Jasmin Paris Wins the Montane Spine Race in Record Time
As the MONTANE Spine Race enters its fourth night, Paris completes another historic victory. Capitalising on her strategic decision 194 miles into the race to go it alone, Paris showed no sign of fatigue as she crossed the line in overall first place. Not content with getting first-place, Paris demonstrated fortitude and strength across 268 miles to overcome the Pennine Way and set a new course record of 83h 12m 23s, which eclipses any previously held in the history of the MONTANE® Spine® Race
Inov-8 athlete, Paris (35), arrived at the finish of Britain’s most brutal race at 7.12 p.m. this evening, almost 10 miles in front of 2013 MONTANE® Spine® Race winner, Eugeni Roselló Solé (ESP), first placed male. Eoin Keith (IRL) remains third overall and second in the men’s race. He is currently resting at Bellingham and John Knapp (GBR) is currently in fourth place.
Paris, who lives in Edinburgh with her husband and baby daughter, is a small animal vet, who runs ultramarathons. In addition to her new course record and first place on the MONTANE® Spine® Race, she holds the women’s records for the UK’s three premier 24-hour mountain running challenges – Bob Graham Round (England), Ramsay Round (Scotland) and Paddy Buckley Round (Wales). For the 2016 Ramsay Round she has the fastest time outright – 16h 13m.
In 2016 she won the Extreme Skyrunning World Series. She returned to competitive running in 2018 after giving birth in November 2017. In 2018, she won the British Fell Running title.
Out on the course, Paris talked about her motivation to take on this is 268 mile race, “Everything is starting to hurt now but it’s not that far any more… once I get to the finish, I’ll have my little girl there.”
Positions in the women’s race remain unchanged, second place, Shelli Gordon (GBR) continues with her swollen ankle to stay ahead of third place Gabriele Kenkenburg (DE). At the time of writing Gordon has reached Alston CP at 194 miles with almost 11 miles between her and third place Kenkenburg.
There is a Yellow Warning in the Cheviots for late today and tomorrow. Heavy snow from 22:00 hours through to midnight. Thereafter light snow all through day. Wind chill -20° C on the top with windspeed gusting to 50mph.
Cross Fell - from midnight to 3 AM a.m. heavy snow. Windchill -18°C and windspeed gusting to 45mph on the top. Thursday morning will be clear but very cold.
(Ed. Eugeni Roselló Solé who is a former race winner and was in a clear second place and ran with Paris for some distance had to retire last night just 6km from the finish line. It shows yet again how brutal the race is and how impressive the win by Paris was.)
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