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Duo and Yao take victory at Ultra-Trail Ninghai by UTMB

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Ji Duo and Miao Yao, both of China, claimed victory in the UTNH105 at the Ultra-Trail Ninghai by UTMB, with both winners considerably ahead of their nearest rivals in the field.

New to the UTMB World Series calendar for 2023, Ultra-Trail Ninghai brought together several of China’s most accomplished runners in the hunt for those vital UTMB running stones.

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Duo and Yao dominant

Duo, who had finished third at the 2020 Panda Trail by UTMB, took victory in the men’s 106km UTNH105 race in a time of 10:46:58, crossing the line 11 minutes and 48 seconds ahead of his nearest rival Guomin Deng (China) (10:58:49). Mengkai Bate (China) rounded off the podium in a time of 11:09:11.

In the women’s UTNH105, Yao, who last competed on the UTMB circuit in 2019, headed the field in a time of 11:35:48, good enough for sixth overall. She finished three minutes and 53 seconds ahead of Fuzhao Xiang (China), with Anna Li (China) a distant third in a time of 13:35:36.

Ultra-Trail Ninghai by UTMB
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Guan, Zhou take CHN60 crowns

Yousheng Guan topped the time-sheets in the men’s CNH60 raced over the 58km distance. A first venture into the world of UTMB, Guan claimed his fifth successive race victory in the 50KM category following wins at Run Guizhou-“Loushan-FlowerSea” (2019), Chando Himalaya Energy Ultra Trail (2020), Loushan Warrior (2020) and Tsaigu Trail (2022)

Guan finished in a time of 5:06:39, 10 minutes 24 seconds ahead of his closest challenger Juwei Zi (China) who finished in 5:17:03. Hu Zhao (China) completed the podium in a time of 5:26:30.

Ruifang Zhou took top honours in the women’s CNH60 claiming her first victory on the UTMB circuit. She completed the course in a time of 6:18:42, over 35 minutes ahead of Jun Liu (China) in second place, who finished in a time of 6:54:39. Chaochao Wu (China) was a close third in a time of 6:57:56.

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Li, Zhao claim YNH25 honours

987 runner completed the YNH25 race which was won by Pengcheng Li (China) in a time of 1:49:04. He bested Shenshen Wang (China) who finished a minute and 46 seconds behind (1:50:50)). He was followed over the line by Biao Yu (China) a further minute and three second back (1:51:03).

In the women’s YNH25, Jinghan Zhao (China) took the tape in 2:13:31 with Lili Gao (China) a minute and 25 seconds back (2:14:56). Youyi Su (China) was the final member of the podium trio in a time of 2:15:06.

Ultra-Trail Ninghai by UTMB (UTNH105), Saturday 15 April 2023, 106km.

MEN:

  1. Ji Duo (CN) – 10:46:58.
  2. Guomin Deng (CN) – 10:58:46
  3. Mengkai Bate (CN) – 11:09:11.

WOMEN:

  1. Miao Yao (CN) – 11:35:48.
  2. Fuzhao Xiang (CN) – 11:55:50.
  3. Anna Li (CN) – 13:35:36.

Ultra-Trail Ninghai by UTMB (CNH60), Saturday 15 April 2023, 58km.

MEN:

  1. Yousheng Guan (CN) – 5:06:39.
  2. Juwei Zi (CN) – 5:17:03.
  3. Hu Zhao (CN) – 5:26:30.

WOMEN:

  1. Ruifang Zhou (CN) – 6:18:42.
  2. Jun Liu (CN) – 6:54:39.
  3. Chaochao Wu (CN) – 6:57:56.

Ultra-Trail Ninghai by UTMB (YNH25), Saturday 15 April 2023, 24.7km.

MEN:

  1. Pengcheng Li (CN) – 1:49:04.
  2. Shenshen Wang (CN) – 1:50:50.
  3. Biao Yu (CN) – 1:51:03.

WOMEN:

  1. Jinghan Zhao (CN) – 2:13:31.
  2. Lili Gao (CN) – 2:14:56.
  3. Youyi Su (CN) – 2:15:06.
Stuart Dick
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Stuart Dick
Stuart is a graduate of the University of Sunderland with a masters' degree in Sports Journalism. He spends a lot of his time running and cycling around West Yorkshire, England.

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