Scott Jurek in the English Lakes

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Scott Jurek, arguably one of the most dominant ultra marathon runners of our time will come to the English Lakes on Friday 04th October.

Scott Jurek, seven times winner of the iconic Western States 100-mile run, winner of the Hardrock 100 in 2007, winner of the Badwater Ultramartathon in 2005/06, winner of Spartathlon 2006/07 and 08, previous US record holder for the 24-hour running a distance of 165.7 miles in Brive La Gaillarde in 2010 and most recently author of the book, Eat & Run will come to the English Lakes on Friday the 4th October as part of a whistle stop journey to the UK.

Scott will be attending the London Vegfest on the 5th/6th October at London Olympia (here) and will be at the Bloomsbury Institute on Monday 7th October (here) in the continued worldwide promotion of his book, Eat and Run. Despite an extremely busy schedule, Scott has found the time to coordinate a run and impromptu meet and greet with Ian Corless (photographer/writer at iancorless.com and host/creative director of ultra running podcast, Talk Ultra) in the English Lakes.

Ian has interviewed Scott multiple times and they have often discussed the possibilty to run and enjoy the best of the UK’s trails and mountains. ‘It’s a conversation Scott and I have had several times. He told me the last time we chatted that one day he would make the trip and run in the Lakes. Of course, I never thought it would happen’ Ian explained.

‘It has been extremely short notice, ironically, I was in Colorado when I got Scott’s message. He was literally just ninety minutes away. He expressed interest to run on Friday and so I went to work immediately’ explained Ian, ‘Originally we looked at London possibilities due to time pressures but Scott came back to me and inisisted that it was the Lakes that he wanted to come to. In some respects, this was better for me. I know the Lakeland 100 and 50 routes very well so I contacted Marc Laithwaite, the Lakeland 100/50 race director and a plan was put into place’.

Scott is a legend of ultra running and as such demand to run with him is expected to be high. Therefore Ian is providing the option for eight people to join Scott, Jenny his wife, Marc and of course Ian on the trails this Friday with an estimated start time of 1:00pm. Location and details to be provided via email.

If you’d like to be in with a chance to join the run, you need to email talkultra@gmail.com before midday Thursday 03rd October providing your name, email address and telephone number.

To avoid disappointment and to maximize the opportunity of Scott coming to the North West, Ian has contacted The Climbers Shop, Ambleside and they will host a meet and greet opportunity at 5pm, Friday 4th October. This will be an open event allowing everyone the opportunity to get a photograph, autograph or maybe even get a copy of Eat and Run signed.

Ian went on to say, ‘I was well aware of the interest and demand that Scott would  bring and of course, just eight peoiple joining us on the trails leaves many people disapponted. So I contacted The Climbers Shop and they have kindly stepped in at the elevnth hour and are providing a venue for everyone to meet’.

The Climbers Shop is located in the centre of Ambleside on Compston Road, LA22 9D2.

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Legends! what if… Ann Trason

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I posted today on my Talk Ultra Facebook page, ‘Question? Who is excited to see how Scott Jurek does at Leadville 100 on the 17th August… I am for sure!’

Now, Scott is a legend of the sport, but for a while now he hasn’t raced in anger… to be honest, he has hardly raced! He has paced Anton Krupicka at Leadville and most recently he paced Seb Chaigneau at Hardrock 100, but, Scott has not toed a line for himself for some time. Probably the 24-hour was his last big race when he set an American record?

Now of course, he may be just turning up at Leadville to run for fun. I am sure all will become clear… to be honest, I am not too concerned. First or last, I for one am just going to be really happy to see him out on the trails.

With that in mind, I was thinking, who else would I love to see back in the mountains, back on the single track mixing it up with everyone else?

I laughed a little.

Of course, I would love to see Ann Trason back in a race again.

Then I thought to myself, my good buddy, Marcus Warner over at Ultra168 told me how Ann was pacing at Western States this year. In actual fact, Marcus spoke with her and ran with her. So, never say never!

Ping!

