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SarahCrunning - 06/11/2017 19:47:04
   
Everest Trail Race 2017
The exact route of this six stage race changes every year and the details of each stage are only revealed just before the start. This year's stages will be made public on 8th November when competitors are given their road book. The overall distance will be around 100 miles/160km with over 25,000m of ascent. Around 50 runners will set off from Lukhla, Nepal on 9th November on a footrace through the Solukhumba region of the Himalayas. They will see some of the world's tallest mountains, including Everest, Lothse and AmaDablam. They are provided with food and drink but must carry their own equipment and be prepared to cope with an extreme drop in temperature overnight - it can fall as low as -10, but may be up to 18 degrees during the day.

This year's entrants arrived in Kathmandu today. They will spend two nights in a hotel and enjoy sightseeing and race briefings before heading to their campsite on Wednesday. The race itself takes place between 9th and 14th November. Local people make up the race officials, medical team and supporters on a route that is only accessible by foot. It is open to elite athletes, mountain walkers and trail runners. The organisers describe it as 'ideal for runners who wish to push the limit of their own physical and mental ability'. It is held at the beginning of the dry season when visibility is good and competitors should be able to see the surroundings at their best.

This year looks set to be an exciting race. Amongst the entrants is Luis Alberto Hernando who has already featured in several of our race forum threads this year. He is currently IAU World Trail Champion and Migu Run Sky World Series ULTRA champion. Elisabet Barnes and Ester Alves are likely to be frontrunners in the women's field. Keep your eye on this thread for updates.
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SarahCrunning - 09/11/2017 00:37:37
   
RE:Everest Trail Race 2017
Everest Trail Race issued a press release ahead of the race starting in the morning. They are expecting low temperatures, snow and mud and course marking has been reinforced due to landslides following the heavy monsoon rains. There are around 40 runners taking part who are all now safely in camp. Technical and medical checks took place in Kathmandu before runners were transported to Jiri. The first stage starts in the morning and will be 21.5km from Jiri to Bhandar.
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SarahCrunning - 09/11/2017 17:14:43
   
RE:Everest Trail Race 2017
At the end of stage 1, Luis Alberto Hernando is leading the race. He has broken the day 1 record by completing 21.5km with 3800m of ascent and descent in 2 hours 17 minutes. He took the lead from the start and retained it throughout. Nepal's Suman Kulung was 2 minutes behind him in second.

The first woman over the line today was Ester Alves - 11 minutes ahead of second lady Chhechee Sherpa. Elisabet Barnes is currently third lady. All runners are now safely in camp in Bhandar. Tomorrow's second stage is 24km and includes 3486m of ascent. Runners will summit Pikey Peak which is 4100m above sea level.
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SarahCrunning - 10/11/2017 19:36:37
   
RE:Everest Trail Race 2017
Stage 2 is complete and Luis Alberto Hernando and Ester Alves were first man and woman over the line again. The competitors reached the highest point of the race today - Pikey Peak at 4,100m. There was some very technical terrain and brutal climbs, but Hernando made it look easy and set a record for the second day in a row with a time of 3h35.

Once again, Suman Kulung finished second. Norwegian Sondre Amdahl was third. Hernando explained that he wants a strong lead over Kulung as the Nepali runner will be at home on the tough descents of stage 3 - tomorrow could be an interesting day!
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SarahCrunning - 11/11/2017 19:40:07
   
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Luis Alberto Hernando was spot on with his assessment yesterday that stage 3 would be Suman Kulung's forte. By increasing his lead yesterday, Hernando remains in first place overall despite coming second to Kulung today. Overall, the strongest runners have pulled away from those towards the back of the pack after a brutal stage 3. Today really favoured the local runners with first man and woman both coming from Nepal. Chhechee Rai Sherpa finished 36 minutes ahead of second placed Ester Alves - enough to knock Alves down to second woman overall. Britain's Rebecca Ferry has been consistent and is in fourth place after finishing third today in the women's field.

These are the top 3 men and women as things stand at the end of stage 3:

MEN
1. Luis Alberto Hernando (Spain) - 9:48:53
2. Suman Kulung (Nepal) - 9:56:48
3. Somde Amdahl (Norway) - 10:35:04

WOMEN
1. Chhechee Rai Sherpa (Nepal) - 14:42:20
2. Ester Alves (Portugal) - 14:47:05
3. Elisabet Barnes (Sweden) - 15:50:57

It's very tight between first and second in both fields, so there is everything to run for tomorrow.
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SarahCrunning - 12/11/2017 22:10:20
   
RE:Everest Trail Race 2017
It's been another tough day that has seen those at home in these mountains fare better than others. Suman Kulung was first to cross the line for a second time and is now only 4 minutes 26 seconds behind Luis Alberto Hernando in overall time. There was less ascent than yesterday, but the descents were muddy and technical today and competitors are beginning to feel the miles in their legs.

In the women's field, ChheChee Sherpa was first across the line for the second day running. Ester Alves remains in second place and Elisabet Barnes in third. There is still everything to play for in the remaining 2 stages.
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SarahCrunning - 13/11/2017 12:29:38
   
RE:Everest Trail Race 2017
You can read Alice Morrison's round-up of the first 4 stages here: https://www.runultra.co.uk/News/November-2017/Battle-Royal-for-the-Everest-Trail-Race-2017
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SarahCrunning - 13/11/2017 18:12:11
   
RE:Everest Trail Race 2017
Luis Alberto Hernando has won the penultimate stage but is still less than 5 minutes ahead of Suman Kulung who finished second today. Chhechee Sherpa Rai was the first woman across the line again, followed by Ester Alves. Sondre Amdahl and Elisabet Barnes have remained consistent as third man and woman. There is still all to play for in tomorrow's final stage!
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SarahCrunning - 14/11/2017 14:21:01
   
RE:Everest Trail Race 2017
The final stage is complete and it's been a great race for Nepalese runners who have shown they are at home in these mountains. In the women's field, Chhechee Sherpa Rai was first across the line and nearly 14 minutes ahead of Ester Alves. Elisabet Barnes finished third - these three women have been consistent throughout.

The men's race was perhaps more surprising. Suman Kulung won his third stage but Luis Alberto Hernando struggled today and finished fourth behind fellow Spaniard Jordi Gamito and Sondre Amdahl. This was enough for Kulung to win the race.

It was great to see Great Britain's Rebecca Ferry finish as fourth lady overall. These were the race's podium finishers and their overall times across the six stages:

MEN

1. Suman Kulung (Nepal) - 18:35:54
2. Luis Alberto Hernando (Spain) - 19:12:49
3. Sondre Amdahl (Norway) - 20:47:31

WOMEN

1. Chhechee Sherpa Rai (Nepal) - 27:29:50
2. Ester Alves (Portugal) - 27:55:59
3. Elisabet Barnes (Sweden) - 29:32:10
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SarahCrunning - 15/11/2017 13:31:38
   
RE:Everest Trail Race 2017
For a detailed look at the race highlights from each stage, check out Alice Morrison's article: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/November-2017/The-2017-Everest-Trail-Race-is-over
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