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UTMB® 2015: Winners and top GBR results

by Press Release
Tuesday 1st September 2015
Tags  Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc   |   UTMB   |   CCC   |   TDS   |   OCC   |   PTL   |   Xavier Thevenard   |   Nathalie Mauclair

Race report: Reports and results from the 2015 Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc®

At 10:15 this Sunday morning (August 30, 2015), more than 4000 runners had finished one of the four scheduled races this week in Chamonix, under bright sunny skies and a full moon that lit up each and every night. Only 734 runners had finished the UTMB® at this point, an event during which the extremely warm temps forced several competitors to drop out.

UTMB® winner Xavier Thévenard © Pete Aylward

Photo: UTMB® winner Xavier Thévenard © Pete Aylward

UTMB®: Nathalie Mauclair and Xavier Thévenard in high spirits

Not a cloud in the sky for Xavier Thévenard, who was able to deal with the hot weather. Early on Saturday afternoon he won his second UTMB® in 21:09:13, ahead of Spaniard Luis Alberto Hernandez (21:57:17) and American Dave Laney (21:59:42). The young athlete from the Jura Mountains joins the ranks of the other two-time winners, Italian Marco Olmo (2006/2007) and Frenchman François D'Haene - defending champion and absent this year. Three-time winner, Kilian Jornet, is only one step ahead.

All along the 170km race course, Xavier Thévenard wore out his Spanish opponents. Comfortably in the lead by La Fouly (km 110), he stayed out in front and never let up. "When I think about my race this year, it felt almost exactly like my race in 2013, both the circumstances and the weather. The difference is that this year I didn't worry too much about my opponents, concentrating only on my time. I had set specific split times for the entire course, and focused on hitting them in order to run my race." Bearing down, Xavier executed his plan to perfection. Several of his main rivals, such as Castaner, Chorier, Canaday, and Heras, dropped out, leaving the Frenchman to run to his second win in Chamonix.

The women's race experienced another French victory. Nathalie Mauclair, two-time world trail running champion, two-time winner of the Grand Raid in Reunion, enjoyed her first win at Chamonix's main event, after placing third last year. Motivated by Nuria Picas' (ESP) early drop out, Nathalie ran a significant portion of the race with Caroline Chaverot (FRA) right on her heels, until the latter was forced to drop out in Vallorcine due to cramps.

Following Karine Herry's victory in 2006, Nathalie Mauclair, at 45 years old, is the second French woman to win the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®, finishing in 25:15:33. "How simply wonderful," said the nurse from Sarthe when she crossed the finish line. "This is the second big day of the year for me, the first was the Worlds in Annecy, and then yesterday! Given the race profile, I didn't think that I would be able to win. The atmosphere was fantastic all throughout the race. It felt like the Tour de France. It was a magical experience and I was carried along by cheering from both spectators and volunteers."

Just over one-hour later, Spaniard Uxue Fraile Azpeitia finished in second place, and Swiss Denise Zimmermann finished in third, 2 hours and 18 minutes behind Mauclair.

UTMB® winner Xavier Thévenard © Pete Aylward

Photo: Winning woman of the 2015 UTMB®, Nathalie Mauclair © Pete Aylward

UTMB® in progress
Number at the start: 2563, total women: 223
Number of finishers: 535, total women: 38
Total number of drop outs: 895


Men's results

1 Xavier THEVENARD FRA 21:09:15
2 Luis Alberto HERNANDO ESP 21:57:17
3 David LANEY USA 21:59:42


Women's results

1 Nathalie MAUCLAIR FRA 25:15:33
3 Denise ZIMMERMANN SUI 27:33:51


Kim Collison © Pete Aylward

Photo: Kim Collison © Pete Aylward

GBR men's results

9 Ryan SMITH GBR 23:10:07
26 Kim COLLISON GBR 26:01:36
32 Damian HALL GBR 26:41:46


UK women's results

18 Amelia WATTS GBR 33:28:42
23 Caroline MCKAY GBR 34:50:25
28 Kirsty HEWITSON GBR 36:04:10


For complete results for the event, go to: utmb.livetrail.net

CCC®: Oceania and North America: two continents in the spotlight

If Europe dominated the UTMB®, North America and Oceania shined during the 2015 CCC®. The Stars and Stripes flew high over the men's podium, as Zach Miller and Time Tollefson took first and second place respectively. Wearing track shorts and tank tops, the two men ran alone, holding off third place finisher Nicolas Martin's strong comeback.

"There was never a point in the race when I felt truly at ease," said Miller, after an incredible sprint to the finish line. "Nico Martin put me on the defensive; I know that in Europe most runners are really comfortable going downhill and I was afraid that he might overtake me. But my legs felt much better after the last aid station, which allowed me to hold on." Nicolas Martin came within 1'30" of catching up before experiencing a rough final portion of the race.

He pushed hard to ensure his spot on the podium. "I've never suffered like this before; I started cramping up in Champex and had a hard time running downhill. The last couple of climbs were agonizing, and I moved along at a snail's pace. Finishing on the podium with the leg problems I experienced was a small victory for me..."

The women's first place finisher, Ruth Croft, put in an extremely strong performance, placing 7th overall. The New Zealander and former ski patroller finished ahead of race favorite, American Magdalena Boulet (a former Olympic marathoner), completely crushing the competition.

