2016 Tarawera Ultramarathon Results

Tarawera Ultra - logoSweden’s Jonas Buud (pre-race and post-race interviews) and New Zealand’s Fiona Hayvice (post-race interview) executed victorious races in warm but, at times, heavy rain at the 2016 Tarawera Ultramarathon.

In addition to this article, you can find our a collection of our pre-race interviews and previews on our 2016 Tarawera live coverage page.

As usual, we’ll be updating this article with additional results as well as links to race-related articles, photo galleries, and race reports. Check back.

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2016 Tarawera Ultramarathon Men’s Race

From the get go, it was Jonas Buud and David Byrne together off the front of the men’s pack, setting the pace and a gap from the rest of the field. The pair hung together, trading positions and working the course through about two thirds of the race when Jonas became the solo leader, ever building his lead on David and the rest of the field from there. At Titoki at about 72 kilometers, his lead was already in excess of eight minutes, and it only grew from there to more than 22 at the finish. Jonas looked masterful in his treatment of the terrain, distance, and competition today. He’s truly proving himself among the top runners in the world at ultra distances on all kinds of terrain.

Jonas Buud - 2016 Tarawera Ultramarathon champion

Jonas Buud on his way to winning the 2016 Tarawera Ultramarathon. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Aussie speedster David Byrne (post-race interview) has been on our radar since early 2015 when he went top five among a competitive field at the MSIG Sai Kung 28k Skyrunning race in Hong Kong. Besides there, he’d faced off in shorter trail ultras with some of stoutest competition from the land down under. David is a former short-distance runner, with some speedy track PRs including 3:41 for the 1,500 meters. He’s turning that ridiculous leg speed into a successful foray with ultrarunning. Today was his longest ultra yet–by a full 40k!–and this is what he did. What we have to say about that: look out world, he’s just getting started.

David Byrne - 2016 Tarawera Ultramarathon second place

David Byrne looks relieved to finish second. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Well, well, well, if it isn’t Ryan Sandes (pre-race interview), and he’s back. After a tough late 2014 and most of 2015, it seems Ryan has returned to the pointy end of the field. In our pre-race interview with him, he said he thinks that he overdid it with his running in early 2014, and it took this length of time to fully recover. Today he looked nimble and smooth, like so many times we’ve seem him in the past, earning his podium place.

Ryan Sandes - 2016 Tarawera Ultramarathon third place

Ryan Sandes was strong and steady all day. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Vajin Armstong ran in fourth for much of the race, but its final quarter he was tailed by Yoshikazu Hara for a long while before Hara-san finally pulled away on the flat, speedy terrain late in the race. Armstrong would hang on for his sixth-straight top-five finish.

Vajin Armstrong - 2016 Tarawera Ultramarathon fifth place

Mr. Consistent, Vajin Armstrong, was first Kiwi across the line in fifth. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

2016 Tarawera Ultramarathon Men’s Results

  1. Jonas Buud (Asics) — 8:00:53 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  2. David Byrne — 8:22:39 (post-race interview)
  3. Ryan Sandes (Salomon) — 8:30:40 (pre-race interview)
  4. Yoshikazu Hara — 8:40:17
  5. Vajin Armstrong — 8:46:12
  6. Jason Schlarb (Altra) — 9:16:48 (pre-race interview)
  7. Michael Wardian (Hoka One One) — 9:27:23
  8. Craig Torr — 9:33:23
  9. Rudi Smith — 9:33:53
  10. Cyril Cointre (WAA) — 9:39:38

Full results.

2016 Tarawera Ultramarathon Women’s Race

New Zealand’s Ruby Muir was the heavy women’s favorite ahead of the race, and she led pretty much from ‘go’ until she could run no more, a few kilometers before the 80k aid station. She’s had quadriceps issues for a while now, so we had expected that, if Ruby would need to drop from the race, it would be her leg that did her in. Instead, it was her stomach that failed. When she dropped, she told us she’d been fighting her stomach for the last 40k.

Ruby Muir - 2016 Tarawera Ultramarathon

Ruby Muir leading at Blue Lake early on. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Countrymate Fiona Hayvice, who jumped onto our radar by taking fourth here last year, was today’s lady in wait, rolling through aid stations a bit back from Ruby, not necessarily in contact, but not too far back. She looked peppy and engaged whenever we saw her. Once she took over leadership of the race with 20k to go, it was high sailing for her.

