Dutchman Huitzing comes out top in the 108-mile Yorkshire Dales race
Wouter Huitzing from the Netherlands has won the 108-mile 2018 Montane Spine Challenger with in course record. Huitzing, who placed fourth in the 2017 race, shook off Britain’s Simon Bourne overnight at Malham to arrive at the finish line in Hardraw, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, on Sunday morning. His time of 25:44:21 knocks well over two hours off Dominic Layfield's previous best from 2017.
“I feel horrible,” said Huitzing said, after the race. “Everything hurts. I was under a lot of pressure, because I was chased the whole time and I had to keep going and going and going. It was cold overnight, so I just kept speeding up to keep warm. I am happy. But so tired.”
Would he consider the full Spine Race next time? “No. My girlfriend said I can't. But maybe the year after!”
Simon Bourne second, almost three hours behind Huitzing, with Ian Magee third, 20 minutes behind Bourne in 28:42:47.
Fourth-place overall, Britain's Emma Hopkinson won the women's race in a new course record of 29:39, knocking almost 40 minutes off Beth Pascall's record from 2016.
Former England-international fell-runner Hopkinson raced to the finish line holding hands with her two young daughters.