Tarawera Ultramarathon 2016 – Results
Jonas Buud (Sweden) and Fiona Hayvice (New Zealand) take the win at Tarawera!
The playground is superb in New Zealand. Between forest trails and lakes and despite a wet weather the 2nd stage of the Ultra-Trail World Tour offered beautiful conditions for a great running experience. The cultural aspect of the Tarawera Ultramarathon is unique, with the local community involved at the heart of the event.
A lot of runners could hope for the win on the start line of the Tarawera Ultramarathon 2016. The course proposed to runners was the promise of a fast race.
And it was interesting to follow with Jonas Buud (from Sweden) and David Byrne (from Australia) running in front for most of the time.
The Swedish runner, double winner of the Ultravasan (2014 and 2015) wins at the other side of the world, just over 8 hours of race (8:00:53). David Byrne comes second (8:22:39) and the South African Ryan Sandes, supported by the Ultra-Trail World Tour, finished 3rd (8:30:40). A good omen for the rest of the season.
Jason Schlarb and Michael Wardian, the other UTWT supported athletes, finish 6th and 7th.
The women race was led most of the time by Ruby Muir, the titleholder from New Zealand. We had met her before the start (video here). Unfortunately, her stomach hurted so much that she had to stop around the 80th kilometer.
Fiona Hayvice (New Zealand) took the lead and took a deserved and beautiful win at the end (10:34:26). A few dozens of minutes behind arrived Melissa Robertson (10:56:20) and Fiona Eagles (11:24:57).
A total Oceanian domination!!
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