Garmin Mourne Skyline MTR 2016 Results and Summary

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The skies went dark and the clag came in, the 2016 Garmin Mourne Skyline MTR started under stormy skies as torrential rain soaked the runners. On the stroke of 0900, the runners departed the coastal town of Newcastle ran into Donard Park via the promenade entrance and then climbed Granite Trail for a long and relentless climb.

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From the off, Salomon International athlete Roki Bratina dictated the pace as a small group followed lead by local runner Eoin Lennon, the Team Garmin Adventure athletes of Julien Jorro and Germain Grangier and Chris Arthur.

Jasmin Paris, as expected dictated the ladies’ race but Skyrunning UK Series leader, Sarah Ridgway was very close by and keeping the inov-8 athlete insight as was Katie Boden who also was in search of valuable ranking points.

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A race within a race was also happening for the men as Bjorn Verduijn, Michael Jones and Ben Hukins all fought for points and places in a bid for the 2016 Skyrunning UK Series title. It was Bjorn’s title to lose but on the first climb, Ben was dictating the pace followed by Michael and Bjorn, although trailing was looking relaxed.

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After two hours of running, the heavy rains subsided and the skies opened up to reveal the majestic Mourne Mountains and the ever-present Mourne Wall that weaves its way across the landscape.

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At Hare’s Gap, the first major peak waited: Slieve Bearnagh. The runners first passing the North Tor before reaching the summit quickly followed with the technical ascent of Slieve Meelmore. In the ladies’ race, Sarah Ridgeway had taken the lead, Jasmine feeling a little tired and jaded after a full-on racing year. For the men, Germain Grangier was showing the rest of the men a clean pair of heals. Chris Arthur had him in sight and Roki Bratina was in 3rd.

The climbs and summits were coming thick and fast now; Slieve Loughshannagh, Slieve Meelbeg and the course continues to follow the Mourne Wall leading to a repeated climb of the technical and challenging Slieve Meelmore, this time in the opposite direction. The toughest climb of the day follows, Slieve Bearnagh.

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From Hare’s Gap a steep climb next to the Mourne Wall brings the runners Slievenaglogh and Slieve Commedagh. The race was now taking shape, Germain looked controlled and relaxed as he pushed his way up the climb. Chris also looked relaxed and Roki looked focused with a determination to close the gap on 2nd and potentially reclaim the lead. One of the pre-race favourites, Eoin Lennon complained of not being able to climb despite running in 4th place.

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Jasmin Paris had now reclaimed the lead and Sarah trailed by just a few minutes with a flash on inov-8 red constantly pulling her up the muddy and challenging terrain.

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The highest point of the course at Slieve Donard signified the end of the climbing and from here on in, a relentless drop to the finish followed the Mourne Wall before turning right and re-tracing the morning’s early climb before taking the Glen River Path to Donard Park and the finish line.

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Germain’s victory never looked in doubt, he was super smooth and super strong all day – his new course record 3:49:39 confirming this. However, pre-race favourite Roki Bratina closed a 5-minute gap from Slieve Commedagh showing some supreme descending skills to finish 2nd in 3:50:17. Chris Arthur finished 3rd with local Eoin Lennon holding on to 4th ahead of Michael Jones.

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Despite all his efforts, Michael’s 5th place was not enough of a gap over Bjorn Verduijn’s 10th place and therefore the 2016 Skyrunning UK Series title was awarded to Bjorn.

Jasmin Paris, despite a deep tiredness somehow managed to find the energy to hold off Sarah Ridgway and they finished, 4:30:02 and 4:34:10. Katie Boden finished 3rd lady and therefore moved up to 2nd in the Skyrunning UK Series ahead of Sarah Sheridan but it was Sarah Ridgway who was the outright winner of the series with 2 victories, a 2nd and 3rd place – great consistency!

The mountains of Northern Ireland may not have the height or elevation gain the Alps or Pyrenees offer, but what they lack in height is more than compensated for in technicality and repeated roller coaster climbing. Ask anyone who has run it, the Mourne Skyline MTR is no easy race.

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Full results available here

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3 x 3000 80km 2016 Statement

 

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Sport is a fickle thing and many curve balls can be thrown at us. As someone who attends countless races, I have always said, and will continue to say, ‘I wouldn’t want to be a race director!’

