Timothy Lee Freriks and Ida Nilsson have won the ninth edition of the Transvulcania Ultramaratón, completing the route with times of 07:02:03 and 08:04:17, respectively, conquering the most difficult race of the 2017 Naviera Armas Transvulcania Ultramarathon, and leading the 2,000 runners who took part in the race.
In the men’s race, Ludovic Pommere achieved second place, reaching the finishing line in Los Llanos de Aridane with a time of 07:18:15, in front of Zaid Ait Malek, who completed the 74.3 kilometres in 7 hours, 26 minutes and 31 seconds. The women who climbed the podium with the winner, Ida Nilsson, were Anne Lise Rousset, who crossed the finishing line after 8 hours, 32 minutes and 15 seconds of running, and Hillary Allen, in third place with a time of 08:03:27.
The President of the Island Council, Anselmo Pestana, the Island’s Minister for Youth and Sports, Ascensión Rodríguez, and the Mayor of Los Llanos de Aridane, Noelia García, were there to congratulate the winners and to praise all the Ultramarathon runners. The race is very difficult, due to its long distance and major ascents and descents.
Anselmo Pestana underlined “The undoubtable effort made by all the participants, both professionals and amateurs in trail running who have spent such a long time training for this race which presents various professional and personal challenges. Additionally, for another year, we have an outstanding side benefits which Transvulcania produces. Each year the race grows and attracts not only friends and family of the runners, but also the general public who want to experience this event from close up, something which is certainly positive for La Palma.”
Ascención Rodríguez thanked “the warmth of the Palmeran public towards all the participants who year after year follow the race at different points along the route and who are, without doubt, an added attraction to this difficult race, which 2,000 runners faced this year. Without doubt it has been an edition with many novelties, and in which, once again, has counted on the presence of elite runners of national and international level as well as our own Canarian and Palmeran athletes who never miss this trail running date on La Palma.