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Oceania Championships – Australia glitters golds

David Byrne, Blake Hose, Martin Dent


The weekend’s events at Australia’s Buffalo Stampede, the second Skyrunning Continental Championship, assigned eleven of the twelve medals at stake to Australia, where both the Sky and Ultra distances were disputed. With the presence of international world-class runners like Stevie Kremer, Tom Owens and Michel Lanne, the competition was going to be tough.


Buffalo Stampede Ultra SkyMarathon 75 km

South African Landie Greyling was the star of the show here with a tenth overall place in the 75k Ultra, 19’ ahead of Australia’s Beth Cardelli, winner of the Oceania title who took the gold. Australians Julie Quinn and Gill Fowler took silver and bronze respectively.  Look out for Landie’s upcoming participation in the African Championship at the Dodo Trail, Mauritius, and in the Skyrunner® World Series races.


Briton Tom Owens, a Sky distance specialist, took the field in his first 75km race in an excellent 8h17’, although short of Dakota Jones’ 2014 record of 7h48’. Andrew Tuckey, with a 6th UTMB place and 2nd at the TNF 100, he took the gold for Australia. New Zealander Martin Lukes, third, and Australian Thomas Brazier, fifth, took the silver and bronze medals.


Ultra race results


Men

1. Tom Owens (GBR) – Salomon - 8h17’02”

2. Andrew Tuckey (AUS) - The North Face -8h28’46”

3. Martin Lukes (NZL) - 8h53’40”

4. Thomas Brazier (AUS) - 9h04’55”

5. John Winsbury (AUS) - 9h05’17”


Women

1. Landle Greyling (RSA) – Salomon - 9h40’42”

2. Beth Cardelli (AUS) 9h59’46”

3. Julie Quinn (AUS) 10h05’34”

4. Gill Fowler (AUS) 10h16’13”

5. Jo Johansen (NZL) 10h17’31”


Mira Rai, Stevie Kremer © Salomon


2015 Skyrunning Oceania Championships medals


Ultra - men

Gold- Australia

Silver – New Zealand

Bronze – Australia


Ultra - women

Gold- Australia

Silver – Australia

Bronze – Australia


Buffalo Stampede SkyMarathon 41 km

In the Sky distance Australia shone with a first place and gold medal for Blake Hose. Hanny Alliston, took the gold with a second place in the women’s field. In fact, Australia bagged all the medals at stake over the two categories in these first Oceania Championships on their home ground.


Blake, who was fourth in the inaugural Asian Championships in February, lowered the standing record by more than 25’, placing Frenchman Michel Lanne and Nepal’s Samir Tamang in second and third respectively. The Oceania Sky titles are all-Australian with Blake Hose, gold, David Byrne, silver and Martin Dent, bronze.


Skyrunning 2014 World Champion, American Stevie Kremer, swept the women’s field (and nearly the men’s) with an incredible 6th position overall, closing in 4h26”, slicing an incredible 35’ off Anna Frost’s 2014 record. Hanny Allston, in second, also finished below record time and takes the gold for Australia. In third, Mira Rai, winner of the Asian Championships, a great result considering her last-minute arrival with Samir Tamang from Nepal just the day before. The Oceania medals are completed by Australians Joanne Tough, silver, and Maggie Jones, bronze.


Buffalo medals © Salomon


Sky race results 41 km


Men

1. Blake Hose (AUS) – Salomon -3h59’57”

2. David Byrne (AUS) – New Balance -4h20’43”

3. Michel Lanne (FRA) – Salomon - 4h22’14”

4. Samir Tamang (NEP) - 4h22’20”

5. Martin Dent (AUS) - 4h23’28”


Women

1. Stevie Kremer (USA) – Salomon - 4h26’54”

2. Hanny Allston (AUS) – The North Face - 4h31’26”

3. Mira Rai (NEP) - 4h52’34”

4. Joanne Tough (AUS) - 5h40’02”

5. Shiri Leventhal (CAN) - 5h52’50”



2015 Skyrunning Oceania Championships medals


Sky - men

Gold- Australia

Silver – Australia

Bronze – Australia


Sky- women

Gold- Australia

Silver – Australia

Bronze – Australia


Skyrunner® World Series ranking (updating)


Race website


The European Championships are next on the calendar with the iconic Zegama-Aizkorri representing the Sky discipline on May 17.


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