My email alerts me…

The contents are simple. Just a link. A link that says, click HERE

Now I know who this email is from, so my concerns about it being a problematic email are eased, however, I do wonder, is it a joke? If I click ‘here’ what will happen?

I press.

It’s a list of runners.

At the top it says, ‘2013 IMTUF 100 – Idaho Mountain Trail Ultra Festival – Registered Entrants’

I look down.

BINGO! all becomes clear.

RANK it says 99.5%

AGE RANK it says, 100%,

RESULTS it says, 51,

TARGET it says, 34:24:53,

F53 and the name…

ANN TRASON, Kensington, CA

Now, lets get one think clear. Ann Trason has been away from our sport for a long time. To see her name on a start sheet means just one thing.

She is back running.

For me, that is enough… I won’t discuss what can she do, why, what if or maybe.

All I want to say is, welcome back Ann.

This list below says it all.

LEGEND!

51 races, 49 wins.

Ann Trason Page 1

Ann Trason Page 2

 Idaho Mountain Trail Ultra Festival website HERE

Ann Trason on Ultra Signup HERE

Episode 39 – Nikki Kimball, Nick Clark, Alex Nichols, Florian Reichert

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Nick Clark returns for Clarky’s Corner with an update on his Western States and a look ahead to his next 100 in the Grand Slam. We have an interview with Ultra Running legend, Nikki Kimball about her running career and another podium finish at Western States. Alex Nichols talks Mont Blanc Marathon and in Talk Training we speak with Florian Reichert about the transition from road running to trail and mountains.

00:00:00

00:00:45 INTRO 

00:09:21 NEWS

Western States

  1. Pam Smith (La Sportiva) – 18:37:21
  2. Nikki Kimball (The North Face) – 19:21:43
  3. Amy Sproston (Montrail) – 19:25:11
  4. Meghan Arbogast (SCOTT Sports) – 19:30:50
  5. Rory Bosio (The North Face) – 19:52:09
  6. Aliza Lapierre (Salomon) – 20:04:46
  7. Emily Harrison (AdiUltra) – 20:28:40
  8. Denise Bourassa (Patagonia) – 21:44:37
  9. Leila Degrave (Inov-8) – 21:59:26
  10. Abby McQueeney Penamonte – 22:36:29

 

  1. Timothy Olson (The North Face) – 15:17:27
  2. Rob Krar – 15:22:05
  3. Mike Morton (Allied Van Lines) – 15:45:21
  4. Ian Sharman (SCOTT Sports) – 16:20:25
  5. Dylan Bowman (Pearl Izumi) – 16:32:18
  6. Nick Clark (Pearl Izumi) – 16:56:23
  7. Jesse Haynes (INKnBURN) – 17:44:36
  8. Paul Terranova – 17:56:29
  9. Yassine Diboun (Inov-8) – 18:44:02
  10. Karl Meltzer (Hoka One One) – 18:51:55

00:21:27 CLARKEYS CORNER –Nick Clark ran the 2013 Western States and now lines up for his second 100 in the Grand Slam just a few weeks later. 

Mont Blanc Marathon

Men

1° Kilian Jornet 3h30’41 NEW COURSE RECORD

2° Marco De Gasperi 3h31’42

3° Luis-Alberto Hernando-Alzaga 3h36’14

Ladies

1° Stevie Kremer 4h03’16 NEW COURSE RECORD

2° Emelie Forsberg 4h25’10

3° Céline Lafaye 4h35

00:40:37 INTERVIEW with Alex Nichols

Vetical Kilometer

Men

1. Saul Antonio Padua (COL) – 34’34”

2. Kilian Jornet (ESP) – Salomon – 34’53”

3. Erik-Dagssøn Haugsnes (NOR) – Il Pioner – 35’02”

4. Alexy Sevennec-Verdier (FRA) – Crazyonisag – 35’10”

5. Urban Zemmer (ITA) – La Sportiva – 35’40”

Women

1. Christel Dewalle (FRA) – Team Terre de Running – 41’33”

2. Laura Orgué (ESP) – Salomon Santiveri – 42’53”

3. Antonella Confortola (ITA) – Salomon – 42’55”

4. Emelie Forsberg (SWE) – Salomon – 44’55”

5. Tessa Hill (GBR) – Arc’teryx – 45’39”

 

