Luis Alberto Hernando completes the hat-trick and Ragna Debats wins women's race in Penyagolosa
Rising GB trail talent Tom Evans took third in the World Trail Championships in Penyagolosa, Spain, on Saturday behind Spain's Luis Alberto Hernando, who won his third consecutive title. Ragna Debats won the women's race.
Hernando, one of the world's best at sub-100km distances, finished strongly to complete the 85km (5000m ascent) in 8 hours 38 minutes 35 seconds. Compatriot Cristofer Clement clocked 6:46:19, while Evans ran 8:49:35. Long-time leader Zach Miller of United States faded to eighth.
Evans, who was third in last year's Marathon des Sables, was followed four minutes later in fourth by team-mate Jonathan Albon. With Ryan Smith 16th, Britain took team silver behind Spain.
Netherlands' Dabats, who was third two years ago in the World Trail Championships, was a clear winner in the women's category, crossing the line in 9:55:00. She stretched out her lead over the second half of the race as Spain's Laia Canes came through for silver in 10:11:11. France's Claire Mougel was third in 10:15:23.
The British team was led home by Holly Page, who was ninth (10:37:52) in her first world championships, less than 12 months after a life-threatening mountain accident decimated her summer racing.
Spain took team gold.