The competition was also tougher than ever. Petter Restorp, Sweden's best at the longest ultra distances together with Carl-Johan Sörman, was back to defend his victory.
But it was tougher than expected. In addition, we got to see a bronze medalist who got his big breakthrough as an ultra runner.
Petter had predicted a group up to Kullaberg, where the race would be decided during the almost four laps around the peninsula. But already when they crossed the starting line after the approx. The 5 km long extra round in Båstad, Petter himself had a real advantage over those behind. Only Finnish Jaakko Eskelinen dared to hook in the high starting tempo, but would soon release.
At the first dropbag check at Råbocka Camping in Ängelholm after 55 km, Petter went out just when the two Andreas Talberg Pedersen came in, after a 5-6 minute stop. Following Andreas followed Patrik Gustafsson Björkqvist, Kristoffer Sjöberg, 2017 winner Patrik Wikström and Jaakko Eskelinen. None of these optimistic opening runners would later have to deal with the tight end.
Magnus Rabe came in with Sofia Smedman in seventh place, which was still a much tougher opening than when he finished second last year. Another Magnus who would also show up more towards the end, Magnus Linde, was by this time in about 15th place.
One of the favorites, Karl-Fredrik Andersson, had an infection in his body and broke already after 25 km with a rushing pulse.
Petter first arrived in Kullaberg, but outside Arild he got the first experience that everything can happen during a 100-mile race.
After arriving at Kullaberg and the other dropbag check in Svanshall after 81 km, after all, Petter had extended his lead to 25 minutes, ahead of Magnus Rabe and Viktor Stenqvist, who were still hanging on his club mate in Team Billingen X-Trail, Sofia Smedman.
A quarter later, Erik Eng, who was about to release Johanna Bygdell, joined with the quintet Christian Malmström, Patrik Wikström, Rasmus Persson, Magnus Linde and the Norwegian Christian Randholm a few minutes behind. Kristoffer Sjöberg had broken with heel problems.
Magnus then did not lose much to Petter, while Viktor Stenqvist's toe began to create more problems and he had to release Magnus in front of him.
Patrik Wikström, who came to the competition with victory ambitions, had dropped down to 9th place, 1:40 after Petter….
Of the others who opened hard at this time, at about 100 km, Patrik Gustafsson Björkqvist 11th, Jaakko Eskelinen 15th and Andreas Talberg Pedersen who had had to walk for a few miles with knee pain had slipped to 21 1st place (but could start running later and eventually advanced to 10th place).
A certain Johan Steene, who ran the World Cup in the 24-hour weekend before, also passed as 85th man.
Even more surprises would happen when the runners first reached Mölle after approx. 109 km. Viktor Stenqvist was still a third man (but with both Sofia Smedman and Johanna Bygdell before him), but eventually chose to stay in the beach restaurant with a toe that was too painful to run with. Patrik Wikström came in as 11th, but also ended the year's trip there, with injury knowledge and tired legs.
Even Jaakko Eskelinen, who had cramps already after 40 km who did not let go, chose not to continue in the dark and rain of the night.
- The Zone of Death was much tougher than I expected, I must give cred to the organizer for that. The good thing is that I have to come back next year, says Jaakko.
At the top it started to get exciting. Magnus Rabe had taken in a few minutes at Petter Restorp and was 27 minutes behind with the three full turns in Death Zone ahead of them. When Viktor had to break another club mate, Rasmus Persson, took over and was up and running fast as a third, but over an hour after Magnus Rabe. Magnus Linde now started to show his front foot seriously and left Mölle shortly after Rasmus as four, chased by Erik Eng and his coach Christian Malmström.
Out on the first full lap around Kullaberg, Petter Restorp happened to have another unpleasant surprise. Someone had sabotaged incisions and signs, so Petter ran wrong for several miles.
- The confusion was total. Sure, it took a while, but the contingency is part of the game and as soon as I figured out which direction the goal was, it was forgotten. Shit happens, says Petter.
At the next interim, the distance to Magnus Rabe was now only 11 minutes! The distance was the same at the very last turn in Mölle. Voices began to mumble last night, would Magnus actually be angry at Petter?
- I heard that I was starting to take on him, but I felt I was pretty worn out. I did not feel that I had the opportunity to catch him, Magnus says.
But on the very last lap, Magnus continued to pitch in minute by minute on Petter. The drama got its climax during the last depot stop. Petter did not find the headlamp he had intended to use! While Petter was looking feverishly, Magnus came in, 3.5 minutes after Petter and was surprised to see him there.
