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SarahCrunning - 08/03/2018 21:42:52
   
6633 Arctic Ultra
Twenty-nine runners set off from Eagle Plains, Yukon this morning (Canadian time) on either a 120 or 380 mile journey through the Arctic Circle. Those completing the 120 mile route will finish in Fort McPherson on Sunday. Those tackling the 380 mile event will be aiming to reach Tuktoyaktuk on the shores of the Arctic Ocean by Saturday 17th March. The organisers describe the race as the 'toughest, coldest and windiest' ultra footrace. Competitors will encounter frozen river crossings, Arctic forests and ice roads. There are also some tough climbs, promising stunning views of a remote landscape that few people have the opportunity to experience. The race is non-stop and entrants are required to be self-sufficient and carry their supplies. Only 7 runners made it to the finish of the 350 miler last year, and this year's runners have an additional 30 miles due to a route change.. We will be keeping track of their progress.
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SarahCrunning - 10/03/2018 01:05:27
   
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Romania's Tiberiu Useriu (Tibi) took an early lead in day 1 and was the first to reach CP1 (23 miles), followed by Patrick O'Toole and then Avram Iancu in third. Tibi won the 350 mile race in 2017. Marie Martel and Jennifer Stronge were the first women to CP1 and arrived and left together. They were over 3 hours ahead of third lady Cynthia Fish.

Two runners withdrew between CP1 and CP2: Didier da Costa and Avram Iancu. The weather started calmly but was forecast to deteriorate into blizzards and strong winds. Due to the location of the race and intermittent Internet access, there have been no more recent updates.
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SarahCrunning - 11/03/2018 23:35:36
   
RE:6633 Arctic Ultra
Conditions were reported to be tough yesterday with blizzards and winds of up to 94km/hr. At that point, Tibi was still leading, but there have been no recent updates. Four runners withdrew.
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SarahCrunning - 12/03/2018 18:49:03
   
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A comprehensive update was uploaded last night and was written at 16:42 on Sunday, North West Territories Time. A storm on Friday led to a road closure, meaning those runners who had not yet made it to Wright Pass were halted and ran laps in a different area to make up the distance whilst waiting for the storm to pass and being transported to James Creek. Remaining additional laps required will be made up on the Dempster Highway. During the storm, 2 runners were required to retire for their own safety. All are safe and well.

For the 120 mile runners, Fort McPherson was the finish line. Welshman Rob Evans was the first to finish, followed by Kevin Webber. Kevin was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and given 2 years to live 3 years ago. He is phenomenal. No other runners were able to complete the distance within the cut-off, showing how tough an event this is. The 380 mile runners continue their journey. At the point of the update, reigning champion Tibi Useriu remained in the lead, followed by Patrick O'Toole. Ten other runners remain in the race, including two female runners - Jennifer Stronge and Marie Martel.
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SarahCrunning - 13/03/2018 18:26:14
   
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Intermediary checkpoint results as of yesterday afternoon: Tibi Useriu reached Aklavic first at 20:56 on Sunday local time. The only other runner to make Aklavic by yesterday was Patrick O'Toole - he arrived at 14:30 yesterday. The following runners were in between Mid Peel River and Aklavic: Paul Deasy, Pete Newland, Jerome Libecki, Mark Strathern, Ian Anderson, Marie Martel, Jennifer Strong and Tony Ellis. Tom Restoule reached Mid Peel River but then withdrew. All other 380 entrants have withdrawn.
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SarahCrunning - 14/03/2018 21:06:13
   
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An update on day 6 (Tuesday): Tibi continued to lead the 380 mile race, but 3 runners were forced to withdraw - Jerome Lebicki (frost bite), Marie Martel (a sciatic nerve issue) and Ian Andersen (exhaustion). The other competitors remain strong, and Tibi should by now be heading towards the final checkpoint.
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SarahCrunning - 15/03/2018 21:14:27
   
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An update on day 7 (Wednesday): Tibi continued to hold a strong lead. Paul Deasy (Ireland) left CP6 in second place. The UK's Pete Newland was third into CP6, followed by Mark Strathern (Zimbabwe), Jen Stronge (Canada) and Tony Ellis (UK). It appears Patrick O'Toole (previously second place) had dropped, but it is not clear from the updates when this was. There are now just 6 runners left making their way towards Tuktoyaktuk.
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SarahCrunning - 15/03/2018 23:29:44
   
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Romania's Tibi Userius has just won the 380 mile race!
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SarahCrunning - 16/03/2018 17:08:49
   
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An official time has not yet been released, but it looks like Tibi completed the 380 miles in just under 7 days and 5 hours. He has now won the event 3 years in a row.
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SarahCrunning - 17/03/2018 16:58:27
   
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The official results/times have yet to be released, but all 6 of the runners who made it to day 7 have now finished. Second place was claimed by Tony Ellis (UK). He was followed by Mark Strathern (Zimbabwe) and Paul Deasy (Ireland), who finished together. Jen Stronge was 5th overall and the first and only female finisher of the 380. She is also the first Canadian woman to complete the race. The final finisher was Pete Newland (UK). A phenomenal achievement by all involved.
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