500 km in 10 days for Giorgio Calcatera, yes to the record, no to the victory

Last day of competitions in Orta 10in10 and they reconcile after 10 very intense days, where sport has been perfectly combined with fun, holidays, above all the desire to be together. Wonderful friendships were born under the sun of Gozzano, for an absolutely unforgettable experience.

It’s the numbers that define the great success of the event, just think of Sunday day nine with nearly 300 runners at the start between season ticket holders and day trippers. In total, more than 1,600 results were archived for competitors from up to 16 countries, even from as far afield as Australia, India and the USA.

The satisfaction of Paolo Francesco Gino, president of Club Super Marathon Italia: “In the Orta 10 in 10 the quantity and quality of the participants has increased, given the many champions presented at the starting line. The best edition ever has come to an end, a great encouragement in view of the tenth edition that will take place from 3 to 12 August 2024. But also in view of the next Italian 100 km Championship that will be held on 30 September 2023 at the Parco del Valentino in Turin. The tricolors will be awarded on the occasion of the 100km of the Alps, another Club Super Marathon Italia event as well as the second longest running 100km in Italy after the Passatore.

Heading into the final day, Adam “Tango” Holland follows up his 50km triumph with yet another success. 4h03’51” for the Orkney Athl.Club runner, who is 7’42” ahead of Giancarlo Racca, from the organizing company, competing normally in the 10km, but on the last day on a special course. Giorgio Calcaterra (Calcaterra Sport) in 14’41” was third and bested by all. In the general ranking the Netherlands is ahead of Calcaterra and the Sicilian Michele D’Errico (Pol.Marsala Doc). In the women first Paola Adelaide Leardi (Bushido Tr&Run) in 4h40’43”, with 15’21” for Erika Pinto (Club Supermarathon Italia) and 45’35” for Francesca Innocenti (Bergamo Stars Atl.), with the fourth place French woman H Chantal Comte is the only one to complete all 10 tests.

Therefore, for Giorgio Calcaterra there is no victory in the general classification of the 10-day 50km but the satisfaction of his new personal best: 4 hours 18′. Tenth 50 km in 10 days completed. For me 500 km in 10 days, a record I had never achieved. I’m glad I endured physically and mentally” his words at the end of the ordeal.

Chapter Marathon. Victory and stage race success for Latvian Aivars Brezinskis (Matisons Runner Club) in 3h03’37”, behind Luca Giaretta (Naviglio Running Team/3h40’26”) and Alessandro Ponchione (Gate-Cral Inps/3h48’54”) . In the general classification, the Baltic is ahead of Claudio Di Toma (Naviglio Running Team) and the Spaniard Bassit Briguech. A brilliant name deprives Mariateresa Ferragina (UMT Venice Team) of the opportunity to celebrate the ultimate triumph in the stage race with another success, but she could not do against the ultratrail blue Yulia Baykova (Utlo Events) first in 3:46 ‘ 25 ” (so third overall of the day) with 42’21” in Ferragina, third Mona Fristad (Gpa San Marino/4h57’42”). On the overall podium, Britain’s Carlie McMurtay (Plymouth Falconers) and Finland’s Minna Hanninen keep the Venetian company.

In the first half for Davide Gambino (Gate-Cral Inps) in 1h27’54” beating Franco Talamazzini (Euroatletica 2002) by 39” and Gianluca Battista (Pbm Bovisio Masciago) by 2’02”. The stage race goes to Davide Natale Calderoni (Gs Avis Seregno) ahead of Emilio Maria Ferrario (Gp walkers Cogliate) and Antonio Rossi, but it must be emphasized (and this was done with emphasis on the awards) the 6th place of Angelo Squadrone ( Marathon Club Pisa), at the beautiful age of 94…

For the women, success for former Italian marathoner Federica Moroni (Gs Gabbi), winner of her favorite distance the day before, who also topped all the men in 1h26’59”. Second in the standings is the British Poor Sarvin Biuok with 27’16”, third is the other British Safaei Mana Saberi with 45’00”. Title to the French Mireille Cormier to Norma Franzosi (Luciani Sport Team) and Fiorella Bagnoli (Bergamo Stars Atl.).

The 10 km race was exciting with the great comeback of Ivan Virginio Doniselli (Calcaterra Sport), first also in the final stage in 41’22” with 19″ to his great rival Gabriele Clerici (Pod.Arona), third Mauro Cardinali (Team Attivasalute ) at 3’45” and this is also the general’s podium. Among the women, Raffaella Leonardi (Pod.Arona) is first in 48’45” with 1’08” for Erika Tullio (Circuito Running) and 5’19” for Giulia Bagno.

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