Hawker leads Everest Sky Race - just

Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 08 Nov '11

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Two stages to go and Lizzy Hawker is still leading the 2011 Everest Sky Race by a mere 7 minutes. Thanks to Roger Henke posting on the comments section on MST we have some great updates on the event, which finishes on November 14

Roger Henke – Nov 5, 03:20 PM

First report from the Everest Sky Race: Lizzy in the lead after four stages, ahead of the winners of previous editions, Jorbir Rai (2008) and Deepak Rai (2009). The really high stages are still to follow so this might change. Also, it is as yet unsure if the group can cross the highest pass on the route, the Tashi Laptsa (5755m) because weather is bad – the mess at Lukla airport will have been reported in the UK press by now.
A female in the lead has never happened in the up to now 18 multistage races organized in Nepal by Frenchman Bruno Poirier.

Roger Henke – Nov 8, 05:04 PM

Second report from the Everest Sky Race: the group has managed to cross the Tashi Laptsa and has reached the finish of stage seven, Gokyo Ri (5350m). Lizzy Hawker still leads the field but Jorbir Rai, the winner of the 2008 edition has come within seven minutes of Lizzy. Two more stages to go, crossing the Cho La (5450m), ascending Kala Pattar (5540m), to the finish at Ama Dablam Base Camp. Co-organizer of the Annapurna100 Richard Bull holds his own with an 8th postion in a field of 28 runners, just behind Sylvain Bazin.

© Richard Bull

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  1. Roger Henke Nov 10, 03:58 AM

    Third report from the Everest Sky race: The runners have reached Lobuche after crossing the Cho La from Gokyo. The two Nepali runners, Jorbir Rai and Deepak Rai have caught up with Lizzy Hawker who has been suffering from the Khumbu cough like most participants, since the crossing of the Tashi Laptsa. The combination of congested lungs and Jorbir and Deepak’s ability to remain fast on the uphills and down hills above 4500 meters put her in third position after eight stages. The organisation has decided to shorten the last stage and finish the race in Pangboche rather than Ama Dablam Base Camp to ensure that als the slower runners would finish in day light. The toll the last three days have taken with crossing of the Tashi Lapsa (5.755 m), the Renjo La (5.340 m), the Gokyo Ri (5.350 m), and the Cho La (5.420 m) is considerable. So the last 30k stage will be “limited” to climbing Kala Pattar (5.540 m) and making it back down to Pangboche. Annapurna100 (http://annapurna100.com) race organiser Richard Bull has moved into 6th position.

  2. Roger Henke Nov 11, 04:57 AM

    Latest update, straight from Lizzy by phone: she finished third placed, with Nepali runners Jorbir Rai and Deepak Rai in first and second place. Lizzy developed a chest infection before reaching the Khumbu (Everest region) which slowed her down and feels she might have had a fighting chance to beat the field without it. But this is all in the game of multi stage races, and she was very positive about the race experience.

    She still considers attempting to improve on her 2007 record time from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu (now standing at 3 days, 2 hours and 39 minutes). Given that her chest infection improves and the weather allows for it (which is to be seen) she will start on Monday or on Tuesday morning from Everest base Camp. If she decides to go ahead, a pacer team will waiting for her in Shivalaya – just before Jiri – and accompany her to Kathmandu.

  3. Roger Henke Nov 11, 10:17 AM

    The final results as reported by runner and film maker Fabien Brusson to Bruno Poirier:

    CLASSEMENT GENERAL FINAL
    JORBIR RAI 38H12 08
    DEEPAK RAI 38H26 35
    LIZZY HAWKER 38H54 39
    EMMANUEL REMY 42H16 50
    PETER OSTERWALDER 43H 28 54
    DOLMA SHERPA 44HH34 36
    RICHARD BULL 44H46 35
    MANIKALA RAI 45H48 50
    SYLVAIN BAZIN 45H55 00
    FRED DOYEN 46H49 00
    VIRGINIE DUTERME 47H49 29
    BEAT HINTERMANN 50H01 16
    MAX HINTERMANN 50H03 32
    PHILIPPE PIAS 59H14 04
    FABIEN BRUSSON 59H15 00
    ABANDON DIDIER RAGEAU PASCAL BEAURY MICKAEL DELONGLE

    LE RESTE DES PRESENTS ETANT CLASSES EN TANT QUE TREKKEUR

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