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France Dominates, with Wins for Manon Bohard and Lambert Santelli – iRunFar

France Dominates, with Wins for Manon Bohard and Lambert Santelli – iRunFar


The 2023 Madeira Island Extremely-Path kicked off at nighttime native time on Saturday, April 22. The 115-kilometer (72 miles) direction travels from northeast to southwest, spanning the overall width of the gorgeous and rugged island of Madeira. Alongside the way in which, it takes in 7,200 meters (23,600 ft) of exhausting mountaineering and technical descending, starting at sea degree and mountaineering to nearly 1,800 meters (5,900 ft) at its very best level at Pico Ruivo.

This yr’s line-up was once much less aggressive on each the boys’s and girls’s facet to remaining yr’s race, which noticed each the girls’s and males’s tournament data shattered, by means of Courtney Dauwalter and Jim Walmsley, respectively.

The place the American citizens had ruled remaining yr, this yr was once a French sweep, with French runners taking the win in each the boys’s and girls’s races. Males’s winner, Lambert Santelli, was once tenth in remaining yr’s race and 5th within the 2019 version. He controlled to enhance on his personal time from remaining yr by means of 38 mins.

Girls’s winner Manon Bohard positioned 2d within the 85k race at MIUT again in 2019. The 2021 TDS winner was once proper at house in this technical path, and stormed her debut on the 115k major tournament.

2019 Madeira Island Ultra-Trail scenery

The prime nation of Madeira Island over which the Madeira Island Extremely-Path travels. All footage: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

2023 Madeira Island Extremely-Path Girls’s Race

It was once a decisive win for France’s Manon Bohard, who by means of the tip of the primary main climb, 14.5 kilometers in, had already established a lead of simply over a minute on chaser Abby Corridor (USA), who was once two mins transparent of Lucie Jamsin (France) in 3rd.

Previous midway at Curral das Freiras, 63k, Corridor nonetheless held on in 2d position, however Bohard had incessantly prolonged her lead and was once now virtually 20 mins transparent in entrance. In the meantime, Jamsin in 3rd was once making use of drive from at the back of and had closed the distance on 2d to a minute and a part.

Corridor was once discovered short of at the mammoth climb that adopted — 1,475 meters over 11k — to Pico Ruivo, the very best terrain of the direction. Bohard summitted 19 mins forward of Jamsin in 2d, who was once now virtually 10 mins transparent of Corridor in 3rd.

Manon Bohard - 2023 Madeira Island Ultra-Trail champion

Manon Bohard of France feeling all of the feelings because the 2023 Madeira Island Extremely-Path champion. Photograph: Madeira Island Extremely-Path/Joao M. Faria

In the meantime, Switzerland’s Luzia Buehler, who had sat patiently in 5th position for the race’s first part, moved into fourth place by means of the prime level at Pico Ruivo. She handed Corridor at the tough, undulating 9k segment that adopted to Chão da Lagoa, wherein level she had moved into podium place.

Through the race’s ultimate checkpoint at Porto da Cruz, 101k in, Bohard had put down an untouchable 45-minute lead. Jamsin adopted in 2d, nonetheless 11 mins transparent of Buehler in 3rd — who was once greater than a part an hour forward of the remainder of the sector.

Having persevered to increase her lead all day, Manon Bohard romped house in a time of 15 hours and 48 mins, the 2023 Madeira Island Extremely-Path girls’s champion.

Luzia Buehler — having spent greater than part of the race in 5th position prior to transferring as much as 3rd for the remaining quarter — had a stormer of a final segment, the place she handed Jamsin to complete in 2d position in a time of 16:40.

Lucie Jamsin hung on for 3rd, crossing the road seven mins later in a time of 16:47.

Lucie Jamsin - 2023 Madeira Island Ultra-Trail third place

France’s Lucie Jamsin on her strategy to taking 3rd on the 2023 Madeira Island Extremely-Path. Photograph: Madeira Island Extremely-Path/Joao M. Faria

2023 Madeira Island Extremely-Path Girls’s Effects

  1. Manon Bohard (France) – 15:48:58
  2. Luzia Buehler (Switzerland) – 16:40:11
  3. Lucie Jamsin (France) – 16:47:56
  4. Paulina Krawczak (Poland) – 17:19:22
  5. Emilie Maroteaux (France) – 17:22:39

Complete effects.

 2023 Madeira Island Extremely-Path Males’s Race

At 14.5k in, with already 1,515 meters climbed, simply 32 seconds separated the top-four males as they reached the mountain plateau of Fanal — recognized for its historic forests. Those have been Madeira Island’s Luís Fernandes, Sweden’s Petter Engdahl, and French runners Lambert Santelli and Benoît Girondel.

Through the top of the primary technical descent to Chão da Ribeira, the similar crew made up the tip 4, with Fernandes having moved two mins transparent of Santelli, who was once now in 2d position.

The lead crew persevered to business puts, with Engdahl main for a time prior to Santelli moved into pole place prior to the 48k checkpoint at Encumeada.

Lambert Santelli - 2023 Madeira Island Ultra-Trail champion 2

Lambert Santelli of France on his strategy to profitable the 2023 Madeira Island Extremely-Path. Photograph: Madeira Island Extremely-Path/Joao M. Faria

Issues then took a flip for the more serious for Engdahl, who fell again from first to 7th place within the 16k stretch between Estanquinhos and Encumeada. He reportedly spent 20 mins within the assist station being attended to by means of his workforce prior to wearing on, however known as it an afternoon prior to the following checkpoint.

Some other French runner, 23-year-old Hugo Deck, had climbed up the sector to 2d position by means of Encumeada and remained within the peak 3 thru 84k, however then additionally withdrew from the race.

When the frontrunners reached the 63k checkpoint, Girondel had changed Deck in 2d position at the back of Santelli and the 2 held place for the remainder of the race, with Santelli crossing the road in 14 hours and one minute.

Girondel, who excels in technical ultras — having in the past received the 2018 Diagonale des Fous and positioned 2d within the 2021 TDS — adopted 12 mins later, to take 2d position in 14 hours and 13 mins.

Having lead the race within the early levels, and not fallen again additional than 6th position, Madeira’s Luís Fernandes closed out the rostrum in a time of 14 hours and 23 mins.

Luis Fernandes - 2023 Madeira Island Ultra -Trail third place

Madeiran Luís Fernandes finishes 3rd on the 2023 Madeira Island Extremely-Path. Photograph: Madeira Island Extremely-Path/Joao M. Faria

2023 Madeira Island Extremely-Path Males’s Effects

  1. Lambert Santelli (France) – 14:01:26
  2. Benoît Girondel (France) – 14:13:38
  3. Luís Fernandes (Portugal) – 14:23:42
  4. Alban Berson (France) – 14:24:35
  5. Walter Manser (Switzerland) – 14:33:34

Complete effects.



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