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Final Lap For Ultra Marathoners

Final Lap For Ultra Marathoners
From left; Simon Grimstrup, Andrew Hedgman and Xavi Marina on April 7, 2018. Photo: Josephine Prasad
April 08
11:07 2018

Denmark’s Simon Grimstrup came first in the fourth stage of the South Pacific’s first ultra marathon with a time of 2 hours 38minutes.

He was followed by Spanish national Xavi Marina and Andrew Hedgman of New Zealand while Australia’s Helen Durand was the first woman to cross the finishing line at 3 hours 20 minutes.

Vodafone Lost Island Ultra marathon spokeswomen, Josephine Prasad said: “ The 200km Vodafone Lost Island Ultra marathon saw 47 runners from the UK, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, France, Singapore, Australia,  New Zealand and three runners from Fiji make up the endurance testing team.”

She said the race started at 8.30am as they ensured that additional scouting was done for safety reasons.

“The Fijian runners including the Permanent Secretary for Industry and Trade Shaheen Ali and marathoners Kennol Narayan, Raj Prasad and Sharmila Lata will join the ultra-distance runners to provide some local comraderie on their last stage tomorrow.

“While for Anna Cowley, Eroni Takape and Petero Manoa who are still part of the ultra a powering on head-to-head with the world class competitors.

“The run tomorrow will start from the Tavuni Hill Fort at 8am that will pass through Sigatoka town around 8.15am and everyone is invited to take part in cheering them on through town.”

Prasad confirmed that the Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources and Tourism Minister, Faiyaz Koya will be at the finishing line to award the winners with their medals.

“The route has taken runners from the Suncoast, on the Ra coastline through the interior of Viti Levu and to finish in the Coral Coast, near Sigatoka. This is to showcase to a global audience of Fiji’s most hospitable communities, breathtaking and outstanding nature,” she said.

“As much as possible, the ultra-running took place off-road following old village tracks, old logging tracks and dis-used roads with the support of local communities.

“Whilst Cyclone Josie and the current tropical depression forced the organisers to make changes for safety reasons the adventure has tested all limits of endurance and stamina of the ultra-distance runners who most times have had to rely on the smiles of the Fijian people and the stunning interior to soldier on to the finish line,” she added.

Edited by  Leone  cabenatabua




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