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IT’S ALL GO IN NEPAL. LACK OF NUM­BERS in our run­ning com­mu­nity is made up for in its un­con­ven­tion­al­ity. Just wit­ness the events of the past few months . . . Start­ing with the most ‘ul­tra’ of ul­tras, re­cently Ryan San­des and Ryno Grisels’ ruf­fled a few feath­ers with their fastest known time (FKT) for the Great Hi­malayan Trail – run­ning a to­tal of 1,406km in 28 days. There’s no sin­gle of­fi­cial route so al­most ev­ery FKT on the Great Hi­malaya Trail is unique, with some much harder than oth­ers. As for lo­cal tal­ent, Sun­maya Budha is a 19-year-old from a re­mote farm­ing com­mu­nity in West Nepal. She won the lo­cal 54-km Stupa to Stupa race in 5 hours 39 min­utes and the 50-km op­tion at the Gaoligong race (by UTMB) in March and smashed that too. Mean­while, Bhim Gu­rung, Skyrun­ning Ex­treme run­ner-up last year, has been se­lected for the Salomon Run­ning team with bibs for all the glit­ter­ing races across Europe. Sadly, it looks likely he will be forced to fol­low the races on­line, trapped In Le­banon by his 12-month UN con­tract. Mira Rai will be run­ning in Zegama in Spain, with Lavaredo as a tar­get. She is cur­rently fundrais­ing with the Hong Kong Run­ner’s Ex­change and Em­power project to teach and train five women and bring them to Ox­fam Trail­walker. En­cour­aged by this tal­ent at the top, we are look­ing again at the base. The Kath­mandu Trail Run­ning Se­ries is a se­ries of 10 races of 6km and 12km held monthly which give an op­por­tu­nity for young run­ners to try trails, run for points and be­come a trail cham­pion. Sea­son two starts shortly, pend­ing a spon­sor­ship short­fall. The An­na­purna 100 is set for Oc­to­ber once again, the route switched for the 11th and fi­nal time! Com­peti­tors en­joy a full frontal view of sa­cred Fish­tail Moun­tain from a 3,500m high point, and the route fea­tures a sin­gle push, 2000-m climb and a 25-km sec­tion of down­hill. That’s Hi­malayan trail for you. – Richard Bull

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