For the second time in a month, Asia Trail Master championship leader Arief Wismoyono had to tolerate a European guest runner to take a prestigious race victory in his home country of Indonesia. Wismoyono finished second in the 100 miles race of Bromo Tengger Semeru Ultra last weekend behind Matthias Kraus of Austria. Still, the Bandung Explorer ace increased his points lead in the championship by 75 points and is beginning to look like the one to beat with just four races left on the calendar. Ironically, his main rival could become Brunei’s Sefli Ahar, who won he 100km race at BTS with astonishing speed and remains unbeaten!
The event was overshadowed by the sudden passing of Jakarta ultrarunner Andi Nursaiful, who succumbed to a heart attack in the early hours of Saturday.
Italy’s Alessandro Sherpa was leading the 100 miles race early on. At km 60, however, he was forced to retire as his drop bag was not available at the chosen checkpoint. Fellow European Matthias Kraus took over, while the local heroes Arief Wismoyono, Fandi Achmad and Dzaki Wardana stayed more or less together for a long time - wise given the very technical nature of some parts of the BTS Ultra course. Kraus proved too fast and claimed the win, but Wismoyono proved once more he is still the reference in male trail running in Indonesia by taking second place. He now totals 2475 ATM championship points and puts additional pressure on all other contenders to catch up with him in the remainder of the season, let alone overtake him!
There was another outstanding performance on the 100 miles as Eni Rosita became only the second woman ever to finish the distance. What a comeback for her after the misery and long recovery folllowing the acid attack last year in October. Since her return, Rosita has been struggling to keep up with the fast pace of the new wave of runners such as Ruth Theresia and Shindy Patricia, but her stamina and determination is as high as ever! Patricia, in fact, was a DNF after 100k last weekend. Even though the Malang runner was one of many who suffered from food poisoning, it is arguably not a coincidence that the toughened Rosita made it all the way to the finish. Overall, ten runners completed the 100 miles this year within the assigned cut-off time of 45 hours.
The 100k race deserves a lot of credit also at BTS and is rewarded with 500 championship points for the winner. Sefli Ahar took full advantage and kept his own ATM championship hopes alive with a commanding victory in a new course record of 19 hours six minutes. The Bruneian did have his troubles during the race, though, as he got lost a few times. Contrary to in Penang Eco 100, Ahar nowadays remains calm and finds back the right trail to continue his rush to the finish. Imagine Ahar had actually won in Penang as well last May. Alas, he now has 1550 championship points but needs 2 more races to actually have a chance to become ATM champion. The women’s 100k was won by Malaysia’s Reylen James, who finished half an hour ahead of her compatriot Adelinah Lintanga. Sri Wahyuni completed the podium. Lily Suryani did not have her best race of the year, yet still managed to finish in fifth place.