Jonathan Albon and Holly Page among strong line-up for BUFF Epic Trail

New world champion Albon aiming to get back on track in the series

Jonathan Albon was third in the opening race of this year’s world series (credit: Sho Fujimaki)

Jonathan Albon was third in the opening race of this year’s world series (credit: Sho Fujimaki)

Britain’s world trail champion Jonathan Albon is part of a strong field for the BUFF Epic Trail 42km this Sunday.

Compatriot Holly Page defends her title in this Pyrenees race, which is the eighth leg of the MiguRun Skyrunner World Series.

Albon, the 2017 overall series winner, lies in fifth place after a third and fourth so far in 2018. "My last Skyrace was Transvulcania so I'm looking forward to another one,” he said. “BUFF is a really important race in my calendar because it's worth double points. I haven't done quite as well as I could have done in my previous races of the season so I can feel the pressure. A third and fourth place are nearly good enough but not exactly what I wanted. I usually struggle with the elevation so I'm going early to acclimatise this time and, hopefully, I'll do good enough to make it into the top five and get back on track."

He will be up against defending champion Marc Pinsach of Spain. Meanwhile, his compatriots Pere Aurell, Zaid Ait Malek, Oriol Cardona and Luis Alberto Hernando, plus Ruy Ueda of Japan and Thibaut Garrivier of France will be tough to beat also.

Page, who enjoyed three wins on the Skyrunner circuit in 2018, is on the comeback trail after a foot injury earlier this year.

USA's Megan Kimmel and Hilary Gerardi, Spain’s Sheila Aviles, Netherlands’ Ragna Debats, France’s Anne-Lise Rousset Seguret and Sweden’s Sanna El Kott will be sure to provide stern opposition for Page.