Sierre-Zinal 2014 – Race day images and summary


Another incredible day on the trails and mountains between Sierre and Zinal. The 2014 edition of the race was always going to be hugely competitive with an incredibly deep field both for the ladies and the men.

Kilian Jornet rallied in the closing stages of the race and pulled back race leader, Jo Gray and then used his blistering downhill ability to open an incredible gap of just over 1-minute. His time of 2:31:54 was a personal best for the Catalan on this course but was outside Jono Wyatt’s 2003 course record of 2:29:12.

Stevie Kremer made it 3rd time lucky and finally topped the Sierre-Zinal podium after placing 2nd for the past 2-years. Stevie took the race on from the front and held off Sierre-Zinal ever presents, Maud Mathys and 2012 winner, Aline Camboulives.

Race Results:


1. Jornet Burgada Kilian (ESP) 2:31.54
2. Gray Jo (USA) 2:32.58
3. Costa Cesar (SUI) 2:34.07
4. Gonon François (FRA) 2:34.56
5. Simpson Rob (GBR) 2:35.13
6. Zinca Ionut (ROM) 2:35.44
7. Schneider David (SUI) 2:36.32
8. Wyatt Jonathan (NZL) 2:38.54
9. Bostrom Marten 2:39.26
10. Pivk Tadei (ITA) 2:40.23


1. Kremer Stevie (USA) 3:03.12
2. Mathys Maude (SUI) 3:03.59
3. Camboulives Aline (FRA) 3:06.42
4. Dewalle Christel (FRA) 3:06.59
5. Orgue Laura 3:13.04,4
6. Enman Kasie 3:13.18
7. Dragomir Denisa-Ionela 3:16.10
8. Lafaye Celine 3:16.44
9. Rampazzo Silvia 3:17.44
10. Mihaylova Milka 3:19.10

Kids racing – Dolomites SkyRace, Canazei


Great to see an afternoon of sport dedicated to runners of the future in Canazei. Athletes from Team Salomon Running were on hand to help out, pace, support and motivate.

Jono Wyatt paced one group and apparently found the pace a little tough at the front. Tom Owens just 1-week after placing 3rd at Ice Trail Tarentaise had to ease back in the 1.8km race as the pace was relentless.

Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg were on hand to cheer and support.

Great atmosphere, great buzz and the sun was shining throughout. A great day and great way to give back to the sport.


Trail running in America & mountain races in Europe

Are there really any differences when it comes to racing in Europe & America? Runners from both sides of the Atlantic have their say about trail running on both continents.

When Michel Poletti, president of ITRA, spoke recently at the presentation of the Spain Ultra Cup about what type of international race organizations would de targeted for future membership, he affirmed that the ITRA would be particularly hoping to attract “organisations with long-distance races taking place in natural scenery“. Although this definition may sound a little vague, it is in fact quite difficult to find a common denominator that might aptly describre races taking place on both sides of the Atlantic.

Are we talking about the same kind of race on both continents? It doesn’t seem that way from what some of our top runners have to say. In any case, surely the “variations on a theme” are what make this sport so appealing, right?  What are the differences anyway, between trail running & mountain running? According to the ISF, “The difference lies in the terminology itself: trail & montain“. 


We’ve asked some of the top runners about what it is that makes racing different on both sides of the Atlantic. Here are their answers, together with our conclusions:

American races, much faster

The main difference, which everyone seems to agree on, is the greater technical difficulty of races in Europe and the faster speed of races run in the US.


As Tòfol Castanyer points out, this means that“American races are more runnable” suggesting that faster ultra-distance racers have the advantage, as opposed to mountain running specialists.

This difference has already been discussed in our article in Spanish, la diferencia entre trail running, fell running y carrera de montaña. In the US the sport is called “trail running“, whereas in Europe, terms such asmountain runningskyrunning or fell running (UK) are used. The term “trail running” obviously refers to the kind of track or path followed, whereas in Europe it’s all about “mountains“. Whereas “trail running” doesn’t necessarily imply elevation gains.


In Europe the elevation gains are usually greatersays Miguel Heras,I think that this difference is motivating for us Europeans when we go there, as it is for the Americans when they come over to Europe to compete.

