3° Oman Desert Marathon: Second stage report and results

3° Oman Desert Marathon: Second stage report and results

The start line of the second stage is just next to a very high dune, and the basecamp faces it, reminding all the time to the participants what they will face the next day. The start time was at 6.30 AM, just a few minutes after the sunrise. The mild temperature helped the runners to climb this high dune and the course followed its crest for about 4 kilometers, this section is a continuous up and down of small soft dunes. This kind of sand is the most difficult it run in, a lot of energy is needed and only the top runners were able to run all the time. Most of the participants alternated slow running and fast walking in this part of the course. This section is also challenging from the strategic point of view: a good course navigation can avoid losses of energies and can save precious minutes of time.

The top runners group split in 2 parts in this section. Salamah Aaqra and Rashid Al Murabiti  chosen to cross the dunes passing one side, Evgini Glyva decided for a more direct trajectory on the crest of the dunes. The choice of the Ukrainian paid off and gave him a good advantage.  A big descent marks the end of this type of ground and the beginning of small red dunes with desert grass and goats. After other 4 kilometers of this type of ground the runners got to a immense plateau of compact sand and small stones: the bed of a dry lake, the perfect place where to run fast. The slowest runners hit this part of the course when the sun was already high and the temperature increased dramatically. A check point in the middle of the plateau offers a shade and water for all the runners and a couple minutes of rest. The last section of stage 2 is characterized by small compact dunes with some vegetation, not as fast to run as the plateau but still a ground where is possible to run quite easily. This stage had an incredible variety of scenarios and sand colors, from red to gold. The big effort of all the participants was paid off by the always changing panorama.

 Rashid Al Murabiti  dominates again the podium with a finish time of 2h00’54’’ followed by the Ukrainian Evgini Glyva, with 2h02’57’’ and by the Omani Hamood Al Bahri with 2h09’00’’ first woman, the Swedish Elisabet Barnes with 2h36’’04’’.

Unfortunately the Omani Suleiman Salem had did not finish this stage for a mild dehydration and the Italian Fabio Segoni had to interrupt his race for the weight of is backpack. Both Suleiman and Fabio ad been assisted immediately by the support staff and they are safe and fine at the base camp. Tomorrow 28 km in a very hard stage, everything can happen

