Three inov-8 ambassadors topped the podium at the Madeira Island Ultra Trail (MIUT) on a Super Saturday to remember.
Selected as a 2018 Ultra-Trail World Tour event, the MIUT saw runners from all continents descend on the Portuguese island for super-competitive races over a variety distances.
In the main event, the 115k race, Andris Ronimoiss (pictured left in the image above) beat a stellar field of runners to land a huge victory. Running in the colours of inov-8 Latvia, Andris covered the course, which included a 7,200m of brutal ascent, in a time of 13:57:10. He finished a massive 22 minutes ahead of his nearest rival, Aurelien Dunand-Pallaz. Andris ran in our aggressively-soled X-TALON shoes. UK inov-8 ambassador Damian Hall (pictured right in the image above) finished 6th in the same race (14:59:27), wearing ROCLITE 290 shoes.
Andris said: “The race was hard, but I was ready for that I felt extremely strong. To win an Ultra-Trail World Tour event is a dream come true.” Damian added: “A piece of cake? Not quite. But MIUT was a beautiful and brutal bimble. Happy with 6th and my second Ultra-Trail World Tour top-10 finish.”
In the shorter 85k race, which itself included 4,700m of ascent, inov-8 France duo Germain Grangier and Katie Schide took the mens and women’s victories respectively. Germain clocked 9:59:29 to win by three-and-a-half minutes ahead of Alexis Montagnat-Rentier and inov-8 France team-mate Julien Jorro (10:23:56). Germain’s partner, Katie, proved dominant in the women’s race and emerged a clear winner in 10:33:38. Both Germain and Katie wore our super-veratile ROCLITE 290 shoes. Read more about Germain and Katie, the trail running new power couple.
Germain said: “Today we raced up and down the Pico-Pico through the rain and the warm sun. I saw a lot of inov-8 shoes on the unpredictable terrain of the island! Katie and I both won the ultra 85k. It’s so cool to share these moments together.”
Spoting the picos with @kschide in Madeira. Such a great place to run 😍 @miutmadeira . 📷 @kschide . #inov8 #GetAGrip #inov8france #garmin #garminfrance #wezr #l2aforever #julboathlete #petzl #alpesmaritimes #biocbon #island #vertical #madeira #miut #trailrunning #ultrarunning #running #picodoarieiro #picoruivo #view
When all those dark runs in Zürich’s winter rain and lab work breaks watching aerobics classes from the spin bike deliver. Such great feels for my longest race yet thanks to my best training partner, coach, sandwich maker @grangier_germain who waits for me at the finish line even when his toenails are falling off. It was a short but sweet visit to Madeira with successes all around for @grangier_germain + @julienjorro who took the podium in the Ultra 🥇🥉and the boss-man @instagramsebastiencamus with a stellar 4th place finish in the MIUT 115km. Bolo party for all! 🎉 • #inov8france #inov8 #getagrip #allterrain #wezr #garminfrance #garmin #julboathlete #petzl #runthealps #biocbon #finishline #ultrarunning #trailrunning #islandlife #madeira #miut #miut2018 #runmadeira
Ultra-Trail Mt Fuji
Also on the Ultra-Trail World Tour, the Ultra-Trail Mt Fuji (UTMF) event took place in Japan on Saturday. Again, like in Madeira, several races over varying distances were staged. In the 92km STY race, inov-8 Japan’s Miki Ushida returned from injury to claim a big win. Miki covered the course, which included 4,100m of ascent, in a time of 9:56:27. He wore our TRAILTALON 290 shoes, which are perfect for long distance races over hard trails. See photos below of Miki winning the race and with his trophy.
In the blue-ribbon 168km UTMF race, inov-8 Australia’s Brendan Davies toughed it out, suffering badly from the 120km mark onwards. He said: “I aimed high, and the course and competition brought me back to reality. I ran a great first half and was right in the mix, but it wasn’t pretty after around the 120km mark and it was just guts that got me through to the finish. Lots of hiking, lots of time to reflect on what I did to put myself in that position, and what I should have done. Amongst the difficulty though remains the beauty and serenity of the mountains and the ever present Mt Fuji, such a beautiful sight, by moonlight at night, and at daybreak it brought me joy when things were getting tough. The Japanese charm also makes this race so special. Every marshal and fellow racer so cheery and supportive and while I can’t understand what was said, the tone of what they’re saying is all you need to hear.”
Three Peaks Race
Meanwhile in the UK on Saturday, the inov-8 sponsored Three Peaks Race saw 701 runners complete the 37km Marathon With Mountains course in Yorkshire. UK inov-8 ambassador Victoria Wilkinson (photographed below) won the women’s race for an incredible fourth time in 3:22:15. Although the time was slower than her own record (3:09:19 set last year), Victoria ran strongly throughout and was never headed over the summits of Whernside, Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough – a combined ascent of 1,608m. Victoria wore our fast-feel X-TALON 212 shoes to ensure excellent grip across the muddy sections.
Fellow UK inov-8 ambassador Nicky Spinks finished 12th woman and first over-50 in a time of 3:54:45. Nicky, the Double Bob Graham Round record-holder, used the event as further training towards her big 2018 challenge (more details to be revealed soon!) She wore prototypes of our new G-SERIES graphene shoes, which launch later this summer.
Promise Land 50k
In Virginia, US, Amy Rusiecki once again showed her ultra running class, taking top female honors – and finishing 14th overall – in the Promise Land 50k. Amy ran in our ROCLITE shoes.
Innsbruck Alpine Trailrun Festival
Finally, in Austria, the inov-8 sponsored Innsbruck Alpine Trailrun Festival saw thousands of runners take part in stunning mountain races over 7k, 15k, 25k, 42k, 65k & 85k. The festival, which marks the start of the European trail running season, once again proved to be a huge success.