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Discussion: Spine Race!

in: Adventure Racing; General

Jan 15, 2019 7:48 PM # 
Not AR, but I figure some folks here would be interested, and if you are craving some exciting dotwatching...

The Spine race is currently running. Brutal ultra foot race across the spine of England. A number of great European ARers often are in the mix, notably Eoin Keith (has won multiple times, I think), and Pavel Paloncy.

This year, Eoin noted that one of his biggest challengers was Jasmin Paris, an ultra runner (from the UK, I think). She is still working back from pregnancy, but she has taken the lead today. Fun to watch! Not many women run this race overall, and it would be awesome to see her hold on! As far as I know, no woman has come close to winning outright before.

Jan 15, 2019 10:19 PM # 
Go Jasmin!
Jan 16, 2019 1:07 AM # 
They also produce great daily videos. The first two-three episodes cover the smaller events that run alongside the full Spine.

In a video interview on FB, Jasmin said she wanted to push onto Bellingham (the next CP for her as of now). She was planning to sleep there and then try to finish the race from there. Looks like she has opened up nearly two hours on Eugeni.

Tomorrow will be exciting!
Jan 16, 2019 1:08 AM # 
Oh, and Eugeni banked 1.5 hours of extra sleep/rest on her at the last CP, accounting for some of the gap. So...I'm guessing he will catch her in Bellingham, and then who knows!
Jan 16, 2019 1:30 PM # 
Jasmin has taken less sleep than Eugeni and opened up a 4ish hour lead going into the final 20 miles (less, now, I'm sure). If she finishes by 7AM local time (I think), she will break Eoin's course record from 2015. Every video I see: she looks positive, happy, relatively energetic. She is dominating. AWESOME!!!
Jan 16, 2019 6:30 PM # 
Looks like she'll finish any time now - less than 3 km to go. Oh, and she is expressing milk for her baby during her race. Hard core!
Jan 16, 2019 8:00 PM # 
From Facebook: "It's official! Jasmin Paris is the overall winner of the Montane Spine Race 2019 in a new time of 83hrs 12 mins 23 secs, thrashing the previous record by over 12 hours, obviously also the first woman home, and the first woman to win the event.

Just to give you a real appreciation of her victory, the previous women's record was 105hrs 54. Jasmin has bested that by over a DAY! (26.5hrs)

Epic, epic achievement. A massive congratulations from all of us at Sleepmonsters.

PLUS, as a new mother, she has been expressing milk en route for her young child, Rowan!"
Jan 16, 2019 8:30 PM # 
I had such an unbelievably fun time watching this unfold over the last day or so once she made her move on Eugeni. (It was fun watching her, Eugeni and Eoin run together for the first half as well, but wow to the last half!)

There is an awesome video of the challenger winner, Carol Morgan, somewhere on FB. I believe she has won the event before (don't recall if she has won the Challenger, full Spine or both). She makes a statement about doing her part in a small way in this Me Too World, and then she quickly previews Jasmin, saying, basically, "Look out for what she is about to do".

Needless to say, she did it. I hadn't heard of her before, but I'm fully on board with Parliament voting her in to replace Teresa May tonight...
Jan 16, 2019 9:20 PM # 
So, so cool...
Jan 16, 2019 10:01 PM # 
Jan 17, 2019 6:27 AM # 
I didn’t know much about Jasmin but saw this on a U.K. running site tonight:

“Paris had previously been second overall at the Dragon’s Back, sixth woman at the UTMB and is a former Skyrunner World Series champion. She holds the fastest overall time for the Ramsay Round and has also set fastest women’s times for the Bob Graham Round, Paddy Buckley Round and Ramsay Round.”
Jan 17, 2019 2:45 PM # 
And a crazy turn of events this AM. Eugeni dropped out of the race SIX km from the finish!!!!

Last I checked, the race had not confirmed the reason. On his FB page the translation suggested (not a clear translation as usual) that it may have been connected to his heart. So, Eoin Keith wins again! CRAZY!!!!
Jan 17, 2019 3:34 PM # 
Yikes! Hope Eugeni is OK. Well done, Eoin.
Jan 18, 2019 12:17 AM # 
Jasmin is now making the rounds in the parenting and academic facebook groups :)
Jan 18, 2019 12:59 AM # 
OK, so this finally helps explain Eugeni. As always, some GREAT facebook translations here. I found this in the comments on Eugeni's page:

"I just talked to! ' Eugene, is feeling better and has already been able to sleep some time. He says that with the heart as he says on the Facebook of the race, he had no problem. What happened to him is that he went his head because of not having been able to sleep any hour during the race. Since when I came to the checkpointa they were an hour caring for his feet (he ran about 80 km with part of the fingers of one foot in the air because he broke his shoe) and making him massages.
Before we got to the last hut i didn't know where I was, nor where I came from or where I was going, I didn't know I was I just wanted to sleep whatever it was. At the hut he couldn't sleep either, yet he continued the race, but
Continued Desvariant, with very cold, and then took the sack and the thermal holster and was put inside, and it capsized to sleep on top the snow, but every time I had colder and continued talking alone and desvariant. It was then that he pressed the emergency button and after a half hour came 4 people. They put him clothes and with his help continued walking. The team wanted me to finish the race but he just wanted to sleep. I wanted him to fall in a car and go to sleep. They the enganyaven saying that already cooks in the car to end that it was walking towards the goal.
It was he who decided to quit since he was not considered correct or unethical to reach the goal with help when it was a survival race. He says that throughout the race was found very well physically, strong and eager.
He's touched anímicament, normal, and as he says he "what a bitch, what a big bitch"."
Jan 18, 2019 2:49 AM # 
I *think* I know what happened. The final quote is a perfect translation, I'm sure. :)
Jan 18, 2019 2:54 AM # 
Jasmin was interviewed tonight on CBC Radio's "As It Happens". She described some of the same hallucinations I've had.

Start listening around 20:30.
Jan 20, 2019 5:53 PM # 
More from Eugeni - my computer gave me the option to translate, and it was reasonably easy to follow what he was saying.
Jan 21, 2019 2:23 AM # 
"I go to sleep but I wake up every 3 hours. I've had a really bad time and I still have not regained my peace of mind." Wow.

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