See the results and some pictures of the day

3rd Oman Desert Marathon – STAGE 2

RANK

BIB

NAME

SURNAME

SEX

NATIONALITY

TIME

1

5

Rashid

AL Murabiti

M

Morocco

2h 0m 54s

2

63

Evgini

Glyva

M

Ukraine

2h 2m 57s

3

1

Salamah

Aaqra

M

Jordan

2h 9m

4

62

Juan Maria

Jimenez Llorens

M

Spain

2h 20m

5

34

Sami

Alsaidi

M

Oman

2h 21m 17s

6

99

Khalifa

Alabri

M

Oman

2h 31m 43s

7

41

Yousuf Abdullah

Alzaabi

M

Oman

2h 31m 55s

8

45

Elisabet

Barnes

F

Sweden

2h 36m 4s

9

69

Benoit

Laval

M

France

2h 38m 4s

10

47

Marco

Bondielli

M

Italy

2h 45m 37s

11

8

Kurt

Alderweireldt

M

Belgium

2h 45m 45s

12

82

Joao Pedro

Branquinho

M

Portugal

2h 48m 45s

13

37

Ahmed

Asalti

M

Oman

3h 2m 53s

14

32

Aziza

ALraji

F

Morocco

3h 3m 51s

15

7

Mohammed

Albimani

M

Oman

3h 17m 31s

16

29

Rachid

Almiqbali

M

Oman

3h 18m 10s

17

48

Dino

Bonelli

M

Italy

3h 25m 21s

18

42

Silvia

Amodio

F

Uruguai

3h 29m 47s

19

51

Nicola

Ciani

M

Italy

3h 32m 18s

20

3

Hamood

AL bahri

M

Oman

3h 34m 10s

21

23

Yousof

Almamari

M

Oman

3h 36m 26s

22

95

Adharanans

Finn

M

UK

3h 38m 53s

23

71

Francesco

Lucidi

M

Italy

3h 41m 48s

24

97

Marguerit

Natalie

F

France

3h 41m 48s

25

89

Cinzia

Tenchini

F

Italy

3h 45m 39s

26

91

Frank

Van Der Endt

M

Netherlands

3h 47m 19s

27

75

Gianluigi

Panzeri

M

Italy

3h 49m 55s

28

18

Ahmed

Aljabri

M

Oman

3h 57m 37s

29

2

Boukenadel

Abdelkani

M

France

3h 59m 1s

30

78

Soufiane

Radhouani

M

France

4h 0m 31s

31

81

Abelloh

Elfandi

M

Oman

4h 0m 53s

32

16

Adnan Saleh

Alhatali

M

Oman

4h 1m 5s

33

65

Rutger

Kleemans

M

Netherlands

4h 4m 44s

34

67

Laurens

Kummer

M

Netherlands

4h 4m 44s

35

80

Maarten

Rijssenbeek

M

Netherlands

4h 4m 44s

36

46

Angelo Vittorio

Bertoletti

M

Italy

4h 5m 39s

37

55

Paulus Johannes

de Boer

M

Netherlands

4h 6m 10s

38

83

Valerio Massimo

Sala

M

Italy

4h 7m 14s

39

25

Omar Khalifah

Almamari

M

Oman

4h 8m 9s

40

9

Gabriele

Alessandri

M

Italy

4h 9m 36s

41

40

Ahmed

Alyahmei

M

Oman

4h 16m 39s

42

76

Juan

Pereyra Tur

M

Spain

4h 16m 46s

43

70

Miguel Angel

Lozano Gallego

M

Spain

4h 17m 12s

44

60

Veronique

Coustenoble

F

France

4h 20m 40s

45

68

Olivier

Lacoste

M

France

4h 25m 22s

46

77

Simon

Perrin

M

France

4h 25m 22s

47

14

Redwan Saleh

Alhabsi

M

Oman

4h 28m 21s

48

43

Robert

Atchison

M

UK

4h 28m 21s

49

49

Jo

Charters

F

UK

4h 40m 55s

50

90

Cinzia

Tosi

F

Italy

4h 47m 49s

51

58

Cecilia

Du Preez

F

UK

4h 54m 27s

52

94

Moussa

Elkhaldi

M

Oman

4h 54m 27s

53

86

Aldo

Sicurella

M

Italy

5h 0m 9s

54

74

Luigi

Pagani

M

Italy

5h 3m 12s

55

73

Daniele

Morosetti

M

Italy

5h 7m 25s

56

44

Imad

Barakat

M

Siria

5h 8m 13s

57

59

Cecile Roselyne

Fouchard Bertin

F

France

5h 8m 59s

58

64

Heikki

Karinen

M

Finland

5h 13m 53s

59

57

Gerard

Delavaud

M

France

5h 18m 7s

60

61

Odile

Hochard

F

France

5h 18m 7s

61

50

Davinia

Chulio Fuster

F

Spain

5h 21m 25s

62

53

Gudrun

Dautel

F

Deutschland

5h 25m 33s

63

54

Hansmartin

Dautel

M

Deutschland

5h 25m 33s

64

92

Francesco

Vitale

M

Italy

5h 26m 21s

65

79

Angelo

Rigoni

M

Italy

5h 45m 53s

66

56

Giuseppe

De Rosa

M

Italy

6h 20m 53s

67

87

Roberta Eugenia

Stucchi

F

Italy

6h 20m 53s

68

85

Fabio

Segoni

M

Italy

DNF

69

98

Suleiman

Salem

M

Oman

DNF

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