Monday, October 11, 2010

Ultramarathon Runners

The Face of a Winner

The Winner



For the tenth year running (pun intended), the Sörmland Ultra Marathon took place over the weekend. It's a fifty kilometre run (31.07 miles), from Björkhagen in Stockholm to Lake Rudan in Haninge. The race started at 10 am on Saturday. It's a very tough course with many hills, and you run through the Tyresta National Park equpped with a map. Luckily for the athletes the weather was good. Sunny and around 11 Celsius and there were many stations along the trail where you could get water. I was at the finishing line taking photos and talking to people. This smiling woman is Gloria Vinstedt. She won the women's event with a finishing time of 3.50.54 beating the second placed runner Kajsa Friström with half an hour! After the price ceremony I walked over to Gloria for a chat and a portrait. She told me that it was the first time she had competed in this race. She's raised in Tyresö, the neighbouring municipality to Haninge. Gloria started running ultramarathon races earlier this year. Before that she was a marathon runner for three years. Her best marathon time is 2.56 from the Paris Marathon. Gloria also told me that she is a student at the University of Gävle. Studying to become a health educator. The men's event was won by Brian Buchtrup Nielsen. More photos from this event in the slideshow.

9 comments:

Olivier said...

felicitation a ces courageux , mais aussi au organisateur, c'est un evenment qui n'est pas facile a mettre en place, faut bien penser a tous les ravitaillements

B SQUARED said...

I wish I could still run. I really enjoyed it. I was never in their class, however.

Birdman said...

Reminds me I have to exercise today. Yuk!

Buck said...

Incredible!

JM said...

Congrats to the winners! Great portraits, great slideshow.

VP said...

I can walk for a whole day, but I have trouble running to catch a bus. These guys are almost aliens to me!

Irina said...

Great photos, as usual. And the slideshow is so live. As if I was a part of it. Sitting in my comfi chair.

Rambling Round said...

Congrats to the winners!

Steffe said...

Thanks for your comments. It always surprises me that people seem to like the non portraits photos more on the blog, Go figure.