2014 World Skyrunning Champs





World Circuit

Active Patch 4U

inov-8 star at Sierre-Zinal

Victoria Wilkinson, 9th at Sierre Zinal. (c)iancorless.com

The 41st edition of the iconic Course de Sierre-Zinal, third race in the Skyrunner(®World Series, took place this past weekend in Switzerland. Offering a challenge to all, the course has a total elevation gain of 2,200m in the short but fast, 31km course. With a summit of 2,425 meters high, it provides a spectacular addition to the Skyrunner® World Series. Switzerland’s Valais Alps attract a top-class international field to undertake the classic point-to-point journey. The course has a stunning backdrop of the “Course des cinq 4000” five classic 4,000m peaks, including the Matterhorn, which are above the route.

Brand leader, inov-8 continued its strong progression in the sport of Skyrunning and fielded a multinational team with runners representing, UK, USA, Basque Country, France and Switzerland.

David Schneider, 7th Sierre-Zinal. (c)iancorless.com

Swiss athlete David Schneider has been relatively quiet lately, as he has become a Dad, however, his attention to detail and focus was not compromised for what he may well consider to be a ‘home’ race. Clearly stating that Sierre-Zinal was a target race for the year, David excelled and produced a world class 7th place overall in what is considered to be an extremely competitive field.

Fresh from a top three placing at the Skyrunner® World Series Speedgoat 50k in Utah, American, Alex Nichols was looking to continue his form in Switzerland. On the day, Alex produced an excellent 15th however; he openly admitted that he was not firing on all cylinders.

Ever present skyrunner, Aritz Egea, has continued his progression in the world of Skyrunning with a series of strong and dominant performances in races such as Limone Extreme, Zegama-Aizkorri and the Dolomites SkyRace®. Sierre-Zinal represented a new challenge for the Basque runner and although happy, he did say post race, ‘I never felt great all day today. From the moment we started it was a struggle and my legs felt heavy. Considering the pace of the race and the quality of the line-up, I am happy with 21st.’

Alex Nichols, 15th at Sierre-Zinal. (c)iancorless.com

Frenchman, Pierre-Laurent Viguier rounded out the inov-8 male performances with 46th overall.

For the ladies, the UK's Victoria Wilkinson continued her impressive form from the Dolomites SkyRace® and  in what is arguably one of the strongest female line-ups ever witnessed in this race. Using her incredible natural fell running ability, Victoria put her climbing and descending skills to great use with a world-class top ten.

Renowned for the support of the local community, the 41st edition of Sierre-Zinal was once again a great success. Attention now turns to the other side of the mountains and the Matterhorn for the Matterhorn Ultraks 46K which will take place on the 23rd August with another great line-up of top skyrunners.

COMPRESSPORT® in action at Ice Trail Tarentaise

Caine Warburton. (c)iancorless.com

ust two weeks after the Skyrunning World Championships in Chamonix, the Skyrunner® World Series headed out to the stunning location of Val d’Isère for the 65 km Ice Trail Tarentaise and the VK Face Bellevarde.

COMPRESSPORT® - a world title and four top tens!

Elisa Desco, Skyrunning World Champion. (c)iancorless.com

Elisa Desco reigned supreme at the 2014 Skyrunning World Championships and added another world title for COMPRESSPORT®, Official Sponsor of the Championships. 3,400 athletes from 47 countries came to Chamonix, the endurance capital of the world, to race over the classic distances of VK, SKY and ULTRA...

Arc'teryx athlete Florian Reichert - the beauty of racing

Florian Reichert, 24th on Zegama course. (c)iancorless.comOne year ago, German school teacher Florian Reichert, a trail, cross and road runner, had never heard of skyrunning. Leading Canadian outdoor brand Arc’teryx, Skyrunner® World Series partner, gave him the chance to find out...

inov-8 excel at inaugural World Series event

Jokin Lizeaga.(c)iancorless.com

Leading footwear brand inov-8, partnering the Skyrunner® World Series, started off the season with Spain’s legendary Zegama-Aizkorri, one of the most competitive races on the circuit, the challenge comes not only from the world-class field, but the often extremely challenging 42km course...

COMPRESSPORT® takes top honours at Zegama

Elisa Desco, Compressport athlete, 2nd at Zegama. ©iancorless.com

COMPRESSPORT® athletes, Italians Marco De Gasperi and Elisa Desco both took second on the podium in the first Skyrunner® World Series race of the season on May 25.  The Zegama-Aizkorri in Spain’s Basque Country, is renowned for attracting a highly competitive world-class field. This year was no exception, and the dynamic Desco...

