Britain's Jonathan Albon wins world trail championships gold

Fourth last year, Albon steps up to lead GB to team medals

Jonathan Albon (credit: Jamil Coury)

Jonathan Albon (credit: Jamil Coury)

Britain’s Jonathan Albon has won the IAU Trail World Championships, crossing the line more than two minutes clear in Miranda do Corvo, Portugal, earlier today.

The Norway-based runner, who was fourth last year, covered the 44km route with 2200m of elevation in three hours 35 minutes 35 seconds.

Running second for much of the race, he overtook long-time leader Christian Mathys of Switzerland in the latter half of the race. The Swiss was eventually third as France’s Julien Rancon also passed him for the silver medal.

With Carl Bell in 13th and Andrew Davies in 16th making up the scoring team, Britain unofficially took team silvers behind France. Andy Symonds was 33rd - seven places ahead of Sebastian Batchelor, with Ricky Lightfoot 46th.

On the women’s side, France’s Blandine L’Hirondel took an unexpected win by the big margin of eight minutes. New Zealand’s Ruth Croft was second and Spain’s Sheila Aviles was third.

Charlotte Morgan led the British charge in 13th. Georgia Tindley in 25th and Katie Kaars-Sijpesteijn in 32nd were also on the scoring team. Next in was Jasmin Paris in 35th, while Jo Meek was 56th and Meryl Cooper was 91st.

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