So it is with a sense of balance that I provide some clarification on the recent 3 x 3000 80km race that took place on the weekend of 24th/ 25th September in the English Lakes.

The 3 x 3000 80km is a Skyrunning UK race and as such follows rules as outlined by the ISF (International Skyrunning Federation). Rules can often be boring, I understand that, but if one rule is important in Skyrunning it is the ‘marked course’ rule.

A Skyrunning race is unique because of the terrain where the race takes place, the distance of the event (VK, SKY, ULTRA or Extreme), elevation gain and loss, altitude and a marked course. Of course, I simply the essence of Skyrunning to its purest form.

Having worked on and covered Skyrunning races for 5-years, I am well aware that one of the key attractions of a Skyrunning race is the ability to race in challenging terrain, challenging locations and challenging weather, safe in the knowledge that you have markers to follow with aid stations and support at key points. Skyrunning allows a sense of freedom and although challenging, a marked course allows one to switch off and run for fun without the worries or concerns of where to go.

Skyrunning is not about navigation!

However, in the UK we have a strong history of fell running and orienteering races. For many, to run with a map and compass in-hand is a pure joy. More importantly, the ability to use the map and compass is an even greater joy.

All of the Skyrunning UK races require participants to have similar mandatory kit and this is far greater than our European counterparts. This list is at the race director’s discretion and as long as the ‘minimum’ complies with ISF rules, then the Skyrunning box is ticked. For example, no Skyrunning race outside of the UK requires a map, compass, GPS or any similar device. However, in the UK Skyrunning RDs do require this.

As a runner in a Skyrunning race you may well ask, ‘Why do I need this for a ‘marked’ course?’

Often, a UK race will need the runner to carry such items so that they (the race) can get insurance to run the event. But more importantly, despite a marked course, anything can happen! This is where an understanding of the nature of the challenge is required.

To clarify, on the 3 x 3000 80km website, it clearly states:

“Approx. 99% of the route is off road on singlet-rack trails and mountain terrain. One of the unique aspects of this route is that from each main 3000′ summit you can see the other two summits…..on a clear day! In the low cloud and mist it’s completely different. All participants will need to be suitably experienced and equipped, self-reliant and have good navigational skills.”

I understand the dichotomy of the above statement and the contrast of a fully marked route where one can follow flags. However, as participants at the 2016 3 x 3000 80km event can confirm, once clag comes in, visibility can be minimal or zero. A GPS, map and compass can provide an opportunity to navigate to safety or re-navigate back on to the race route. However, a GPS, map and compass should not be required to run and complete a Skyrunning race!

Ian Mulvey, the RD of the 3 x 3000 80km did provide waterproof maps for all runners and via the race website, a GPS route was available for download that could be uploaded to a hand-held device or watch such as Garmin/ Suunto.

As you will see, Ian (RD) did endeavor to cover the bases and warn participants of the nature of the challenge and the potential difficulty one may encounter whilst on the trail.

As runners, I think one can appreciate that sometimes sabotage can take place on a race route and this is without doubt annoying. This certainly has happened at the 2016 3 x 3000 race but it would appear that whole sections of the course were not marked.

Ian Mulvey has provided the following information:

We had marked the course out, as we normally do, but unfortunately some sections had been removed. This had happened last year but we managed to rectify most of this in time. The course marshal at Stake Pass discovered this had happened whilst travelling to that location via Esk Hause prior to the lead runners arriving. They managed to mark the major junctions to Stake Pass before the lead runners overtook them.

All the major junctions on the corridor route were marked, we also had a mobile marshal running with the lead runners up to Scafell Pike summit. We had 6 marshals out on the section from Seathwaite to Stake Pass alone, who made sure the major junctions were either marked or marshalled. This was not an easy task in 60mph wind and white out (mist) conditions. 

There were 12 directional signs in Keswick from Spooney Green Lane to the finish.

We have always put a great deal of time & effort in marking out courses.

After collecting in the markers it appears that some were removed from between Angle Tarn to Greenup Edge pass & from Helvellyn summit to Calfhow Pike. All other sections of the course were marked as we normally do.

Yes, we did have front runners checking the course. Some sections we mark out as the marshals move to their various locations.

The section from Angle Tarn to Wythburn was marked out on Thursday. The marshal was checking this prior to the race coming through, but as I mentioned previously the runners reached them at Stake Pass.

