Jones and Frost Dominate Transvulcania - Page 2
All three, as well as Francois D’Haene, who finished in 7:23:40, broke Miguel Heras’ course record of 7:32:12, set last year. Heras did not start this year’s race.
“I did not plan to run in front all day, but I just ran my race and up front is where it happened to be,” says Jones. “It was a little intimidating, but I have run that distance enough to know how I feel, and that was what I could do.”
Jones, whose impressive rise includes a win at the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile in April, said that even he was surprised by the result. “I knew I had a good race in me, but I never expected to be able to run that well,” he says. “Everything just came together for me and fell apart for others, mainly Kilian.”
Jones emphasized that his beating Jornet, who has been all but invincible in mountain ultras in recent years, should not be cause for too much speculation.
“He had some trouble with the heat and all those effects combined allowed me to beat him,” Jones continues. “I have no assumptions that I could beat him in prime condition, but Saturday turned out really well.”
By comparison, New Zealand’s Anna Frost led wire to wire and had a comfortable margin of victory in the women’s race—despite being in a field whose top six finishers all broke the previous course record.
Frost finished in 8:11:30, nearly two hours ahead of Monica Aguilera’s previous record, 10:00:03, set last year (Aguilera did not finish the race this year), and over 40 minutes ahead of second-place Nuria Picas, who crossed the line in 8:51:59. Americans Nikki Kimball and Darcy Africa finished third and fourth, respectively, in 9:10:00 and 9:17:35.
Jones indicates that he might be back in the future to try and run the course even faster. “The race course is extremely beautiful and I would love to return,” he says. “The island and its people are all really special, and I am very lucky to have been able to experience this place like I did.”
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