Number at the start: 2129, total women: 278
Number of finishers: 1470, total women: 192
Total number of drop outs: 659 (30.95%)

Men's results

1 Zach MILLER USA 11:53:32
2 Tim TOLLEFSON USA 12:06:56
3 Nicolas MARTIN FRA 12:16:47


Women's results

1 Ruth Charlotte CROFT NZL 12:54:53
2 Magdalena BOULET USA 14:02:47
3 Laia CANES ESP 14:43:07


GBR men's results

14 Andrew FALLAS GBR 13:54:47
37 Carlton ROWLANDS GBR 14:55:24
51 Keith MACINTOSH GBR 15:35:44


GBR women's results

12 Helen GREEN GBR 16:40:39
14 Georgina SMITH GBR 17:35:55
15 Tanya RAINBIRD GBR 17:50:10


For complete results for the event, go to: utmb.livetrail.net

OCC®: Youth takes over

On Thursday, the second edition of the Orsières-Champex-Chamonix ultra took place. Catalonian Marc Pinsach Rubirola triumphed, playing a game of cat and mouse with 2015 Trail World Champion, Sylvain Court, over the race's entire 53 km and 3300 m of vertical gain.

The Spaniard won in a time of 05:21:38, with only a 1'45" lead over Sylvain Court, who entered the race to become more familiar with Chamonix's surroundings, where he hopes spend time over the next few years to take on the UTMB®.

The women's race was even closer, with the top three runners finishing within 50 seconds of each other. Célia Chiron won in 06:41:53, in front of Cécile Lefebvre (06:42:19) and Caroline Benoît (06:42:43).

Number at the start: 1435, total women: 358
Number of finishers: 1317, total women: 335
Total number of drop outs: 118

Men's results

1 Marc PINSACH ESP 05:21:38
2 Sylvain COURT FRA 05:23:25
3 Germain GRANGIER FRA 05:38:27


Women's results

1 Celia CHIRON FRA 06:41:53
2 Cécile LEFEBVRE FRA 06:42:19
3 Caroline BENOIT FRA 06:42:43


GBR men's results

60 James ELLIS GBR 07:16:57
85 Phillip JONES GBR 07:45:48
115 Nick GARVIN GBR 08:01:29


GBR women's results

12 Sarah CAMERON GBR 07:53:07
36 Stephanie WILSON GBR 09:03:31
46 Georgia PEARSON GBR 09:13:32


For complete results for the event, go to: utmb.livetrail.net

TDS®: the French/Spanish matchup

The week's competitions started on Wednesday with the TDS®. The predicted French/Spanish podium finishes went as planned, with an exciting victory by Catalonian Pau Bartolo, who led the race from start to finish. After winning the 2014 CCC®, only a UTMB® victory remains for Pau to become the second person to win all three races, following Xavier Thévenard's triple feat.

Seventeen minutes later, Frenchman Cyril Cointre finished in second place, in front of teammate Antoine Guillon, who crossed the finish line hand-in-hand with Lionel Trivel. First for the women, Andréa Huser ran the perfect race.

With a first-place finish at the Swiss Irontrail and second place at the 2015 Eiger Ultra-Trail®, she was expected to win. In addition, having finished 13th overall in just 16hrs 35 min., she now holds the women's record for the course.

Number at the start: 1809, total women: 210
Number of finishers: 1214 total women: 145
Total number of drop outs: 595

Men's results

1 Pau BARTOLO ESP 14:26:40
2 Cyril COINTRE FRA 14:43:02
3 Antoine GUILLON FRA 15:00:03


Women's results

1 Andrea HUSER SUI 16:35:29
2 Cristina BES GINESTA ESP 17:04:52
3 Juliette BLANCHET FRA 17:52:20


GBR men's results

16 Lawrence ECCLES GBR 17:25:00
55 David WARD GBR 20:13:56
64 Stephen EDWARDS GBR 20:32:41


GBR women's results

17 Anna TROUP GBR 22:49:13
27 Kaz WILLIAMS GBR 25:32:19
46 Amanda CALVERT GBR 26:38:02


For complete results for the event, go to: utmb.livetrail.net

PTL®: a couple finishes on top

In a masterful finish on Friday afternoon around 16:00, the Belgian couple Stephan Bero and Isabelle Ost, the "Shooting Stars," celebrated their victory and 118-hour effort with a glass of "Celeste," the famous Belgian beer. The large crowd gave a round of applause for the couple following their 4-day and 4-night adventure (300 km and 26,000 m of vertical gain).

Photo: Stephan Bero and Isabelle Ost, the first finishers of the PTL® © Pete Aylward

*PTL® in progress
Number at the start: 107 teams 
Number of teams finished: 6
Total number of drop outs: 67


For complete results for the event, go to: utmb.livetrail.net

A thirteenth edition that many describe as exceptional, where the sun and the moon shone brightly for all 7500 runners! Powerful emotions, exceptional athletic performances, and a unique slice of life will remain forever engrained; from the first to the last finisher, everyone experienced a truly amazing adventure this week.

*Key event statistics - Stats valid as of 08:34:45 on 30/08/2015


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