3° Oman Desert Marathon: Third stage report and results

3° Oman Desert Marathon: Third stage report and results

Third Stage
km 29 total distance km 75

“This stage will make the difference, not only for the top runners but also for the rest of the group” – explains Ahmed Al Malki, the Oman Desert Marathon Race Director. That’s because this section is one of  the hardest stages of the race: now the runners are in the middle of the desert, far away from ant sign of human presence and surrounded by virgin sands and untouched nature. The competitors meet at 6.15 on the start line for the daily briefing and just after it, the race starts, at 6.30. Even if the sun was still low in the sky, this morning there was quite high rate of humidity and this didn’t help the runners. The humidity on one side, makes the sand more compact and easy to run on, but on the other the temperature perceived is higher and this increases dehydration.  The 29 km of the third stage are characterized by a fast start od 2 km and then 3 difficult sections of soft dunes, with in between little sections faster and easier ground. The first checkpoint and refreshment is located at km 10,5 , just after a high dune and on an immense plateau. The horizon at the end of the plateau marks the beginning of the second challenging section and at the end of it, at km 20 there is another checkpoint and refreshment located just on the top of the dune. First again Rashid Al Murabiti in 2hours 6 minutes and 59 seconds followed by Salamah Aaqra 2 hours 9 minutes and 9 seconds and third position for the Ukrainian Evgini Glyva, with 2h11’12’’ again first woman Elisabet Barnes, absolute 8th position with 2 hours 57 minutes and 54 seconds. The French Natalie Marguerit and the Uruguay Silvia Amodio had been fighting for the third place in the female ranking for almost all the stage, but at the end Silvia was able to pass her rival, that had to slow down for painful blisters affecting her feet. “The ascent and the dunes of this stage gave a big advantage to Rashid Al Murabiti and to the Jordan Salamah Aaqra, but I expect a great performance by Evgini Glyva on the fifth stage, where there is a long portion of flat. This kind of ground is where the Glyva gives it best” – explains Ahmed Al Malki.

Most of the runners have been struggling with the dunes and the high temperature while the top runners got to the camp and found the shade of the tent to rest and have some food.  Unfortunately two Omani runners, Abelloh Elfandi and Ahmed Aljabri did not finish the race for the fatigue and the high temperature. Both of them now they feel good and the doctors verified their conditions before letting them go home. Tomorrow we expect another tough day: 28 km of dunes and sands.