Lavaredo Ultra Trail

Mens:

1.         Spehler Sebastien            07:39:35

2.         Wolfe Mike  08:13:47

3.         Geronazzo Ivan     08:14:15

 

Ladies:

1.         Cheryl Beatty          09.31.09

2.         Federica Boifava  09.54.56

3.         Lizzie Wraith            09.57.14

World Trail Championships

  • Gold – Ricky Lightfoot (Great Britain and NI) 5:36:03
  • Silver – Florian Neuschwander (Germany) 5:45:16
  • Bronze – Julien Rancon (France) 5:54:21

 

  • Gold – Nathalie Mauclair (France) 6:38:45
  • Silver – Aurelia Truel (France) 6:55:51
  • Bronze – Maria Chiara Parigi (Italy) 7:00:30

 

Dodo Trail 50k in Mauritius

  1. Rene Paul Vitry 5:39:30
  2. Vishal Ittoo 5:46:36
  3. Fabrice Armand 5:48:06

 

  1. Cecile Ciman 7:15:03
  2. Marie Noelle Bourgeois 7:23:46
  3. Helene Haegel 7:39:40

01:15:51 BLOGS – Dylan Bowman – Western States http://dylanbowman.com/2013/07/western-states-100/

‘My race was playing out perfectly.  The early morning miles were appropriately subdued and I had the pleasure of sharing time with many men whom I idolize and consider to be good friends.  Shortly after Red Star Ridge, Rob Krar and I fell into a similar pace and remained together for virtually all of the ensuing 45 miles.  In my mind, we were executing things perfectly – sitting behind the lead pack early before methodically and intentionally moving through the field in the middle third of the race.’

01:17:00 TALK TRAINING –On this weeks talk training we speak with Arc’teryx and inov-8 athlete Florian Reichert about his transition from middle distance and road running to trail/ mountain running and his participation on the Skyrunning World Series

01:46:25 INTERVIEW –This week we speak to a legend of female ultra running, her Western States history alone sets her apart,  she won the race in 2004, 2006 and 2007 and she was 4th in 2009, 3rd in 2010 and 2011, 5th in 2012 and just this year placed 2nd.– Nikki Kimball

02:34:10 MELTZER MOMENT with Speedgoat Karl

02:37:37 RACES – Up and coming races for the next two weeks worldwide

Australia

Queensland

Kokoda Challenge | 96 kilometers | July 13, 2013 | website

 

Costa Rica

Maratón Internacional Challenge IRAZU – 62 km | 62 kilometers | July 21, 2013 | website

 

France

Aveyron

Tripou-Trail – 50 km | 50 kilometers | July 20, 2013 | website

Bas-Rhin

Trail du Pays Welche | 50 kilometers | July 14, 2013 | website

Corrèze

L’EDFi du Lac | 100 kilometers | July 13, 2013 | website

Le Tour du Cardant | 65 kilometers | July 13, 2013 | website

Finistère

100 km de Cléder | 100 kilometers | July 21, 2013 | website

Haute-Loire

Grand trail Stevenson – Course Individuels | 165 kilometers | July 12, 2013 | website

Grand trail Stevenson – Relais | 167 kilometers | July 12, 2013 | website

La Loire Integrale | 1025 kilometers | July 17, 2013 | website

Savoie

Ice Trail Tarentaise Val d’Isère | 65 kilometers | July 14, 2013 | website

la 6D Treck | 100 kilometers | July 24, 2013 | website

Ultra Trail du Beaufortain | 103 kilometers | July 20, 2013 | website

 

Germany

Rhineland-Palatinate

Bärenfels Ultra Trail | 64 kilometers | July 13, 2013 | website

 

India

La Ultra – The High | 222 kilometers | July 23, 2013 | website

La Ultra – The High 111 | 111 kilometers | July 23, 2013 | website

ZENchallenge Ladakh – 100K | 100 kilometers | July 21, 2013 | website

 

