This Week In Running: August 29, 2022

This Week In Running’s trail and ultra recap for August 29, 2022.

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This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRIf you weren’t in Chamonix, France, do you even trail run!? Pfff, I jest, and I’ve actually never been to Chamonix myself. There was a lot happening in Chamonix this past week courtesy of the UTMB Mont-Blanc festival, but there was also a lot happening in other places too. On top of the TDSOCCCCC, and UTMB, we’ve got the Comrades Marathon, Challenge Stellina, and the IAU 100k World Championships. Let’s come down slowly from that giant week and weekend of racing.

Comrades Marathon – Durban, South Africa

It was the historic race’s 95th year, and it ran downhill from Pietermartizburg to Durban. The race is usually around 90 kilometers in length. Top finishers this year were nearly exclusively from the host country.

Men

Tete Dijana (South Africa) beat out defending champ Edward Mothibi (South Africa) for the win, 5:30 to 5:33. Dan Moselakwe (South Africa) was third in 5:36

The rest of the top 10 included:

4 – Bongmusa Mthembu (South Africa) – 5:38
5 – Johannes Makgetla (South Africa) – 5:41
6 – Nkosikhona Mhlakwana (South Africa) – 5:43
7 – Joseph Manyedi (South Africa) – 5:44
8 – Solly Manduwa (Malawi) – 5:46
9 – Charles Tjiane (South Africa) – 5:47
10 – Lutendo Mapoto (South Africa) – 5:47

Women

Alexandra Morozova (Russia), a 2:31 marathoner, dominated the women’s run. She was seven minutes better than everyone else with a 6:17 winning time. Dominika Stelmach (Poland) and Adele Broodryk (South Africa) was third in 6:25 and 6:26, respectively.

Also in the top 10 were:

4 – Jenna Challenor (South Africa) – 6:42
5 – Galaletsang Mekgoe (South Africa) – 6:42
6 – Camille Herron (USA) – 6:44
7 – Helena Joubert (South Africa) – 6:55
8 – Janie Grundling (South Africa) – 6:59
9 – Annerie Wooding (South Africa) – 6:59
10 – Yolande MacLean (South Africa) – 7:00

Full results.

IAU 100k World Championships – Berlin, Germany

iRunFar dug deep in the IAU 100k World Championships, the first happening of the race since 2018.

Japan placed three men inside the top six, winning overall and as a team. Haruki Okayama (Japan) was five minutes better than everyone else in 6:12. Jumpei Yamaguchi (Japan) and Piet Wiersma (The Netherlands) were second and third in 6:17 and 6:18.

For the U.S., Eric Lipuma was 29th in 6:53, Geoff Burns was 41st in 7:09, and Kris Brown was 45th in 7:14.

French women went one-two at the top of the race, but the U.S. won team gold. Floriane Hot (France) was the champion in 7:04, and Camille Chaigneau (France) was runner-up in 7:06. Caitriona Jennings (Ireland) took the final podium spot in 7:07.

For the U.S., Courtney Olson was fourth in 7:15, Anna Kacius was seventh in 7:24, and Nicole Monette was 11th in 7:34.

Full results.

Haruki Okayama - 2022 IAU 100k World Champion

Japan’s Haruki Okayama (left), on his way to winning the 2022 IAU 100k World Championships, alongside teammate Nao Kazami (right), who finished sixth. Photo: Dinko Bažulić / Croatian ultra running team

Floriane Hot and Caitriona Jennings - 2022 IAU 100k World Championships 1 and 3

Floriane Hot (right) and Caitriona Jennings (left), the 2022 IAU 100k World Championships first and third place women. Photo: Dinko Bažulić/Croatian ultra running team

Challenge Stellina – Susa, Italy

The race hosted internationally deep competition, and paid 600 euro to the race winner with money going 10 deep. There was also a 300 euro course-record bonus for Jonathan Wyatt’s 1:14:37 course record from 2004 and Andrea Mayr’s 1:29:41 from 2021. The uphill course runs 14k (8.5 miles) while gaining some 5,000 feet.

Men

Joseph Gray (USA) beat defending champ Henri Aymonod (Italy) to the line by 27 seconds, winning in 1:20 to Aymonod’s 1:21. Third-place Chris Richards (U.K.) was only another 21 seconds back of Aymonod, also in 1:21.

Other Americans in the race included 14th place Andy Wacker and 16th place Dan Curts.

