Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SANDES SIDELINED FROM WESTERN STATES
Ultra-distance trail runner Ryan Sandes was forced to withdraw from the prestigious Western States Endurance Run at the weekend.
The 33-year-old athlete, who was aiming to become the first South African to win the 100-mile (161km) race in California, picked up a virus on the eve of the event.
“There has been a gastro virus going around Squaw Valley Village which I must have picked up,” Sandes said.
“I woke up at 3am on Friday morning feeling like death and could not even stand I felt so horrible.
“I hoped it would pass but I did not even have the energy to register for the race. It was too hard for me to stand so I made the really difficult decision to pull out.”
He remained relatively upbeat about the situation and hoped to return to training next week.
Sandes was already looking forward to the second half of the year, with his provisional schedule including the 166km Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc at the end of August and the 162km Grand Raid of Reunion at Reunion Island in October.
He also confirmed he planned to return to the Western States race next year.
“Everything happens for a reason and there will be lots more races to run,” he said.
“I have started to move forward and hope to grow from the experience.”
In his absence, Canadian Rob Krar romped to victory on Saturday in 14:48:59, defending his Western States title, with American Magda Boulet winning the women’s race in 19:05:21.