Exciting news on The Hillary 80km Ultra SkyMarathon race – we have some good strong runners coming from Australia for the event to join the kiwis on The Hillary. Both Beth Cardelli http://bethcardelli.blogspot.com.au/ and Scott Hawker (a kiwi based in Australia) http://scotthawker.blogspot.co.nz/ are making the trip across the ditch to race the 80km event!
Scott was here a couple of weeks ago and won the first of the Skyrunner Oceania Series races at The South Islands Big Easy 100km a good half hour in front of local boy Grant Guise.
The men’s race is gonna be a great watch with Scott and recently the arrived in Auckland Lithuanian, Andrius Ramonas going head to head. Andrius has been cleaning up the races he has competed in with wins in November in the Westcoaster and Tarawera Trail Marathon 50km and a record breaking win in the Tussock Traverse in January.
And Beth is no stranger to New Zealand races with a 2nd in Kepler in 2014 and a 4th and 2nd in the Tarawera Ultra 100km in 2014 and 2013. She has also won Australia’ s The North Face 100km in 2012 and 2013 breaking the course record both times. The women’s defending Hillary champion Jo Johansen has confirmed she’ll be back so we are in for a showdown here, as Jo beat Beth by 16mins in the 2014 Tarawera Ultra. Last years 3rd place woman Shannon-Leigh Litt has also said she will be back and is fitter than last year!