Mongolia

Mongolia Action Asia 3 day ultra 100km | 100 kilometers | July 20, 2013 | website

Mongolia Action Asia 3 day ultra marathons 60k | 60 kilometers | July 20, 2013 | website

 

South Africa

Griffin 50 Mile | 50 miles | July 20, 2013 | website

Washie 100 | 100 miles | July 19, 2013 | website

 

Spain

Basque Country

Ehunmilak | 168 kilometers | July 12, 2013 | website

G2handiak | 82 kilometers | July 12, 2013 | website

 

Turkey

RunFire Cappadocia Ultra Marathon | 220 kilometers | July 20, 2013 | website

 

United Kingdom

England

Fairlands Valley Challenge – 50km | 50 kilometers | July 21, 2013 | website

Lyke Wake Race | 42 miles | July 13, 2013 | website

The 50 Mile Challenge | 52 miles | July 26, 2013 | website

The Montane Lakeland 100 | 100 miles | July 26, 2013 | website

Scotland

Clyde Stride Ultra Marathon | 40 miles | July 13, 2013 | website

 

USA

Arkansas

Midnight 50K | 50 kilometers | July 20, 2013 | website

California

Badwater Ultramarathon | 135 miles | July 15, 2013 | website

Cuyamaca 3 Peaks 50K | 50 kilometers | July 13, 2013 | website

Colorado

Hardrock 100 Endurance Run | 100 miles | July 12, 2013 | website

Leadville Silver Rush 50 | 50 miles | July 14, 2013 | website

Kansas

Psycho Psummer 50K | 50 kilometers | July 13, 2013 | website

Montana

Devil’s Backbone 50 Miles | 50 miles | July 13, 2013 | website

Nevada

Tahoe Rim Trail 100M | 100 miles | July 20, 2013 | website

Tahoe Rim Trail 50K | 50 kilometers | July 20, 2013 | website

Tahoe Rim Trail 50M | 50 miles | July 20, 2013 | website

Oregon

Mt Hood Pacific Crest Trail Ultramarathon | 50 miles | July 13, 2013 | website

Pennsylvania

Viaduct Trail 150 Mile Ultramarathon | 150 miles | July 26, 2013 | website

South Carolina

Cremator 50 Mile Endurance Run | 50 miles | July 20, 2013 | website

Texas

El Scorcho | 50 kilometers | July 21, 2013 | website

‘The Shoe’ at Muleshoe Bend LCRA Park – 60k | 60 kilometers | July 13, 2013 | website

Vermont

Vermont 100k Endurance Race | 100 kilometers | July 20, 2013 | website

Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Race | 100 miles | July 20, 2013 | website

Washington

Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage | 190 miles | July 19, 2013 | website

Wisconsin

DWD Devil’s Lake 50K | 50 kilometers | July 13, 2013 | website

DWD Devil’s Lake 50M | 50 miles | July 13, 2013 | website

Wyoming

Happy Jack Endurance Races 100 Mile | 100 miles | July 13, 2013 | website

02:39:35 SHOW CLOSE

02:46:20 END

LINKS and DOWNLOADS:

ITunes http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/talk-ultra/id497318073

Website – talkultra.com

Episode 37 – Rob Krar, Holly Rush, Ellie Greenwood, Nick Clark

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Episode 37 of Talk Ultra: Rob Krar talks to us about his running history, hiw incredible Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim run and what his expectations are for Western States. Holly Rush talks marathon running and Comrades. Ellie Greenwood makes a guest appearance for Talk Training and provides an insight into running injuries. Nick Clark joins us for a reguar slot as he attempts the ‘Grand Slam’ of ultra running. We have the news, a year in the life of, and we find out: You know you are an ultra runner when… ?

