Britain's Jonathan Albon wins Madeira skyrace

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Jonathan Albon on a technical descent towards victory in Madeira on Saturday (credit: Paulo Abreu)

Jonathan Albon on a technical descent towards victory in Madeira on Saturday (credit: Paulo Abreu)

Britain's Jonathan Albon continued his excellent form to win the Ultra SkyMarathon Madeira on Sunday.

Albon, who was fourth in the World Trail Championships in Spain last month, prevailed in a close race over the 56km course with 4100m of vertical climb. In a battle which involved a climb to the highest point on the island, Pico Ruivo (1861m), he exchanged the lead repeatedly with André Jonsson and Dmitry Mityaev. He eventually came home in 5 hours 47 minutes 57 seconds, nearly six minutes clear of Jonsson as Mityaev was third.

“This race is almost designed for me!” said Albon, a multiple world obstacle race champion. “I feel very comfortable with such varied terrain. I knew the race and was in control of the top guys all the time. Then, in the river, I pushed and took the lead until the finish.

Netherlands' Ragna Debats was top woman in 6:45:09, less than a minute in front of Sweden's Emelie Forsberg was Spain's Nuria Picas was third.

As for the rest of the Brits, Casper Sijpesteijn was 29th overall as his wife, Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn, was eighth female.

Andrew Douglas and Victoria Wilkinson took the senior titles at the British Athletics Mountain Running Championships at Sedbergh on Saturday.

The event incorporated a home countries international and the trials for the European Mountain Running Championships.

Douglas, recently back from a spell of altitude training in Colarado covered the 10.6km (760m) course in 46:55 to finish 22 seconds ahead of runner-up Chris Arthur as Nick Swinburn was third.

Scot Douglas will head Britain's team for the Europeans in Skopje, Macedonia, on July 1, having finished fourth two years ago

Wilkinson, a veteran of European and world mountain championships, followed up her recent Three Peaks Race win by clocking 54:55 in the same race. Emma Gould was second woman in 55:50, while Sarah McCormack was third in 56:44.

Matthew Mackay and Lauren Dickson were crowned junior winners.

Wales' Andrew Davies took victory at the World Masters Mountain Running Championships in Zelezniki, Slovenia, on Saturday.

Davies, who was 31st at the IAAF World Championships marathon last year, covered the 10.8km (height difference - 1184m) in 64 minutes 44 seconds to win the M35 category and place fifth overall.