The trail running season is in full swing and June has been a busy month for Raidlight and Raidlight UK as well as all you trail runners out there. After the successful showing at the Maxi Trail Race Expo in Annecy, France, Raidlight have been busy sifting through the entrants to its fantastic competition.
This year Raidlight have been offering 4 people the chance to participate in 4 iconic trail races around the globe. The lucky draw competition allows a chance to participate in the Ultra Trail Muaritius, The Grand Raid Reunion ( La Diagonale Des Fous), the Oman Desert Race plus the fun filled Raidlight Winter Trail Race Series in Chartreuse. At present two winners have already been drawn with Fabian B. winning the Ultra Trail Mauritius place and flights and J-Francois C winning the Grand Raid Reunion flights and race entry.
The competition is currently running for a chance to participate in the staged Oman Desert Race. If you fancy your chances of gaining a free entry (worth approximately £1500) then click on the following link;http://www.raidlight.com/en/content/145-trails-of-your-dreams-by-raidlight
Staff at the Raidlight Headquarters, Station du Trail Du Chartreuse, are also working flat out to meet the increasing demand for the Award winning new back pack, the Responsiv 8L (http://www.raidlight.com/en/lazerdry/4214-gilet-responsiv-8l.html ).
The pack was recently awarded the coveted Janus Award at the 61st Ceremony held by the French Design Institute. The Award was presented to Raidlight-Vertical in the presence of the French Secretary of State for Foreign Trade. The panel of judges recognised the backpacks development in terms of effective rational design, quality ergonomics, and its minimalist hyper light functionality. Combined with the new production techniques of laser cutting and heat sealing, whilst being solely produced in France. This innovative product is exceptionally light at only 160 grams and was recently used by Great Britain Athletes Tracy Dean and Kim Collison at the IAU World Trail Championships.
Work also continues feverishly on building stocks for the new Made in France Laser Dry Clothing range as recently produced for the Netherlands Team at the IAU World Trail Championships. Hopefully it won’t be long until these fantastic items are readily available.
Raidlight UK have been busy with their continued sponsorship of the Skyrunning UK Series. The first race of the series commenced in Wales on the 13th June; the V3K. Raidlight UK arrived on the 12th to display kit at registration and then again on the 13th at the Finish.
It once again turned out to be a fantastic event, with the Race Organisers putting on awesome variety of vegan food, pre and post race, as well at the check-points. Overall conditions were good for racing and some excellent times were posted for both male and female winners of the extended Welsh 3000’s Route.
The next focus for Raidlight UK has been organising the guided runs over the Raidlight Sponsored Peak Skyrace course in July. The race takes place on August 2nd and is the second race in the Skyrunning UK series.
At present the race is sold out, but a waiting list is available to register interest if a place arises for those that are interested. A video preview of the race can be found here;
Raidlight UK Performance Team News
Whilst both Raidlight and Raidlight UK have been busy in June, Performance Team members have also been busy;
On the 20th June Ute Baird went to the South of France, near Montpellier, to compete in the 6666 Occitane, a technical race over 110km with yes you guessed it 6666metres of vertical ascent. She finished 5th lady overall; 3rd in her age class. Well done Ute.
Tracy Dean has been on a steady build up following her spring foot fracture and has started to incorporate races into her training to help improve on her fitness. So far races have ranged from a 5km Park run to the Mont Blanc 80KM! More detail of the Tracy’s adventures can be found on her Bloghttp://tracymdean.blogspot.co.uk/ where she also revues the Olmo 5 she used on the Mont Blanc 80KM. Well done Tracy and thanks for the revue.
Beth Pascall has had her eyes focused on the Dragons Back Race and on the 22nd of June she left Conway Castle along with around 130 other competitors undertaking the self-navigation North South traverse across Wales; approximately 300km with 16000metres of ascent (assuming you made the correct navigational route choices!). All competitors had live trackers which made for great spectator “arm chair” real-time race following. Over the 5 days of competition Beth seemed to get stronger and stronger.
On the final day Beth had moved up to a finishing position of 4th overall and 2nd female. An absolutely awesome result! The race itself had the first 3 females finish in the top 6 with Jasmin Paris wining and taking 2nd overall and Lizzie Wraith finishing 3rd female and 6th overall.
There are athletes and then there is Joasia Zakrzewski. There is no stopping this running machine; Joasia simply loves to run no matter what the distance. Joasia finished May with an 8th place at the world’s largest Ultra race, Comrades Marathon. The following week she was back in the UK and racing the Lakeland Trails Coniston Half Marathon, finishing 1st lady.
Two weeks later a further first female over the line at the Worsley Woods 5km Park run followed 2 days later with the start of the Dragons Back Race! Joasia is using this year to embrace and improve on her mountain/trail running. So not a person to do things by half she found herself on the start line of the Dragons Back race on the 22nd June. Joasia stated the following about her experience of the race
“What a week……running in fantastic scenery, eating muchos cake, making some amazing new friends, being inspired by the strength of so many others, gaining a couple of new war wounds, performing a superb face plant that had me lying there stunned and counting how many teeth I had left, a few moments of fear-driven paralysis on Crib Goch, many moments of self-doubt, the classic quote “you’re not a natural descender are you?”, and being so far out of my comfort zone that I was in a whole new country……but the Dragon has been slayed!!!!”
Joasia ran stronger and stronger as the week went on and finished a fantastic 12th overall and 4th Female. A truly excellent result.
Dan Lawson has had a month off from racing after his win at the 145 mile Grand Union Canal Race. As always Dan has been putting in some solid foundation training for his next focus race the Spartathlon, but still manages to do this whilst volunteering his services at the SDW100, giving encouragement to competitors and helping with community involvement/participation in running within the Brighton area as an Ambassador for RunBrighton.com.
Janson Heath has been mainly training up in the Lake District with the Lakeland 100 race being at the end of July he has been running over the course and also helping out in various Bob Graham Rounds. He did however take a break from the lakes on the 27th of June to run the Nomad 50mile race.
It would seem that Kim Collison is on for a fantastic summer of racing. After his impressive race at the IAU World Trail Championships finishing 20th overall (2nd Team GB athlete) Kim has managed to refocus and start his build up towards the UTMB in August. As part of this Kim chose to run the Lakeland Trials 110km Race on the 27th of June.
Not only did Kim win the race he also beat the previous fastest course time, set by Marcus Scotney, to set a new record of 10hrs 50minutes. Kim also used this opportunity to try out the new Raidlight Dual Finger shoe (http://www.raidlight.com/en/footwear/4046-trail-dual-finger.html). Fantastic running Kim.
Raidlight sponsored London Imperial College Trail Running Team member James Ellis also had a great run out in early June winning the Surrey Hills Trail Challenge Race and get a very nice trophy for his achievement.
And to Finish off the June Newsletter we would just like to say a massive thank you for all who purchased the Raidlight Nepal Headwear. The sale of these items raised over 55,000 euros which will go directly to aid the people of Nepal following the earth quakes earlier in the year there.
Happy running’s to one and all.