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inov-8 athlete Eirik Haugsnes wins Norway's first-ever Skyrace

by Editor
Thursday 11th September 2014
Tags  Tromso Skyrace   |   Skyrunning   |   inov-8   |   Eirik Haugsnes   |   Kilian Jornet   |   Emilie Forsberg

Race report: The inaugural Tromsø Skyrace - Saturday, September 6, 2014

inov-8 athlete Eirik Haugsnes wins Norway's first-ever Skyrace

The inaugural Tromsø Skyrace was organised by Kilian Jornet and Emilie Forsberg, both well known names in the trail running community.

The course they devised was a brutally tough one, covering 43k and including a mammoth 4400 meters of elevation with three huge mountain ascents. Over some parts of the course there was no path to follow, only markings, and there was lots of technical, exposed ridge running.

Eirik, whose outstanding performances over the last two years have propelled him into the world Skyrunning elite, said: ”To win the first-ever skyrace in Norway was a huge honour, especially as it was over the same mountains I first discovered my passion for trail running 11 years ago.

"All the runners taking part in this race were pioneers and as we gathered on the start line there was a feeling that we were about to embark on something very special. Personally, I felt like I was on home ground. One of the mountains we had to climb twice, Tromsdalstinden (1228m), rises high above where I live. Every year there is an uphill race to the summit of Tromsdalstinden, and it was in this race in 2003 that I first discovered I had a talent for running up mountains. Unsurprisingly then, it is one of my favourite mountains in the world. The run up to its rugged summit and the panoramic view it offers over the city of Tromsø below is something I will never grow bored of.

“I always feel good when running on Tromsdalstinden, and last Saturday was no exception. I felt good from the start of the race and passing the summit for the first time I held a joint lead with Norwegian uphill running champion Stian Hovind Angermund. The pace was fast, but I was not suffering at all. On the long, steep and technical downhill from Tromsdalstinden I managed to open up a lead. As I hit the aid station I contemplated waiting for the others but then discovered my lead was already up to two minutes so I pushed on alone.

“The next section of the race involved a brutal 1400m climb to the summit of Hamperokken (1404m). This ascent included 4k of a super-technical and demanding ridge running. It was an amazing experience to race both up and down such a spectacular, knife-edge ridge. The stones and rocks were both wet and slippery but the grip on my inov-8 x-talon 212 shoes gave me the confidence to attack the ridge and run fast. By the time I reached the summit of Hamperokken I had extended my lead to almost six minutes.

“Then came the second climb back to the summit of Tromsdalstinden. I really had to work hard on this ascent. I kept a good pace, while also trying to reserve a little bit of energy for what was still to come. I descended the mountain before tackling the final climb to the finish line on Fløya (450m). I felt really strong over the latter sections of the race and was able to extend my lead further. I crossed the finish line in a time of 6hrs 38mins 30secs, well clear of second-placed runner Ola Hovdenak.

“To win Norway’s first-ever skyrace, and to do so on home ground, was really sweet for me. I received lots of congratulations from spectators and friends, and felt really proud when topping the podium. The race was a big success and I have my fingers crossed that it can be included in the skyrunning world series in the future.”

Find out more at: tromsoskyrace.com

Men's 45km results

1 Eirik Dagssøn Haugsnes NOR 6.38.30
2 Ola Hovdenak NOR 6.49.39
3 Kilian Jornet CAT 6.49.55


Women's 45km results

1 Hana Krajnikova CZE 9.49.48
2 Sara Johnsen NOR 12.00.10
3 - - -


Men's 20km results

1 Dakota Jones USA 02.25.19
2 Ola Ørjavik NOR 02.27.55
3 Ole Jørgen Ørjavik NOR 02.32.02


Women's 20km results

1 Yngvild Kaspersen (third ovrall) NOR 02.28.46
2 Hilde Aders (fourth overall) NOR 02.30.35
3 Emelie Forsberg (fifth overall) SWE 02.30.42


Click here for full results


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