Got a bit of running around over the next day before jumping on a plane in just under 24hrs. Had a great chat will 2010 co winner Stu Gibson, as well as SimonC on Sunday. Between the 2 of these guys I have a pretty good idea of the course- at least I think I do. Feed back from the Salomon team that got over the course on Sunday is “flat and fast”!
I wanted to share the following info if anyone out there wanted to “follow” the race. This from the last minute news letter from AROC Sport-
I am bib number 876
“Follow the race LIVE
There will be live results and a blog during the weekend of the The North Face 100. Don’t be shy – tell your friends and family to follow your progress. The link will be from The North Face 100 website – www.thenorthface.com.au/100.
There is also a nifty iPhone application to allow you to keep track of any runner in the race. Just go to the ‘app store’ on your iphone or itunes on your computer. Search for ‘Sport Splits’ and download the free application. Then open the Sport Splits application and select the top right hand corner ‘+’ button to add an event. Then Choose The North Face 100 from the list of events. You can then search for any bib numbers in the race and view the times of that person through each checkpoint. The data is fed live from the live website so new times should come up within a few minutes of the runner crossing the timing mat at each checkpoint. You can add any bib numbers to your favourite runner list so you can continue to easily check for new data.
Twitter will be regularly updated with race information during the event by both event staff and an on-course runner. Follow AROCSport & AROCultra for all the updates. Please feel free to tweet if you have any news, thoughts or comments before, during or after the race and don’t forget to use #tnf100 within your tweet. The twitter pages will be linked to from the live website. “
I am also expecting Anna and the Salomon crew to be updating the Salomon Running FaceBook page during the race.
Oh yes, I will do a few predictions-
Kilian Jornet for the win- no big surprise, but, I will say, if Kilian is having a off day, or feeling the effect of little running in the last 6 months (and a shit load of ski mountaineering), then the following guys could swoop
2nd- Sebastien Chaigneau- 2nd (to Kilian) in the 2009 UTMB. Haven’t heard alot of talk about Sb, but the guy is the real deal. Will be hard to beat.
Ryan Sandes- will be interesting to see how the best multi day desert racer goes in this
Francois D’Haene- super strong French member of the Salomon team, he was training for the Ultra Trail Mt Fuji
Andrew Lee- 2 x winner and CR holder. A heap of local knowlage, don’t expect him to roll over
A few Aussie dark horses- Damon Georke, and Brendon Davies -maybe?
In the womans race- I haven’t had time to look over it real well. I know that the Salomon girls are super strong and my pick of those over 100k would be Devon Crosby Helms. If she has recovered from here R2R2R record and huge April we will be very hard to beat.
Me- we will see how the day plays out- top 5 is certainly on my mind……