We did not have a lead runner on the Helvellyn section. We marked this out on Friday & have not had any previous problems on this section.

Skyrunning UK has received a great deal of information from runners who participated in the 3 x 3000 80km and they have gone to great lengths to inform us where course marking was missing. The consistency of the information does show Skyrunning UK that many aspects of the course lacked any signage for runners to follow and this does not meet the expectations of a Skyrunning race. What transpired on race day was a semi-marked course that no longer became a Skyrunning race but a partially marked course where navigation was required.

In Summary:

When a race has ‘missing markers’ or when ‘sections of the course are missing markers’ the race in the opinion of Skyrunning UK and the ISF is no longer a Skyrunning race.

If markers don’t exist, it’s not possible to follow a race route and should a runner go off course, it is not possible to back track. Navigation in clag (without visibility) is advanced navigation and it is beyond many competent navigators. More importantly (with no disrespect) many Skyrunners are unable to navigate; hence the reason for entering a Skyrunning race in the first place!

Therefore, results from the 3 x 3000 80km and prize money awarded will stand, congratulations to the top 3 men and women who fought adversity to complete a very tough race and demanding day.

However, points which would have been awarded for the Skyrunning UK Series will not be awarded as ultimately, the 3 x 3000 80km was no longer a Skyrunning race but a navigation/ orienteering race.

Many thanks for the continued support.

Ian Corless.

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For those runners who were looking for the 3 x 3000 80km for valuable Skyrunning UK Series points, will you please contact me directly using the contact page on this website.

To qualify for the Skyrunning UK Series overall in 2016, 4 results as a minimum are required. If you race more than 4 races within the calendar year, your 4 best results/ points qualify.

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3 x 3000m 80km 2016 Race Preview

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Over 4000m (13,000ft) of ascent await participants of this weekend’s 3 x 3000m 80km Ultra providing every participant an opportunity to cover three classic Lakeland peaks. It’s going to be a tough challenge and a key race for the 2016 Skyrunner® National Series ranking.

Based on the classic ‘Lakes 3000’s’ the 80km route will include Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and Skiddaw. An amazing circular route over some of the best mountains available within the UK, it promises to be a tough challenge but hopefully not as tough as the 2014 edition when the race was hit with torrential rain. The route may not have the required altitude that a Skyrunning race would require in France, Spain or Italy but as we have shown at the V3K and the recent Skyline Scotland races, we can compensate for this with steep short climbs and technical terrain. The 3×3 route combines all the elements of a classic Lakeland run with aspects of European racing; technical terrain, beautiful mountains and hills.

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In the ladies ranking, Sarah Ridgway currently is leading with victories at Lakes Sky Ultra and the Peak SkyRace and a recent 3rd place at the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline. Sarah will not race at the 3×3. However, Sarah Sheridan will race and she will be looking for maximum points! Sarah placed 3rd in two races, the V3K and Peak SkyRace providing 156 points but she also placed 9th at Lakes Sky Ultra providing 60 points. Her tally is currently 216 points.

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Bjorn Verduijn has run all four races (he chose the Salomon Ring of Steall at Skyline Scotland) and therefore has a strong lead in first place. Bjorn will also race the 3×3 and may well place on the podium, it all depends how his recovery has gone just one week after racing.

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Pre-race favourite for the 3×3 is Paul Tierney who is a previous winner of the Lakeland 100 and a committed fell and mountain runner.

A full list of entrants is available to view HERE

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Skyline Scotland 2016 – VK, SKY and EXTREME

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What an incredible weekend for Skyrunning and Skyrunning UK! Skyline Scotland did more than place the UK on the map, it blew the Skyrunning world apart.

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On Friday it was the Salomon Mamores VK (a UK first) that sent hundreds of runners sky high gaining 1000m vertical in 5km. For many, it was a first taste of such a race and boy-oh-boy was it a resounding success. From that fast and furious pace of Alexis Sevennec to the very last runner, one thing was confirmed – Skyrunning as a sport is accessible for all and the VK is a great place to start.

You can read a summary and view images HERE

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Saturday was the Salomon Ring of Steall, a classic SKY distance race that started and concluded in Kinlochleven after taking in a stunning, challenging and difficult loop of the Mamores. Skyrunning World Champion Stian Angermund took top honours ahead of VK winner, Alexis Sevennec and in the ladies race, Georgia Tindley did the double, winning the VK and SKY!

