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Sunmaya Budha：the Champion of THT
I was very impressed by Sunmaya. She may be a bit shy, but she is already very charismatic. I see her winning the world’s greatest races in the coming 10-15 years, zero doubt. And I hope she can visit Chamonix and run UTMB Mont-Blanc, and also Oman by UTMB race soon. ——Rémi Duchemin (UTMB Organizing Committee)Nineteen-year-old Sunmaya Budha won THT – the 55km division of Gaoligong, coming sixth overall. Thirty-nine seconds faster, and she would have been fifth, and she was just twenty-one minutes behind third-placed male runner. The second placed woman, elite American runner, Meredith Edwards (2016 UTMB TDS runner – up) finished an hour and a half behind Sunmaya.Sunmaya is shy, and she does not say much, her English is still very basic. “Yes, brother.
The Relationship with the People is Special in Gaoligong
The three Ultra Gobi alumni had a very different experience at Gaoligong – Alfie surprised everyone by coming 4th - a month before the race he wanted to pull out, being worried that his lack of fitness will not allow him to get a good result and that the organizers will be disappointed. Daniel Lawson came fifth, but the last year’s champion and Ultra Gobi Champion was not disappointed at all – he said “he was happy to finish”. Michael Wardian continued with bad luck in Chinese races. Just like in Ultra Gobi, stomach problems affected him, and Michael had to pull out. These three runners were impressed by organization of the race, but what really impressed and touched them was welcome they were given by the local people. How did you feel in the race? Michael: Dizzy, li
Jason and Meredith: The Runner-up of THT
USA’s elite athletes Jason Schlarb and Meredith Edwards – both second in Gaoligong by UTMB THT (55KM), talk about how Gaoligong by UTMB® compares with UTMB, about Chinese runners, the Flying Tigers. Jason Schlarb: Hard Rock champion, Run Rabbit Run champion, Zion 100 champion, 4th at UTMB. Meredith Edwards: 10th at CCC ® in 2015 and then second at TDS® in 2016. Congratulations, you are both second, are you happy, or not? We are very happy with our results, but we are not in the best shape right now, to be honest. Why? We live at elevation, 6,500 feet, in Durango, Colorado, but now it is all under snow, so we ski tour instead, but this means you only train going up, not going down! Did you feel UTMB connection at Gaoligong? At the end, running through in
From Ekiden to Trail Running
Japan has a very strong and proud running culture – Japanese runners used to dominate marathons in the 1960s and amateur running is hugely popular in Japan. The most famous race in Japan is a long-distance relay called Ekiden - teams from all over the country compete in this remarkable race – cities against cities, universities against universities, schools against schools. These races are often televised live, attracting huge audiences.The young Japanese runner Ruy Ueda, who competed in Ekiden at the highest level, has the best result at UTMB of any Asian runner – he was second at CCC in 2016. Ruy-san is very ambitious and a great talent – he is the winner and record holder of Japan’s most important mountain race – Hasetsune Cup. At Gaoligong he will face very strong op
Hayden Hawks – “Soul Runner” – I love running.
Hayden Hawks sent me a message: “I saw your post on Facebook about Qi Min, the Chinese runner, which distance is he doing at Gaoligong? It would be so cool to race against him! He sounds awesome!”Hayden was disappointed when I told him that Qi Min will be running the 100 mile MGU, not the 125km RCE. Hayden can relate to Qi Min, even though they do not speak each other’s languages and one is American from Utah, the other Chinese from Yunnan – they are both former elite road runners who changed to running in the mountains, they are kindred spirits. In this interview, this friendly young American tells how excited he be starting his career as a professional trail runner and how much he is looking forward to racing in Gaoligong. Hello Hayden, how has training been going?Rea
BY Pavel ToropovMichael Wardian, Dan Lawson and Nathan Montague are all elite ultra-distance runners: Michael is world championships silver medalist over 100km road, Daniel Lawson is European 24 hours champion and Nathan has been UK national trail running champion twice. Last year they all met at Ultra Gobi – Daniel was first, Nathan third but Michael finished way off podium, suffering from food poisoning and walking all the way. Daniel is also last year’s Gaoligong champion (joint with Mick Thwaites, they finished hand in hand), while Nathan had to settle for second place, a very close one. All three are coming to Gaoligong by UTMB this year, and this is what they have to say about their experience in China and about each other in this interview with all three of them: G
SAMANTHA CHAN – “BADASS” from Hong Kong
BY Pavel Toropov（by Lloyd Belcher）Samantha Chan’s smile lit up the Gobi desert during Ultra Gobi race last year. Smiling and laughing, usually at herself, is something this Hong Kong runner does a lot. She will laugh if you call her elite athlete, but her results at 100km distance qualify her for elite title: 13th at TDS® last year, winner of mixed team Trailwalker 100km, 10th at Hong Kong 100, 9th at The North Face 100 Hong Kong, winner of Kanas 100km in Xinjiang. There are other wins and podium places that she struggles to remember. Samantha cries and laughs in measure during races, so much so, that she calls herself “emotionally weak”, but Michael Wardian, an elite US runner, who raced the 400km Ultra Gobi together with Samantha, disagrees: “Man… this gir
Kaori Niwa: Running, horse riding and skiing
BY Pavel ToropovKaori Niwa is our Japanese elite runner – she is Japanese Skyrunning Champion and her best result is last years 4th place at UTMB, which she remarkably achieved with a broken wrist. Kaori is an all-round athlete – she used to compete in dressage (horse riding), and in addition to running she is an excellent ski mountaineer. Kaori always seems to battle adversity in races – broken wrist at UTMB, and now an attack of anaemia at the recent Hong Kong 100, which prevented her from doing well. She promises to be in top form at Gaoligong by UTMB, and she is looking forward to spicy food in Yunnan. Q:Gaoligong / A:Kaori Niwa Kaori, you just ran HK 100, but it did not go well, you were 20th? What went wrong? Kaori: I had stomach problems, and I also had ana
Sunmaya Budha – From Poverty to Asian Skyrunning Runner-up
BY Pavel ToropovBY Lloyd BelcherSunmaya Budha2016 Manaslu Trail Race2016 MSIG Lantau 50K2017 Yading Skyrunning Festival -Skyrun2017 Marathon Du Mont-Blanc 80K2017 Manaslu Trail RaceSunmaya Budha is Asian Skyrunning Runner-up and one of the most talented young trail runners in Asia.BY Lloyd Belcher She is 22 years old, and comes from Jumla, central Nepal. Jumla is poor, one of the poorest places in Nepal. Sunmaya grew up in poverty - her family work the small piece of land and barely make enough to eat. Sunmaya’s mother cannot read and write. Sunmaya herself grew up walking across the mountains, barefoot, carrying loads of vegetables and firewood. She grew up tough, and she had one talent – running. “At school, I won every race.” she told me, very seriously, when we
Runners' Journal: MGU, Tengchong, China, November 18-19, 2016
By Mick Thwaites, MGU 2016 male ChampionHaving never been to China before, when the opportunity arose to travel and take part in an inaugural 100 mile race in this vast country I had to grab it with both hands. The Mt Gaoligong Ultra was being held in the Yunnan Province starting in the town of Tengchong. Not only was this town a gateway to the Gaoligong mountains bordering on Myanmar (Burma), but it was steeped in a very interesting history. Tengchong is a key location of the jade industry, and held a very important position on the ‘Silk Road’ connecting China through Asia and into Europe. We were going to be fortunate enough to travel some of the cobblestone paths that many a weary worker had trekked before. There was also a great history in the town from World War II, wher
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