Andy Douglas wins world Cup Race in California

Brit follows up on his win in Annecy

Britain’s Andrew Douglas has won the latest round in the World Mountain Running Association World Cup in Squaw Valley, California.

Just over 500 runners left the startline at 7am in the Broken Arrow Skyrace on Sunday and ascended into the 26 km course, facing its 1500m of positive gain. The weather didn’t help the athletes making the climb, the snow adding to the arduous conditions at the higher altitudes.

Douglas pushes on over the rocky terrain (credit: Michael Scott)

Douglas pushes on over the rocky terrain (credit: Michael Scott)

Douglas attacked the race from the outset, gaining a three-minute lead from the 10km mark. Behind Douglas, American Sam Sahli looked in position to claim silver.

Douglas steadily increased his lead as he made his way through the more difficult stretches of the course, scaling the steeper points of the mountain with a rope. He finished his race and took gold with a time of 1 hour 56 minutes, coming home 10 minutes in front of Sahli.

The women’s race was won by Lindsay Webster, who unlike Douglas made an aggressive move after 10km which gave her the lead. Webster finished the race in 12th overall in 2:22.

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