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SarahCrunning - 10/11/2017 18:28:19
   
Racing The Planet: Patagonia
The 10th edition of Racing The Planet starts on Sunday 12th November. This event takes place in a different location each year and is part of the 4 Deserts Race Series. This year, around 300 runners from nearly 50 countries will set off from Bariloche, Argentina on a 250km/155 mile journey through Patagonia. They will complete 6 stages over 7 days, and the terrain includes grasslands, desert, forests, mountain lakes and numerous mountain trails through the Andes. This includes El Tronader, an extinct volcano, and the glacier Ventisquero Negro.

Competitors have been arriving in Bariloche today. They will attend a race briefing tomorrow and head to camp ready for the first stage on Sunday. According to the 4 Deserts team, the top contenders include two British runners - Northern Ireland's Neil Weir who finished second in Atacama Crossing last year and Sarah Sawyer, who finished first in 2015's Racing The Planet: Ecuador.

Good luck to everyone involved - Patagonia looks stunning and it promises to be a memorable experience. We will aim to update this thread as the stages progress.
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SarahCrunning - 12/11/2017 22:31:00
   
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Stage 1 is complete - 289 competitors made the start line and set off on a 41.1km stage 1 journey through forest, pampas grass and dusty roads to camp 2. Neill Weir from Northern Ireland was first across the line in 12:11:46. Results from the women's field have yet to be released.
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SarahCrunning - 13/11/2017 17:54:13
   
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285 competitors successfully completed stage 1. These were the top 3 men and women, and it's great to see the UK being represented at the top of both fields:

MEN (Stage 1)

1. Neil Weir (UK) - 4:11:39
2. Romain Maria (France) - 4:11:50
3. Iulian Rotariu (Romania) - 4:17:35

WOMEN (Stage 1)

1. Sarah Sawyer (UK) - 5:23:24
2. Magdalena Paschke (Germany) - 5:50:37
3. Rhianon West (UK) - 5:57:17

Stage 2 is still underway and consists of 37.3km. The leaders have completed the stage - Neil Weir was first across the line again. Full results to follow upon release.
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SarahCrunning - 13/11/2017 23:15:53
   
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SarahCrunning - 13/11/2017 23:24:23
   
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Stage 2 is now complete and it's very tight at the top of the men's field. The top 2 men and the top 2 women were virtually neck and neck today. These are the stage 2 and overall top 3:

MEN (Stage 2)
1. Neill Weir - 2:58:54
2. Iulian Rotariu - 2:58:56
3. Ralph Crawley- 3:06:12

WOMEN (Stage 2)
1. Sarah Sawyer - 3:47:13
2. Magdalena Paschke - 3:47:39
3. Claire Heslop - 3:54:56

MEN (Overall)
1. Neill Weir - 7:10:33
2. Iulian Rotariu - 7:16:31
3. Ralph Crawley - 7:24:49

WOMEN (Overall)
1. Sarah Sawyer - 9:10:37
2. Magdalena Paschke - 9:38:16
3. Claire Heslop - 9:41:25

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SarahCrunning - 15/11/2017 13:42:24
   
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There were some communication issues from the race yesterday, but we now have the stage 3 results. Ralph Crowley crossed the line first and just 24 seconds ahead of Neill Weir who remains in first place overall. Iulian Rotariu was third. In the women's field, Sarah Sawyer won her third stage and was 10 minutes ahead of Magdalena Paschke. Claire Heslop as third.

These are the overall rankings of the top 3 men and women at the end of stage 3:

MEN
1. Neill Weir - 10:26:19
2. Ralph Crowley - 10:38:59
3. Iulian Rotariu - 10:40:35

WOMEN
1. Sarah Sawyer - 13:23:50
2. Magdalena Paschke - 13:41:18
3. Claire Heslop - 14:00:17

Stage 4 is now underway and has been rerouted to avoid flooded rivers caused by melting snow.
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SarahCrunning - 16/11/2017 02:19:18
   
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The incredible Sarah Sawyer has won her fourth stage in a row, but Magdalena Paschke gave her a run for her money today and finished only 19 seconds behind her. Once again, Claire Heslop was third lady.

In the men's field, Neill Weir was first across the line, widening his lead. Romain Maria (currently fourth overall) finished second today, with Ralph Crowley in third. This is how things stand at the end of four stages:

MEN
1. Neill Weir - 12:51:09
2. Ralph Crowley - 13:13:01
3. Iulian Rotariu - 13:19:03

WOMEN
1. Sarah Sawyer - 16:38:02
2. Magdalena Paschke - 16:55:49
3. Claire Heslop - 17:24:52

Tomorrow sees the start of the Long March, and the frontrunners are close enough in their times for things to change by the time they reach camp on Friday.
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SarahCrunning - 17/11/2017 17:12:07
   
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The 73km Long March is now complete and runners battled rain, snow, sleet and wind across freezing river crossings, steep hills and narrow trails. Neill Weir and Sarah Sawyer were first man and woman again and look close to unstoppable - unless something unforeseen occurs, they are likely to win the race as tomorrow's final stage is only 7km. However, less than 5 minutes separate second and third men - it would be tough for Romain Maria to make that up over 7km but not impossible. These were the stage 5 results and how things stand overall:

MEN (stage 5)
1. Neill Weir - 7:34:10
2. Romain Maria - 7:41:25
3. Ralph Crowley - 7:51:23

WOMEN (stage 5)
1. Sarah Sawyer - 9:45:09
2. Magdalena Paschke - 10:21:24
3. Claire Heslop - 10:39:03

MEN (overall)
1. Neill Weir - 20:25:44
2. Ralph Crowley - 21:05:11
3. Romain Maria - 21:09:35

WOMEN (overall)
1. Sarah Sawyer - 26:23:19
2. Magdalena Paschke - 27:17:22
3. Claire Heslop - 28:03:59

The race concludes at the Black Glacier tomorrow.
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SarahCrunning - 18/11/2017 16:01:01
   
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All 40 runners who set off on stage 6 have made it to the finish at the Black Glacier. Full results have not been released yet but Neill Weir and Sarah Sawyer have been confirmed as champions.
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SarahCrunning - 19/11/2017 18:59:50
   
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The final results have been released and there were the top 3 men and women overall:

MEN

1. Neill Weir (N.Ireland) - 20:59:23
2. Ralph Crowley (USA) - 21:38:31
3. Romain Maria (France) - 21:45:48

WOMEN

1. Sarah Sawyer (UK) - 27:10:24
2. Magdalena Paschke (Germany) - 28:02:25
3. Claire Heslop (Canada) - 28:51:01
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