Northburn 100- 2014 Recap

Above- post race interview with Northburn 50km winner and course record holder, Sage Canaday.

The Northburn 100 took place this weekend in amazing and very ” un-Northburn” like weather. While in the past strong winds, rain and even snow have featured, this year’s race took place in clear and calm conditions. Little to no wind and cool nights made for good running conditions, but temps reaching in the high 20′s during the day did play havoc.

Wouter Hamelinck climbing during the 2nd lap. Photo: Northburn Facebook.

Wouter Hamelinck climbing during the 2nd lap. Photo: Northburn Facebook.

At 25km, at  the top of the first climb, a list of the usual suspects-  Ben Winrow, Glenn Kelly, Glenn Sutton, Malcolm McLeod and Malcolm Brown, were all within 4mins of each other. Also included in this group was Wouter Hamelinck, a name that we had not heard before.  By 39km Wouter had 10mins on the chasing group. Arriving at the base area, 50km in, I quizzed Wouter (aka Yeti) on his background- HardRock, Ultra Trail Mt Blance, Tor des Géants were just a few of the races Wouter had ticked off = loads of experience. By this time it was heating up and he also revealed he had dnf’d the Western States 100 last year because of the heat.

Arriving about 10mins after was 2012 winner Glenn Sutton, not even stopping as he just swapped pack and kept going. Glenn Kelly was a few mins behind. The next 2 laps (100km) things more or less stayed the same, with big changes coming from people dropping out from the heat- Glenn Kelly and Michael Beaumont to name a few. Wouter had a 90min lead by 100km, while Malcom Brown had moved into 2nd place, just 5mins ahead of Sutton at the 100km.

At the 100km point 2012 women’s winner, Jean Beaumont was in a league of her own, but an 1hr back on Brown and Sutton. But 60km later Jean finished tied for 3rd overall with Malcom McLeod, in 26hr24. Both Jean and MeLeod finished the last 60km lap very strongly, making up around 1hr on Glenn, but still 15mins behind – a replay of the 2012 race where Jean finished very strong. Both Jean and Glenn ran about 20mins faster than in 2012.

Wouter Hamelinck had it all to himself, stopping the clock in an impressive 24hr33min, in the 2nd fastest time recorded at Northburn.

The 100km and 50km races saw clear winners in the form of Matty Abel, running 11hr46 to beat his own 100km course record he set last year. Matty took control early and ran strong all day.

US runners, Sage Canaday and Sandi Nypaver both ran away in the 50km race, setting new course records of 4hr45 and 6hr08.

Matty Abel winning his 2nd Northburn 100km title, in new CR. Photo Barrett Hocking.

Matty Abel winning his 2nd Northburn 100km title, in new CR. Photo Barrett Hocking.

Northburn Results HERE

Northburn Facebook- lots of photos

Northburn100 website


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