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SarahCrunning - 08/02/2018 18:57:30
   
Tarawera
This weekend sees the return of New Zealand's most prestigious trail ultra, the Tarawera Ultramarathon. This year (its 10th anniversary year), the 102, 87 and 62km races are joined by the inaugural Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run. This will take in some of the same trails as the Ultramarathon, but will also include considerably more elevation. The shorter courses are known for their beautiful scenery, but are not overly hilly. The 100 mile route will contain 4852 metres of ascent with three big climbs: Ridge Dome on Mount Tarawera, Whakapounakau and Tuhoto Ariki. All the routes include lakes, rivers, bush and farmland, forests and waterfalls. the 100 miler will include a boat crossing over Lake Rotomahana and volcanic land.

The Tarawera Ultramarathon is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour. The 100 mile and 102km events are Western States 100 qualifying races. All the routes have UTMB points to offer. The events take place in the Rotorua (Bay of Plenty) area. the 100 mile course is a loop, whereas the 102km event will be run from Kawerau to Rotorua (the reverse of previous years). Last year, Jim Walmsley and Camille Herron set new course records for the 102km event - 7:23:32 and 8:56:00.

This year will see around 1400 runners involved in the race weekend, with about half of these being International athletes. The line-up does not disappoint and includes world-class elite runners. The 102km event includes two-time champion Ruby Muir and last year's 3rd placed Cecilia Flori. According to iRunFar, the UK's Jo Zakrzewski may also be amongst the other women to watch. In the men's race, Dylan Bowman has to be a favourite after winning 2017's 100 Miles of Istria, as does Cody Reed, who came 15th in the IAU Trail World Championships. They face competition from last year's third placed Sam McCutcheon alongside many other top male runners.

It isn't just about the elite athletes - our three runner reviewers were unanimous in praising the scenery and the aid stations at this event, and the cut-offs allow for ultra runners of all paces to race - 36 hours for the 100 miler and 24 hours for the 102km. The 100 mile event starts at 4am NZ time on Saturday - that's Friday afternoon UK time. Good luck to everyone involved!
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SarahCrunning - 09/02/2018 22:07:25
   
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At 41km, Vlad Shatrov, Cody Reed and Dylan Bowman were leading the men's 102km race and roughly neck and neck. Sam McCutcheon was 5 minutes behind. Kelly Wolf was leading the women's race, followed by Amanda Basham and then Erika Lori. It has just been reported by iRunFar that Ruby Muir has dropped at 41km.
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SarahCrunning - 09/02/2018 23:33:50
   
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Conditions are reported to be incredibly wet. By 58km, Dylan Bowman was leading the 102km race after 4 hours 24 minutes. Cody Reed was about a minute behind him. These two are definitely looking like the favourites - Vlad Shatrov was 12 minutes behind the lead by 58km. Kelly Wolf has recently passed 58km at the front of the women's field and in 5 hours 17 minutes.
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SarahCrunning - 10/02/2018 12:36:12
   
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Third placed Sam McCutcheon described the reversed direction route as 'way harder' than the direction run in all previous years. These were the podium finishers for the 102km and their times - the frontrunners held their lead and put in really strong performances:

MEN
1. Dylan Bowman (USA) - 8:27:37
2. Cody Reed (USA) - 8:36:30
3. Sam McCutcheon (NZ) - 8:45:15

WOMEN
1. Kelly Wolf (USA) - 10:08:50
2. Amanda Basham (USA) - 10:17:38
3. Erika Lori (Australia) - 10:53:20
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SarahCrunning - 10/02/2018 15:33:05
   
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The podium spots have been filled for the inaugural Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run:

MEN
1. Adrien Prigent (Great Britain) - 19:38:32
2. Grant Guise (New Zealand) - 20:08:32
3. Andy Palmer (USA) - 20:48:08

WOMEN
1. Sally McRae (USA) - 21:11:10
2. Hannah McRae (Australia) - 21:42:39
3. Jean Beaumont (New Zealand) - 23:54:55
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