Stricter rules in the US

Many of the races held in the US run through national parks, which follow a stricter legislation than we’re used to in Europe, regarding how hikers & runners should use the footpaths or trails. All these measures are imposed with the greater benefit of protecting the lanscape & natural habitat of the species found in the parks. This means that anyone wondering off the trail will be sanctioned (usually with disqualification), something that Europeans are simply not used to.


As Emelie Forsberg jokes, “I think it´s like with everything in America; trail races aren’t any different you know“. Rules are rules!

In Europe, things are very different, where, in most cases,the race course simply follows the most direct route across the mountain.


In Scotland“, for example, says Andy Symonds,” the hills are steep, there are great open spaces without trees, there is grass and bog all over the place. The result is that fell races go straight through fields and up and down hills. Race routes are driven by the shortest lines rather than by path networks”.

Consecuently, European trail runners find that they have to change their whole approach to racing, as Silvia Serafini states, “I know that in the US there are very strict rules about ‘shortcuts‘. You are out of the race if you don’t follow exactly the signed trail“. Kilian Jornet can testify to this, as he was stripped of his prize money and course record, in last year’s Speedgoat 50k for cutting switchbacks.

In Europa, it’s more competitive

So what’s Dakota Jones take on the subject? He interestingly points out that “ In America, trail running came out of a culture of hiking and mountain climbing that has its roots in solitude and escape“. Whereas, “Europeans accept mountain running more and are allowed to have more people in their races, so the scene is much more professional than anywhere else”. ” When Americans race, they are almost afraid to say they are racing, because they don’t want to betray traditional values about the purity of the sport“.



In an episode of Kilian´s Quest we can see how the young Catalonian runner meets up with running legend, Pablo Vigil. It’s interesting to compare how the two are dressed; Kilian with his specialized gear  –Suunto GPS heart rate monitor, Salomon technical shorts & training shoes, while Pablo Vigilcan be found wearing the traditional runners sorts and a pair of Nike road trainers. Although this is a simple anecdote, it does undeline the point that, in general, European runners seem to get moredressed up for the occasion!

Anna Frost comments that “Clothing differs…with fashion and trends. Euro wearing more technical lycra and USA wearing looser fitting comforts.


What’s in common? People, volunteers, the spirit of racing

There seems to be a common agreement among runners that there is one characteristic to be found on both sides of the Atlantic: the spirit of running, be it trail running in the US or fell running (UK), mountain running or skyrunning in Europe, “our mutual appreciation for the mountains & outdoor spaces”, says Alfredo Gil, Spain’s national champion. “I think we all have that in common“.


American, Stevie Kremer, also emphasises this point & recognizes the efforts of all the people, behind the scenes, who support the races: “both have incredible supporters and volunteers, without which these races would never be successful!”

It seems that, as more and more runners make the jump, from one continent to another, things are changing. As Jonathan Wyatt observes, ” We see a lot of North American runners who have learnt a lot from the European style of trail running and they are excited to bring some of these elements to North America including the more technical running trails“.


Finally, let’s just remember the words of Silvia Serafini, who defines the atmosphere of our sport perfectly, “I can’t really choose which I like most, racing in America or in Europe. I love the atmosphere, the welcome of the people, which I have found on both continents“.




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Episode 45 – Wyatt, Krar, Forsberg, Kremer



Episode 45 of Talk Ultra and on this weeks show we have a great interview with a legend of Mountain running, Jonathan Wyatt. We speak to man of the moment, Rob Krar who has had an incredible 2013.  The news, a blog, up and coming races, Smiles and Miles and this week we have no Speedgoat… however, we do have a Talk Ultra favorite, Stevie Kremer joining us to host the show!



  1. Rob Krar – The North Face – 9:29:00
  2. Dakota Jones – Montrail – 9:32:26
  3. Cameron Clayton – Salomon – 10:06:24
  4. Kilian Jornet – Salomon – 10:19:16 2013 Skyrunner World Ultra Champion
  5. Ryan Ghelfi – Rogue Valley Runners – 10:24:38

Results – Ladies

  1. Emelie Forsberg – Salomon – 12:06:34 2013 Skyrunner World Ultra Champion
  2. Stephanie Howe – The North Face – 12:29:26
  3. Michele Yates – Ultimate Direction – 12:46:24
  4. Francesca Canepa – Vibram/Montura – 12:55:06
  5. Kerrie Bruxvoort – Salomon – 12:23:39

