jueves, 19 de diciembre de 2013


La 2ª edición de Ancient Khmer Path acabo la pasada semana con un emocionante final en el impresionante templo de Agkor Wat. El 97% de los participantes acabaron la prueba, habiendo representación de 18 países.

El ganador de esta edición contra todo pronostico fue el francés StephanVernay seguido del ganador de la primera edición, el incombustible Salva Calvo. En 3º lugar acabo el australiano Shane Rattenbury.

En categoría femenina fueron también dos francesas las que coparon los dos primeros puestos: Verónica Messina y Clementine Tanguide, seguidas de Georgina Ayre de Reino Unido.

A destacar el koreano invidente Young Sul Lee que acabo las 6 etapas siguiendo a su guía Gyeun Su.
Durante estos 6 días los corredores recorrieron pistas y sendas entre selvas, aldeas, cataratas y templos abandonados, disfrutando del recorrido y de nuevo de la excelente organización encabezada por Stefan Betzel y todo su equipo, junto a los voluntarios, entre ellos dos españoles, Manu y Pepe, dos amigos de Burgos, con los que compartí carrera en la primera edición de Bhutan. 


Todo un acierto y un logro lo que esta haciendo GlobalLimits manteniendo una exquisita calidad en sus dos pruebas, sin perder el norte, sin despropósitos.


Singapore Marathon 2013 by Clara Tan

The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) is the marquee running event of Singapore's sporting calendar. Every first Sunday of December, thousands of participants from all walks of life run past some of Singapore's iconic landmarks such as the Esplanade and Sentosa. Marathon runners also get to soak up the festive atmosphere as they run under the twinkling lights of Orchard Road.

In 2012, SCMS retained its Gold Label status by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), placing it among the company of the world's elite races such as the New York City Marathon and the London Marathon. As the highlight of Singapore's running calendar, the Marathon helped grow the running culture in Singapore. It began with just 6,000 runners in 2002, reaching a peak of 65,000 runners in 2011. In 2012, the theme – "Run for a Reason" – encouraged all runners to submit their individual reasons for taking part in the Marathon.

SCMS 2013 has featured three different start points and routes for the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km. The Kids Dash also offered aspiring little runners the chance to experience the Marathon, while the Ekiden  fostered both teamwork and strategic planning among a team of six runners completing the Marathon in a relay format.

Our colleague Clara Tan, an multinational hard-working woman and runner has decided once again to tell us about the last challenge she faced up only some days ago.                                                

I started marathoning in Singapore in my early 20s, and couldn’t even remember what the event was called then. Straits Times or New Nation?

In recent years the event has been mainly sponsored by the Standard Chartered Bank. There is a choice of six race categories: Full Marathon, Full Marathon Ekiden (team of 6 relay), Half Marathon, 10K, 10K Wheelchair, and the 750M Kids Dash.

Since moving to the UK nearly 25 years ago, I have run in many different races, but not in Singapore apart from short training runs when visiting relatives.  I was lured back to the Marathon three years ago when one of my nephews, a triathlete and some 30 odd years younger than me, entered the race.  In my self-elevated mind, I thought I could outrun him given my fairly consistent conditioning running in difficult terrains in the UK and in Europe.  That was 2011, and I was 12 minutes behind him.  My excuse was that the heat got to me!  I returned in 2012 and did worse due to the extreme heat on the day.  My nephew did not run then, or this year.  He has decided to concentrate on the shorter distances.

2013 and here I was again.  Arriving three days before the race day to give myself time to acclimatise to the heat and humidity, I was pleased that there had been rainy spells and cooler temperature generally.  It would be great if it rained the night before too, and I wouldn’t mind rain on race day itself. Every little helps!

The start point was at Orchard Road, right outside the Mandarin Orchard Hotel.  The Christmas lights added to the festive mood as runners gathered in their pens chatting and taking photos of the beautiful Christmas decorations and displays that lined the length of Orchard Road.  This race definitely has one of the most festive atmosphere of the races I’d run in.  We were to pass through some other spots along the way that were also brightly lit and the entertainment and volunteer/spectator support along the whole way was fantastic.  There were bands, dancers, drummers, stilt walkers, cheer groups; you name it and they’re there!

Even though this is a fairly flat course, it is not known to be a fast race and I expect that is because of the humidity more than anything else.  The Men’s and Women’s Open first place results below give an idea of how ‘tough’ the race can be.

It did rain in the night, and by flag off at 05:00 hours, it felt like nice running condition. My strategy was to go easy all the way.  I nearly suffered heat stroke last year and I didn’t fancy going through that again!  The first half of the race took us through the city centre and through some old and new landmarks, some of which were brightly lit with Christmas lights.  I even stopped a couple of times to take some snapshots, as did many other runners. 

