September 23, 2019 – iRunFar
We’re going around the world this week. We have the Skyrace Flight Ring and the Golden Trail series in Scotland, the Pirin Ultra Skyrace and the Skyrunner World Series in Bulgaria, as well as major national races in France, South Africa and Australia as well. And of course we have race results from the United States. All aboard and have a good Monday!
Ring of Steall Skyrace – Kinlochleven, Scotland
The Skyrace Flight Ring ran over 29 kilometers (18 miles) in sunny conditions rare in Scotland. The race won 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) and was the penultimate Golden Trail Series competition of the year.
Orienteering ace turned mountain runner Judith Wyder (Switzerland) crushed the peloton and the record books. She won in 3:36 and that was good for 10th overall, and was 10 minutes better than the 2018 course record. Wyder was also almost 18 minutes better than second.
Holly page (United Kingdom) finished second in 3:54 and Fanny Borgstrom (Sweden) was third in 4:02.
The women’s top 10 balance included:
4 – Meg mackenzie (South Africa) – 4:13
5 – Emilie Schmitz (US, lives in Colombia) – 4:13
6 – Ana Cufer (Slovenia) – 4:16
7 – Maya cholet (Switzerland) – 4:16
8 – Yngvild Kaspersen (Norway) – 4:16
9 – Oihana Azkorbebeitia (Spain) – 4:20
ten – Eli Anne Dvergsdal (Norway) – 4:27
Nadir Maguet (Italy) won a time of 3:14, and while not as much as the women, it was also a rather dominant victory. Marc Lauenstein (Switzerland) finished second in the final descent, finishing in 3:19, and King Max (USA) was third in 3:20, 65 seconds behind Lauenstein.
The rest of the top 10 included:
4 – Stian Angermund-Vik (Norway) – 3:21
5 – Alexis Sevennec (France) – 3:25
6 – Jan Marguerite (Spain) – 3:30
7 – Aritz Aegean (Spain) – 3:34
8 – Canadian sage (United States) – 3:35
9 – Ricky lightfoot (United Kingdom) – 3:35
ten – Alejandro Forcades (Spain) – 3:37
The last Golden Trail Series race of the year is October 26 Annapurna Trail Marathon in Nepal.
Pirin Ultra Skyrace – Bansko, Bulgaria
The 66k (41 miles) Pirin Ultra Skyrace ran in the Pirin National Park in Bulgaria, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The eastern outpost of the Skyrunner World Series lacked some of the more well-known contestants from previous contests.
Ragna debates (Netherlands, but lives in Spain) did his thing here, dominating with a 9:08 win. Marcela VaÅ¡ÃnovÃ¡ (Czech Republic) and Antoniya Grigorova (Bulgaria) finished second and third in 9:40 and 9:46. Cecilia Pedroni (Italy) and Virginie perez (Spain) followed at 10:18 am and 10:22 am, respectively.
Only five minutes separated the first five men in a battle at the end of the race. Benat Marmissolle (France) slipped out of the group to win in 7:39, and it was a new course record. Ander IÃ±arra (Spain) was second in 7:41, and Kiril Nikolov step onto the third podium for the host country. Nikolov finished in 7:42 and just 19 seconds from IÃ±arra.
Borja Fernandez (Spain) and Marc Casal (Andorra) finished fourth and fifth in 7:42 and 7:44, respectively.
Full results (when available).
The next Skyrunner World Series race is on October 5th Pirineu Sky 37k in Spain.
Other races and races
Ben Nevis Ultra
The three-day Salomon Skyline Scotland racing group, which also included the Ring of Steall Skyrace from above on Saturday, started with Friday Ben Nevis Ultra. This race lasted 52 km and 4,000 meters (13,100 feet) of elevation gain. Katie Kaars-Sijpesteijn (UK) won the women’s race and finished third overall. She finished in 8:05 and it was more than two hours better than the second. Winner men Murray strain (UK) was barely ahead, at 7:51. Full results.
Mamores vertical kilometer
Also on Friday and also part of the Salomon Skyline Scotland weekend, the 5k Mamores vertical kilometer climbed, of course, to 1000 meters. Victoria wilkinson (United Kingdom) and Zak hanna (UK) finished first with winning times of 52:49 and 44:43. Full results.
Glen Coe skyline
And then at the back of the Salomon Skyline Scotland weekend, Sunday Glen Coe skyline the race lasted 52 km and with 4,750 meters (15,600 feet) of elevation gain. Georgia Tindley (UK) won the women’s race and finished almost 40 minutes ahead of second with a time of 8:29. Erik Johannes Husom (Norway) won the men’s race in 7:55. Full results.
Surf Coast Century 100k
8th in Australia Surf Coast Century 100k ran to the edge of the beach along giant cliffs and into secluded wilderness. Sarah Ludowici (Australia) and Ash watson (Australia) won the 100 km in 10:08 and 7:57. For Watson it was both a repeat victory and a new course record. Belinda ralph (Australia) and Damien angus (Australia) won the accompanying 50km in 4:38 and 4:16, respectively. Full results.
Mountain challenge of the 4 summits
4 peaks is in South Africa and travels 24 km and with 1,800 meters (5,900 feet) of elevation gain. Tara-Lea van Zyl (South Africa), last year’s runner-up, won the women’s race in 4:16. Thabang Madiba (South Africa) won the men’s race for the third year in a row, but narrowly. His arrival in 2:55 was only a second better than Lucky miya (South Africa) in an all-out sprint. Separately, a male runner collapsed just 1 km from the finish and tragically died. Full results (when available).
The 21k of France The Skyrhune was the final of the country’s National Golden Trail Series. Blandine The Swallow (France) and Davide Magnini (Italy) won in 2:12 and 1:53. Full results.
24 hours on the north coast
In Cleveland, Ohio, the 24 hours on the north coast The race was again the USATF 24 Hour National Championships. The race lacked the sparkle of previous editions with many of the country’s best instead of already focusing on the IAU 24 Hour World Championships in five weeks in France. Things took place on a 0.8822 mile loop and in temperatures reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Kristy denton and Harvey lewis are your national champions with 105 and 130 miles respectively. It was Lewis’ third 24 Hours Championship, and he will also be at the World Championships. Full results (when available).
Barkley 50k Fall Classic
Tennessee Barkley 50k Fall Classic is a teaser for the greatest Barkley Marathon. Official results are still available, but Liz canty dominated the women’s race in 10:12 and Michael dubova won the men’s race in 8:40. Full results (when available).
Flagstaff at the Grand Canyon Stagecoach Line
Maia detmer and Deron Ruse went one way from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, winning the 100-mile Flagstaff at the Grand Canyon Stagecoach Line race. Both finished in 9:24 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Lauren Coury won the 55 km that accompanied it in 4:49, and Nick coury won the men’s race in 4:01. Full results.
Call for comments
You know the chorus! If you wish, please let us know where you have been and what you have run, paced, ridden or otherwise watched this weekend.