A total of 112 km and 5,000 meters of positive elevation gain. Mud, a lot of mud, fog, wind, rain. Faial and Pico Islands of the Azores archipelago. This is the Azores Trail Run and this is what some of the best trail runners in the world have had to face this week at the Salomon Golden Trail Championship that started on October 29 and ended today.
In a spectacular setting and under a very high level of competition, the Polish Bart Przedwojewski, adding a total of 9h10’10 ” and the Swiss Maude Mathys, with 10h47’41 ”, have taken the victory of the general. The Pole was followed by the American Jim Walmsley (9h17’18 ”) and the French Frederic Tranchand (9h26”32 ‘) and the Swiss, the American Rachel Drake (10h56’53’ ‘) and the French Blandine L’Hirondel (11h02’42 ”).
The role of the Spanish: Oriol Cardona, sixth overall
At the Spanish level, Oriol Cardona has played a great role, obtaining sixth place overall, after standing firm in the four stages combining fifth and sixth place. The one from Banyoles was located behind runners such as Stian Angermund-Vik, fifth or Elhousine Elazzaoui, fourth.
Aritz Egea and Jan Margarit, from the Salomon Iati teamThey have been 14th and 21st overall, respectively, achieving a creditable 11th and 10th in the third stage, respectively.
Oihana KortázarDespite being sixth in the second stage and tenth in the third, in the fourth and last stage she abandoned due to a heavy fall and did not finish the test.
This race was already special in itself due to the fact that it was held in stages but, in addition, after each stage the leaders of different sections were also awarded: ascent, descent and sprint, in addition to the general. In this way there was even more competition within the same competition.
In the sprint category, the victory has been for Gisela Carrión after maintaining the leadership in stages 2, 3 and 4. The 3,000-meter hurdler, Andreu Blanes, has taken second place in this category, after winning this segment in stages 1, 2 and 4.
On the other hand, Antonio Martínez, has obtained the fourth place in the category of downhill segment since he was positioned first in the third stage.