Saturday's breaking race news...
Quick news updates on Saturday’s racing across the off-road running world, with full reports to follow. First-up, Joe Symonds claims the 2012 British Fell Running Championships in Scotland…
…as he finishes runner-up to Borrowdale’s Ben Bardsley at the Arrochar Alps race. Former champion Rob Jebb finished in third. Bardsley’s amazing run also apparently bagged him Billy Bland’s course record, which has stood since 1987!
Jasmin Paris won the ladies race for a second year, ahead of Helen Fines and Lauren Jeska, meaning that the ladies title will go down to the final race in Wales (Moel Wnion) in September.
In Turkey Ahmet Arslan made it six European Mountain Running titles as he won the race on home soil. Steve Vernon led the British men’s team in 11th, as Italy won the team gold medal. Britain’s ladies team took a fantastic gold, led home by Mary Wilkinson just outside the medals in 4th. Switzerland’s Monika Fürholz won the women’s individual gold.
In France Kilian Jornet finishes hand-in-hand with fellow Salomon runners Tom Owens and Greg Vollet, winning the 45km race at the 2nd Kilian’s Classik race in Font Romeu. Sweden’s Emelie Forsberg took the women’s race in fine style, claiming 6th overall.
Greece’s Dimitrios Theodorakakos won a highly competitive 25km race, ahead of such class athletes Julien Chorier (4th) and Jonathan Wyatt (5th).
Over in Germany young Philipp Reiter held off Frenchmen Thomas Lorblanchet and Francios d’Haene to win the overall Salomon 4 Trails title. d’Haene won the final stage into Samnaun. Britain’s Helen Bonsor won today’s fourth stage in fine style ahead of fellow Brit Kim Threadgall, but with a 3rd place on the day German Regina Schlump held on to the overall win the narrowest of margins from Bonsor. Stage results here with the overall to follow.
Finally, back in the UK, Carl Bell and mountain legend Angela Mudge took wins at the classic Chevy Chase race in what were described as quagmire conditions. More to follow.