Caroline Chaverot will defend her title in the main race (125 km) after her perfect season in 2016
- Four members of the Spanish Trail Team – Azara Garcia, Gemma Arenas, Teresa Nimes and Raquel Martinez – will be present in the race -
Transgrancanaria HG will bring together the best female runners of the international scene with a select group led by the great star of 2016, France’s Caroline Chaverot, who will face rivals as Andrea Huser, Azara García or Gemma Arenas in Transgrancanaria 125 km race.
Stellar signing of Team Salomon, Caroline Chaverot, is the best female runner in the world today thanks to a wonderful 2016 when she conquered Ultra-Trail World Tour and Trail and Ultra Distance Skyrunning World Championships. Starting as the main candidate, Chaverot will have the chance to defend her last year’s title in Gran Canaria.
In the dispute for the title, if Switzerland’s Andrea Huser continues her historic progression in the 125 km race -4th in 2015 and 2nd in 2016-, she could be a strong candidate for the victory. In fact, Huser was the only runner who got Caroline Chaverot into trouble in the Ultra-Trail World Tour with 3 wins and 3 second places in the circuit’s races.
The next female runner is Spain’s Azara Garcia, who had an outstanding 2016. She began in Ultra races last year, achieving a second place in Trail World Championship held in Portugal in October. In 2016 she also took home the title of Spain RFEA Ultra and Spain FEDME Trail Championships. Definitely, she will be one of the bets for the Transgrancanaria 125 km race podium.
Spain’s Gemma Arenas closes this Top quartet. Arenas is the Spanish FEDME Ultra winner in 2015 and 2016, World Series Distance Ultrasky winner in 2016 and the fifth place in 2016 World Trail Championship. It will be the first time that Almagro’s runner will compete in Gran Canaria but she will be one of the favourites.
However, the battle for the podium doesn’t end here. In the list of female runners who will take part in Transgrancanaria 125 km race there are names such as Ewa Majer (Poland), Juliette Blanchet and Laetitia Pibis (France), Kristin Berglund (Sweden), Beth Pascall (United Kingdom), Mercedes Pila (Ecuador), Lisa Borzani (Italy), Ildiko Wermescher (Austria), Yulia Baykova (Russia), Helene Ogi (Switzerland), Manuela Vilaseca (Brazil), Laia Diez (Spain) or Jennifer Benna (USA).
Advanced race will be led by other Spanish international runner such as Teresa Nimes. Top 10 in the last two Trail World Championships, Nimes holds in her track record prestigious performances like a TDS victory or a CCC third place. Her main rivals will be Britain’s Helen Bonsor, Sweden’s Petra Kindlund, Austria’s Veronika Limberger, New Zealand’s Sophie Grant and Italy’s Marta Miglioli.
Raquel Martinez will command Transgrancanaria HG Marathon. Member of the Spanish Team last October, she will face Italy’s Silvia Serafini, Belgium’s Dominique Van Mechgelen, France’s Lucile Besson and Marie Peytaud, Sweden’s Sarah Eriksson or Spain’s Monica Vives and Sonia Mundina.
In addition, the presence of the Tor Des Geants winner Anne Marie Gross or the Italian Marina Plavan in the 360º challenge, or Irene Fuertes and Erika Blanco in the Starter race will guarantee female athletes’ quality in Transgrancanaria HG for another year.