This weekend saw the conclusion of the European SkyRunning Championships in Italy with the 80km Trans D’Havet ultra race. The course for the race took in 5,500 metres of climbing including an ascent of the ‘Piccole Dolomiti’ range, 52 tunnels lasting for 6km 5 hours of darkness not to mention the 50 °C heat.
The 450 runners were led by Kilian Jornet and Luis Alberto Hernando, both from Spain, who vied for the lead across the entire course of the race. In the end, they both crossed the finish line at exactly the same time.
Further down the race order Frenchman Patrick Bohard was 4th and Spaniard Arnau Julia took 5th. Podium favourite Philipp Reiter from Germany was forced to pull out of the race due to a fall after 25 km.
- Kilian Jornet (Salomon/Spain) – 8:59:47
- Luis Alberto Hernando (Adidas/Spain) – 8:59:49
- Csaba Nemeth (Mammut/Hungary) – 9:43:25
The women’s race was once again dominated by Swede Emelie Forsberg, this time with 2012 SkyRunnier Ultra Series Champion Nuria Picas from Spain running alongside at least for the first half. Into the second section of the race, Forsberg managed to open up a lead finishing just over 12 minutes ahead of the Spaniard breaking the female course record by 1 hour and 23 minutes.
Nuria Picas crossed the line visibly tired in 10 hours 33 minutes followed just under a minute later by Uxue Fraile.
- Emelie Forsberg (Salomon/Sweden) – 10:21:32
- Nuria Picas (FEDME/Spain) – 10:33:34
- Uxue Fraile (Adidas Trail Running/Spain) – 10:34:20
The end of the Trans D’Havet race also brings the European SkyRunning Championships to a close with an emphatic victory for Spain.
Championship points are assigned to the top three men and top female in each of the past three SkyRunning races: The Dolomites SkyRace and Vertical Kilometer races from last weekend in Canazei as wel as the Trans D’Havet race.
Final resultsMedal count
Spain – 4 gold / 2 silver / 3 bronze
Italy – 1 gold / 5 silver / 2 bronze
Sweden – 3 gold / 1 silver
Czech Republic – 1 bronze
France – 1 bronze
Hungary – 1 bronze
- Spain – 900 points
- Italy – 856 points
- France – 552 points
- Switzerland – 380 points
- Czech Republic – 322 points