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SarahCrunning - 22/11/2017 17:36:48
   
MDS Peru
On Sunday, around 500 runners will arrive in Lima ahead of the first edition of Marathon Des Sables Peru. The 6 stage race starts on Tuesday 28th November and replicates the distance of MDS Maroc (250km). It takes place in the Ica Desert which is situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes and is one of the driest regions in the world.

There are some high-achieving ultra runners with an eye on the podium. Contenders in the men's field include this year's winner of Cappadocia Ultra Trail, Gediminas Grinius (Lithuania); 5-time winner of MDS Maroc, Rachid El Morabity (Morocco); France's Julien Chorier - a Hardrock 100 winner but new to desert races; and Peru's Remigio Huaman Quispe who won the first Half MDS Fuerteventura this year.

Contenders in the women's field include Nathalie Mauclair (France) who has won MDS Maroc twice as well as UTMB and the IAU Trail World Championships, and Ruthann Sheahan (Ireland) who is an impressive road ultramarathoner but new to the desert. Peru's Elba Rocio Carrion Conde and Valerie Nossar are also ones to watch - they are both past winners of Yumax 80km. We will keep you updated.
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SarahCrunning - 28/11/2017 22:20:14
   
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Stage 1 today was 37.2km with a cut-off of 10 hours 30 minutes. Rachid El Morabity was first across the line followed by Julien Chorier. Peru's Remigio Huaman was third. The women's podium finishers were more spread out, with Nathalie Mauclair crossing the line with a 37 minute lead. Overall, it was a good day for France and Peru. These were the podium finishers and their times:

MEN
1. Rachid El Morabity (Morocco) - 3:00:18
2. Julien Chorier (France) - 3:24:44
3. Remigio Huaman (Peru) - 3:28:39

WOMEN
1. Nathalie Mauclair (France) - 3:58:13
2. Melanie Rousset (France) - 4:35:15
3. Rocio Carrion (Peru) - 5:18:53
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SarahCrunning - 29/11/2017 17:37:15
   
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Today is the 'marathon' 42.2km stage. It is ongoing, but results are coming in. Rachid El Morabity and Nathalie Mauclair were first man and woman across the line again. Remigio Huaman was second male and Lithuania's Gediminas Grinius was only 28 seconds behind him in third. Julien Chorier finished 5th but remains in third place overall. No further women are reported to have finished yet.
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SarahCrunning - 30/11/2017 00:49:56
   
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Second and third ladies today were once again Melanie Rousset and Rocio Carrion.
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SarahCrunning - 01/12/2017 11:09:05
   
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Yesterday's stage 3 was 32.7km with a cut-off of 10 hours. It was another victory for Nathalie Mauclair and Rachid El Morabity. The top three women were more spaced out than the leading men with Nathalie looking unstoppable so far. These were the top 3 men and women in stage 3:

MEN
1. Rachid El Morabity - 2:56:09
2. Remigio Huaman - 2:58:37
3. Gediminas Grinius - 3:02:38

Julien Chorier finished 7th but remains in 3rd overall across the stages.

WOMEN
1. Nathalie Mauclair - 3:31:18
2. Melanie Rousset - 4:00:23
3. Rocio Carrion - 4:30:00

Stage 4 is underway and is 68km.
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SarahCrunning - 01/12/2017 23:41:57
   
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Nathalie Mauclair has just finished the long stage as first lady - no other women have yet been reported to have crossed the finish line. At checkpoint 5, Melanie Rousset was in second and Peru's Aydee Soto was third. In the men's field, Remigio Huaman crossed the line first with Rachid El Morabity just 1 second behind. Peru's Aldo Ramirez was third. For many runners, the long stage will continue into tomorrow.
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SarahCrunning - 02/12/2017 00:56:55
   
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Melanie Rousset was second lady in stage 4 - 71 minutes behind Nathalie Mauclair. Rocio Carrion was third.

After 4 stages, these are the top 3 men and women and their combined times:

MEN
1. Rachid El Morabity - 17:09:53
2. Remigio Huaman - 17:47:54
3. Aldo Ramirez - 18:49:51

WOMEN
1. Nathalie Mauclair - 20:23:35
2. Melanie Rousset - 23:15:44
3. Rocio Carrion - 25:46:50

Nathalie is looking difficult to beat, but Remigio Huaman could yet pose a threat to Rachid El Morabity's lead.
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SarahCrunning - 03/12/2017 20:09:40
   
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Today has been another victory for Rachid El Morabity after a closely fought battle and another strong win for Nathalie Mauclair. These were the top 3 men and women in today's stage 5 - 42.2km with a 12 hour time limit:

MEN
1. Rachid El Morabity - 3:12:51
2. Remigio Huaman - 3:15:07
3. Eric Clavery - 3:24:04

This was the first podium finish for France's Eric Clavery. Gediminas Grinius was fourth and Julien Chorier sixth. Only 19 minutes separated 1st and 6th male.

FEMALE
1. Nathalie Mauclair - 3:59:00
2. Melanie Rousset - 4:30:19
3. Rocio Carrion - 4:46:30

Great Britain's Josephine Adams put in a strong performance to finish fourth - only 2 minutes behind Rocio Carrion.
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SarahCrunning - 04/12/2017 11:37:05
   
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It appears that Remigio Huaman started yesterday with a 2 hour time penalty due to not meeting the specified calorie requirements in the food he was carrying on stage four. This has likely put him out of contention for a podium spot. Today is the final stage. Watch this space!
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SarahCrunning - 04/12/2017 17:15:37
   
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We have our winners! Today's 19.6km confirmed Rachid El Morabity and Nathalie Mauclair as the victors of the first MDS Peru. Despite his time penalty and podium disappointment, Remigio Huaman appeared to keep his spirits up - he and Rachid ran the final stage together and crossed the line together joined by both the Moroccan and Peuvian flags. It was a heart-warming finish to a great race. Aldo Ramirez finished third which was enough for him to be second male overall. Erik Clavery took the race's final men's podium spot - just 10 minutes ahead of fellow Frenchman Julien Chorier.

Once again, Nathalie Mauclair was first woman over the line today and overall was an impressive 3 hours 34 minutes ahead of second lady Melanie Rousset. Peru's Rocio Carrion finished fourth today and was third lady overall. Well done also to Great Britain's Josephine Adams who finished as 6th lady.

These are the race's podium finishers:

MEN

1. Rachid El Morabity (Morocco) - 21:35:55
2. Aldo Ramirez (Peru) - 23:39:56
3. Erik Clavery (France) - 23:50:45

WOMEN

1. Nathalie Mauclair (France) - 25:55:26
2. Melanie Rousset (France) - 29:29:59
3. Rocio Carrion (Peru) - 32:17:16
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