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UTMB 2017: a rainy OCC

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Friday 1st September 2017
Tags  UTMB   |   OCC   |   Robbie Britton   |   Sally Fawcett
The OCC runners stood on the starting line in pouring rain in Orsieres on Thursday morning, ready for their 56km race with 3500m of ascent. 
It’s a fast course and it didn’t disappoint. Thibaut Baronian went off quickly, with Ruy Ueda in hot pursuit. But it was Marc Lauenstein who bided his time and paced it to perfection to win in 5.19.34. Baronian took second and Ivan Camps took third.
Speaking of pacing it to perfection, GB’s Robbie Britton worked his way up the field throughout the morning. At the first timing point, Champex Lac (9.5k), he was in 39th place, but he worked his way up to 16th by the finish. GB's Tom Payn came in 21st.

Robbie OCC
Robbie working his way up the field (image by kind permission of Tim Lloyd Photography)

The women’s race was a bit of a surprise in that Emile Forsberg was pipped to the post by Eli Gordon Rodriguez. Amandine Ferrato completed the women’s podium. 
GB’s Sally Fawcett had a great race to finish in 11th at her first UTMB.
OCC stats
Runners starting: 1565 Runners finishing: 214 Did not finish: 78 
1st: Marc LAUENSTEIN (10001) – SUI – in 05:19:34 
2nd: Thibaut BARONIAN (10006) – FRA – in 05:23:58 
3rd: Ivan CAMPS (10026) – ESP – in 05:27:14 
1st: Eli GORDON RODRIGUEZ (10031) – ESP – en 06:12:16 
2nd: Emelie FORSBERG (10003) – SWE – en 06:20:01
3rd: Amandine FERRATO (10008) – FRA – en 06:29:5

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