Interview with Rory Bosio winner of the #UTMB14

Interview with Rory Bosio winner of the #UTMB14

After the UTMB winners press conference we tagged along an interview with The North Face athlete Rory Bosio and the dutch and english media. Rory won the UTMB for the second time in a row this year. In 2013 she set a new course record by almost two hours and 20 minutes. The questions started with why Rory got into long distance trail running. She explained that it is the need to explore and nature’s beauty that drives her love for the sport.

Podium results of the 5 races of the #UTMB14

Podium results of the 5 races of the #UTMB14

Another edition of The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc comes to end, and the emotions are high as usual. More than 7000 runners participated in the 5 races of the UTMB (UTMB, CCC, PTL, TDS, OCC) The #UTMB14 race itself, the original 168km ultra, ended with team runner Rory Bosio claiming a second win in a row. The young American stood on the podium after powering across the finish line after a 23h23min grueling run.

Crossing the Finish line at the #UTMB14

Crossing the Finish line at the #UTMB14

Join us in congratulating The North Face athlete Rory Bosio for claiming a well earned 1st position in the women’s category and 14th position overall with a timing of 23:23:20 hours. Well done Rory. Team member Fernanda Maciel also crossed the finish line in the 4th position after a very close run with the third position. In the men category the first to cross the finish line was François D’haene after an amazing run with a ground breaking time of 20:11:44 hrs, he was followed 55mins after by Tofol Castaner Bernat 20:55:42 and Iker Karrera 20:55:46 who came in hand in hand for the 2nd and 3rd position showing the true spirit of...
News from 122km into the race at Champex-Lac checkpoint

News from 122km into the race at Champex-Lac checkpoint

Champex-Lac 09:00am Dawn has broken and as the mist starts to lift new light shines on the race. The trio D’Haene (FR), Castañer (ES) and Karrera (ES) are still dominating the race, with a good 45 minute lead. Sadly The North Face contender, Mike Foote (US), abandoned the race at La Fouly (107km) due to his body simply shutting down, and Timothy Olson (US) too has dropped out of the race. The North Face athlete Jez Bragg (GB), who arrived at the Champex checkpoint in 17th position, feeling positive about the race. Amazing catching up of The North face athelte Rory Bosio: leading the women, with 35 minutes between her and Nuria Picas (ES), the American human running machine started the race at 74th position overall and now heading off Champex-Lac at 14th overall and still catching up. The outcome of the race is still unclear and unpredictable … Stay tuned for the next...
Courmayeur checkpoint update of the race #UTMB14

Courmayeur checkpoint update of the race #UTMB14

Courmayeur (Italy) – 03:00 am Only a few hours ago it was doom and gloom on the race course, or rather… the weather was very foul. As the runners begin to trickle in to the Courmayeur checkpoint (77km), the second of the 3 countries that the #UTMB14 passes through, the conditions have changed drastically. The rain has stopped, the temperatures are pleasant and the stars have appeared. Charging ahead in the men’s category is the dangerous trio D’Haene, Karrera & Castañer. The first TNF athletes are Yeray and Foote, running together, 30 minutes behind the leaders, at 7th and 8th. On the women’s side, Nuria Picas holds first place followed closely by The North Face athlete Rory Bosio, who shared that she was: “having so much fun. Bueno”. The next update should be at the break of dawn, where we can only hope that the conditions remain stable and the mood as positive as it was here at...
Updates from the first checkpoint 31km into the race

Updates from the first checkpoint 31km into the race

The leading group just passed the first checkpoint Les Contamines, 31km in to the race, facing the typical #UTMB14 conditions, grim weather. The first to cross the checkpoint was Tofol Castañer (ES), followed by François D’Haene (FR), and Iker Karrera (ES). The North Face athletes Jez Bragg (GB) and Mike Foote (US), running together at 15th with about 11 minutes off the lead. In the women’s category, Nathalie Mauclair (FR) was leading the troops at the 31k checkpoint, followed by Nuria Picas (ES) and The North Face ahtlete Rory Bosio (US). The rain has not eased and there are reports of snow at the higher points of the course. Let’s hope the runners won’t be too beaten up at the next checkpoints. Stay...
Starting line video of the #UTMB14

Starting line video of the #UTMB14

The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc kicked off a few hours under a deluge of rain. In the 10 second hyperlapse video you can see the swarm of 2300 runners as they begin their long 168km journey.

7 things you didn’t know about #UTMB14

7 things you didn’t know about #UTMB14

The #UTMB14 is a lot of things to it’s runners and followers: an event, a race, a challenge, an adventure… but what it can also be, is an interesting source of facts that you wouldn’t have expected.