SCOTT Sports - Desco and De Gasperi excel at Zegama

Elisa Desco (SCOTT Sports) 2nd at Zegama. ©iancorless.com

For ten years, Spain's Zegama-Aizkorri has been a permanent fixture on the Skyrunner® World Series. It is a race of legends, myth, mud and mayhem and the 2014 edition was no exception.  After all, Zegama is Zegama!

COMPRESSPORT® kicks off at Transvulcania

Elisa Desco, Transvulcania Vertical Kilometer winner. ©iancorless.com

COMPRESSPORT®, Skyrunner® World Series partner, kicked off the season at the first events on the Spanish island of La Palma at the legendary Transvulcania Ultramarathon and the new Vertical Kilometer®...

SCOTT Sports takes off at Transvulcania

Pablo Villa in the Transvulcania Vertical Kilometer. Pablo Villa, Transvulcania VK. © Ian Corless

SCOTT Sports joined the 2014 Skyrunner® World Series on the island of La Palma, Spain, for the iconic Transvulcania Ultramarathon and the new Transvulcania Vertical Kilometer® where, with three of their top athletes, made their mark - a win, a 6th and a 9th place!

Inov-8 athlete, Robbie Britton takes to the Sky

Robbie Britton, inov-8 athlete, prepares for Saturday’s Transvulcania.© Ian Corless

Skyrunner® World Series partner, inov-8, kicks off an extremely exciting year with the Transvulcania Ultramarathon and VK with inov-8 team member, Robbie Britton taking his first steps in a Skyrunning event...

SCOTT Sports partners with skyrunning

Marco De Gasperi, Team SCOTT Sports. (C) Droz Photo

The ISF is pleased to announce SCOTT Sports will partner with the 2014 Skyrunner® World Series, joining other prestigious outdoor brands: Salomon, Arc’teryx, inov-8, La Sportiva and Compressport.

Arc'teryx and skyrunning - a year of adventures, passion and podiums

Florian Reichert and Tessa Hill line up for the night-time VK. (C) ISF

 It’s been a long season full of adventures for the Arc’teryx team athletes competing in the 2013 Skyrunner® World Series.  Iconic races, such as Transvulcania, Zegama, the Mont Blanc Marathon and KM Vertical and Matterhorn Ultraks, together with the European Skyrunning Championships, have seen the Arc’teryx athletes on the front line...

UK brand, inov-8 aims to close 2013 Skyrunning season in credit at finals

Anna Lupton. Photo © iancorless.comUK brand, inov-8 have provided high quality run shoes for the trail, fell and mountain runner and in June this year, they celebrated a tenth anniversary with the launch of a new apparel range and a team to take Skyrunning by storm...

Arc’teryx team heads for skyrunning finals

Florian Reichert - Photo © iancorless.com

The Skyrunner® World Series comes to a close this coming weekend in Limone, the stunning setting of Lake Garda providing a dramatic backdrop to the close of the Vertical and Sky Series...

Arc’teryx athletes excel at Mont Blanc Marathon weekend

Florian Reichert - Photo © Ian Corless

An action packed weekend of racing commenced on Friday with an exhibition of exploding lungs and legs full of lactic acid as 400 runners climbed 1000 vertical meters over a 3.8km course. The ISF Skyrunning Vertical Kilometer tests every element of a runner’s ability to move upwards as quickly as possible...

La Sportiva dominate vertical ranking

Marco Facchinelli, Vertical ranking leader. Photo © ISF

La Sportiva dominate the Skyrunner® World Series Vertical ranking after the much anticipated Mont-Blanc KM Vertical in Chamonix, Friday, June 28...

Inov-8 team in full force at World Series’ Mont-Blanc events

Inov-8 team © Ian Corless

June 27, 2013 - June is proving to be a very special month for British-born company, inov-8. Celebrating ten years in the business, 2013 has seen the company create an International Skyrunning Team bringing together runners from all over the world to take part in the 2013 Skyrunner® World Series...

Inov-8 launches skyrunning team – and lots more

Sarah Ridgeway - Photo © Lukasz Warzecha

British-born sports manufacturing brand inov-8 celebrates its tenth anniversary in June, and it looks like there’s more than one reason to celebrate...

Arct’eryx team aiming for the sky

Arc'teryx athlete Joe Grant. ©LongLightArc’teryx, the Canadian outdoor brand and ISF partner, announces their six-man team participating in the 2013 Skyrunner® World Series