Last weekend Team Axarsport did their final Al Andalus Ultra Trail course recce. There is just Only 3 weeks to go and it looks like the final runner total will be 60 representing 12 countries. 12 teams should also ensure a tough fight, the 2 Para reg teams coming over from Afganistan service should be ok in the heat, 39C today, the French and Spanish teams are also seasoned campaigners. Mimi Anderson is a strong favourite for the women’s title but Catherine Dubois (3rd woman in UTMB 2008) is pretty hard to beat.
Paul from Axarsport covered the first and final stages with some Check Point crew and marked the route. He will re-mark on the morning of the stage.
Between now and the race the road books will be printed, maps printed, arrows and banners made and all the crew fully prepared. The race GP is flying in from the UK, courtesy of the Across the Divide Expedition Medical Training service but hopefully they won’t need to call on his training!!
Last weekend’s West Highland Way race was won by Scott Bradley in a time of 16:11:56, with Jan Lantink 2nd place, 10 minutes behind.
The 250 mile(!) Thames Ring Ultra, the longest single stage race that we believe has ever taken place in the UK, got going yesterday. We’ll bring more information to you as we know it, but the event doesn’t even have a website of it’s own, so details are few and far between right now!
Eric LaHaie did indeed win the RTP Gobi March, as expected and mentioned in the news last week. Riel Carol came 2nd, and Sean Abbott 3rd. Diana Hogan-Murphy from Ireland was the first woman to finish. Well done to everyone who took part.
This weekend is the 24 hour track race in Brisbane, Australia organised by Sri Chinmoy. Quite a mental, as well as physical challenge running aruond a 400m track for 24 hours, changing direction every 3 hours.
Also this weekend is the famous Western States 100, the oldest and largest trail race in the USA. The race starts from Squaw Valley in California, and finishing in Auburn.
We’ll bring you news from both events next week.
Enjoy your running this weekend!