Luís Fernandes (Ludens Clube de Machico) and Ester Alves (Salomon Suunto) were the big winners oh the 7th edition of the Madeira Island Ultra Trail (MIUT).
In the men’s class, it was the first time that a local won the MIUT: 14.36.19 hours was the time that Luís Fernandes took to celebrate an unique conquer and with a 14 minute advantage to another Portuguese Nuno Silva, that stood in the second place of the overall standings.
“Honestly, i didn´t expected to win. Last year I won UT85 but this was my first experience in a long and competitive race. I controlled well the rhythm of my race, i trained a lot with my great coach Paulo Pires and i was very careful with my nutrition. MIUT is a fantastic event with an amazing course. I have do congratulate Clube de Montanha do Funchal because the event was really well organized.”
Luís Fernandes (Ludens Clube de Machico)
With this result, the Madeirean trailer, that star dominating since the second half of this proof, as now become the Portugal champion of Trail Ultra Endurance and automatically qualified for Trail World Championship, in 2016.
Nuno Silva (Desnível Positivo) concluded MIUT with 14.50.34 hours, while Luís Duarte standed third with 14.59.09 hours.
In the female’s class, Ester Alves is also the new Portuguese champion of the Trail Ultra Endurance, arriving at the finish line in 18.43.08 hours, beating Véronique Chastel (Team Hoka One One), with 19.06.48, and Susana Simões (Desnível Positivo) with 19.20.20 hours.
The main event of MIUT, with 115 km, began at Porto Moniz, finishing at Machico, across the other side of de Madeira Island.
“The competition was very demanding. It stands, with no doubt, at same level as the one’s of the world circuit. It’s very beautiful, but at the same time very demanding. I felt in the last parto f the competition, but fortunely I was able to complete it in first place, although already after 18 hours. MIUT will have even more competitors and I hope I can keep coming here.”
Ester Alves (Salomon Suunto)
For the other event, Ultra85, that began at Estanquinhos, the victory belong to another local, Francisco Freitas (Madeira Ultra Runners), after a complete domination of the race, arriving at the finish line in 09.39.10 hours, with a 21 minutes advantage over Martin Schedler (Salomon Germany), 10.00.49, and Miguel Silva (Club Alpí Palamós) with 10.41.24.
The Trail40, that started at Pico do Areeiro, was won by Nelson Graça (Run.pt), with the total time of 3.28.36 hours. Nuno Patrício (Clube Natureza de Alvito), 3.30.09, and Luís Fernandes (Trilho dos Templários A.C.R. Santa Rita, 3.40.35 hours, closed the podium.
At last, Marco Silva (Associação Desportiva Galomar), with na overall time of 1.11.37 hours won the Trail17, followed by Rodolfo Ferreira (Restaurante o Boleo, 1.20.50 hours, and Pedro Costa (Restaurante O Boleo), with 1.21.31 hours.