The bit I was dreading was the East Coast along the beach.  It was a loop-around stretch whereby you could see the fast runners coming from the opposite direction and that could be rather demoralising.  But, if you were in fairly good condition, you could also see the front runners on the way!  For some reason, perhaps I’d paced myself well, I was actually enjoying this stretch this time.  The skies were overcast and the waves were coming in, and it was buzzing with overnight campers, picnickers, marshals and supporters.

I finished the race 28 minutes better than last year even though it was still a fairly slow time for me.  The finish point was well organised.  We were channelled through quickly and efficiently, collecting our medals and finishers shirts.  That’s the thing; you get a race vest and some smaller useful items in your race pack, and at the end of the race you get a tech shirt, a medal and post snacks and drinks – all for an equivalent of £40 entry fee.

First Place Results

Marathon Men’s Open                   Chelimo Luka Kipkemoi    02:14:59.94
Marathon Women’s Open             Sharon Cherop                   02:41:11:04

jueves, 12 de diciembre de 2013

Sport HG Xtreme TRail Series 2014

                                Grupo Alpino Benalmadena junto al Club Pura Aventura se están superando cada año y este año nos presenta este circuito de cuatro pruebas repartidas entre Málaga y Granada. Ya pude comprobar este año en Jarapalos el tirón que ha tenido el trail de unos años para acá, en Andalucía y mas concretamente en la provincia de Málaga, donde ya se celebran un buen surtido de pruebas y los dorsales se agotan en pocos días.


C. M Calamorro.................9feb 2014, Benalmadena, Malaga

Trail Cara los Tajos............27abr 2014, Alhaurin el Grande, Malaga

CxM Alpandeire................31may 2014, Alpandeire, Malaga

V Sierra Nevada Monutain Festival que asu vez consta de 3 pruebas (Sierra Nevada, Granada)

5 y 6 de julio de 2014

K. V.............5jul

lunes, 9 de diciembre de 2013

Calendario Skyrunner World Series ISF 2014

Hace unos dias se anunciaban las fechas del calendario de las pruebas que conforman las tres categorías de la International Skyrunning o Copa del Mundo. La Transvulcania que que conocí este año, bien merecía seguir en la lista, por su recorrido, por el poder de convocatoria entre los grandes y en lo que se ha convertido en pocos años, eso si, sobrandole numero de corredores. Zegama, no podía ser de otra manera, el clásico de los clásicos vuelve a formar parte del circuito. La Matterhon Ultraks ha tenido que gustar bastante pues vuelve por segundo año. Esos 46 km cerca de una montaña mítica como el Cervino han tenido tirón. Desaparece la Pikes Peak en Sky y la Vuelta a Andorra en categoría ultra y se incorporan el Trofeo Kima y una desonocida para la mayoría como es The Rut en Montana (USA), un recorrido alpino con una subida al pico Lone Peak, en la que se van a hartar de piedras según se ve en las imágenes. Un total de 3.000+ para esos 50 km.
En los kilómetros verticales todos son cambios y se configuran como pruebas secundarias de otras principales Sky o ultra, en las mismas ubicaciones.
462km y mas de 36.000m de D+ siguen convirtiendo a este circuito en la referencia del trail mundial a la espera de a ver como sale y que respuesta tiene desde la elite, lo del UTWT.
Vídeo de la Transvulcania 2013

Nuevas pruebas y nuevas distancias en esta XI edición de las Series mundiales de skyrunning.

Categoría SKY

- 25 MAY....................... Maraton de Zegama  42Km Zegama SPAIN
- 20 JUL......................... Dolomites Skyrace, 22Km, Canazei, ITALY
- 10 AGOST....................Sierre Zinal, 31Km Valais, SWITZ
- 23 AGOST....................Matterhorn Ultraks, Zermatt,SWITZ
-12 OCT..........................Limone Extreme Skyrace, Limone sul Garda ITALIA

Matterhorn Ultraks 2013
Categoría Ultra

- 10MAY....................... Transvulcania, La Palma, Canary Is., SPAIN
-11 JUL.......................... Ice Trail Tarentaise, Val d`Isere, FRANCE
-19 JUL...........................Speedgoat, 50Km, Snowbird Utah, USA
-30 AGOST.....................Kima Trophy 50Km, Valtellina, ITAL
-14 SEP..........................The Rut 50Km, Big Sky, Montana, USA

Subida a Lone Peak en The Rut


- 8 MAY.........................Transvulcania KM Vetical La Palma, Canary Is., SPAIN
- 11 JUL........................KV Face de Vellevarde, Val D`Isere, FRANCE
- 12 SEP........................Lone Peak Vertical Kilometer, Snowbird Utah, USA
- 10OCT.......................Vertical Greste de la Mughera, Limone sul de Garda

Campeonato del Mundo  Chamonix (Francia) 27-29 jun 2014

ULTRA 27JUN..............The Mont-Blanc 80KM
SKY 29JUN..................Marathon du Mont-Blanc

              Este fue el calendario ISF 2013