Ambre, 4-star hotel in Mauritius
The Ferney Trail 2013
Participants of the trail stayed at the Hotel Ambre
The sixth occasion of the Ferney Trail, a unique race across Mauritius which took place on September 7th in stunning tropical countryside, was another resounding success.
The Ferney Trail is now a regular fixture in the sports and leisure calendar of this beautiful island. The participants experience amazing landscapes, traversing virgin rain forests and streams while cresting the dizzying heights across the Bambous mountain range. The event has been growing in popularity and this year saw over 1,800 runners take part.
The results are as follows :
Winner of the 32km was Jean-Eddy Lauret in a time of 2:37:15
Winner of the 14km race was Vikash Narain in a time of 0:58:40 seconds
Winner of the 8km race was Michael Louis in a time of 0:34:09 seconds.
The inspired event has been organised by investment group CIEL and agricultural company the Alteo Group, and has continued to attract trail runners since its creation. The organisers introduced two new events this year named the Fun Team Challenge and Corporate Challenge and these took place on the 8km and14km routes.
The 2013 event also saw runners from Reunion taking part, who stayed at the luxury Hotel Ambre, using the stunning 4 star resort as a base camp. All participants received a t-shirt and lunch and re-fuelling points were provided throughout the course.
Since its introduction into the Mauritian sporting calendar, the Ferney Trail was keen to integrate a philanthropic component, where proceeds are paid to NGO’s and other advocates for charitable causes.
The beneficiaries of the 2013 event will be the Vallee de Ferney Conservation Trust and the association ‘Link to Life’ which provides support and counselling to cancer patients and their families. On this occasion ‘Link to Life’ has received a cheque for Rs 95,000 from the Alteo/Sky Group.
It is little wonder that the popularity of this event has been increasing annually. Not only do the participants enjoy the extraordinary scenery and wildlife of this exotic island at first hand, but they run knowing they also contribute to the welfare and wellbeing of others less fortunate than themselves. Vive le Ferney Trail !
Crédit photos : Gilbert Victoire