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SarahCrunning - 04/02/2019 19:16:53
   
Tarawera Ultramarathon 2019
Tarawera Ultramarathon is in its 11th year and is New Zealand's most prestigious ultra. The 102km Ultramarathon is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour and has an impressive history The current course records were both set in 2017 by Jim Walmsley (7:23:32) and Camille Herron (8:56:00). The shorter distances this year are 50km and 20km.

The Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run was a new distance last year. It was won by Adrien Prigent (19:38:32) and Sally McRae (21:11:10). It looks set to become a firmly established race and has attracted some interesting elite names this year. Camille Herron (record holder for the 102km) and Jeff Browning (WS100 and HR100 double record holder) have to be favourites.

The 102km event is typically star-studded this year. Contenders include Courtney Dauwalter (WS100 champion 2018), Ryan Sandes (joint holder of the FKT for the Great Himalayan Trail), Cody Reed (2nd place last year) and Sally McRae (winner of the 100 miler last year).

The Ultramarathon takes place in the Rotorua (Bay of Plenty) area of New Zealand. it includes lakes, rivers, farmland, forests and waterfalls and is an area of cultural significance to the local Maori people. The 100 mile event also includes a boat crossing over Lake Rotomahana, volcanic land, and three big climbs: Ridge Dome on Mount Tarawera, Whakapounakau and Tuhoto Ariki.

The races take place during a 5-day event week. On Wednesday, there is a tour of Tarawera Forest and a BBQ. Thursday includes a river cruise, the expo and a team fun run. The 20km event takes place on Friday. The 100 mile event starts at 4am local time on Saturday (that's 3pm on Friday UK time). The 102km starts at 6am, and the 50km at 7am. Prize giving takes place on Sunday once all events are complete.

There are around 2000 runners taking part across the events, and the cut-offs allow for a range of abilities. It isn't just about the elite athletes, and it looks a stunning route for everyone. We'll be following the action.
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SarahCrunning - 08/02/2019 21:56:02
   
RE:Tarawera Ultramarathon 2019
TARAWERA 100 MILE ENDURANCE RUN UPDATE

We are coming up to the 7 hour mark. Camille Herron took an early lead with Jeff Browning and Zac Marion on her heels. All were reported to be racing hard. At 49km, Zac was right behind Camille who maintained her lead. Jeff Browning and Grant Guise were about 25 minutes behind.

The most recent update has Jeff Browning in 3rd and about 13 minutes behind Camille and Zac. We could be on for a female all out win.
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SarahCrunning - 08/02/2019 22:08:20
   
RE:Tarawera Ultramarathon 2019
TARAWERA 102km UPDATE

The race has been going for 5 hours. Cody Reed was first to Aid Station 1. First females were Cecilia Flori and Courtney Dauwalter. So far, he has held is lead, but Reece Edwards was hot on his heels at Titoki Aid Station. David Byrne and Harry Jones were 3rd and 4th.

Courtney Dauwalter was leading the women's race at 30km, but Cecilia Flori was only 30 seconds behind her.
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SarahCrunning - 09/02/2019 01:03:58
   
RE:Tarawera Ultramarathon 2019
102km UPDATE

We have a real battle on our hands! Cody Reed reached Blue Lake around an hour ago in the lead, but Reece Edwards left the aid station ahead of him by just 15 seconds. At the 86km aid station, Reece left 30 seconds ahead of Cody -this was a few minutes ago!
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SarahCrunning - 09/02/2019 01:09:04
   
RE:Tarawera Ultramarathon 2019
100 MILE UPDATE

Zac Marion is reportedly suffering with cramps, and Jeff Browning is now in second place. Camille Herron is through 99km with around a 20 minute lead.
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SarahCrunning - 09/02/2019 13:39:26
   
RE:Tarawera Ultramarathon 2019
100 MILE UPDATE/RESULTS

After a technical section, Jeff Browning passed Camille Herron at 132km. They both gave it their all, but it was Jeff who won and broke the course record with a fantastic time of 16:18:54. Camille finished second overall and is the female to have finished so far, setting a new female CR. Grant Guise was third (2nd male).

These are the podium results so far:

MEN
1. Jeff Browning - 16:18:54
2. Grant Guise (3rd overall) - 19:24:08
3. Akio Ueno (4th overall) - 19:51:12

WOMEN
1. Camille Herron (2nd overall) - 17:20:52

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SarahCrunning - 09/02/2019 13:52:28
   
RE:Tarawera Ultramarathon 2019
102km UPDATE/RESULTS

Reece Edwards ran a fantastic race and was first over the line. Cody Reed was second for the second time. GB's Harry Jones finished third.

In the women's race, Courtney Dauwalter added another win to her recent string of successes. Stephanie Auston was a strong second, with Angelique Plaire finishing third.

Results:

MEN
1. Reece Edwards - 8:22:51
2. Cody Reed - 8:29:44
3. Harry Jones - 8:30:35

WOMEN
1. Courtney Dauwalter - 9:28:03
2. Stephanie Auston - 9:49:22
3. Angelique Plaire - 10:39:47
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SarahCrunning - 09/02/2019 20:51:50
   
RE:Tarawera Ultramarathon 2019
The female 100 mile podium is now complete. Katie Wright and Lesley Park were second and third female in 23:43:26 and 24:07:38 respectively.

There was more than a 6-hour gap between first and second female, and Camille knocked almost 4 hours off last year's course record. Jeff Browning knocked over 3 hours of the male course record, despite getting lost and acquiring bonus miles. These two are phenomenal.
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SarahCrunning - 11/02/2019 17:34:09
   
RE:Tarawera Ultramarathon 2019
Dan Stinton's news from the event: https://www.runultra.co.uk/News/February-2019/Jeff-Browning-breaks-course-record-at-the-100-mile
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