My UTMB® – The best thing I’ve done in the mountains – Des Rhule (Ellis Brigham’s, Store Manager)

My UTMB® – The best thing I’ve done in the mountains – Des Rhule (Ellis Brigham’s, Store Manager)

After last weekend’s race, we sat down with Ellis Brigham’s Outdoor Department Manager, Des Rhule, to understand what it is like to participate in a gargantuan run like the 168km UTMB for a non-elite athlete. Here’s what he had to say: TNF: Why did you do it? What was the motivation to run the UTMB? Des: I have always liked mountains, and I have always liked running – especially cross-country. I enjoyed alpine trails before, but this race was a new take on running for me. There was an element of nostalgia in it for me too – the race has this younger feel to it, it’s a great atmosphere and that in itself is rewarding. TNF: How do you combine full-time employment with training for such a massively demanding race? Des: I run as a hobby and that is of course really important. I train a lot with the coaching I do with the Kings College London running club. And I’m not unfamiliar with trail-like surfaces due to the cross-country runs I’ve been in. Of course, cross-country is not trail-running as it lacks steepness. Throughout the year I’d make my way out of London to go for runs in the South Downs and sometimes Wales – that was good training for steepness. 6 weeks before racing, I would walk into work in addition to my regular training run. It’s 12.5 kilometres from my home to the store, so that’s a guaranteed 25 kilometre walk a day. On top of that, I walk an average of 12 kilometres a day on the shop floor. TNF: But London seems like...
#UTMB13 – The Year History is Made

#UTMB13 – The Year History is Made

This year’s The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc® (UTMB®) will stand out from the many that have been, and maybe even those to come. Not only because it’s been the first one since 3 years that hasn’t been pestered by bad weather or course shortenings – perfectly blue skies blessed this year’s event – but also because Rory Bosio’s record-breaking performance will be one to remember, as was Xavier Thevenard’s. Halfway through the competition things had taken quite an ugly turn for many of The North Face® team’s athletes. Sebastien Chaigneau, Helen Cospolich, Mike Wolfe and Zigor Iturrieta all had to quit the race due to various physical impediments. It was up to Timothy Olson and Mike Foote to gain a foothold on the lead runners, pressing them hard until the end. Meanwhile, Rory Bosio was leading the women’s category and advanced fiercely on the ten leading runners. It was, however, young Frenchman Xavier Thevenard who crossed the finish line first at an impressive 20h34min57secs, setting a new course record at the UTMB®. Xavier was joined on the podium by the two Spaniards, Miguel Heras and Javier Dominguez, who came second and third. It was then the two American The North Face® athletes, Timothy Olson and Mike Foote, who crossed the finish line, at 21h38mins and 21h53mins respectively (watch Timothy crossing the finish line here). The crowds in Chamonix were then treated to another record-breaking moment as American, Rory Bioso, finished the race in 22h37min26secs – a new course record in the women’s category, and beating the old record by more than 2 hours. On top of that,...
Race Updates – The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc and CCC

Race Updates – The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc and CCC

Having kicked off yesterday, the CCC at 9 in the morning and the UTMB at 16.30 in the afternoon, both races are in full swing. The CCC, the shorter of the two at 97km, has already had the first 10 finishers cross the finish line. Jodi Bes, from Spain, was the first to finish the race at 11h23min, followed by Frenchman Sébastien Camus and another spaniard Daniel Garcia Gomez. On the women’s side of the competition, the race was first completed by Caroline Chaverot, who was then joined by Mercedes Arcos Zafra and DelphineAvenier on the podium. The North Face athlete Fernanda Maciel, was constrained to drop out of the race before completing it, due to feeling the weight of a foot injury from races earlier this year. The North Face Ultra Trail du Moint-Blanc has still not had a finisher as the first runner is expected to cross the finish line around 13.00 today. At the time of writing this, the race is being lead by Xavier Thenevard. At the last checkpoint, at Trient, three The North Face athletes, Timothy Olson, Mike Foote and Rory Bosio were 6th, 7th and 8th respectively. If Rory is able to finish the race within the overall top 10, she will be the first woman to succeed with this record at The North Face Ultra Trail du Moint-Blanc. Meanwhile, four The North Face athletes Sebastien Chaigneau, Mike Wolfe, Helen Cospolich, Zigor Iturrieta for various reasons dropped out of the race. ___________________________ Photo credits:Pascal...
TDS 2013 Podium

TDS 2013 Podium

Compared to the bad weather of 2012, this year’s TDS race saw a significant improvement in conditions as the participants raced under a blue sky for most of it. And the photos are all the more spectacular because of it. The first runner to finish the 119km race, Arnaud Julia Bonmati from Spain, crossed the finish line after 15h10min of intense running. He was followed by French runner Antoine Guillon and Italian Mattia Roncoroni who completed the race at 15h21m and 15h31m, respectively. On the women’s side, Nathalie Mauclair from France, finished the race after 17h36m, she was 14th after all. In second and third place for the women’s category was Claire Price from the UK, and Lisa Borzani from Italy. The top 5 male and female finishers are: Men 1. Arnaud JULIA BONMATI (ES) 2. Antoine GUILLON (FR) 3. Mattia RONCORONI (IT) 4. Juan Maria JIMENEZ LLORENS (ES) 5.Stéphane EVEQUE-MOURROUX (FR) Women 1. Nathalie MAUCLAIR (FR) – 17h36min41s. 2. Claire PRICE (GB) 3. Lisa BORZANI (IT) 4. EmanuelaScilla TONETTI (IT) 5. Estelle CARRET (FR) Stay tuned to read more about the various UTMB races and the behind-the-scenes stories. _____________________ Photo Credits: Pascal Tournaire, Franck...