- Then I felt pretty tired, but when I saw him it was like I was just kicking, all the endorphins at one and the same time, says Magnus.
With a 1.5 minute margin, it was therefore Magnus Rabe who went into the lead on the final lap and Petter Restorp was allowed to continue with the headlamp he had on his head.
- I became a super girl and the last lap was just pure joy, I ran and just enjoyed, it went so easy. So I pressed the first mile a lot so he wouldn't catch up, Magnus says.
Petter's lamp was extinguished about halfway, after that he had only a passing light, but he had already given up the fight.
- It was cool to hear how he lit up when he passed me before the last lap. He gave everything and made a fantastic run. Very inspiring! notes Petter.
It was Magnus Rabe who, with a last lap that was his fastest, was able to deflect into goals as the winner in the third and longest Kullaman 100 Miles in 20.22.55.
- It feels fantastic, of course. It was a solid starting field that set up this year. It is really funny, it was very unexpected, says Magnus after he has been seated on the throne of victory.
- I'm still almost in shock. I never thought I could match Petter, after all, it's almost a world runner, he is incredibly talented like many others in the starting field.
Petter was eventually 51 minutes behind in goal, but still says he was happy with his position.
- I had fun along the way. The Kullamannen team delivered a great race again and I'm glad I got to be a part of it. Energy intake worked fine and the atmosphere was top notch, he says.
- I got about what I deserved. For various reasons, I had not prepared so well for the flat race in the beginning. Experienced that I ran calm and controlled, but my legs still hit. Then it was difficult to keep up with the sore legs on the mountain
- The bullet man 100 miles is a tough race and it is important to know his body and keep track of the equipment. Everything must be correct, but then you have to improvise. If you fail to keep positive thoughts in the skull, you will fail, Petter analyzes.
On the first full lap in the Zone of Death, Magnus Linde finished in third place, a position he would hold with about two hours both forward and back when he finished in 23:06.
The 38-year-old scout had received no more than his name listed far down in the advance tip. He was second at Tjörnarparen 100 Miles last winter and 4th at Österlen Spring Trail Simris Alg Ultra in April. But in the competition that this year's starting field at Kullaman showed, it was not merit that distinguished itself.
- I thought the top ten actually. I knew I had the capacity, but it seems that I was the only one who knew it, laughs Magnus.
He has, on the other hand, competed for a long time also on the ironman distance in triathlon and swimrun. From there, he had brought with him a pronounced strategy that he followed to the point and dot throughout the competition.
- I have probably been the Kullaman's most social participant, I have run with headphones from Båstad to Mölle to just go into my own. Don't run and talk to someone else and waste energy on it, then can get paca with someone just so you can continue their conversation and can easily end up wrong, says Magnus.
At the position after Magnus Christian Malmström came in as four, just minutes before Rasmus Persson as he passed during the last lap. Christian was close to tears when he finished in goal. Not out of exhaustion or joy for his own strong effort, but of joy for his coaching adaptation Magnus Linde. Christian has coached him previously for Ironman and in recent months to come into top-tier reform for Kullamannen.
- I ran a backyard competition last summer and injured my knee. As I lay curing myself on the couch, I wrote a message to Christian that read: “Hi Christian. Put together a program that makes me go for 22 hours at Kullamannen! ”. And that was playful as well, says Magnus.
He returns to Christian's significance for the development he has made.
- I trained last year on my own and am just too lazy to get a good variety in the training. It was only when Christian added the variation and some quick workouts combined with injury prevention strength training that I both became faster and all the ailments disappeared. He managed to get these prince bones to speed, says Magnus.
Besides ÖtillÖ with a friend next summer, there will be more ultra-running focus for Magnus going forward. He wants to improve his position at the Tjörnarparen 100 Miles in February.
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Six ended the Finnish Ville Maksimainen, who was as far behind as 14th at the first pass through Mölle.
117 of the 365 starting men finished in goal, 68% broke.
In addition to Sofia Smedman, four men also received gold rings for three completed Kullamannen 100 Miles: Erik Eng, Fredrik Lönnborn, Niclas Gällentoft and Jesper Flink.
In addition, five of the eight who had the chance managed to pass The Swedish 100 Miles Challenge, for four 100 milestones in Sweden in one year: Yoshihiro Tsunoda, Jesper Åström, Adam Bernhoff, Lars Abelius and Markus Forsström.
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