  AUDIO with Rob Krar

Skyrunner Ultra World champion Classification 2013


1° Kilian Jornet                  292 points

2° Sage Canady                 255

3° Cameron Clayton       208


1° Emelie Forsberg         320 points

2° Francesca Canepa        266

3° Stephanie Howe        206


  1. Joao Oliveira 23:29:08
  2. Florian Reus 25:29:54
  3. Ivan Cudin 25:54:49

Pat Robbins from UK 8th 27:09:00

  1. Szilvia Lubics 28:03:04
  2. Antje Krause 30:07:15
  3. Heike Bergmann 30:22:03

Cavalls del Vent

  1. Luis Alberto Hernando 10:23:09
  2. Tofol Castanyer 10:25:41
  3. Miguel Heras 10:27:18
  1. Nuria Picas 12:05:44
  2. Uxue Fraile 12:39:18
  3. Laia Andreu trias  14:09 

Bear 100 results aren’t up yet but Speedgoat placed 2nd

Cotswold Way Century 100m

  1. Simon Baker 21:11
  2. Nick Weston 21:26
  3. Damian Hall 21:29
  1. Sarah Morwood 21:51
  2. Hayley Stockwell  27:25
  3. Leanne Rive 28:56




Jon Olson 100m record –

“Records are meant to be broken and I know this mark will be broken in the near future, but to say that I am the fastest American EVER to run 100 miles is so rewarding. However, it doesn’t define me as a runner and certainly not as a person. I often get asked these days, “What is your training like?” and “What do you eat?” And though my training and diet have changed through the years, I think the difference is this: I don’t race in search of something. When I race, it is a celebration of what God has bestowed upon me. He has given me a gift that allows me to do things with running that I never thought possible.”

TALK TRAINING – with Marc Laithwaite


This week’s interview is with Jonathan Wyatt. Jono is a legend in mountain running and as you will hear has incredible diversity and speed


SMILESandMILES with Emelie Forsberg –




Iron Horse Ultra 100 Km (CAN) | 100 kilometers | October 05, 2013 | website

Iron Horse Ultra 100 Miles (CAN) | 100 miles | October 05, 2013 | website



Eastern Finland

Vaarojen Ultramaraton | 84 kilometers | October 05, 2013 | website




Trail Gapen’Cimes Edelweiss | 52 kilometers | October 06, 2013 | website


100km des Monts des Flandres | 100 kilometers | October 05, 2013 | website


Grand Trail du Nord | 143 kilometers | October 05, 2013 | website



Limone Extreme | VK and SKY races



Le Grand Raid | 147 kilometers | October 17, 2013 | website


South Africa

Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon | 250 kilometers | October 17, 2013 | website

The Hobbit 100 | 100 kilometers | October 11, 2013 | website


United Kingdom


Atlantic Coast 3-Day Challenge | 78 miles | October 04, 2013 | website

“Round Ripon” Ultra Studley Roger | 35 miles | October 05, 2013 | website

The Longmynd Hike | 50 miles | October 05, 2013 | website


Pembrokeshire Coast Challenge | 78 miles | October 18, 2013 | website




Arkansas Traveller 100 | 100 miles | October 05, 2013 | website


Diablo Trail 50K Run | 50 kilometers | October 05, 2013 | website


Boulder 100 Endurance Running Race | 100 miles | October 12, 2013 | website


Yellowstone-Teton Endurance 50 Miles | 50 miles | October 05, 2013 | website


Heartland 100 Mile Race | 100 miles | October 12, 2013 | website

Heartland 50 Mile Race | 50 miles | October 12, 2013 | website

New York

Can Lake 50 K | 50 kilometers | October 12, 2013 | website

Can Lake 50 Mile | 50 miles | October 12, 2013 | website

North Carolina

Triple Lakes Trail 40 Mile Run | 40 miles | October 05, 2013 | website


Blues Cruise 50k Trail Ultra | 50 kilometers | October 06, 2013 | website

Oil Creek Trail Runs 100 Miles | 100 miles | October 05, 2013 | website

Oil Creek Trail Runs 50K | 50 kilometers | October 05, 2013 | website

Oil Creek Trail Runs 50 Miles | 50 miles | October 05, 2013 | website


Rock/Creek StumpJump 50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | October 05, 2013 | website


GrindStone 100 | 101 miles | October 04, 2013 | website


Baker Lake 50k | 50 kilometers | October 05, 2013 | website




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