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GlobalLimits is organising 3 multi-stage races in 2017 in Bhutan, Cambodia and Albania. Come join us!

In this issue:

  • Race Report - Cambodia - The Ancient Khmer Path 2016
  • Interview with Sally Ford, the female winner of The Ancient Khmer Path 2016 
  • Preview Bhutan 2017 
  • New race 2017: Albania - The Hidden Treasure
  • Meet our Series Award Winners: Ali Wehbi (Lebanon) and Haruki Minaki (Japan)

Race Report - Cambodia 2016 - The Ancient Khmer Path 

The 5th edition of GlobalLimits’ – The Ancient Khmer Path completed successfully on 2 Dec 2016 at the finishing line in the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  The weather had been better than expected with blue sky and occasional breeze.  As a result, the runners were able to enjoy balmy evenings under the stars in the Preah Khan Temple in Vihear Province and the Beng Mealea Temple.  Many went for a swim under the crystal clear Kulen waterfalls.  Yes, there were many times when runners had to wade through muds, but overall it was a pleasant (but grueling, still) 6 days of competitive running along the cultural Ancient Khmer Path (and with children cheering for us with their handmade flower bouquets all the way!).  
The winner of the race is renowned Spanish runner Vicente Juan Gracia Beneito, finishing at 19:56:31.  The second is Belgium athlete Kurt Alderweirelt, finishing at 24:06:29.  The third place went to The Ancient Khmer Path veteran, Stan Lee from Canada, finishing at 26:28:29.  This is his fourth race in Cambodia!
In the female category, our Guinness record holder (please see her interview below), Sally Ford, from the UK won the category at 25:18:19.  Her compatriot, Clare Mulleneger, also from the UK, finished second at 25:33:53. Teresa Lam from Hong Kong, who was second time competing in the race, finished third in 28:25:48.  
GlobalLimits would like to take this opportunity to thank all runners, our dedicated medical team, volunteers, and our local partner and team.  Thank you for making this wonderful Race!
Click here for The Ancient Khmer Path 2016 Race photos
Registration opens now!
GLOBALLIMITS CAMBODIA 2017 

- THE ANCIENT KHMER PATH - 
6th Edition
220km - 6 stages
24th November - 2nd December 2017
Click here fore registration

 
ONLY FEW PLACES LEFT! 
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COMING UP NEXT...
GlobalLimits Bhutan 2017  
 - The Last Secret -
5th Edition
200km - 6 stages / +10.000m/-8.000m
26th May - 3rd June 2017
Don't miss! New race in 2017!
Click for Registration - Albania
New Race Location
GlobalLimits Albania 
- The Hidden Treasure -
Inaugural Race
220km - 6 stages / +8.000m/-8.000m
8th Sept - 16th Sept 2017

Interview with...

Sally Ford is a first time GlobalLimits runner. She is from the UK.  She was a runner in GlobalLimits Cambodia - The Ancient Khmer Path 2016 and won the female category.  She has run about 130 marathons and is the Guinness World record holder for the fastest female 10 marathons in 10 days.  Here she shares with us her impression of the race with GlobalLimits and training tips,

1. When did you start running?

I’ve always run but apart from the odd 10k my running career didn’t really get started until 2011 when I was 34 when I entered the London Marathon on a charity place. Not long after I entered an event scheduled for 2012 which involved running 10 marathons on 10 consecutive days and so a year of training began. Fitting training in around family life and work is always tricky but if you want it enough you find the time. That event in particular led me to meet more like minded people and become involved in the world of marathon and ultra marathon running. I became the Guinness World record holder for the fastest female 10 marathons in 10 days, although maybe that’s because few are daft enough to try! It’s a great thing to tell the kids though.

2. What are your ultra-running/ race experience?

From there the events I entered started getting longer, more frequent and more extreme and the races I’ve entered have taken me all over the world, from multi-day races taking in the length of the river Severn and across Arctic Sweden, multiple 100 mile trail races in the UK, running up and down the hills in the Lake District, the Great Wall of China, Iceland, the length of the Welsh/English border, the Alps and much more. I’m also part of the 100 Marathon club (my total is somewhere around 130 now). I train about five times a week now but usually races form part of that training - fitting in marathons whenever we can. It’s also important to train on consecutive days when preparing for races like this, to get your body used to recovering and getting going again the following day.

3. What's your impression on The Ancient Khmer Path?  Which part did you enjoyed most?

I entered The Ancient Khmer Path partly because I was looking for a multi-day race somewhere a little warmer than the UK and partly because it coincided with my 40th birthday. Not everyone’s ideal way to spend their birthday but it definitely appealed to me. I can’t rate this race highly enough. Yes it was tough in that heat and humidity but that’s what ultra running is all about, pushing your body to the limits. It wasn’t just the running that made this race special though, I feel I’ve seen and experienced the real Cambodia. We ran through many small rural villages, the highlight of which was meeting the many small children who came to greet us and offer us flowers. The locations Stefan picked for our overnight camps were incredible. From local villager’s houses and Buddhist temples to sleeping under a blanket of stars outside the ancient ruins of a temple and finishing one stage by a huge waterfall, the perfect way to cool off after a tough day running. The finish of the race was something special also - finishing inside the incredible Angkor Wat temple. It’s been an experience like no other and the camaraderie between the runners felt like being with family. The race in Bhutan is now firmly on my bucket list.
GLOBALLIMITS HERITAGE SITE RUNNER SERIES AWARD - 
​Join the three amazing races organised by GlobalLimits and become a member of the Series Award.


Runners that have registered for the 3rd GlobalLimits race in 2017 and will receive the Series Award upon completion of the race:

Marilena Wilkinson, Julia Romanova,    
Deborah Koh, Linda Dabley, Florian Renault,
Gaetan Morizur, Teresa Lam

Meet our Heritage Site Runners - Ali Wehbi (Lebanon) and Haruki Minaki (Japan) who has just completed The Ancient Khmer Path 5th edition and received their Heritage Site Runner Series Award!
 

We wish you a joyous holiday season and happiness in the coming year!
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