Last race of the 2019 Ultra-Trail® World Tour circuit at the Ultra-Trail Cape Town®!
The last race of the 2019 Ultra-Trail® World Tour took place last weekend in Cape Town, South Africa. The Ultra-Trail Cape Town® was a great way to end the year! It is is a highly technical race that takes on the magnificent landscapes of South Africa. Once again, we were treated to a top quality elite line-up!
The race started at 4am on Saturday, November 30. The programme of the day included a race of 100 km and 4300 D+ under intense heat.
The French in the spotlight!
The race was full of surprises for the male participants. French athlete Nicolas Martin took the lead for most of the race and ran 12 minutes ahead of François D’haene and US runner Cody Reed. Cody made a spectacular comeback to place himself in second position half way through the race. Besides him was François who, as it tends to be the case with him, was in the leading group from the beginning of the race. Cody and François managed to catch up with Nicolas Martin only in the final kilometers.
Cody Reed won the race in 10:04:58. François took the second place on the podium, crossing the finishing line with his little boy! Nicolas Martin arrived ten minutes after Cody and took the third place on the podium.
There was definitely a strong French presence in Cape Town. Ugo Ferrari came in 4th position having raced alongside Nicolas almost all the way. Finally, the also French runner Jean-Adrien Michel completed the top 5.
🥇 Cody Reed 🇺🇸 – 10:04:58
🥈 François D’haene 🇫🇷 – 10:11:22
🥉 Nicolas Martin 🇫🇷 – 10:14:10
Beth Pascall beats the new UTCT record!
On the women’s side, the incredible athletes Courtney Dauwalter and Lucy Bartholomew were expected to be on the starting line but unfortunately in the end they didn’t run due to an injury. Both women were in Cape Town and encouraged the athletes. Magdalena Laczak didn’t race the Ultra-Trail Cape Town® either.
In addition to winning the UTCT® 2019 with a more than one hour lead over Emily Hawgood, Beth Pascall also broke the race record! The English athlete showed an amazing performance all along the race. Beth kept the lead from the beginning and until the end and finished in the ninth place of the overall ranking! Emily, who won the race last year, didn’t give up either, and arrived in second place with a big smile on her face. Polish athlete Dominika Stelmach took the last place on the podium, 1 hour and 20 minutes behind Beth.
Finally, Nicolette Griffioen and Amanda Basham finished fourth and fifth respectively.
🥇 Beth Pascall 🇬🇧 – 10:55:25
🥈 Emily Hawgood 🇿🇼 – 12:03:51
🥉 Dominika Stelmach 🇵🇱 – 12:15:36
Click here to watch the recap video of Ultra-Trail Cape Town® 2019.