Transvulcania – Spain
Asian based runners Ruth Croft who hails from New Zealand but lives in Taiwan and Mira Rai from Nepal put in great performances at the Transvulcania the first Sky Running Ultra race of 2016 held on the island of La Palma in Spain. With a distance of 74.3km with a vertical climb of 4,350 meters and the highest point reaching 2,422 meters the Transvulcania is considered one of the toughest trail running races in the world.
With such an elite field comprising of some of the best female runners in the world Ruth Croft came home third female in a 8:33:32 beating the likes of Anna Frost along the way with Mira Rai coming in eight female in 9:02:50. Australian Vlad Ixel who is based in Hong Kong also had a solid performance finishing 12th overall in an elite men’s field.
Transvulcania Ultramarathon race results top 5 overall:
1. Luis Alberto Hernando (ESP) – 7:04:44
2. Nicolas Martin (FRA) – 7:10:40
3. Sage Canaday (USA) – 7:14:16
4. Andy Symonds (GBR) – 7:25:04
5. Chris Vargo (USA) – 7:26:53
1. Ida Nilsson (SWE) – 8:14:18
2. Anne-Lise Rousset (FRA) – 8:31:53
3. Ruth Croft (NZL) – 8:33:32
4. Alicia Shay (USA) – 8:49:46
5. Hillary Allen (USA) – 8:54:57
More results: HERE
Xterra – Malaysia
In its second edition on Langkawi island, Malaysia, the Xterra Malaysia race took place this weekend with participants enjoying the start on the beach entering into the jungle surrounded by monkeys, birds and beautiful vegetation. Hot weather did not stop great performances in the off-road triathlon with 17 professional athletes and close to one hundred amateurs taking part. Ben Allen from Australia and Jacqui Slack claimed the overall win’s, leading from start to finish.
C3fit Action Asia Challenge – Hong Kong
With three different race category’s on offer the C3fit Action Asia Challenge took place on Sunday in Tai Lam. The main race of the Action Asia Challenge was the 43km Adventure race which included 9km of trail running, 5km of kayaking, abseiling an 80 meter high dam and 29km of mountain biking . The Trail race was a 15km course with the Kayak n Run being a 7km run and 5km kayak.
In the Challenge race Jantavaboon Kiangchaipaiphana from Thailand teaming up with Hong Kong resident American Ryan Scott Blair took the Full Adventure title in 4:1:24. Second across the finish line in the full adventure category was The Chiru-BVsport team, made up by Pierre Arnaud Le Magnan and New Zealander Kurt Lynn in 4:13:45. Grabbing third place overall just over two minutes later was team Old Dogs New Tricks with Australian Cosmo Richards and Canadian Jeremy Ritcey taking third overall in 4:16:19.
In the Kayak n Run category, Team Law & Wattsy with Andrew Watts and Andrew Lawson grabbed the overall win in 1:40:56. Second place went to Henry Van Der Eecken and Felix Cauro finishing in 1:43:56 seconds. Team TRA came third in 1:44:17 consisting of team members Lawrence Wong and Levente Koczka from Hungary.
In the 15k trail run category Wai Hei Ng from Hong Kong grabbed first place overall in a time of 1:40:25 seconds. Pak To Lai came home second in a time of 1:44:35 with Boudailliez Martin finishing third male in 1:47:34. In the womens 15km trail race Fjelddahl Chiaki won the women’s category in 1:55:25. Meghan Carney finished second overall female in 1:57:00 and Rachel Andrews rounded off the podium in 1:57:23.
Full Adventure Top 3 overall:
- Ryan Blair (USA) & Jantaraboon Kiangchaipaiphana (Thailand) 4:01:24
- PIERRE Arnaud Michel Le Magnan (France) & Kurt Lynn (New Zealand) 4:13:45
- Cosmo Richards (Australia) & Jeremy Ritcey (Canada) 4:16:19
More results: HERE
The North Face 100 Ultra Challenge – China
The North Face 100 Ultra Challenge was held this weekend outside of Beijing with three distances on offer of 100km, 50km and 22km for runners to choose from. With 5,500 meters of elevation in the 100km, 3,000 meters in the 50km and 1,000 meters in the 22km there was plenty of elevation gain for participants to savor.
Tokyo Nariki Forest Trail Run – Japan
The sixth Tokyo Nariki Forest Trail Run was held outside of Tokyo on Sunday with runners completing the 25km course with the largest climb going to 969 meters on the course.
Torre Nick World Chichibu Trail Run – Japan
The fourth Torre Nick World Chicibu Trail Run kicked off on Sunday with 50km and 43km courses for runners to choose from. The 50km course had an altitude climb of 2,888 meters with the 43km having 2,501 meters of elevation.