Tiaan Erwee and Anna Troup break Montane Summer Spine Race Records

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by Trail Running staff |

Tiaan Erwee and Anna Troup have broken the respective race records at the Montane Summer Spine Race.

As the 268-mile, non-stop epic edged into a fourth day after starting on Sunday, Erwee reached the finished at Kirk Yetholm at 6.46am this morning in 70 hours 46 mins 50 secs.

The Guernsey-based South African thus took nearly seven hours off the record set by Eoin Keith in last year's edition of the race up the Pennine Way from Edale.

The course is the same used for the winter Montane Spine Race, for which Jasmin Paris holds the course record at 83:12:23, although summer conditions allow for faster times. John Kelly holds the fastest-known time for the Pennine Way route with 58:04:53, although the dedicated support makes it easier.

Erwee was already nearly three up on Keith's record just 16 hours into the race on Sunday. He was eight hours up by midnight Monday.

Troup was second overall for the second year in succession when finished at just before 3pm this afternoon in 78:57:49. She was for a time even ahead of Keith's schedule from last year but ultimately had to make do with smashing her own women's record from last year by around 90 minutes. She is also the holder of the fastest-known time along the Pennine Way with 72:46:37.

As of 4pm Wednesday, Mark Potts led James Leavesley for third overall as they headed towards the penultimate checkpoint. Lizzie Faithfull-Davis is leading the women's strike for home.

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