You can read a summary and view images HERE

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Sunday was the big showdown and the highlight of the weekend, the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline, the 3rd and concluding event in the Skyrunner World Series for the EXTREME category. Arguably, the greatest elite field ever assembled for a UK mountain race toed the line. Victory and series titles were awarded to Jonathan Albon and Jasmin Paris after they both ran strong and dominant performances.

You can read a summary and view images HERE

It’s also important to note that the Skyrunning UK Series battled on over the Skyline Scotland weekend with points awarded for the overall series title. Currently rankings need to be compiled and accessed but it’s fair to say at this early stage that Sarah Ridgway and Bjorn Verduijn strengthen their positions. More to follow…

More media:

BBC – HERE

Red Bull – HERE

Skyrunning – HERE

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2016 RANKING UPDATE – Skyrunning UK – Skyrunner® National Series

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The Skyrunning UKSkyrunner® National Series 2016 is well underway and with three races completed – V3K, Lakes Sky Ultra and the Peak SkyRace it is time to post an update on the rankings.

To clarify, the 2016 ranking includes ALL the races in the 2016 UK calendar and yes, that includes the UK’s first ever VK!

Including ‘all’ races in a calendar would not normally be the case as per the Skyrunner® World Series, however, the UK series is still relatively small and we want to encourage participation in all races and all distances. It may well show a complete and rounded athlete?
To score for the series, you need 4 races to qualify for the series and should you complete more than 4, then your best 4 results count.
Importantly, the 3×3 in the Lakes is very soon (and has entries available) and if you need a race or points, that is the one to enter…! Don’t think easy points will come at the Salomon Mamores VK™ or the Ring of Steall Skyrace™, both races will be a full on lung and leg busters but a few places still remain.

What can you win?

  • In addition to prize money awarded at each race, the male and female 2016 Skyrunning UK Champions will receive:
  • Free entry into all Skyrunning UK races in the following year.
  • Guaranteed entry into a 2017 Skyrunner World Series event with 2-nights accommodation.
  • Prizes from Skyrunning UK sponsor, Raidlight

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Current Ranking

Women:

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In the ladies ranking, Sarah Ridgway currently has a 200 points from victories at Lakes Sky Ultra and the Peak SkyRace. This places Sarah in a very strong position for the UK series but despite two victories, Sarah ranks 2nd.

Currently the 2016 ladies leader is Sarah Sheridan who has completed three out of three races. Sarah placed 3rd in two races, the V3K and Peak SkyRace providing 156 points but she also placed 9th at Lakes Sky Ultra providing 60 points. Her tally is currently 216 points.

Beth Pascall won the V3K and this provides her with 100 points. But the great thing about a series is consistency and therefore Katie Boden currently lies 3rd in the ranking with 166 points coming from 2nd at the V3K and 3rd at Lakes Sky Ultra.

  1. Sarah Sheridan 216 points
  2. Sarah Ridgway 200 points
  3. Katie Boden 166 points

Men:

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The men’s race may well go down to the wire and once again, consistency is playing a key part in the ranking. Despite Michael Jones and Donald Campbell gaining maximum points with victories at the V3K and Lakes Sky Ultra, they have each only run one race!

Ben Hukins placed 4th at the V3K and recently won the Peak SkyRace and this provides a total of 172 points, however, Ben is not in the lead!

Bjorn Verduijn has run all three races and therefore has a strong lead in first place with 2nd at the V3K (88 pts), 9th at the Lakes Sky Ultra (58 its) and finally 3rd at the Peak SkyRace (78 its) providing a grand total of 224 points.

The final podium place is currently with Emmanuel Barbier who placed 10th at the V3K (56 its) and 14th at Lakes Sky Ultra (48 its) providing a total of 104 points.

  1. Bjorn Verdijn 224 points
  2. Ben Hukins 172 points
  3. Emmanuel Barbier 104 points

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You can download this ranking in PDF form HERE

Please note, every effort is made to ensure that the ranking and allocation of points is correct. Mistakes do happen and should you spot anything, please email skyrunninguk@icloud.com and we will look into it immediately.

NEWS

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The next races on the UK calendar are at SKYLINE SCOTLAND which takes place on the 16th, 17th and 18th September. This is one weekend that you will not want to miss and if you are looking for points, some entries are available!

