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2014 Squamish 50 Mile Men’s Race
Pacific Northwest ski-mountaineering expert Nick Elson has been applying his enthusiasm and skill in the last year to trail ultrarunning. After a DNF and a trio of podium finishes at other local ultras, Nick really put things together with his strong showing from start to finish in the Squamish 50 Mile. After running in the lead pack early and then staying among the top-three men after some men dropped back, Nick ran in second or first position for the race’s second half. After passing the 53k aid station tied with eventual second place Mike Murphy, Nick began to put time on Mike and the rest of the field, breaking away to a 10-minute victory.
Mike Murphy, last month’s champion of Vancouver’s famous Knee Knackering 30 Mile, ran–from the outside looking in–a similar race to Nick: out with the lead pack early, staying in the thick of things when the pack thinned, and then packing a punch at the critical moment in the race’s last third to rise to his second-place position. Like Nick, a strong showing from line to line.
Ed McCarthy also ran aggressively from the gun, leading the men’s pack for most of the race’s first half. He began to drop from the leadership position to his eventual third place somewhere on the approach to the 53k aid station. There he’d fallen back from the co-leaders Nick and Mike, but began to fend off the balance of the men’s field. With two previous third places at the Squamish 50 Mile, he finished third for the third year in a row.
2014 Squamish 50 Mile Men’s Results
- Nick Elson – 7:30:12 (post-race interview)
- Mike Murphy – 7:40:24
- Ed McCarthy – 7:55:27
- Gareth Davies – 7:58:15
- Oliver Utting – 8:05:02
- Colin Miller – 8:07:56
- Christopher Jones – 8:10:47
- Michael Versteeg – 8:12:31
- Michael Wardian (Hoka One One) – 8:13:25 (post-race interview)
- Gary Gellin (Inov-8) – 8:29:07
2014 Squamish 50 Mile Women’s Race
Women’s champ Kim Magnus was last month’s winner of Vancouver’s Knee Knackering 30 Mile, and she went out among the women’s leaders in this race as well. Until just under halfway through the race, she ran in or very close to second place. At the 48k aid station, however, after making it up and over the race’s most extended climb, Kim emerged as the women’s leader, a position she would hold from there to the finish. Her first 50 miler was an outstanding performance!
Kim faced pressure from the rest of the women’s field for virtually the entire race, especially from eventual second place Samantha Drove. Until the final kilometers, Kim and Sam were not more than a couple minutes apart, with Kim generally running ahead of Sam. I’ll admit, to me Sam looked like she was working harder than the other women early in the race, and I doubted whether she would be there in the later kilometers. However, when I saw her at the 38k aid station, it seemed like her posture and approach had changed, and that she had become comfortable with her effort. What fun it was to watch her run in third place early, and second place late.
What a year third-place finisher Cassie Scallon has had. A win at the Sean O’Brien 50 Mile earlier this year, a broken ankle and surgery, and this race, her second ultra back after injury. Cassie went off the line in typical Cassie style, at her own seemingly aggressive pace. This pace, she would say at the finish line, wasn’t one she could ultimately sustain due to her lack of fitness. Cassie pretty much led the race from the start through somewhere before 48k. There she’d lapsed to second position and later third position.
2014 Squamish 50 Mile Women’s Results
- Kim Magnus – 9:14:00 (post-race interview)
- Samantha Drove – 9:21:52
- Cassie Scallon (Salomon) – 9:36:42
- Kathy McKay – 9:59:35
- Ann Bouchard – 10:25:05
- Sarah Stepec – 10:35:39
- Lise Plantier – 10:47:23
- Natasha Cochrane – 11:14:39
- Janet Lun – 11:16:10
- Sarah Seads – 11:26:40
2014 Squamish 50k Men’s Results
- Adam Campbell (Arc’teryx) – 4:55:08 (post-race interview)
- Eric Carter (Hammer) – 5:20:36
- Michael Wardian (Hoka One One) – 5:31:45 (post-race interview)
- Brian Zurek – 5:42:52
- Jason Novecosky – 5:43:25
- Colin Miller – 5:47:32
- Jeremy Waters – 5:49:46
- Dean Perez – 5:54:49
- Michael Versteeg – 5:55:00
2014 Squamish 50k Women’s Results
- Ellie Greenwood (Montrail) – 5:20:39 (post-race interview)
- Catrin Jones (Arc’teryx) – 5:51:11
- Ann Signorella – 6:25:26
- Gemma Slaughter – 6:35:40
- Michelle Ford – 6:38:22
- Carley Gering – 6:51:25
- Kate Burrage – 6:53:43
- Kathy McKay – 6:57:00
- Renee Caesar – 7:07:33
- Mary Walsh – 7:09:52
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