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Passage en revue de la course 2012

Champion Homme : Timo Meyer (20:03:20)

Champion Femme : Jenni de Groot (28:24:35)

Equipe: SCT (DK) Susanne Hastrup, Casper Nielsen, and Torsten Østergaard (88:01:54)

Le gagnant de l’Al Andalus Ultimate Trail 2012 fut Timo Meyer qui a terminé la coures en 20:03:20 heures – environs treize minutes devant Argyrios Papathanasopolous qui a achevé la course avec le temps exceptionnel de 20:24:40 heures. Victor Garanto Fajó qui est également la troisième au classement, se classe juste derrière Argyrios avec le temps de 20:37:27. La championne catégories femme fut Jenni de Groot avec le temps de 28:24:35 heures. L’équipe SCT (Susanne Hastrup, Casper Nielsen, Torsten Østergaard) ont dominé le classement en équipe.

Félicitations à tout qui ont participé, particulièrement à Timo qui a effectué une course irréprochable – Nous espérons tous vous voir à nouveau pour l’édition 2013!

Commentaires des participants

WINNER of Al Andalus Ultimate Trail 2012 (5-stages, 230km, over 7000m climb, in crazy heat) Yay!!! It was an amazing experience.. extremely well organized, great competition until the last stage!!! I met amazing people, ran on extremely beautiful trails.. congratulations to all finishers, we all went through the same tough challenge and I was impressed by your determination. Argi, Tommy & Victor thank you for pushing me constantly, you guys are insane 😉 A big thank you to all my friends who kept sending me encouraging messages. Thanks for supporting Shoe4africa!!! Now it’s time to recover! 😉 —Timo Meyer (JPN/DE), 1st overall

This was an experience totally beyond anything I could have imagined. It was a privilege to spend a week with such an amazing group of people from all over the world, as runners of all levels showed incredible displays of bullet proof mentality and solidarity. The fastest runners were inspirational and truly humbling in their generosity to each other and to the group, not to mention their extraordinary athletic prowess. A HUGE thank you to the organisers and volunteers who all worked relentlessly and selflessly to make this the best experience it could possibly be. If you want to see humanity at its best as a group of passionate people all help each other through an amazing life adventure then it just doesn’t get any better than this.  — Tarique Shakir-Khalil (GB/FR)

Cuarta edición del Al Andalus Ultimate Trail y segunda participación mía. Sin duda, este año sabiendo lo que me esperaba por delante, supe sacarle mayor partido tanto competitivamente como personalmente. El grupo de corredores más reducido que en la pasada edición hizo que el vínculo entre participantes fuera mayor. De hecho en el grupo cabecero en que cuatro optábamos al podio, reinaba el buen ambiente. Sin duda, otra experiencia inolvidable que supe exprimir al máximo para quedar con un buen sabor de boca, 3er puesto en la clasificación, aparte. Gracias tanto a los organizadores, voluntarios, médicos, … por hacer esta aventura posible. Carrera muy a tener en cuenta.

Fourth edition of Al Andalus Ultimate Trail and my second participation. Without doubt, this year knowing what to expect ahead, I knew how to get more out competitively and personally. The smaller group of runners in this edition made the link and companionship between participants stronger. In fact, in the leading group in which four of us “fighted” for the podium, there was a good atmosphere. Another unforgettable experience which I’ll never forget, despite my 3rd place overall. Thanks so much to the organizers, volunteers, doctors, … for making this adventure possible. Race to consider in further editions. — Victor Garanto Fajó (ES), 3rd Overall

5 days and 230km later – bruised, battered, toenail-less, chaffing, swollen feet, excruciating blisters, fatigued, BUT we did it and had a blast doing so. I made some awesome friends, saw stunning landscapes, and had a great time. I met great people with exceptional running profiles, and it was a tough one. — Linda Dabley (AUS/JPN)

I only come because I love the race so much, and this year was just as great as previous years. The checkpoint stars were as friendly and eager to please and assist as always – without them it just wouldn’t be the same. God-willing, I will be back next year to go for top 10!!!! — Paul Mott (GB), 3rd time participant

I just wanted to say thank you! For me it has been a life changing event from volunteering in 2009 to finishing the race this year in 2012. There truly is now a worldwide Al Andalus family and no reason why in 2013 the race shouldn’t be full! You deserve the praise, well done again for holding it all together. — Chris Goodacre (ES/GB) 

The generosity and camaraderie of support staff, fellow competitors, and local authorities has restored a bit of this old, cynical soul’s faith in people. Cheers to all! — Orla Kastberg (USA)

This was the hardest and most rewarding thing Gareth’s ever done in his life, with personal records broken every day. He’ll be back next year to prove life begins at 60!! Thanks to your amazing team. — Claire Stride (NZ)

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