Mann breaks MONTANE Spine Challenger record

Brit takes three hours off existing mark in the Peak District race

Jim Mann (credit: Yann Besrest-Butler)

Jim Mann (credit: Yann Besrest-Butler)

Britain’s Jim Mann smashed the course record for the MONTANE Spine Challenger last weekend, covering the 108 miles (174km) in the Peak District National Park in 22 hours 53 minutes 28 seconds.

Despite strong winds reaching 70mph, Mann, who was 15th in last year’s UTMB, took more than three hours from the course record held by Netherlands’ Wouter Huitzing, who was runner-up this weekend. Huitzing himself just missed his old mark as he clocked 25h 56m 52s. Britain’s Howard Dracup was third.

After reaching the finish having completed 5637m of ascent, he said regarding the record: ”That’ll go under 20 hours, that will… It needs the right person and the right weather. You can’t run fast in this weather, it destroys you.”

Meanwhile, Ireland’s Carol Morgan was comfortably first woman, completing the course in 31h 47m 37s . Britain’s Jenny Yeo was second with 35h 36m 39s and third was Jen Scotney in 38h 53m 16s.

The event from Edale to Hardraw with 4200m ascent was the prelude to the epic Montane Spine Race, a 268-mile trek from Edale through the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland National Park, Hadrian’s Wall and the Cheviots, finishing in the Scottish Borders.

After 24 hours, Britain’s Jasmin Paris moved into the overall lead over Ireland’s Eoin Keith. Stay up to date with live tracking.