The Skyrunning season for 2012 will hold its final race this Sunday 28th October at the classic 72k Course des Templiers in Millau, France which will be attended by many of the best trailrunners of the world. The Grand Templar Trail (72 km) is now expected to take place in hevay weather conditions. Although it now seems the sun should be dominant throughout the day it is essential for everyone to carry warm clothing as the temperature might come as low as -4ºC.
Updated 28oct 11.45: Course des Templiers Results: Men 1. Fabien Antolinos 6h10m 2. Miguel Heras 6h14m 3. Andy Symonds 6h23 // Women 1. Nuria Picas 7h16 2. Emelie Forsbersg 3. Lizzy Hawker. Nuria Picas is now 2012 Skyrunner World Series Ultra champion. See Templiers 2012 race report, video, full results and photos here.
FESTIVAL DES TEMPLIERS 2012 (72k/D+3.200m) Skyrunning last race.
Despite the heavy weather conditions, from 5.15 on Sunday morning the races will be launched all the way till the final Skyrunning 2012 award ceremony where Kilian Jornet will claim his prize together with the women’s Ultra Champion, a title yet to be decided at this very race.
Hence, the women’s field is set for battle with favorites Anna Frost, Nuria Picas and Emelie Forsberg competing for the Ultra Champion title. Maud Gobert, last year’s winner, will not only have to deal with the top three ranked runners but will face heavy-duty competition from Lizzy Hawker, Silvia Serafini and Francesca Canepa.
Regarding the male field, Andy Symonds is of course a firm favourite for a repeat performance and other British runners feature strongly as podium contenders: Tom Owens, ranked 3rd in the recent World Series final in Malaysia, will no doubt excel, while Terry Conway, forced to retire at the Ultra Cavalls del Vent, is ready for another shot at a big international event.
Spain’s Miguel Heras who, like Conway, was a victim to the weather at the last event, is a consistent top performer just the same as veteran Nepalese Dawa Sherpa. Of the French runners competing in the Ultra Series, Francois d’Haene, fourth at Transvulcania and 6th here last year is joined by Greg Vollet.,
The end of the long racing season is taking its toll and counts several notable absentees which include American Dakota Jones, Germany’s Philipp Reiter, Italy’s Giuliano Cavallo or the local Thomas Lorblanchet, second last year, and three-times race winner.
With such a dazzling line-up let’s not forget all the 2,500 competitors who will face a total 3,200 metres of ascent and ascent along 73 kilometres together with a forecast of… zero temperatures. The steep rocky course along the secret paths of the Templars promises to close the season in the best possible way where everything can only be described as “ultra”.
FESTIVAL DES TEMPLIERS 2012: Full programme.
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