158 fearless runners successfully made it through the cut-off times to finish the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline race on Sunday (18 September). The race, which was the finale of the three-race Skyrunner World EXTREME Series, saw Jasmin Paris and Jonathan Albon claim victory.
The 55km course featured a punishing 4,750m of vertical height gain over extremely technical terrain.
Race winner, and now 2016 EXTREME Series Men’s Champion, Jonathan Albon is a 27-year-old Londoner who lives in Norway and appeared on the Skyrunning scene in 2015 when he won the Tromsø SkyRace. A second place in this year’s Tromsø race and a seventh place in Kima placed him on the second rung of the ranking behind Tom Owens. At the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline, he seemed to cruise effortlessly over the rugged and demanding terrain to finish in an incredible 6:33:52, slicing nearly one hour off last year’s course record, on an even longer and tougher route than the 2015 edition.
In the women’s field, 32-year-old Briton Jasmin Paris, this year’s Tromsø race winner, lead the race comfortably, especially on the technical sections. She finished in 8:15:56.
She commented afterwards: “It was a great, great race. I loved the race, the series. I enjoy the energy you get. I really like that scrambling, technical stuff. I don’t really like trail, flat running. I wasn’t feeling that confident as Ruth caught me at the end of the trail in the valley and I could see Malene behind me. I couldn’t really sit around and wait so I pushed and joined a couple of guys who ran with me to the end where they dropped me.”
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