THE SANDMAN WINS THE 2014 NORTH FACE TRANSGRANCANARIA 125KM RUN
Possibly one of the most exciting races in trail running was run this past weekend at the 2014 North Face Transgrancanaria 125km trail run, with the leading names in trail running in the world fighting it out for lead position. In the end only one champion could be crowned and that title went to South African trail running sensation, Ryan Sandes, with an almost 10minute lead over 2nd place Frenchman Julien Chorier and 3rd position to American Timmy Olson.
“I was really stoked with how the race played out for me on Saturday. My plan was to run the first half of the race conservatively and save something for the second half of the race,” says Ryan Sandes. “Everything went according to plan, apart from running out of water twice but I only have myself to blame for that. It was awesome to cross the finish line in first place as it was a really stacked field and I wanted to get 2014 off to a good start. A massive congrats to all runners who took part in the race.”
Celebrations were short lived when Ryan found out on Sunday morning, via social media, that he had been disqualified from the race. “After crossing the finish line I went through a 2nd mandatory gear check (the 1st gear check was at 82km). I was asked for my jacket, cell phone and “cover”. I showed them my jacket and cell phone and asked what a “cover” was. I showed them my jacket again as I thought that is what they meant by cover. The person doing the gear check said “Ok”, walked off and nothing more was said,” explains Ryan.
“I was shocked to hear via social media, the next day and an hour before prize giving, that I had been disqualified for not having a space/emergency blanket as I had carried one with me the whole way and had shown it to officials at mandatory gear check at the 82km mark. The issue was obviously a translation misunderstanding at the finish. The race judge was not part of the TransGranCanaria race organization (race judges form part of the Spanish Trail Running Federation) and hence I was not kept in the loop about what was going on. I appealed my disqualification and the situation was resolved very swiftly and professionally. Thanks to all those involved for rectifying the situation.”
Ryan’s next adventure will be his record attempt for the Drakensberg Grand Traverse with fellow South African and adventure race, Ryno Griesel. For more info visit http://www.redbull.com/za/en/adventure/events/1331625638350/drakensberg-grand-traverse #DrakTraverse.
Overall winning times for the top 3 finishers in the 125km North Face Transgrancanaria
- Ryan Sandes 14hrs27min42sec
- Julien Chorier 14hrs36min28sec
- Timothy Olson 14hrs39min03sec