Tim Pigott and Lauren Johnson take Montane Summer Spine Challenger wins

Tim Piggott

by Trail Running staff |

Tim Pigott and Lauren Johnson were the winners at the Montane Summer Spine Challenger last weekend.

Piggot took 45 minutes from the five-year-old course record as he covered the 430km from Edale in Derbyshire to Hardraw in North Yorkshire in 23 hours six minutes 47 seconds.

Tim Bradley, who came home in 23:38:48, also beat the old course record, while Andrew Morley was third in 24:39:30.

Piggot said: "The dream goal was to win and break the record, on paper I thought it might be possible. I’m over the moon with how things turned out, my best performance to date, and we couldn’t have asked for better running conditions out there."

Johnson, meanwhile, took more than an hour from the previous record when she arrived in Hardraw in 30:04:31. Ireland's Mairead Okeeffe was second in 32:31:32 and Emma Roper was third in 34:19:27.

The winner said afterwards: "I can’t quite believe it. I had a fall on the Sprint in January but I came here feeling really well prepared. I’d looked at the course record, it was in my mind, but you never know what to expect from the Pennine Way. I’m overwhelmed. Really happy."

Michael Hyde and Hannah Slater won the Montane Summer Sprint along 46 miles of the start of the Pennine Way up to Hebden Bridge.

At midday on Monday, Tiaan Erwee led the Montane Summer Spine Race, the 268-mile epic from Edale to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland, having just been through Tan Hill in North Yorkshire. Anna Troup was first woman, having reached the checkpoint at Malham around 2 hours 48 minutes ahead of her nearest rival.

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Pic: Tim Piggott (Baldlygo.uk)

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