Chaigneau, Forsberg, Sandes all excel at a tough Trans Gran Canaria

Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 04 Mar '13

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Seb Chaigneau on his way to another TGC win

If you went by the form book in ultra-trail running, this last weekend’s happenings at the Trans Gran Canaria race wouldn’t have seen you go far wrong as global trail giants took the spoils across a weekend of racing…

Ian Corless writes:

Tough weather conditions took it’s toll on the 2013 The North Face Trans Gran Canaria with some key favourites in the 119km race dropping – Miguel Heras, Carlos Sa and Gustav Reyes amongst others did not make the finish.

In the blue riband 119km TGC event, North Face runner Sebastien Chaigneau dominated the race for a second year running, with a great victory in 14:05:53, some 25 minutes up on Oier Ibarbia. In the women’s race Salomon’s Nerea Martinez was over 17 minutes up on Esther Fernández. Results here.

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Ryan Sandes at the 2013 Trans Gran Canaria 83km race

In the 84km ‘medium’(!) race Ryan Sandes was never in trouble winning in 8:11:27, though was pushed hard all of the way by Salomon team-mate Philipp Reiter (8:27:31). Yurena Castrillo was well clear in the women’s race. Results here. (A little note here too about Shettleston’s Casey Morgan, finished an excellent 7th in 9:31:06!)

In the short 42km marathon event Marcin Swierc (2:58:54) was a clear men’s victor and easing herself into the season (after a winter skiing) was Emelie Forsberg, finishing 8th overall in 3:42:56. Full results for this one can be seen here.

Further reporting from Ian Corless can also be seen here.

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  1. Alberto Cardona Apr 18, 06:13 AM

    Sorry, but the photo of Seb is not owned by North Face, but mine never sold that photo

  2. Matt MST Apr 18, 09:38 AM

    Okay Alberto, should I credit the images to you?

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