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SarahCrunning - 09/02/2018 18:57:20
   
The Coastal Challenge
The Coastal Challenge is a 6 day multi-stage race organised by the team behind MdS. The route is planned carefully each year and is in the region of 225-236km along Costa Rica's Pacific coastline. This year's course is 230.5km with 9,542 metres of ascent. It includes alpine trails through the Talamancas, jungle paths and beaches as well as the Corcovado National Park - a Unesco World Heritage Site of spectacular rainforest. The race is fully supported, meaning athletes can run fast and light. Those in the Expedition category run the full route against the cut-offs, whilst those in the Adventure category run around 130-150km. Competitors can enter individually or in teams. They will face temperatures of around 35 degrees and intense humidity. You can read reviews from previous competitors including Elisabet Barnes and Damian Hall and listen to interviews with some of the 2015 runners on our listing page: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/The-Coastal-Challenge

Competitors are currently arriving in Costa Rica, and this year's race starts on Sunday and finishes next Friday. Last year's winners were Anna Frost and Tom Owens. According to Ian Corless, this year's line-up is possibly the most impressive male field ever in a multi-stage race. To name a few, it includes the current course record holder Michael Warden, serial 2nd place TCC veteran Chema Martinez, Brit Tom Evans (3rd in MdS 2017), WS100 record holder Timothy Olson, Dragon's Back and Cape Wrath Ultra champion Marcus Scotney and CCC winner Hayden Hawks. In the women's field, Elisabet Barnes is sadly out following a period of illness, but past champion Ester Alves and Skyrunner Ragna Debats are among the top contenders. For more details on this year's competitors, check-out Ian Corless' preview here: https://iancorless.org/2018/01/29/the-coastal-challenge-2018-race-preview-tcc2018/

It promises to be an exciting week and we will keep you updated.
Sarah Cooke

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Orange - 11/02/2018 20:30:36
   
RE:The Coastal Challenge
Brits first and third in the men's race on Day 1. A good start.

(BTW, shouldn't this forum section be retitled Latin America, as Costa Rica along with the rest of Central America, is geographically part of North (and not South) America.)

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SarahCrunning - 11/02/2018 20:45:05
   
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Thanks Orange - I will try to get that changed and it's a great start to the race!
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SarahCrunning - 11/02/2018 20:46:22
   
RE:The Coastal Challenge
The race team are having trouble with the signal, so info on stage 1 is limited, but we know this so far:

Men - Stage 1

1. Tom Evans
2. Hayden Hawks
3. Marcus Scotney

Women - Stage 1

1. Ragna Debats
2. Ester Alves
3. TBC
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SarahCrunning - 12/02/2018 21:25:16
   
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Breakdown of stage 1 results for top 3 men and women:

MEN - Stage 1

1. Tom Evans - 2:38:35
2. Hayden Hawks - 2:42:52
3. Marcus Scotney - 2:47:18

WOMEN- Stage 1

1. Ragna Debats - 3:20:55
2. Ester Alves - 3:34:16
3. Mirta Reaple - 3:35:51
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SarahCrunning - 12/02/2018 21:40:55
   
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Stage 2 has been a close battle in the men's field. At 18km, Hayden Hawks was leading by just 1 second, with Tom Evans in 2nd and Timothy Olson only 2 seconds behind him. At CP 3, Tom Evans was just 1 second ahead of Hayden Hawks and the pair had pulled 4 minutes ahead of Olson. In the end, Tom won his second consecutive stage and was 4 seconds ahead of Hawks. In the women's field, Ragna Debats took an early lead, and she is clearly emerging as the frontrunner. She was already 22 minutes ahead of Ester Alves by CP 2 and had doubled that lead by CP3. These were the stage 2 results:


MEN - Stage 2

1. Tom Evans - 3:41:52
2. Hayden Hawks - 3:41:56
3. Timothy Olson - 3:48:17

WOMEN - Stage 2

1. Ragna Debats - 4:24:25
2. Ester Alves - 5:15:58
3. Suzanna Guadarrama - 5:30:26
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SarahCrunning - 13/02/2018 13:41:51
   
RE:The Coastal Challenge
Alice Morrison's overview of the race: https://www.runultra.co.uk/News/February/The-Coastal-Challenge-2018
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SarahCrunning - 13/02/2018 15:46:07
   
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Hayden Hawks was first through CP 2 of stage 3, with Tom Evans 1 second behind, Marcus Scotney 2 seconds behind, and Timothy Olson 3 seconds behind!
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SarahCrunning - 13/02/2018 21:05:41
   
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By CP3, Timothy Olson was leading and a minute ahead of Hayden Hawks and Tom Evans. Jorge Paniagua was fourth and Ragna Debats fifth. It all changed again by the finish line - Tom Evans and Hayden Hawks were first and Timothy Olson 8 minutes behind in third. These were the top 3 men and women to finish. Tom won by a tenth of a second and Ragna by an incredible 71 minutes:

MEN - Stage 3

1. Tom Evans - 4:54:52:3
2. Hayden Hawks - 4:54:52:4
3. Timothy Olson - 5:02:04

WOMEN - Stage 3

1. Ragna Debats - 5:34:20 (6th overall)
2. Ester Alves - 6:45:13
3. Mirta Realpe - 7:06:58
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SarahCrunning - 14/02/2018 00:55:54
   
RE:The Coastal Challenge
Some more details from stage 3: It was a challenging route with some steep climbs and technical sections as well as stunning waterfalls, rainforest and long stretches of intensely hot and humid beach. It was a disappointing day for Marcus Scotney who was in fourth place until he missed a turn and ended up finishing 9th in 5:43. He will be pushing hard to make up for lost time in the remaining stages. Stage 4 beckons with 37km.
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