Breaking: Greenwood wins at the Western States

Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 26 Jun '11

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Ellie Greenwood

Scots runner Ellie Greenwood has added one of the greatest crowns to her glittering ultra career, after winning the Western States 100 race with a perfectly timed effort the US’s Kami Semick…

2010 World 100km champion Greenwood – a resident of Canada, but hailing from Fife – was well behind early leader, and 2010 winner, Garneau at the half-way stage, but as time went on became stronger and stronger as the finish at Auburn beckoned.

As late as mile 93.5 she still lagged almost 11 minutes behind the US’ pairing of Semick and long time race leader Tracy Garneau, who faded to an eventual fourth. As the race wore on the win was never in doubt as Greenwood looked strong, passing the duo and going on to win by a full 22 minutes as she crossed the finish line to take an amazing win.

Nikki Kimball came through to take the final podium spot, with an equally well timed effort.

Provisional women’s results are here with more to follow…

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  1. Don Dawson Jun 27, 06:21 AM

    What you’ve missed out is the leading runners problem with a bear near the end of the race. I don’t know the precise details, but as far as I know it affected the first 3 women who were, at that point, ahead of Eileen. How much bearing it had on the end result you need to ask them!

  2. Don Dawson Jun 27, 06:46 AM

    What you’ve missed out is the leading runners problem with a bear near the end of the race. I don’t know the precise details, but as far as I know it affected the 2 women, Kami and Tracy who were, at that point, ahead of Eileen. How much bearing it had on the end result you need to ask them, but Kami said she lost 7 mins because of it. Eileen caught them up while they being held up by the bear and she apparently dealt with the bear. Obviously it couldn’t cope with a fierce Scottish lass full of adrenalin,, and on a mission.

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