The third day of the Dragon’s Back Race proved to be the most gruelling yet with only half of the competitors remaining at the end of the day. Wednesday’s stage saw the field faced with the task of covering 68km - the farthest to date - across six substantial peaks and stretches of difficult terrain.
At the front of the field, Jim Mann (25:01 hrs) continued to run strongly and extended his overnight lead, establishing a gap of over 90 minutes from second place runner Jasmin Paris (26:36), who herself is almost an hour ahead of third placed Konrad Rawlik (27:24). Third in the men’s race is Damian Hall (28:12), while there are two other women in the top ten, Beth Pascall (28:18), who was the fastest lady on the day, in fifth, and Lizzie Wraith (30:30) in ninth.
Reflecting on the third stage of the five-day event, Jasmin Paris commented: “It was all about staying in one piece today, as two days is still a long time to get through. If you’ve got the energy left, then you can put in a challenge or try and push yourself harder in those last two days, but I think that today was a little bit more about conservation.”
Race director Shane Ohly, who had suggested the third day was likely to prove the most difficult, added: “The race certainly confirmed its reputation on day three with the longest stage reducing the number of competitors by around 25 at the last count, all in just one epic day of mountain running.”
Those still in contention can expect to cover a total of over 300 kilometres if they are to complete what is regarded as one of the UK’s toughest events.