On Friday the 16th we will have the UK’s first ever VK – Salomon Mamores VK™ . If you are not running, come along, bring a bell and cheer runners on as they climb 1000 vertical meters in less than 5km. *Limited places available enter HERE

On Saturday 17th it is the Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace™ which is 25km and includes 2500m of vertical gain. *Limited places available enter HERE

The main event of the weekend is the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ which is a 2016 Skyrunner® World Series event in the three race EXTREME category and this race, I guarantee, will have the greatest elite field ever assembled for a race in the UK that takes place on trails and mountains.

Following an epic weekend in Scotland is the 3×3 in the English Lakes which takes place on September 24th. Three summits, 4000m of vert and 80km in distance. This is a seriously tough, challenging and beautiful race. Entries are available HERE

October draws a conclusion to the 2016 series with the Garmin Mourne Skyline MTR which is full. however, they do put on a great race and maybe you’d like to join the party and enter the GTR evening run which follows the ethos of a VK but over a shorter distance, you can enter HERE

Skyrunning UK is sponsored by Raidlight UK and their help and support is invaluable. Please support the brand that is helping to support this series of exciting racing!

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PEAK SKYRACE 2016 SUMMARY and IMAGES

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This year saw 180 people register for the Peaks SkyRace the third race in the 2016 Skyrunning UK National Series. From the 180 entrants, 147 showed up at the start-line on Sunday of which 136 runners crossed the finish-line. Those who had not completed retired due to minor injuries and/or being timed out. All in all this year’s event was a tremendous success with a lot of novices testing themselves on a “runnable”, faster and less technical Skyrunning course than the V3K and the Lakes Sky Ultra earlier this season. Niandi Carmont provides an insight into the Skyrunning action from the weekend.

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There were many relieved and happy smiles from runners entering Buxton towards the finish and the feedback received was extremely complimentary and positive:

Well now I’ve managed to remove most of the Peak SkyRace route from my knees, elbows, hands etc. I really need to thank all of the race directors, marshals, supporters for another great event. It just keeps getting better. 

Apologies must go out to Forest and Billy for inability to stay upright, thought I’d got that out of my system on the recce!  David Betteley

The course might have been less challenging to experienced Skyrunners but judging from this feedback, it offered a challenge to many yesterday. Michelle Jones echoes his thoughts:

Super tough course, wasn’t sure we were going to finish. We did just about. I think that’s about my limit though!

Hopefully we’ll see Michelle next year to improve on her time?

The day was perfect in terms of weather and temperatures and as predicted the pace set by the front runners was fast and furious from the outset. This was reflected in the times with the top 3 in the general ranking coming in under 5 hours. The race was won with a strong performance from Ben Hukins who took victory in 4:36:12 ahead of Colin Stark in 4:53:42. As predicted flying Dutchman Bjorn Verduijn placed 3rd and the infamous Sarah Ridgeway were in the leading group running strong.

Unfortunately due to the fast pace and concentration waning towards the final kilometres entering Buxton, the runner who was 2nd placed at the final CP missed the markers at a turn where runners would actually retrace their earlier steps of the outbound route and was leading several others right behind. This error led him down a slightly longer route towards the finish.  The next two runners after that group, did see the markers, and as a result picked up several places. Race organisation was quick to react and double-checked the markers only to confirm that there was plenty of tape. An arrow was added for the rest of the field. No doubt more would have come in under 5 hours had they not missed the turn.

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As predicted Sarah Ridgeway dominated the female field and did very well in the general ranking coming in third overall, well ahead of second-placed Kate Hastings. Once again she took a whopping 28 minutes of the CR. The top 5 women came in under 6 hours. Well done ladies!

Novice Scott baxter was enthralled by this “taster”:

Just want to say thanks to everyone involved! had a great day yesterday, my first event at this distance, first of many I guess.

Scott has now been bitten by the bug and we will no doubt see him at future UK Skyrunning events.

Some like Andrew Morley were more concerned with post-race nutrition:

 I forgot to mention, that chocolate cake at the finish was amazing. 

