UTA 100km and 50km wrap up!

By Dan Lewis
On his Facebook page just a few days ago, Spaniard Pau Capell posted a message with a photograph of himself out trail running.
“No parare hasta conseguirlo!” it declared. The translation is: “I will not stop until I get it!”

The 24-year-old says the post was about his life goals in general, but it could have just as well applied specifically to Saturday’s Ultra-Trail Australia 100km race in the Blue Mountains.

Although he has only been running ultra-marathons for three years, Capell stormed home to comprehensively defeat a well-credentialed international field of elite athletes in Australia’s biggest and most prestigious trail running event. In his broken English, Capell exclaimed at the Scenic World finish line in Katoomba: “I don’t believe it. This is a dream. I dream about this. I think this was amazing.”

He finished in 9:20:14 ahead of Australia’s Ben Duffus in 9:39:25 and Yun Yanqiao of China in 9:42:09.

Katoomba-based Kiwi Scotty Hawker, who placed sixth in 10:01:13, can claim some of the credit for Capell’s achievement.

The pair share a sponsor in Compressport and after Capell arrived in Australia last Sunday Hawker took him for several training runs out on the course.

Hawker’s performance was also impressive. He came second in last year’s UTA 100 but then had to take a long break from trail running on the advice of fertility specialists to help his wife fall pregnant. This was his first major race since returning to training late last year.

Capell, who calls Barcelona home, turned his win into a political statement, wrapping himself in the flag of Catalonia at the finish line. He explained that while he loves Spain, he passionately believes that his native Catalonia region should be an independent nation.

United States runner Mario Mendoza led the 100km race for the first half from a United Nations of top 10 runners that also featured representatives from South Africa, France, Lithuania, Australia, China and of course Hawker’s New Zealand and Capell’s Spain.

Around the half-way mark of the race a small pursing pack eventually caught Mendoza and went past him, with Capell out in front for the final 42 kilometres as he built up his ultimately winning margin of 19 minutes.

Mendoza pulled out of the race at the Fairmont in Leura, citing stomach problems that started to bite as he descended the Giant Staircase at Katoomba. “My stomach is in knots and I cannot get anything in, there is nothing I can do,” he said.

In the women’s 100km field, it was Aussie, Aussie Aussie in the lead in the early stages thanks to the efforts of Gill Fowler, Beth Cardelli and Amy Lamprecht. Cardelli, who also won the UTA 100 in 2010, 2012 and 2013, went on to claim her third title in a time of 11:16:14 ahead of New Zealand’s Fiona Hayvice.

Saturday’s 100km and 50km UTA races were both sellouts, with each boasting about 1500 runners. On a postcard perfect autumn day, they got to run over some of the iconic features of the Blue Mountains landscape: Narrow Neck, Jamison Valley, Dunphys Camp, the Six Foot Track, Megalong Valley, Kings Tableland, Ironpot Ridge, Kedumba Pass, Giant Staircase, Golden Stairs, Furber Steps, Prince Henry Clifftop Track, Federal Pass, Dardenelles Pass, Tarros Ladder, Valley of the Waters.

Sydney-based Kiwi Mark Green streaked away to climb up the Furber Steps out of the Jamison Valley and win the men’s 50km title by a remarkable 23 minutes. His time of 4:24:30 was less than a minute outside the race record and he was delighted to have achieved his goal of breaking four and a half hours. “It was fun, but it hurt a lot,” Green said. “I kept expecting someone to catch me.”

The remarkable Australian runner Hanny Allston, a world orienteering champion, similarly dominated the women’s 50km field, finishing in 5:08:15 and 17 minutes ahead of second place. Her effort also placed her ninth in the race overall. Allston put in such a big race that she was sobbing in a world of pain after crossing the finish line.

On the Thursday, Green and and his three young children also competed in the new Scenic World UTA951 up the Furber Steps. He proved that taking on the stairs event doesn’t mean you can’t quickly backup to win one of the longer UTA races.

Ultra-Trail Australia Race Report Competition

The shoes are off and the dust has settled. As the curtain falls on your Ultra-Trail Australia adventure for 2016 you may find yourself filled with a mix of emotions. You have been on a journey that has shaped you, challenged you and made you harness strengths of body and mind, that perhaps you did not know existed. You did it. You toed the line, you gave it your all, and now you reflect.

PRIZES:
We will select 2 reports to award from each of the 4 event, UTA100, UTA50, PACE UTA22 and Scenic World UTA951.
The winner of each will receive 1 free race entry to the race for the same event in 2017.
The runner up will receive a prize from our sponsors.

COMPETITION RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

The “Ultra-Trail Australia Race Report Contest” is sponsored by AROC Sport. This contest is governed by these official rules:

The entrant/writer must have competed in one of the following events in 2016:
* Scenic World UTA951
* PACE Athletic UTA22
* UTA50
* UTA100

Your race report must be based on true events. Race reports must be no longer than 650 words and all submissions may be published at the discretion of the sponsor.

By participating in the contest, each entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that the results of the contest, as determined by the sponsor and its agents, are final in all respects. The contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

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ELIGIBILITY
The Contest is open to legal residents of their respective countries where not prohibited by law, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry who have Internet access and a valid e-mail account prior to the beginning of the Contest Period. Sponsor has the right to verify the eligibility of each entrant.

HOW TO ENTER
You can enter the “Ultra-Trail Australia Race Report Contest” by emailing your submission to comps@ultratrailaustralia.com.au. You can find the details on the pinned post on the top of the Facebook Page. Entrants must meet the contest requirements to participate in the contest.
Only one race report per person may be submitted.

WINNER SELECTION
All eligible entries received during the Submission Period will gathered into a database at the end of the Submission Period. A winner will be chosen by the sponsor.

The winners will be announced on or about May 31, 2016 on or about noon EST. Announcement and instructions for prize will be sent to the e-mail address supplied on the potential prize winner’s entry form. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his/her e-mail account for prize notification and receipt or other communications related to this competition.

If a potential prize winner cannot be reached by Ultra-Trail Australia within fifteen (15) days, using the contact information provided at the time of entry, or if the prize is returned as undeliverable, that potential prize winner shall forfeit the prize. Prizes may not be awarded if an insufficient number of eligible entries are received.

PRIZES:
We will select 2 reports to award from each of the 4 event, UTA100, UTA50, PACE UTA22 and Scenic World UTA951. The winner of each will receive 1 free race entry to the race for the same event in 2017. The runner up will receive a prize from our sponsors.

ADDITIONAL LIMITATIONS
Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. Sponsor and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives are not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the Competition, including, but not limited to, errors in any printing or posting or these Official Rules, the selection and announcement of any winner, or the distribution of any prize. Any attempt to damage the content or operation of this Competition is unlawful and subject to possible legal action by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to terminate, suspend or amend the Competition, without notice, and for any reason, including, without limitation, if Sponsor determines that the Competition cannot be conducted as planned or should a virus, bug, tampering or unauthorized intervention, technical failure or other cause beyond Sponsor’s control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Competition. In the event any tampering or unauthorized intervention may have occurred, Sponsor reserves the right to void suspect entries at issue. Sponsor and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives, and any telephone network or service providers, are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunction, lost or delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, line failure or malfunction of any telephone network, computer equipment or software, the inability to access any website or online service or any other error, human or otherwise.

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COMPETITION SPONSORS
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AROC SPORT

Any questions regarding this Competition should be directed to Jo Brischetto at jo@arocsport.com.au