00:00:00
00:00:45 Start
00:17:40 A year in the life of with Amanda Hyatt. Amanda has been injured but she is back on the road to recovery and some consistent running.
00:31:20 News from the ultra running world
00:52:20 Holly Rush is an incredible marathon runner, however, she has recently ventured into ultra running. At her first attempt at the iconic Comrades Ultra Marathon she placed 2nd Brit and 7th overall. She tells us about her story.
Profile from : HERE

I started running as a fun runner when I was at University but didn’t start formally training until 2005 when I met my coach and now husband martin rush. I had a break through run at London Marathon improving my time by 10 minutes.  Since then I have run over 20 marathons all over the world and been lucky enough to represent Great Britain and England 6 times, something that I never dreamt I would do as a non-exercising beer swilling student.  I wouldn’t say i am the most talented or natural runner but I think I have plenty of endurance and just love the feeling that running and training gives me.  In between training I work full time doing sports massage and working in my local deli.  I have been struggling with a painful hamstring for over 2 years now and after 2 failed injections I am now backing off my training to receive intensive treatment for 2 months so that I might be able to run pain free again.  Fingers crossed!.As well as talking about all things running I will most probably ramble on about my two other passions – food and my training partner Mr Mole (the dog).

01:31:18 Back to News
01:34:06 Blogs – No blog this week… we have some great answers to our FB post: ‘You know you are an ultra runner when… ?” Link to post HERE
01:36:40 Talk Training with Ellie Greenwood. Ellie is currently injured and has missed Comrades and will now miss Western States. She provides a great insight and provides some lessons that we can all learn from in regard to injury rehabilitation and assessment.
Ellie Greenwood’s blog: HERE
02:10:10 Interview with Rob Krar. Rob has spent some considerable time away from the sport but has returned in style. His recent Rin-to-Rim-to-Rim run has turned heads… in a few weeks he will line up at Western States. Post on iRunFar here
02:46:12 Meltzer Moment with Speedgaot – Good, Bad & Ugly of ultra running
02:54:40 Clarky’s Corner – US based Brit Nick Clark provides a regular slot as he builds up th the Grand Slam of ultra running. In this weeks show we talk Western States.
Nick Clark’s blog HERE
03:07:55 Races – Up and coming races for the next two weeks.
03:10:50 Close
Finish
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LINKS:

Ryan Sandes out of Western States

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In an unfortunate turn of events, ultra-marathon trail runner Ryan Sandes has sadly had to withdraw from the 2013 Western States 100 miler being held in Squaw Valley, California next month.

“On a training run on Tuesday afternoon this week, I unfortunately rolled my ankle rather badly. The post-MRI diagnosis is a partial tear to one of the ligaments in my ankle. Although it’s not a serious injury, and doctors expect me to be up and running again in about 4 to 6 weeks, I have had to make the tough decision of pulling out of the Western States 100 miler,” explains Ryan. “I am really disappointed as my training has gone so well this year and I was so looking forward to racing the WS100 after my tummy bug mishap in Australia. After 6 years of mostly injury-free racing, I can’t complain and will be back on the trails again soon!”

The next race on Ryan’s calendar will be the Run Rabbit Run 100 miler in Steamboat Springs, Colorado on the 13th of September 2013. This is the 2nd year the 100 miler race will be run, alongside the usual 50miler race, and has already drawn big names like Timothy Olsen, winner of the 2012 Western States 100miler.

Good luck Ryan!

Timothy Olson – Breaking News

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2012 Western States winner and course record holder, Timothy Olson announces a new sponsorship deal with The North Face

Taken from his blog which you can view HERE

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I am honored to announce I am officially a part of The North Face global athlete team. This is such a huge opportunity with unending possibilities. I feel so blessed and grateful to join such an outstanding company and a team of athletes that inspire me to live my dreams.

I remember being this little kid, freezing my butt off in Wisconsin winters, chipping ice off my drive way so I could play basketball. I spent countless hours trying to chip the ice away so I could practice dribbling figure-eights between my legs and perfecting a layup. I would not go to bed until I made 10 free-throws in a row. I wanted to be a professional athlete. I remember late nights with callused, burning hands from the cold. I didn’t want to stop. I did not want to go to bed. I wanted to push myself and be the best I could at what I enjoyed.