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Fiona Hayvice running in second early in the race. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

It was really an Australasia women’s race all along, wasn’t it? Melissa Robertson, of Australia, was the second woman today. We learned of her when she ran to a strong fourth place at last year’s The North Face 100k – Australia (now renamed the Ultra-Trail Australia)

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Melissa Robertson taking second. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Fiona Eagles was third woman.

Fiona Eagles - 2016 Tarawera Ultramarathon

Fiona Eagles after taking third at the 2016 Tarawera Ultramarathon. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

2016 Tarawera Ultramarathon Women’s Results

  1. Fiona Hayvice — 10:34:26 (post-race interview)
  2. Melissa Robertson — 10:56:20
  3. Fiona Eagles — 11:24:57
  4. Katrin Gottschalk — 11:46:55
  5. Courtney Pratt — 12:17:55
  6. Lucile Resplandy — 12:20:48
  7. Erin Vaughan — 12:23:41
  8. Dianne Bulled — 12:29:18
  9. Joanna Kruk — 12:30:10
  10. Katrin Webb — 12:32:25

Full results.

2016 Tarawera Ultramarathon Articles, Race Reports, and More

Articles and Photo Galleries

Coming soon.


  • Ford Smith, 12 place overall [Broken link removed.]

Thank You

Thank you to Jim Robinson for his assistance in reporting Tarawera live! We’re so grateful.

There are 5 comments

  1. Manuel

    Hi guys!

    Thanks so much for providing all the information and for the live-coverage – was so great to be able to follow the race this way!!!

    Any idea what happened to Jo Johansen? I´ve just seen a DNF in the results chart but wasn´t able to find more information about her. Thanks!


    PS: Just realized that your links to the full results are not working.

    1. Bryon Powell

      Thanks for letting us know that the results link wasn’t work. We’d linked to to the live race results and have now updated to the post-event results.

      Jo Johansen DNFed relatively early in the race. I have no details on it.

  2. Paul Charteris

    Thanks for the amazing comprehensive again Bryon and Meghan. It has been so hectic that I have not even had the chance to catch up and digest how this year’s race went down.

    I was with the men’s leaders for a large part of the day – and what I saw was breathtaking. The pure athleticism of Jonas Buud was something that has to be seen in person. At one point, chasing Jonas (in my car) between Titoki and Awaroa I had a sinking feeling he may have run off-course. The gap he had opened up on world-class runners like David Byrne, Ryan Sandes, Vajin Armstrong and Yoshikazu Hara seemed incomprehensible.

    At the Awaroa aid station (80km in), he casually gave one of his energy bars to one of our volunteers – saying “this is a gift from Sweden for you” and then carried on increasing his lead. He was running very very hard but relaxed and in control.

    David Byrne arrived with a fearsome reputation from Australia. For his longest race, to take second place against this level of competition was simply amazing. I agree with iRunFar’s comment – David is an athlete that could seriously shine in this sport world-wide.

    I am so happy for Ryan. He and Vanessa got to spend a couple of weeks in New Zealand and I had the chance to catch up with them a lot over the past couple of days. His run was a feat of pure athleticism and unbelievable hard work. I am so happy for Ryan that he has returned to the podium after a tough 2015. Thanks to the Ultra-Trail World Tour for bringing him to our country.

    Yoshikazu Hara. I love this guy. Although language barriers do not allow us to have great conversations, he is the most humble and appreciative person. We were honoured to have him and his wonderful family back here in Rotorua.

    To my good friend Vajin Armstrong – words cannot say enough. This year Vajin assumed the title of rangatira (Chief) of the runners at our powhiri on Friday. Saturday’s race was held in Waitangi Day – our national holiday – so it was very fitting that the most consisitent runner in this event’s entire history should gain make it into the top 5 on the podium.

    To Fiona Hayvice. You have come such a long long way in your dedication to the sport of ultra running. What an amazing athlete you have become and a very worthy Tarawera Ultra champion.

    Thank you to iRunFar for your professionalism and your passion for our sport.

    Paul Charteris, Organiser.

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