Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SANDES SHIFTS FOCUS TO WESTERN STATES 100
Ultra-distance trail runner Ryan Sandes has shaken off a rare disappointing performance at the weekend, as he gears up for the prestigious Western States 100-mile race in California next month.
Sandes, returning from a six-month layoff from racing after recovering from glandular fever, and fellow South African Landie Greyling both dropped out of the 73.3km TransVulcania event in the Canary Islands on Saturday.
“I was disappointed not to finish but my legs had nothing in them,” Sandes, who was second in the 2014 Ultra-Trail World Tour, said on Monday.
“I was worried I was going to wreck myself to finish and mess up my chances at Western States, which is my focus race.
“I started cramping at 33km and knew that if I kept going I was going to do serious damage to my legs.
“This race was never a focus race so I’m hoping I made the right decision, but I will definitely come back.”
Sandes hopes to make history by becoming the first South African to win the annual 161km Western States race on June 27.