Many years have passed since then. That little stubborn kid still exists and has found a new passion for running in the mountains that grows and grows each day. I love it. I feel so alive, content, wild, peaceful and free. Some may think you need to travel far to discover true happiness. I hope to keep exploring this beautiful world, but I believe true happiness is blissful contentment within each moment. I try to be happy all the time; I fail. I’m always called back to the realization that I don’t need to try so hard, I should just be. Whether that be sitting by myself, rocking my son to sleep, taking a walk, a run, even washing dishes or taking out the recycling. I need to remember true happiness is always within.

2012 was epic. 2013 has many things to look forward to as well. I hope to keep enjoying the highs with the lows, learning from my struggles and always moving forward, staying focused and giving my all in everything I do. I’m very blessed and not a moment goes by that I’m not grateful and thank God for all that I have. I hope my passion for running can spark something in others to discover their bliss, wherever they are and in whatever they do.

Spending countless moments outside connecting with nature, family and friends is good for the soul. As my career progresses forward, I look forward to many incredible times with my North Face family. There is something truly special when you travel by foot over many miles; you find out who you are and just how much strength you have to persevere. It’s just as tough mentally as it is physically and running for a day through the mountains humbles you and also magnifies the beauty and strength of our earth. I look forward to partaking in these journeys and experiences with fellow teammates that will push me to new highs and also form life long bonds in sharing these memories with friends.

Thank you The North Face for making this possible.

Cheers,
Timothy

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Western States 2012

A smack down was predicted and a smack down happened.

The 2012 Western States will go down in history as a most remarkable race.

Firstly, we had the initial disappointment of a no show by Kilian Jornet. Please don’t get me wrong; his decision to pull out after the sudden death of his friend and ski mountain partner, Stephane Brosse was completely understandable considering the proximity to the race. However, not to have Kilian toe the line did mean that the main contender for the title would not be mixing it up at the front.

This though did not dent what was a class male field. In many respects it was a who’s who of current ultra running…. Having said that it did also miss two other key protagonists, current Western States record holder, Geoff Roes and Anton Krupicka. Roes has had a recent spell of poor performances and was lined up to run Hardrock but has decoded to go back to the drawing board and re build over the coming months. Krupicka has been out of racing for over a year after a series of problems, he too had targeted Hardrock but has now delayed his comeback saying that he hopes to be on the Leadville start line.

So, pre race who was in with a shout at taking the win. From a Talk Ultra poll the outright public favorite was Ryan Sandes, closely followed by last years second place, Mike Wolfe. I could completely understand tipping Wolfeman, a great competitor, plenty of speed, good in the mountains and I guess with no Kilian he was potentially lined up to move one place forward and take the win. Ryan Sandes ‘Sandman’ as he affectionately is known of course is super talented… just a few weeks earlier he had won The North Face 100 in Australia, He had won Leadville in 2011 and of course his record in multistage races was without question. However, despite that win at Leadville, this was his first race against a stacked field. How would he fair?

Timothy Olson was my pre race favorite. This is a super talented runner who has found a new lease of life. He has a great story… almost a film script. An ex drug addict turned ultra runner. You couldn’t make the story up! My other tip was ‘warrior’ Nick Clark. Nick did a great double last year placing 3rd at Western States and then two weeks later getting 3rd place at Hardrock. Other contenders included Jez Bragg, 3rd and 4th previously, could he move up. Dave Mackey, 2011 ultra runner of the year, super quick and last years 8th place Ian Sharman, Dave Riddle, Mike Wardian and I could go on…

The ladies race was equally stacked but contenders seemed to be much tighter. Last years winner, Ellie Greenwood was coming from a 2nd place at Comrades just three week earlier. Nobody doubted Ellie’s ability, the question was the damage that a super hard Comrades may have had on her body and what effects this would have over 100 miles. Lizzy Hawker was returning from injury but over this distance and terrain she is unstoppable. Kami Semick was also returning from injury, she had purposely missed Comrades to prepare for Western States. The ever present Nikki Kimball was firing on all cylinders again in 2012 and after a couple of great runs at Transvulcania and Zegama, she too could put pressure on at the front. Meghan Arbogast, Krissy Moehl, Rory Bosio, Aliza Lapierre and a whole host of others would be in contention.

