Stoltz, Garrard win XTERRA England Championship

Aug. 24, 2014

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Conrad Stoltz and Emma Garrard captured the XTERRA England Championship on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Vachery Estate in Cranleigh, Surrey.

It was a landmark victory for Stoltz, his 50th career XTERRA championship win.  For Garrard, it was her first, made all the more special with a big cheering section full of family.

In the men’s race Stoltz came out of the water near the leaders (Richard Stannard was first out of the water) then blew the competition completely out of the water. He had a big lead at the 5K mark on the bike and then built on that.  Funny thing was, he was bleeding everywhere, but not from crashing.  The course is so tight and twisty in the forest his arms and legs just kept brushing the bush, not that he noticed.  His bike split was more than three minutes faster than the next best time of Francois Carloni.

Behind him a great mix of XTERRA’s elite were battling for second with last year’s champ Ben Allen, Yeray Luxem, Francois Carloni and Roger Serrano trading places.  Heading into the bike-to-run transition (well behind Stoltz) it was Luxem, Serrano, Allen, and Carloni … but then Kris Coddens got to the run and chased them all down with the fastest split of the day by more than two minutes.

All the while the women were having their own all-out battles.  Last year’s winner Jacqui Slack led out of the water and early on the bike and was looking strong.  A few hundred twists in the forest later and Garrard was in the lead with Chantell Widney not far behind.  Then came along Helena Erbenova on a mission to win her fourth XTERRA European Tour Championship of the year.  Those three – Garrard, Widney, and Erbenova – put on quite a show and it couldn’t have come at a better venue as the XTERRA England course cuts through the “arena” dozens of times so spectators and announcers can really get into the action.

Ultimately it came down to the run and a “refuse-to-lose” attitude from Garrard.  She posted the fastest run split by almost two minutes to capture her first major victory after four runner-up finishes in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series (including one to Widney last month in Colorado).

XTERRA England was the 10th of 11 races in the European Tour, which concludes next Sunday at the XTERRA Denmark Championship in Tisvilde.

More stories and photos from an epic day in England to come...

Elite Men
Pl Name Time
1 Conrad Stoltz, RSA 2:07:44
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 2:11:41
3 Yeray Luxem, BEL 2:12:04
4 Ben Allen, AUS 2:12:54
5 Roger Serrano, ESP 2:14:11
6 Francois Carloni, FRA 2:17:09
7 Matt Dewis, GBR 2:17:31
8 Jan Pyott, SUI 2:18:30
9 Richard Stannard, GBR 2:19:22
10 Liam Lloyd, GBR 2:19:37
Also: Beau Smith, Branden Rakita, Rory Downie, Grayson Keppler, Graham Wadsworth, Doug Hall, Asa Shaw, Rhys Davey
Elite Women
Pl Name Final
1 Emma Garrard, USA 2:24:29
2 Helena Erbenova, CZE 2:26:27
3 Chantell Widney, CAN 2:28:21
4 Jacqui Slack, GBR 2:32:48
5 Brigitta Poor, HUN 2:32:55
6 Maud Golsteyn, NED 2:37:29
7 Louise Fox, GBR 2:43:02
8 Jessica Roberts, GBR 2:44:54
9 Bethan Fowler, GBR 3:05:12
10 Natasha Berry, GBR 3:14:42
Also: Nicole Oliveri

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The XTERRA England Championship is the 31st of 36 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 19th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on October 26, 2014.

Date Race Location / Pro Winners
23-Feb XTERRA South Africa Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
8-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Braden Currie / Nicky Samuels
15-Mar XTERRA Philippines Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Guam Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Leonardo Chacon / Shonny Vanlandingham
30-Mar XTERRA Great Ocean Road  Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack
5-Apr XTERRA Saipan Championship Ben Allen / Carina Wasle
12-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship Conrad Stoltz / Barbara Riveros
13-Apr XTERRA West Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
26-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
3-May XTERRA Malaysia Dan Hugo / Jacqui Slack
17-May XTERRA Southeast Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
24-May XTERRA Mauritius Sam Gardner / Karyn Southgate
24-May XTERRA Spain Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
1-Jun XTERRA Portugal Ruben Ruzafa / Coralie Redelsperger
8-Jun XTERRA Brazil Championship Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo
15-Jun XTERRA East Championship Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
21-Jun XTERRA Greece Francois Carloni / Kathrin Mueller
28-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
29-Jun XTERRA Norway Dan Hugo / Cecilie Overbye
5-Jul XTERRA Ontario Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady
6-Jul XTERRA France Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
6-Jul XTERRA Victoria Brent McMahon / Melanie McQuaid
6-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley
13-Jul XTERRA Sweden Braden Currie / Helena Erbenova
19-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship Josiah Middaugh / Chantell Widney
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Helene Erbenova
2-Aug XTERRA Mexico Championship Irving Perez / Fabiola Corona
9-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
16-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
17-Aug XTERRA Canmore Mathieu Signoretty / Brittany Webster
24-Aug XTERRA England Conrad Stoltz / Emma Garrard
31-Aug XTERRA Denmark Tisvilde
31-Aug XTERRA Quebec Lac Delage, Quebec, Canada
7-Sep XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
20-Sep XTERRA USA Championship Ogden/Snowbasin, UT
26-Oct XTERRA World Championship Maui, Hawaii


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