Women

Back from injury, Grayson Murphy (USA) looked back in form. She took the women’s crown in 1:32. Scout Adkin (U.K.) and Gloria Giudici (Italy) were second and third in 1:35 and 1:36.

Other Americans racing were eighth place Lauren Gregory and 12th place Rachel Tomajczyk.

Full results.

Trofeo Kima – Val Masino, Italy

This event only happens every other year, but always on a super-technical route that stretches some 52k with 4,200 meters (13,800 feet) of elevation gain.

Finlay Wild (U.K.) topped the men’s group in 6:10. It appears that Stian Angermund (Norway) and Alexis Sévennec (France) finished second together in 6:22.

Hillary Gerardi (USA), already the 2018 winner, won again and broke a longtime course record. Gerardi’s 7:30 finish bettered Nuria Picas‘s previous best. Marcela Vasinova (Czech Republic) was second in 7:58, and Karina Carsolio (Mexico) was third in 8:02.

Full results (when available).

Cirque Series – Grand Targhee, Wyoming

The latest from the team went 7.1 miles and with 2,212 feet of elevation gain. Sam Hendry, winner a week ago at Cirque Series – Alta, Utah, did it again with a 53:03 first-place finish. Janelle Lincks dominated the women’s run, just like she did last week, too. Her 1:03 run was six minutes up on the field. Full results.

TDS – Chamonix, France

iRunFar earlier reported on TDS. The 145k (90 miles) run from Courmayeur, Italy, to Chamonix, France, totaled 9,100 meters (29,855 feet) of elevation gain.

Forty-seven-year-old Ludovic Pommeret (France) ran away from the field towards an 18:37 winning time. Pommeret’s rich history with the UTMB Mont-Blanc festival includes a comeback win at UTMB itself in 2016, and a 2019 TDS third-place finish. Joaquin Lopez (Ecuador) outran Elias Kadi (France) for second, 19:32 to 19:49.

Martina Valmassoi (Italy) edged Claudia Tremps (Spain) in a close women’s race. The pair finished in 22:42 and 22:59, respectively. Katharina Harmuth (Germany) was third in 23:22.

The top American finishers were Matt Palilla in 18th at 23:13, and sisters Stacey and Jessica Marion in 27:11 for ninth and 10th.

Full results.

Ludovic Pommeret - 2022 TDS men's winner

Ludovic Pommeret celebrates winning the 2022 TDS. Photo: UTMB

Martina Valmassoi - 2022 TDS women's winner

Martina Valmassoi on her way to winning the 2022 TDS. Photo: UTMB

OCC – Chamonix, France

iRunFar earlier reported on OCC too, with results going 10 deep and highlights of the American runners. The 55k (34.2 miles) race went between Orsières, Switzerland, through Champex-Lac, Switzerland, and to Chamonix, France. Typically challenging, the course collected 3,500 meters (11,480 feet) of elevation gain. Neither course record was approached, but both races were compelling.

Manuel Merillas (Spain) and Antonio Martínez (Spain) dueled late. Martínez charged on an uphill but Merillas blasted the last downhill to win in 5:18. Martínez was second in 5:21. 2021 runner-up Robbie Simpson (U.K.) was third in 5:24.

The first American man was 12th-place Justin Grunewald in 5:56.

Sheila Avilés (Spain) moved into the lead late race and finished first in 6:10. Núria Gil (Spain) edged Dani Moreno (USA) for second. The pair ran 6:16 and 6:17, and were only 62 seconds apart.

Full results.

Manuel Merillas - 2022 OCC men's champion

Manuel Merillas takes the win at the 2022 OCC. Photo: UTMB

Sheila Avilés - 2022 OCC women's champion

Sheila Avilés, the 2022 OCC women’s champion. Photo: UTMB

CCC – Chamonix, France

Yes, iRunFar earlier reported on CCC with expanded detail on the race itself and more results. The Friday race hit many of the same spots as other races from Courmayeur, Italy, through Champex-Lac, Switzerland, and to Chamonix, France. The 101k (63 miles) course totaled 6,100 meters (20,000 feet) of elevation gain.

Both Petter Engdahl (Sweden) and Blandine L’hirondel (France) led from the start and both set new course records. Engdahl finished in 9:53, breaking a one-year-old course best, and L’hirondel’s 11:40 reset a record that had stood since 2018.