Key elements for 2012 would be a lack of snow and a return to the ‘proper’ course. In addition to this, it turned out that temperatures on race day would be uncharacteristically chilly. Many of the runners complained about the cold over the first 30-40 miles. But of course these cooler temperatures are really advantageous over the 100-mile distance when trying to manage hydration, food and pacing. Not necessarily good weather but fast weather…

As expected, the men’s race was quick with Wolfe and Olson dictating the early pace with Clark, Bowman, Sandes, Mackey and Sharman all in contention. Sandes in particular seemed to be running a smart ace holding back in about 6th place and controlling his effort.

In the ladies race, Hawker ran hard and put 14 minutes into Greenwood who was chasing. Greenwood didn’t seem too worried though, she had commented at around the 30-mile mark that she was happy with her pace and this was a 100-mile race… wise words!

What happened over the 100 miles of Western States will go down in history. Olson pushed at the front as Sandes moved up through the field. Clark went through a bad patch but rallied to move up into 3rd place while Wolfe who had either been in 1st or 2nd place for much of the race faded and moved back… Mackey moved to 4th closely followed by Sharman and this made the top 5 men. But what was key was how Olson and Sandes pushed each other… Olson finally moving away and boy how did he move away. He crossed the finish line in 14:46 knocking nearly 20 mins of Roes previous course record! As a testament to both Sandes and Olson, the pace that they had made during the event also gave Sandes the second fastest time ever with a 15:03 just dipping under Roes CR time. Mackey who placed 4th also broke Kaburaki’s masters course record with a time of 15:53:36.

Image by Bryon Powell iRunFar.com

In the ladies race, just after Devils Thumb Greenwood had suddenly pulled back 12 mins on Hawker and was just 2 mins behind. Then she was 14 mins ahead. Not only did she completely annihilate the women’s field she started to wipe out the men’s field ‘chicking’ some top quality runners. The question marks on if Greenwood would be recovered from Comrades now seemed crazy. She became the Terminator, focused on one goal, the finish line. When she entered the stadium at the finish she had blown Ann Trason’s long-standing Western States record out of the atmosphere by some 50 minutes setting a time of 16:47:19. Arguably creating one of the most outstanding ultra running performances ever. It’s too early to call her the ‘new’ Ann Trason and to be honest it would be unfair to do so. Ultra Running now is a much bigger sport than when Ann ran, the fields are more competitive, the competition is greater and to dominate as Greenwood did at Comrades and then Western States for me puts her on a pedestal so high that it is going to take someone remarkable to come and knock her off it. In addition to this, Greenwood is the most smiley, happy and generous of runners. She has it all.

Image by Bryon Powell iRunFar.com

Greenwoods performance was also followed by some other wonderful female performances from Rory Bosio proving that she is no ‘fluke’ at Western States. She has placed 4th and 5th in the past and now placing 2nd with 18:08:06 (1h 20m behind Greenwood), Aliza Lapiere who placed 6th last year now placed 3rd with 18:18:29, Krissy Moehl ran a smart race and moved through the field to 4th in 18:29:15 and Nikki Kimball proving that her form is good 5th with 18:3:39. Lizzy Hawker fought hard after a fast start and one can only assume that her injury meant thet she wasn’t quite in fighting form for Western states but one can’t help but think that this will just be the start for her, she came in 6th with 18:31:39.

When all is said and done, 2012 was the year that records tumbled. Olson set a new benchmark for the men’s race and Greenwood set a record that will stand the test of time. So much so, I think only she could beat it!

One key feature of the race was the weather. No snow, great trail conditions and cool temperatures all came together to make 2012 a fast year. This doesn’t happen often. So, these records may very well be around for some time and if they do I don’t think anyone will be disappointed. In Olson and Greenwood we have two worthy winners who have illuminated the ultra world with two remarkable performances.

Talk Ultra will be interviewing Ellie Greenwood on Tuesday 26th June and Nick Clark 27th/28th June for the next edition of the show. Of course, Ian Sharman will also be discussing the ‘news’ and giving us an insight into his 5th place. The next episode will be released on Friday 29th June so please tune in