 8th at TNF50. I would say in both of those races she was on the comeback trail and although Transvulcania will throw some significant obstacles at her, I do believe her natural fast speed will be a huge advantage. I can’t help think that Jo will adopt a Sage Canaday approach, pushing hard in the early stages when she can run looking to build a time buffer and then when the trails get gnarly, she will do her best to consolidate. A bonus for Jo is the final push from Tazacorte to the finish. If in contention, Jo will have the speed to close out the race.

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Ida Nilsson is my dark horse for the race and top tip for the podium. I can hear you all say now, Ida who? Believe me and trust me, barring injury or problems, Ida will be contesting the podium.

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Anna Comet finished 2nd at Transvulcania last year and had a great year of Skyrunning. I think it’s fair to say that Anna may well have raced too much in 2015. I think she learnt that lesson and will race less in 2016. The podium is there for the taking and I have no reason not to see Anna top-5.

Alicia Shay falls a little in the Jo Meek category. She is a fast runner who is looking to find her trail feet. Transvulcania offers a good mix and does allow the ‘runner’ to perform as Sage Canaday has shown. Alicia will be looking to follow in Sage’s footsteps but I do think she is in for a European learning curve. I see Jo and Alicia leading the race early on, what happens from the Caldera to the sea with all come down to bravery and adaptation.

Uxue Fraile will start steady and work her way through the field. She knows how to race this course and races tactically. It’s one of caution. She allows the other ladies to race hard and then detonate and then she does what she does best, close with great skill and consistency and picks up the pieces for a top-5. Her 2015 was stunning with a win UTMF and 2nd at UTMB. I do believe though that Transvulcania is not long enough or hard enough for Uxue to win.

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Christel Dewalle is the known un-known if that makes sense. A VK specialist, Christel has had good results in many ultras and her inclusion into Transvulcania is an interesting one. My gut reaction tells me that we may well see a surprise.

Gemma Arenas is a runner who may well drift under the radar but her 4th place at Ultra Pirineu confirms her ability.

Magdalena Laczak was 5th last year and went on to improve throughout 2015. In many respects she is a dark horse.

 

©iancorless.com_Rut2015-7699Hillary Allen may well be the hottest property from the USA in regard to Skyrunning. She may not be the fastest of the American ladies but she can handle and embraces the technical trail. Hillary proved this at Mont Blanc 80km and on home soil at The Rut.

Anne-Lise Rousset placed 5th in 2014 and she has the potential to place in a similar position in 2016. Considering the competition, she would need a stunning run (or others to have a bad run) to make the top-3.

Jodee Adams-Moore will be between top-5 and top-10 based on previous form but she does have the potential for a break through performance. Had Transvulcania not contained the Caldera and the 18km drop to Tazacorte, I would rate Jodee’s chances higher.

Kristina Pattison was 6th at Mont Blanc 80km and Transvulcania in 2015 and therefore along with Hillary Allen, is the best prospect for an American breaking the top-5.

Ones to watch:

Manu Vilaseca

Zoe Salt

Gabriela Sanchez Cabezas

Adrian Vargas

Juliette Benedicto

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SkyMan SA is pleased to present a new Main Partner, Migu Xempower, a Chinese exercise and health management platform which also counts a rich experience in organising marathons, city and mountain races for millions of runners.
The well-established, Sky, Ultra and Vertical format is joined by the Extreme Series presented by Alpina Watches, which more than ever expresses the true spirit of Skyrunning defined not only by distance, but vertical climb and technical difficulty.

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