Been a few weeks since some news. It’d been holiday time during August so a few weeks off. Plenty of races have come and gone, but we’ll look at just a couple of them.
This years Ultra Trail Mont Blanc results were as follows:
1st: Kilian JORNET (ESP) 21h33m18s
2nd:Sebastien CHAIGNEAU (FRA) 22h36m45s
3rd: Tsuyoshi KABURAKI (JAP) 22h48m36s
So it was a repeat win for Kilian. Kristin Moehl took the 2009 women’s title for the USA. Her time – 24h56m01s.
The Isle of Mull (Scotland) hosted the innaugural Eagle Isle Ultra; a 3 day race over challenging mountain and forest terrain and it transpired harsh weather consitions. 15 athletes from around Europe took part with the UK’s Paul Murgatroyd taking 1st place in 16hrs 48, and Jo Kilkenny from Ireland first lady in a time of 25hrs 47. Jo apparently got very lost on the first day, and has promised to brush up on her map and compass skills!
This weekend see’s big 100 milers taking place on opposite sides of the globe. In the USA is the very tough Wasatch Front 100 in Utah, and the Plain 100 in Lake Wenatchee, and in Australia is the very popular Glasshouse 100’s. Be sure to check out their websites. You can find the URL’s in their events pages on the main website.
Entries have opened for two popular races in Europe. First is the Al Andalus UT which takes place July 12th-16th in Andalucia, Spain. After the sucess of this years event, the field has been extended to 120 competitors. The organisers fully expect all places to go with 30 already snapped up within days of entries opening. This years competitors have said it was ther toughest race they had entered, and many were veterans of desert ulutras.
Also just opened are entried for the 6th La Trans Aq in the Aquitaine region of France. There is a 200 limit of competitors here, and again all usually sell out. It’s a great race in it’s own right and an idea one if you are planning a desert ultra as there is an awful lot of sand on the course. Check both events out on the main website.