Wolfe and Frost show ultra class in San Francisco
For Anna Frost Saturday was one of those coming-of-age days. The New Zealeander has spent the last few seasons in the mountains of world gaining a reputation as a world-class mountain runner…
In 2010 her run at the TNFEC50 brought her to the fore in ultra trail running, and after great wins in multi-day races the 4 Trails and Trans Rockies in 2011 Frost has shown herself as a runner who could become a great ultra distance runner.
On Saturday she definitely arrived on the world stage. Not only did she win the TNF50 for a second year, but she demolished a world class field that included Ellie Greenwood, Kami Semick, Joelle Vaught, Krissy Moehl and Lizzy Hawker.
The Salomon athlete registered a big PB with 6:56:07 (three quarters of an hour faster than her time in 2010), fully 11 minutes up on Greenwood in second, with Joelle Vaught a further 33 mins back in third.
Her run once again netted her a cool $10,000, was good enough for 12th overall, in turn beating the likes of Rob Sharman and Kerl Meltzer – truly a world class run and must now surely put her up there with the world’s best women trail runners.
The men’s race saw a massive battle between two US ultra runners also at the top of their game. After a steady start Mike Wolfe and youngster (in ultra terms) Dakota Jones emerged as the front runners at around mile 28 of the 50 mile race in San Francisco’s Marin Headlands, and ran together for the next 17 miles before Wolfe put in a big effort coming out of the Tennessee Valley aid station (mile 45.5). This proved enough over the last 4-5 miles to take a 2 minute win and the $10k purse ahead of Jones in second.
Canada’s Adam Campbell came through strongly in the second half of the race to take an excellent third place and £1000.
But, hey don’t take my word’s for it, take the words of the man who was out there -Bryon Powell. Firstly covering the action superbly on Twitter throughout the event, then with a full results breakdown and finally with two excellent post-race interviews with Anna Frost and Mike Wolfe.