Glued the TV…!?!

With the first race of the year for me coming up in just a few weeks, I thought I’d best to put this blog to ‘ePaper’… 😉

On the 2nd May, I’ll be heading off to warmer climates, to run my first ‘adventure race’ of the year – The awe inspiring Transvulcania! 😀

This race was sold to me through an article, I was reading last year, whilst on holiday supporting the UTMB. The article was written by Yitka Winn, Assistant Editor of the US Trail Runner magazine. I found myself captured by the article. It was eloquently written and supported with photography that featured the small island’s natural and abundantly raw beauty!

The Transvulcania has been growing in popularity since it’s first race in 2009, and having become part of the Sky Runner World Series, it now has a world audience of trail runners, with many people from all corners of the world wanting to experience the splendor and be part of one of it’s many races…

I’ll be heading off with a crew of ultra running buddies, where we’ve treated ourselves to the ‘Jimmy Bond’ of vilas! 😀 We’ll be staying for close to a week before race day, giving us time to acclimatize and enjoy a more ‘relaxed’ taper week…

I have added the links below that featured Yitka’s fantastic coverage of last year’s race for you to be ‘tantalized’ for a possible 2015! 😉

Yitka also very kindly passed on some photography that she took from her stay and I’ve added these in a gallery below:

http://trailrunnermag.com/destinations/international/856-venga-venga

Yitka’s personal blog:

http://proximitytowater.blogspot.com/2013/05/transvulcania-83k-race-report-hardest_19.html

For anyone interested in a video, here’s the link to Salomon’s official video to 2013:

Extract from – Ian Corless – http://iancorless.org/2014/03/19/transvulcania-la-palma-2014-the-excitement-begins/

The Transvulcania Ultramarathon on the Spanish island of La Palma has made quite a name for itself.  Just a small speck in the Atlantic ocean, the race chosen to launch the Skyrunner® Ultra Series in 2012 has grown to represent a hub for many of the world’s top ultra runners, and has never looked back. This year, a Vertical Kilometer® up the gruelling downhill, gives a new twist.   

The extraordinary line-up is headed by Salomon superstars Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg (Salomon) winners here last year and 2013 Skyrunner® World champions.  However, look out for 2012 winners, Anna Frost (Salomon), and Dakota Jones (Montrail), returning to the Transvulcania stage after a year’s absence from the skyrunning scene. Anna’s 2012 record still stands.

 Sage Canaday (Hoka One One) 3rd last year, arrives fresh from his second win at Tarawera in New Zealand and is joined by Timothy Olson (TNF) 4th, who successfully started off the season with a third place at the recent Transgrancanaria.

The strong American line-up doesn’t end here, but first, let’s take a look at the other big-league Spanish runners:  Luis Alberto Hernando (adidas), always a podium placer, he crossed the line hand in hand with Kilian to share the gold at the European Championships and moved on to win Cavalls del Vent.  The question is, can he pare down those 4’ that separated him from Kilian last year?  Tofol Castanyer (Salomon), 2nd at Cavalls, Agustí Roc (inov-8) three-time SWS champion and Jordi Bes (FEEC),CCC winner, join the mix.

From France – UTMB winner Xavier Thevenard (TNF), 11th in 2013, is no doubt looking to move up for a podium spot;  Patrick Bringer (Sigvaris Sports), 5th, is making a determined come-back, together with Martin Gafurri (New Balance) 19th and a great top-10 at Tarawera recently and first-timer Sylvain Couchaud (Mizuno), 4th at the Mont-Blanc 80K.

Among the top ranked talent, Germany’s Philipp Reiter (Salomon) finished an excellent 12th last year, despite illness, and Florian Neuschwander (16th ISF ranking) who, like many other first timers, will fulfil a dream running this iconic race.

From the UK, an array of impressive newcomers to the race: Tom Owens (Salomon), 2nd behind Kilian at Kima 2012, is up and running after a year-long lay-off. Ricky Lightfoot (Salomon), 2013 AIU Champion and 2009 Zegama winner is joined by Stu Air (SCOTT Sports) and Robbie Britton (inov-8).

The women’s field too, represents the deepest in the five-year history of the race with new competition coming from across the Pond. The stacked field is headed by Salomon’s Emelie Forsberg and Anna Frost, respectively 2013 and 2012 winners. Nuria Picas (Buff) UTMB (2nd) and Cavalls winner, after a hard-fought 2ndplace last year, she returns with a victory from the recent Transgrancanaria under her belt.  Look out for Emma Roca (Buff), 3rd at UTMB, and Uxue Fraile(Vibram) 3rd here, another Spanish talent who is steadily but surely racking up the podiums. 

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