Monthly Archives: September 2009

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UTMB, Eagle Isle Ultra

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.


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Convergence - Summer

June 9, 2018, 12:00pm - June 10, 2018, 6:00am

It’s game time. In this game, you will gamble on your own fitness and ability. You know where the finish line is, but you are not following a fixed course; you “make” your own course. You tell no one else where you intend to start from. That way you are blind-betting against everyone as to from how far away you will start, and thus, how high you will eventually rank. Those who travel the furthest, rank highest. However, if you don’t reach the finish line you don’t get a medal, so gamble wisely…. The premise is simple. You can start from anywhere you want, at midday. You then have 24 hours to ‘converge’ on the central finish line in order to claim your award. You make your own route. You can start any distance from the finish line, but the further away you start, the better your award (should you make it to the finish). All distances are measured “as the crow flies” from the finish. For all those challenging this is where it gets even more interesting. The people who rank highest are those who travel from the furthest away. You are under no obligation to tell anyone where you are starting, so you are all blind-betting against each other! You won’t know where anyone starts from until the GPS tracking link goes live at midday. Even then, will those who started far away make the finish line on time? Of course if you start 100 miles away and miss the finish line cut-off, then you don’t get a medal. Oh, the cruelty. The Crow will be watching all of those Converging, using the miracle of Race Drone event tracking technology. The Crow will judge how far the shadows have run, and reward them with the right medal on the line. If you travel from 30 miles away or fewer, we’ll email you a certificate only. Venture from further away (30 to 60 miles) and claim a Silver Convergence, 60 to 90 miles and you’ll take Gold. If you come from 90 miles or more away (As the crow flies), then you’ll claim the Black Convergence medal. There is a little more to tell you. You can Converge only on foot. The Crow knows how fast you travel You can Converge solo for 24 hours, either female or male If you are scared of the dark, you can converge for 24 hours as a pair You will be given no advice on where to run, or hide You make your own route. Use any means you wish to wayfind You obviously can’t use private land or anything illegal (motorways etc). Your route choice is your own choice and risk. We recommend strongly that you stay off A-roads, or roads that have no pavement There are no checkpoints. Use your wit and guile to feed yourself. Call for your mother if you must The World will keep an eye on you from afar using tracking technology Have more questions? The wise old bird has the answers Feel ready to take your first steps into a darker world? Register Here

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