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SarahCrunning - 09/05/2018 20:03:43
   
Ultra-Trail Snowdonia
This weekend, a new pair of races make their debut. UTS 100 and UTS 50 have been developed by UK ultra runner Michael Jones. He has a string of impressive race finishes to his name, including wins at last year's Lakeland 100 and Chester Ultra and 3rd place at Ben Nevis Ultra and the Highland Fling 2017. Jones' ambition is to create a UK ultra that can reach the heights of the likes of UTMB and place the country firmly on international ultra radars.

The inaugural UTS 100 starts at 5pm on Friday and has a 48 hour cut-off. Entrants will climb 33,530 feet over 102 miles. The 53 mile event starts at 5am on Saturday and has a 36 hour cut-off and includes 20,000 feet of elevation. It's safe to say that this race will not be easy. Let us know if you are taking part, and we hope to get some reviews of the races. Good luck!
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tmholt - 10/05/2018 10:10:17
   
RE:Ultra-Trail Snowdonia
This is the first I've heard of this event. Looks challenging. Sits well alongside the Lakeland 50/100.

Probably a bit much for me at the moment, but would love to give the 50 a go in a year or two if I'm up to it. Will try to keep an eye on the race over the weekend.

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SarahCrunning - 10/05/2018 22:45:37
   
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I have a feeling this will be going on a lot of bucket lists after this weekend! It looks like it could be tougher than the Lakeland races. I am hoping we will get some reviews from this year's runners, so keep an eye on our listings page in the coming weeks. It's a great race to have as a future goal!
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SarahCrunning - 11/05/2018 23:18:37
   
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UTS 100 has been going for just over 6 hours. Marcis Gubats (Latvia) was first into CP3 in 4:32:17, but James Harkin (UK) was less than 3 minutes behind him, and John Firth (UK), was only 6 seconds behind Harkin.

In the women's race, Jamie Aarons (USA) was first to CP3 in 5:08:22, and Michelle Bowen (UK) was less than 2 minutes behind. Becky Wightman (UK) was third to CP2 but has yet to reach CP3.

It's really close amongst the frontrunners so far! UTS 50 starts in the morning.
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SarahCrunning - 12/05/2018 21:02:09
   
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Marcis Gubats held his lead in UTS 100 through the night. By the final checkpoint this evening, he had a lead of over 2 hours - it will take something unexpected for him to be beaten now. At the penultimate CP, the UK's David Wallace was in second. Jamie Aarons was first female and third overall. Belgium's Wiebe van Ranst was third male.

It seems that Michelle Bowen dropped shortly after the half-way point when she was in third place. Becky Wightman is currently second lady, with no other women remaining in the race.

In UTS 50, Lee Kemp was the first to CP1 this morning. He remained strong but could not hold the lead. There were some great results and an incredible winning time from Oliver Thorogood:

UTS 50 - MEN
1. Oliver Thorogood (UK) - 11:30:25
2. Christophe Le Saux (France) - 12:55:30
3. Lee Kemp (UK) - 13:06:30

In the women's UTS 50, it is no surprise that Nicky Spinks has put in an amazing performance and claimed the win. Anna Troup was a strong second. The final podium place remains to be claimed, but Kirsty Hewitson was third into the final checkpoint.
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SarahCrunning - 13/05/2018 00:01:04
   
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The final UTS 50 podium has been filled by 3rd lady Kirsty Hewitson. It's an all-UK podium.

UTS 50 - WOMEN
1. Nicky Spinks - 13:49:30
2. Anna Troup - 14:55:55
3. Kirsty Hewitson - 17:01:39
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SarahCrunning - 13/05/2018 22:07:16
   
RE:Ultra-Trail Snowdonia
UTS 100 promised to be a tough event, and it delivered. Everyone on the start line was an experienced and strong runner. Of the 46 who started, only 13 finished the 102 miles within 48 hours - a DNF rate of 71.7%. When the winner's time is over 34 hours, you know it's a beast of a race. Only one female runner completed the course.

The were the podium finishers:

1. Marcis Gubats (Latvia) - 34:05:57
2. David Wallace (UK) - 39:52:00
3. Jamie Aaron (USA) - 41:23:16 (first lady)
4. James Leask (UK) - 43:38:01 (third male)

The DNF rate for UTS 50 was 22.3% - 129 of the 166 starters completed the course.

Well done to everyone who took part - we would love to get some reviews of these events: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Ultra-Trail-Snowdonia#reviewSection
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