Bandung Explorer Ace Arief Wismoyono, the 2015 Asia Trail Master champion, is back on top of the standings with a convincing victory in last Sunday's Coast To Coast Night Trail Ultra at Depok Beach in Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia. In a very wet and therefore slippery and muddy race, he outpaced a strong Yohanis Hiareij and Belgian Gaspard Dessy. After three races in 2017, Wismoyono has 25 ATM championship points more than Dessy, and definitely looks ready to challenge again for the championship title this year. It was Arief Wismoyono 's fourth career ATM race victory after MRU 2015, MesaStila Peaks Challenge 2015 and Ijen Trailrunning 2016.
In the women's race, Ruth Theresia once again proved she is one of the up and coming running talents in Indonesia. Theresia finished seventh overall and first woman by a clear margin. The 26-year-old Compressport Athlete collects her first 500 points of the season, and will be back in action in two weeks at the Beach Bunch Trail Challenge in Brunei. Mila Mirlani was a good second in CTC, ahead of Lily Suryani and Grandmaster Ina Budiyarni. Suryani collected another 425 points on top of the 300 scored in Tahura Trail in January, and is therefore the new points leader in the Asia Trail Master ranking for women this year.
The Coast To Coast Night Trail Ultra started at 9 pm and was run mainly at night time. The 70k Grandmaster distance was tougher than expected despite relatively modest elevation gain numbers (2300hm). Several climbs were very steep, and descents inside the rainforest very technical in places. Running pace was affected for most starters, and this led to a high DNF rate. Only 35 participants out of 95 starters on the 70k made it back to Depok Beach inside the cut off limit of 16 hours.
Full results and images are to follow.