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SarahCrunning - 20/06/2018 20:30:30
   
Western States 100
WS100 starts at 5am PDT on Saturday - that's 12pm UK time. Up to 369 runners will have a maximum of 30 hours to complete the USA's oldest 100 mile ultra. The race is always exciting, and it is one of the most hotly followed/tracked ultra events. The route starts in Squaw Valley, eastern California, and follows the Western States Trail to Auburn, western California. It includes canyons of former gold country and remote regions such as the Granite Chief Wilderness. There is over 18,000 feet of ascent.

Last year's race saw Jim Walmsley drop in the later stages, allowing Ryan Sandes to claim the title. Walmsley is back this year - can he use past experience to his advantage? There are plenty of other strong male contenders, including Francois D'haene and Tim Frericks.

In the women's race, Courtney Dauwalter is a favourite after winning both the Sean O'Brien 100k and Ultra-Trail Mt.Fuji this year. Her competition includes two former champions - Kaci Lickteig (2016) and Stephanie Violett (2014). However, this race is known for surprises, so there is all to run for!
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SarahCrunning - 23/06/2018 22:32:21
   
RE:Western States 100
We are into the 10th hour of the race, and it's been an exciting day with temperatures reaching 100 degrees F. A summary so far:

MEN
Florian Neuschwander took an early lead, but by 15 miles, Jim Walmsley was at the front of the pack and has remained there ever since. By 38 miles, he was 15 minutes ahead of course record pace. The most recent report has him 18 minutes ahead or course record pace and 28 minutes ahead of the other men at 61.5 miles. On twitter you all seem to be divided over whether this is his year or whether he is set to blow up again! So far he is reported by the fantastic iRunFar team to look comfortable and happy.

Ay 15 miles, Erik Clavery was in second, with Francois D'haene in third. By 24.4 miles, D'haene had overtaken and remains in second. Clavery was still third at 47.8 miles, but was reported to be beginning to struggle. At mile 55, he had dropped to 9th place.

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Lucy Bartholomew has been leading from the start. At 38 miles, she was 6 minutes ahead of course record pace. Ailsa Macdonald was in second until the 38 mile check point. Amanda Basham was initially third lady, but had been overtaken by Courtney Dauwalter by 24 miles. By the 47.8 mile aid station, Courtney was in second (8 minutes behind Lucy) with Ailsa in third.
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SarahCrunning - 24/06/2018 00:08:28
   
RE:Western States 100
Courtney Dauwalter has taken the lead in the women's race and was first lady to 55.7 miles - 8 minutes ahead of Lucy Bartholomew. Stephanie Violett has moved into third and was 29 minutes off the lead at 55.7 miles. Courtney remained in first at 61.5 miles.

Jim Walmsley has widened his lead - he reached 70.7 miles 25 minutes ahead of course record. Francois D'haene was second and 41 minutes behind Jim. Mark Hammond was third and 5 minutes behind Francois.
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SarahCrunning - 24/06/2018 00:09:39
   
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Lucy has now reached 61.5 miles - second lady and 13 minutes behind the lead.
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SarahCrunning - 24/06/2018 02:17:15
   
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Jim Walmsley was 24 minutes ahead of CR pace at 79.8 miles. Francois D'haene was 47 minutes behind, followed by Mark Hammond 27 minutes later. Courtney Dauwalter was first female to 70.7 miles. Lucy Bartholomew was second and 31 minutes behind, but reportedly looking good. Stephanie Violett had dropped to fourth place, with Kaytlyn Gerbin now third lady.

Jim Walmsley was 19 minutes ahead of CR pace at 85.2 miles and reportedly in good spirits.

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SarahCrunning - 24/06/2018 02:55:13
   
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Francois D'haene was second to 85.2 miles and 56 minutes behind Wamsley. Mark Hammond was third and 73 minutes off the lead. Courtney Dauwalter was first female to 78 miles.

Jim Walmsley has reached the 94.3 mile aid station. He's 6 minutes ahead of CR pace.
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SarahCrunning - 24/06/2018 03:41:42
   
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Jim Walmsley has won the race with a new course record of 14:30:04 - over 15 minutes faster than the previous CR! This is despite a 10 minute delay by a bear with cubs on the trail at around 95 miles.
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SarahCrunning - 24/06/2018 03:50:04
   
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Courtney Dauwalter was first lady to 80 mile and 33 minutes behind CR pace. Lucy Bartholomew remains in second, but 40 minutes behind Courtney. Katylyn Gerbin is third.
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SarahCrunning - 24/06/2018 10:14:06
   
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The podiums are complete. Francois D'haene was a strong second in 15:54:53, followed by Mark Hammond in third (16:08:58). In the women's race, Courtney Dauwalter won in the second fastest recorded female time (17:27:02). Kaytlyn Gerbin finished second in 18:40:20. Lucy Bartholomew was a very impressive third (18:59:45)in her first ever 100 miler - definitely one to watch in the future.
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SarahCrunning - 25/06/2018 12:32:31
   
RE:Western States 100
Alice Morrison's news round-up and race results: https://www.runultra.co.uk/News/June-2018/Walmsley-wins-Western-States-100
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