Top tales from the trails
The most dramatic Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race yet saw Marcus Scotney and Carol Morgan win the fourth iteration of the legendary five-day, 315km race down the mountainous spine of Wales. Defending champion Jim Mann led for the first two days, building a 70-minute lead. But he made a significant navigation error on day three and finished 26 minutes behind the Hoka One One and Montane-sponsored athlete Scotney. On day four, however, Mann clawed back time on Scotney, who’s happier on faster terrain, and just eight minutes separated them at the final day’s chasing start. Scotney was concerned about a knee injury the night before, but rest and acupuncture worked wonders, and he held off Mann for the title.
“I thought I wouldn’t be able to run,” he told TR. “But I had come here to complete the race and to win. I had to give it a go.” It’s a double for Scotney, as last summer he won the Cape Wrath Ultra, which alternates biannually with the Dragon’s Back Race.
On the final day of the women’s race, just 15 minutes separated leader Sabrina Verjee, Caroline McIlroy and Carol Morgan. 2017 Spine Race-winner Morgan was the first home – and the only person to ever win both events, and in the same year. “My nav could have been better at times,” Morgan told TR. “I took a few ‘interesting’ lines. It was a great week, if a little hot. But, really, I can’t complain!”
127 of the 223 starters completed the 2017 race.