Last October 21 was held in the French town of Millau a new edition of the Festival des Templiers, one of the most mythical and well-known mountain races in France. More than 8,000 runners sign up each year for this event, attracted by a trail full of spectacular forests, ghost towns and medieval castles that get to know more about the region of Aveyron.
The Festival holds numerous events on the same weekend, but the great queen is Le Grand Trail de Les Templiers, the 78km race and 3650m+, which starts during the early hours of Saturday to Sunday. In the starting box of this edition of 2018, we find some of the most important names in the European trail running scene: the members of the French national team Nicolas Martin, Sebastien Spehler, Ludovic Pommeret or Sylvain Court, and the British “top” Andy Symonds In girls, the level was equally high: the Italian Amandine Ferrato, the 2nd in the last edition of Transvulcania Mònica Comas, and the best of the French elite: Claire Mougel, Lucie Jamsin, Sarah Vieuille, Anne-Lise Rousset … and between all of them, Azara García de los Salmones, of the HG AML Team.
Azara came to the great French appointment with the duties done, fully recovered from her injury in the last CCC of the Ultra-trail du Montblanc, in August. And she showed that, if she is healthy, very few runners can overshadow her. He led the race from the start and did not let go of the first place, physically and psychologically defeating her rivals, who saw how the small Cantabrian runner was taking more minutes as the kilometers advanced.
Gold medal and laurel wreath for Azara, who also entered the goal of Templiers in the top16 of the general classification. Another impressive demonstration of talent and spirit of the lady from HG AML Team, which fell in Chamonix but has risen with more force than before.