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Monduber Ultra trail

27-Oct-2018 Tavernes de la Valldigna, Valencia, Spain

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66KM / 41Miles
1 Day - 300 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From €65 EUR

THE ORGANIZATION

This season the organization of Monduber trail starts with excitement. The FEDME has rewarded our big effort two editions ago, and this 3rd edition the ULTRA is part of the Spain Ultra Cup.

THE RACES

The big race, the Ultra, a 66 km route with a positive gradient of 3900 m. At 5:00 o’clock the runners will set out for the top of mountain and enjoy sunrise over the sea. It’s amazing.

The Marathon starts at 7:00 o’clock. Athletes must run 42km with a positive gradient of 2200 m. The tour is amazing, with sea views 60% of the route.

Throughout the day there will be different activities in Tavernes for friends and family, with environmentally friendly activies for children, a fun fair and much more.

The Half Marathon will start in the afternoon, at 18:00 o’clock, where participants must run 21km with a positive gradient of 900 m.

It’s a perfect race for people who are starting in trail running. They can enjoy fantastic sea views and the moonlight.

The inscription for all participants includes: physioterapy and podiatry services, medical service during all races, runner bag with TUGA, refreshments and the best food by DELIKIA, and also INFISPORT drinks, a meal after the race, and a few surprises.

Moreover, runners will be ablet to take home some great souvenirs. The race has a great photographer lying in wait along the route.

Other activities

But the weekend will not end here. On Sunday morning, at 9:00 the cultural trail hiking will start, including a visit to the Cave of Bolomor. The guides will explain the evolution of life in the cave. At the end, everybody will go to “Clot de la Font” where children can participe in trail activities.

Once more, the organization wants to surprise everybody with excellent service. We are working hard so that is a weekend with family and friends, where runners and visitors enjoy it to the most.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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runningswede

08:34 11-02-19

About the Author: Surrey Hills based trail runner. First time taking on a elevation event of this magnitude and first time using running poles. Instagram: runningswede

On the 27th of October 2018 I took part in the Mondúver Ultra race in Xeresa, in the Valencia region of Spain. I was in pursuit of some additional UTMB points before the end of the year and this fitted the bill perfectly. With weather hitting low 20C and the race being scheduled during half term we combined it with a short family holiday. It didn’t take long to convince the family and to their surprise I found a trail race to do 😊. What a coincidence!

Race Details

The race organisers market this as a bit of a running weekend, with kids, 10K, Marathon and Ultra distances all catered for. The Ultra is just over 64K with about 3500 meters of elevation up and down. I’ve run further in the past, but this was the first time doing this much elevation so this was a big unknown for me.

Sign-up details are available on the website (http://www.mondubertrail.com/) and handled by toprun.es. I must say the English versions of both web sites are not great, but with some help from Google translate and the wife I had signed up and paid.

Even though I was late and had missed the deadline for registration, an email to the race director hinted that they were going to re-open the registration due to a lot of last-minute demand.

Equipment

This was fairly typical for a long-distance event. Mandatory equipment as follows…

Liquid containers (1 Litre)
Calories (500Kcal)
Mobile phone
Cap, visor or similar
Trail shoes
Thermal blanket
Front and Back Light
Cup (Cup-less event)
Race bib number
Recommended

Sunscreen protection
Long sleeve wind/rain jacket
In addition to this I also brought Mountain King Racing Poles and I always bring a first aid kit.



Registration

The race offers registration on the evening before the race and, of course, before race start on the day of the event. Earlier in the week I had done a quick recce and established where the race start was. I had assumed that registration was at the same place. The information email that I received later in the week pointed out that registration was in the local “village hall” with no address. We therefore decided to do the registration the evening before the race as I didn’t want to add additional stress to race day. Luckily it was only about 200 meters from race start. There is also plenty of parking around the village so scouted out a good spot for the next morning.

Race Day

There was no briefing in the morning. (I may have missed it) Everything was pretty straight forward though and if you had questions the race director was present and approachable. I would say the vast majority of the runners were Spanish (no surprise), but the man on the speaker did mention that there was a Swedish national running which was a nice touch…

At 07:00 we went off and we left the bright street lights of Xeresa and headed for the mountains. I’ve never done a race in darkness before and it was quite exhilarating to run together in pitch black with just a red light on the runners’ backs and the torch in the front to light up the trail in front of you.

As soon as you leave the village it’s single file mountain track which quickly ascends. I took it quite easy at the start and ended up quite far back of the funicular of runners up the mountain. The ascent is steep and doesn’t present many places for overtaking. This forced me to be patient and not to push myself too hard and take risks. Start easy is what I always tell myself and unknowingly this forced me which I was quite happy with.



Ascending the first mountain with the sunrise was certainly an amazing and exhilarating experience with beautiful views as a reward.

Weather-wise I couldn’t have been luckier. The previous days had been very hot and sunny. However, on the day of the race it was mainly overcast…just perfect!

The first few hours were about adjusting to the terrain…and learning to power hike with poles which was a new concept for me.

The terrain can only be described as vicious and very technical. I don’t mind the occasional loose stone or a root that tries to trip you up, but this was a different level for me. In certain areas it felt like every piece of rock and stone couldn’t be trusted. But you just have to adjust quickly and this meant shorter strides and I made sure to use the poles both up and down when needed.

I was also extremely grateful for my calf sleeves as in many areas on the mountain the tracks were overrun by knee high holly-like plant…ouch!

The continuous up and down took its toll and I found it quite difficult to know how hard to push as I’ve not done this kind of mountain run before.

The single tracks were truly some of the best I’ve run on with breath-taking scenery (lots of photo opportunities) and the smells of the local fauna was like a kitchen garden with sage, oregano and wild garlic.

The trail itself was excellently marked with just the correct distance between the markers. Only a handful of times did I wonder if I was off track, but as soon as that thought came into your head the next marker was visible. The markers were also clearly visible in the darkness with a reflective coating.


The check points had oranges, melons and bananas which sustained me quite well. Also, some other local delicacies’ such as Chorizo, Olives, Nutella sandwiches and various sweets. Plenty of water and Coca Cola was, of course, at hand. This is a cup-less event and I had brought a collapsible cup, but never used it. Just filled up my soft flasks.

Reflections:

– During the race I was questioning if this really was a running event. This was because I was forced to scramble and power hike so much and so unlike any other race I had done before. I think with better preparation and training it would have been different.

– Running and power hiking with poles was certainly a good learning experience. How to carry them when running, attaching and detaching them from your race vest. Assembling and collapsing and so on. On at least four occasions the poles saved me from falling over! Most grateful.

– European trail etiquette on single tracks – Shout “Pardon!” That got people to step aside. However, I must say it was a really good vibe on the track and people genuinely looked out for each other.

– Mental toughness. Trying not panic when you’ve just done 10 miles and it had taken more than 3 and half hours! There were also long stretches of the race running by yourself, you better get used to your own company.

– Look at the race results from last year! I told my wife I expected to be done after 8 hours. That is what it took the winners to complete it…

– Prepare for any kind of weather. The last 6-7 km we experienced a hail and lightning storm. So happy I packed my rain jacket. Tip: When exposed on bare mountain top during a lightning storm pack way your metal running poles…

Lost in translation…

I had prepared a race drop bag which I was longingly thinking about during the race. “It will be at the next checkpoint surely I kept telling myself…”. It was a finish bag drop and I found it waiting for me at the end. At that point the only thing on my mind was Cerveza! Thanks for reading.

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