After 4 days of racing, the Pyrenees Stage Run reached the equator today with the shortest stage, 20km, between Encamp and Arinsal (Andorra). Yesterday the longest stage was held, 47km, and half of the runners had to finish the stage under heavy rain and some hailstorms in the “Vall del Madriu”, entering Andorra. Today, the weather has respected the participants, and the race has not been affected by the rain.
15% of the participants are no longer in competition because they had to withdraw, however, the organization allows them to run again the next day if they are in good conditions. This means that despite not being “finishers” they can continue to enjoy the experience and the Pyrenees throughout the week.
The competition continues to be dominated by much margin for the “Tuga Canarias” team (Gilberto Molina and Carmelo Gonzalez) in the men’s category, followed by a great fight for the 2nd position between the “The Sigobros Century” teams (the brothers Jesús and Mario Delgado). and the Belgians “The Ultrazzz” (Wim Debbaut, Thomas Swankaert and Kurt Dhont). In female category the Czechs Marcela Mikulecka and Petra Buresova “Runsport Team” dominate, followed by the English Jeanette Rogers and Kerrianne Rogers (mother and daughter) “Running Holidays France”. Finally, in the mixed category, the classification has been clarified in favor of the Polish team “BeerRunners” (Jaroslaw and Natalia Haczyk), followed by the Germans “Black Forest” (Steffen Rothe and Kathrin Litterst) and the Dutch “B-Running” (Bastian Mathijssen and Birgit Van Bockxmeer).
Tomorrow the event faces a high mountain stage between Arinsal and Tavascan, passing next to Comapedrosa and Pica d’Estats, in 39km and 2600m of elevation gain.
Photos by Ian Corless and Lluís Toll