3rd Oman Desert Marathon – STAGE 3

RANK

BIB

NAME

SURNAME

SEX

NATIONALITY

TIME

1

5

Rashid

AL Murabiti

M

Morocco

2h 6m 59s

2

1

Salamah

Aaqra

M

Jordan

2h 9m 19s

3

63

Evgini

Glyva

M

Ukraine

2h 11m 12s

4

34

Sami

Alsaidi

M

Oman

2h 31m 21s

5

62

Juan Maria

Jimenez Llorens

M

Spain

2h 32m 23s

6

29

Rachid

Almiqbali

M

Oman

2h 45m 55s

7

41

Yousuf Abdullah

Alzaabi

M

Oman

2h 48m 41s

8

45

Elisabet

Barnes

F

Sweden

2h 57m 54s

9

99

Khalifa

Alabri

M

Oman

3h 0m 15s

10

69

Benoit

Laval

M

France

3h 7m 44s

11

8

Kurt

Alderweireldt

M

Belgium

3h 11m 12s

12

47

Marco

Bondielli

M

Italy

3h 13m 47s

13

37

Ahmed

Asalti

M

Oman

3h 18m 40s

14

32

Aziza

ALraji

F

Morocco

3h 20m 21s

15

82

Joao Pedro

Branquinho

M

Portugal

3h 24m 31s

16

23

Yousof

Almamari

M

Oman

3h 35m 20s

17

42

Silvia

Amodio

F

Uruguai

3h 50m 21s

18

16

Adnan Saleh

Alhatali

M

Oman

3h 57m 17s

19

48

Dino

Bonelli

M

Italy

4h 1m 53s

20

7

Mohammed

Albimani

M

Oman

4h 12m 49s

21

95

Adharanans

Finn

M

UK

4h 15m 47s

22

51

Nicola

Ciani

M

Italy

4h 17m 53s

23

3

Hamood

AL bahri

M

Oman

4h 19m 6s

24

71

Francesco

Lucidi

M

Italy

4h 21m 23s

25

91

Frank

Van Der Endt

M

Netherlands

4h 27m 3s

26

9

Gabriele

Alessandri

M

Italy

4h 27m 52s

27

65

Rutger

Kleemans

M

Netherlands

4h 28m 47s

28

80

Maarten

Rijssenbeek

M

Netherlands

4h 28m 47s

29

75

Gianluigi

Panzeri

M

Italy

4h 29m 46s

30

67

Laurens

Kummer

M

Netherlands

4h 30m 27s

31

89

Cinzia

Tenchini

F

Italy

4h 39m 34s

32

97

Marguerit

Natalie

F

France

4h 43m 9s

33

25

Omar Khalifah

Almamari

M

Oman

4h 50m 0s

34

2

Boukenadel

Abdelkani

M

France

4h 52m 7s

35

78

Soufiane

Radhouani

M

France

4h 54m 0s

36

46

Angelo Vittorio

Bertoletti

M

Italy

4h 57m 39s

37

43

Robert

Atchison

M

UK

5h 0m 7s

38

76

Juan

Pereyra Tur

M

Spain

5h 5m 29s

39

70

Miguel Angel

Lozano Gallego

M

Spain

5h 6m 48s

40

60

Veronique

Coustenoble

F

France

5h 15m 7s

41

68

Olivier

Lacoste

M

France

5h 15m 7s

42

77

Simon

Perrin

M

France

5h 15m 7s

43

83

Valerio Massimo

Sala

M

Italy

5h 15m 7s

44

55

Paulus Johannes

de Boer

M

Netherlands

5h 17m 17s

45

94

Moussa

Elkhaldi

M

Oman

5h 32m 4s

46

14

Redwan Saleh

Alhabsi

M

Oman

5h 32m 31s

47

90

Cinzia

Tosi

F

Italy

5h 35m 23s

48

59

Cecile Roselyne

Fouchard Bertin

F

France

5h 37m 7s

49

49

Jo

Charters

F

UK

5h 39m 21s

50

58

Cecilia

Du Preez

F

UK

5h 44m 44s

51

40

Ahmed

Alyahmei

M

Oman

5h 45m 34s

52

50

Davinia

Chulio Fuster

F

Spain

5h 45m 34s

53

64

Heikki

Karinen

M

Finland

5h 46m 6s

54

44

Imad

Barakat

M

Siria

5h 56m 0s

55

86

Aldo

Sicurella

M

Italy

6h 3m 53s

56

57

Gerard

Delavaud

M

France

6h 4m 54s

57

61

Odile

Hochard

F

France

6h 4m 54s

58

73

Daniele

Morosetti

M

Italy

6h 10m 20s

59

74

Luigi

Pagani

M

Italy

6h 16m 35s

60

54

Hansmartin

Dautel

M

Deutschland

6h 16m 45s

61

53

Gudrun

Dautel

F

Deutschland

6h 17m 0s

62

79

Angelo

Rigoni

M

Italy

6h 36m 0s

63

56

Giuseppe

De Rosa

M

Italy

6h 44m 9s

64

87

Roberta Eugenia

Stucchi

F

Italy

6h 44m 9s

65

92

Francesco

Vitale

M

Italy

6h 44m 9s

66

18

Ahmed

Aljabri

M

Oman

DNF

67

81

Abelloh

Elfandi

M

Oman

DNF

68

85

Fabio

Segoni

M

Italy

DNF

69

98

Suleiman

Salem

M

Oman

DNF

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