It was equally nice to see that the UK Skyrunning community is very supportive and close-knit. RD Kirsch Bowkler from the V3K volunteered on the course. And the professionalism and dedication of the team of marshals was very much appreciated by the runners:

I really enjoyed the race yesterday. It was very well sign posted and the aid stations were really good with friendly marshals. Mark Boyce

Attention to detail is very important to RD’s Richard Weremuik and Anthony Bethell who have joined forces with course designer Billy Craig to put on a great event. Over the past years they have been very receptive to feedback and fine-tuned their event to meet the needs of participants whether it be facilitating race entry, dealing with race registration, course-marking, delegating to marshals, manning of aid-stations or the welcome on the finish-line.

We always strive to improve route marking, so take all feedback on the chin; good and bad.  We will always react immediately to feedback where we can, or make changes for future editions of the race where appropriate. Richard Weremuik (Running Beyond)

Race Results

Men

1 Ben Hukins 04:36:12

2 Colin Stark 04:53:42

3 Bjorn Verduijn 05:02:56

4 Matthew Basnett 05:03:51

5 Evan Davies 05:09:00

Women

1 Sarah Ridgway 04:56:39

2 Kate Hastings 05:34:48

3 Sarah Sheridan 05:43:01

4 Sophie Kirk 05:56:27

5 Sarah Morwood 05:59:21

Many thanks to Raidlight UK for the continued support of the

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Peak SkyRace 2016 Preview

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The peak District is a large national park that stretches from the Midlands to the northern areas of England and is renowned for its abundance of natural beauty. The terrain is very diverse, wild and undulating. The landscape shifts quickly and is  mix of gullies,  cloughs, rugged plateaus, heather-dotted moorlands and vertiginous summits. What better setting and back-drop for the third edition of the Peak Skyrace?

Niandi Carmont provides a preview of the third event in the Skyrunning UK Series which takes place in the White Peak area (white for limestone) although certain sections of the race cross over into the Dark Peak (gritstone & moorland) that makes up the Peak SkyRace.

On August 6th, 180 runners will be at the start of the third edition of the race. The event follows the V3K on June 18th and LSU on 23 July. The 48km course with an elevation gain of 2000m, will take the runners on the infamous Five Trigs Round, which are:

  • Axe Edge
  • The Roaches
  • Shutlingsloe
  • Shining Tor
  • Burbage Edge

Other noteworthy highlights of the route include the Ramshaw Rocks, Three Shires Head (the meeting point for the Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire County boundaries) and Gradbach Woods. Another picturesque landmark on the course is Shuttlingsloe,  a steep-sided hill with a distinctive profile, which is sometimes described as the ‘Matterhorn of Cheshire’  and is also the third highest peak in the county. Runners will have to contend with a little scrambling to gain the summit of Shuttlingsloe and check-point 7 which is unmanned. There are a total of 8 check-points on the course of which 5 are unmanned. Food and liquids are provided at the remaining 3 check-points.

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Two prominent athletes attending this year’s event are Bjorn Verduijn in the male field, who is not unknown in UK Skyrunning circles and Sarah Ridgeway, a prominent UK fell-runner, in the female field.

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Bjorn has taken part in several Skyrunning events since the beginnings of UK Skyrunning in 2014 and has fine-tuned his Skyrunning skills over the past couple of years. Of Dutch origin, Bjorn lives in Scotland and trains regularly in the mountains. Like his European Skyrunning counterparts, he has been putting his ski-mountaineering training in winter to good use and this has significantly improved his technique and form. Bjorn placed 2nd at the V3K this year, one of the toughest UK Skyrunning events against very seasoned local competition. In the Lakes Sky Ultra he placed 10th in a time of 8:41:59. He will definitely be seeking to gain more points in the UK series this coming weekend and seems to be on top form.

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Sarah Ridgeway needs no introduction. Like Bjorn, she is not new to Skyrunning and placed 8th overall in Lakes Sky Ultra on 23 July, winning the Ladies Race and setting a new CR of 08:38:46,  taking 25 minutes off her previous CR. She literally dominated the women’s positions and took both the uphill and downhill sections in the race. Sarah will definitely set a fast pace on this extremely “runnable” course as she is used to more technical and challenging terrain as her 3rd place in the Glencoe Skyline in 2015 proves. Welsh and based in Snowdonia, Sarah has plenty opportunities to play and train in the fells. We can expect her to set a new female CR on the Peak Skyrace as well as placing well in the overall ranking.

Course Records stand at 04:10:12 set by Kim Collison in 2015 and 5:24:54 for the female record set  by Sally Fawcett in 2014.

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