GB's Jacob Adkin wins European mountain running title

Two individual and two team golds for Britain in Switzerland

Winner Jacob Adkin (Credit: European Mountain Running Championships 2019)

Winner Jacob Adkin (Credit: European Mountain Running Championships 2019)

Britain’s Jacob Adkin convincingly won the senior title at the European Mountain Running Championships in Zermatt, Switzerland, on Sunday. Meanwhile, he led the senior team to team gold after individual winner Joseph Dugdale spearheaded Britain’s team win in the junior race.

This year’s format switched from up-and-down to uphill-only as competitors raced in the shadow of the Matterhorn, one of the most famous mountain peaks in Europe.

Adkin finished 25 seconds clear of Norwegian runner-up Aarvik Stian Øvergaard, clocking 53 minutes 21.5 seconds for the 10.1km course with more than a thousand metres of ascent. France’s Chevrier Xavier was third.

With Adkin’s coach, Robbie Simpson, placing seventh and Andrew Douglas ninth, Britain edged Italy to team gold by just one point. Britain’s Seb Batchelor was 18th.

Adkin had won the GB trials, as well placing sixth and top Brit at the World Mountain Running Championships last year.

Joseph Dugdale: junior winner (Credit: European Mountain Running Championships 2019)

Joseph Dugdale: junior winner (Credit: European Mountain Running Championships 2019)

Dugdale won his race by just over five seconds, completing the 5.9km race with 448m of climb in 28:48.4. Behind him in second was Alain Cavagna of Italy, while Turkey’s Ramazan Yorulmaz was third. As Matthew Mackay came home fourth and Euan Brennan fifth, Britain’s dominated the team stakes. Ben Bergstrand was out of the scoring team in 15th.

In the senior women’s race, Maude Mathys won her third straight title in this event. Competing on home soil, she came home nearly a minute in front of Austria’s six-time world champion. Mathys was timed at 1:00:18.1 for the 10.1km course. France’s Christelle Dewalle was third.

However, at the Riffelalp checkpoint, reached 37 minutes into the race, it had been uphill-specialist Mayr who lead by around nine seconds.

Britain’s Sarah Tunstall, who won silver two years ago, was fourth on this occasion as she led home the British runner. Emma Gould was 24th, three places ahead of Rebecca Hilland and two ahead of Hatti Archer. France won team gold.

Czech Republic’s Barbora Havlícková was the first winner of the day, crossing the line in the junior women’s race in 32:20.4. Fifty-one seconds behind was Italy’s Angela Mattevi with Turkey’s Ruken Tek taking bronze.

Top Briton Eve Pannone in sixth with Lauren Dickson 12th. Florence Duff was 23rd, three places in front of Pippa Carcas. Italy won the team title.

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