Engdahl was not seriously threatened late and instead second-place Jonathan Albon (U.K.) worked to hold off Andreas Reiterer (Italy). The two finished in 10:16 and 10:23, respectively.

The first American man was 13th-place Caleb Olson in 11:13.

L’hirondel though did take a big push from second-place Sunmaya Budha (Nepal) through the race’s second half. Budha’s breakthrough run saw her eat up L’hirondel’s lead late, but not fully cover the gap. Budha was second in 11:45, also under the old course best. Abby Hall (USA) was third in 12:12.

Full results.

2022 CCC men's podium - Petter Engdahl - Jonathan Albon - Andreas Reiterer

The 2022 CCC men’s podium (l-to-r): 2. Jonathan Albon, 1. Petter Engdahl, and 3. Andreas Reiterer. Photo: UTMB

2022 CCC womens podium - Blandine Lhirondel - Sunmaya Budha - Abby Hall - feature

The 2022 CCC women’s podium (l-to-r): 2. Sunmaya Budha, 1. Blandine L’hirondel, and 3. Abby Hall. Photo: UTMB

UTMB – Chamonix, France

If you’re reading this, you most likely already know who won, and who some of the other top finishers were. iRunFar has separately recapped the race too. I’m always left wondering, “What about so and so, how did they finish?” So here we’ll pick up every person who was named in iRunFar’s pre-race previews.

Men

Kilian Jornet (Spain) stayed in when Jim Walmsley (USA) broke the race open, and then found another gear when Mathieu Blanchard (France, lives in Canada) threatened to drop him to third. Jornet, and Blanchard, overtook Walmsley and ran the race’s first sub-20 hour finishes on the modern version of the course. Jornet finished first in 19:49, his fourth UTMB win, and Blanchard was second in 19:54.

Jornet’s win incredibly comes just a month after setting the Hardrock 100 course record and two weeks after finishing fifth at Sierre-Zinal. Blanchard moved up from last year’s third-place finish.

2022 UTMB champion - Kilian Jornet v2

Kilian Jornet, 2022 UTMB champion. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Tom Evans (U.K.) was third in 20:34, Walmsley held on for fourth in 21:12, and Zach Miller (USA) was fifth in 21:27.

The rest of the top 10 included:

6 – Beñat Marmissolle (France) – 21:28
7 – Arthur Joyeux-Bouillon (France) – 21:35
8 – Jonas Russi (Switzerland) – 21:46
9 – Robert Hajnal (Romania) – 22:07
10 – Thibaut Garrivier (France) – 22:09

Mathieu Blanchard - 2022 UTMB - second place

Mathieu Blanchard feeling all the feels as he takes second at the 2022 UTMB. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

And here is everyone else from iRunFar’s men’s preview that finished:

11 – Andy Symonds (U.K.) – 22:24
12 – Thibault Marquet (France) – 22:26
13 – Alban Berson (France) – 22:27
14 – Jimmy Elam (USA) – 22:36
16 – Jeff Mogavero (USA) – 22:52
19 – Mark Darbyshire (U.K.) – 23:03
20 – Guo-Min Deng (China) – 23:04
22 – Rod Farvard (USA) – 23:28
23 – Julien Chorier (France) – 23:32
25 – Ugo Ferrari (France) – 23:38
26 – Maxime Grenot (France) – 23:42
32 – Ho-Chung Wong (Hong Kong) – 24:04
33 – Hirokazu Nishimura (Japan) – 24:05
35 – Sylvain Court (France) – 24:15
36 – David Laney (USA) – 24:16
40 – Walter Manser (Switzerland) – 24:39
42 – Arnaud Lejeune (France) – 24:49
44 – Moisés Jimenez (Venezuela) – 24:57
47 – Seth Swanson (USA) – 25:11
49 – Tyler Green (USA) – 25:22
51 – Jason Schlarb (USA) – 25:30
56 – Rémi Berchet (France) – 26:13
65 – Hallvard Schjølberg (Norway) – 26:48
71 – Marcin Świerc (Poland) – 27:25
103 – Masatoshi Obara (Japan) – 28:44
133 – Can-Hua Luo (China) – 29:34

Jim Walmsley - 2022 UTMB - Courmayeur

Jim Walmsley runs into Courmayeur during the 2022 UTMB. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

There’s always a high number of drops among this group, and this year that included:

Gautier Airiau (France), Jonas Buud (Sweden), Sage Canaday (USA), Pau Capell (Spain), Maxime Cazajous (France), Mathieu Clément (Switzerland), Francesco Cucco (Italy), Aurélien Dunand-Pallaz (France), Benoît Girondel (France), Germain Grangier (France), Gediminas Grinius (Lithuania), Scotty Hawker (New Zealand), Luis Alberto Hernando (Spain), Harry Jones (U.K.), Erik-Sebastien Krogvig (Norway), Ionel Cristian Manole (Romania), Karl Meltzer (USA), Ryan Montgomery (USA), Hannes Namberger (Germany), Petter Restorp (Sweden), Lluis Ruiz (Spain), Erik Sorenson (USA), Tim Tollefson (USA), Sean Van Horn (USA), Pablo Villa (Spain), Yan-Qiao Yun (China), Jia-Ju Zhao (China), and Fotis Zisimopoulos (Greece).

Jon Aizpuru (Spain), Avery Collins (USA), Didrik Hermansen (Norway), and Jérôme Mirassou (France) did not start.

The first runner to finish that was not included in the pre-race preview was 15th place Guillaume Deneffe (Belgium) in 22:40.

Tom Evans and Zach Miller - 2022 UTMB - Courmayeur

Tom Evans (left) and Zach Miller running together during the 2022 UTMB, which they did for about 100 kilometers. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Women

Katie Schide (USA) went to the front early and built a big lead on the field. Only Marianne Hogan (Canada) dared to match that early pace, from a distance, and Hogan’s chase looked good when she momentarily led after halfway. Hogan went up on Schide, and the two were way up on the field. Hogan suffered an apparent leg injury though and the duel fell apart. Schide returned to the lead and won in 23:15, well clear of every other woman. Courtney Dauwalter’s 2021 course record stands at 22:30.

Katie Schide - 2022 UTMB champion

Katie Schide, 2022 UTMB champion. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Hogan held on to second in 24:31 and Kaytlyn Gerbin (USA) was third in 25:07.

The rest of the women’s top 10 included:

4 – Jocelyne Pauly (France) – 26:13
5 – Eszter Csillag (Hungary, lives in Hong Kong) – 26:32
6 – Emily Hawgood (Zimbabwe, lives in the USA) – 26:37
7 – Fu-Zhao Xiang (China) – 27:14
8 – Aroa Sio (Spain) – 27:17
9 – Francesca Pretto (Italy) – 27:31
10 – Eva-Maria Sperger (Germany) – 28:15

Marianne Hogan - 2022 UTMB - Courmayeur

Marianne Hogan enjoying pizza and coke at the Courmayeur aid station during the 2022 UTMB. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Other runners included in the iRunFar women’s preview were:

12 – Emily Vaudan (Switzerland) – 28:36
13 – Kaori Niwa (Japan) – 28:54
14 – Hillary Allen (USA) – 29:09
15 – Basilia Förster (Italy) – 29:10
18 – Katarzyna Solińska (Poland) – 30:35
19 – Claire Heslop (Canada) – 30:38
21 – Claire Bannwarth (France) – 31:29
29 – Anna Troup (U.K.) – 33:43

Kaytlyn Gerbin - 2022 UTMB - third place

Kaytlyn Gerbin is pretty stoked with third place at the 2022 UTMB. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Key women’s drops included Manon Bohard (France), Elisabeth Borgersen (Sweden), Naomi Brand (South Africa), Ragna Debats (The Netherlands), Azara García (Spain), Lucie Jamsin (France), Mimmi Kotka (Sweden), Maria Nikolova (Bulgaria), Jasmin Paris (U.K.), Brittany Peterson (USA), and Audrey Tanguy (France).

Sabrina Stanley (USA) did not start the race.

The first runner to finish that was not in the pre-race preview was 11th-place Paulina Krawczak (Poland) in 28:21.

Jocelyne Pauly - 2022 UTMB - Les Contamines

Jocelyne Pauly on her way to taking fourth at the 2022 UTMB. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Full results.

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Eszter Csillag - 2022 UTMB - fifth place

Eszter Csillag took fifth at the 2022 UTMB. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Justin Mock

Justin Mock is the “This Week In Running” columnist of iRunFar.com. He’s been writing about running for 10 years.

Based in Europe, Justin Mock has run as fast as 2:29 for a road marathon and finished as high as fourth in the Pikes Peak Marathon.