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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.

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