Evans and Pascall reach new heights in the Alps
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Tom Evans has become the first British athlete to win Courmayer Champex Chamonix (CCC), the 101km race that’s part of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) series in Chamonix, France. Recovering from mid-race stomach issues, the 26-year-old was in second place at 94km, but passed China’s Min Qui to reach Chamonix first and take the win by five minutes.
Meanwhile in the 171km UTMB, the world’s biggest trail race, Beth Pascall’s fourth place was the best British women’s result since Lizzy Hawker won it in 2012. “While there was plenty of drama going on around me, my race was largely uneventful,” Pascall told TR. “I kept the pace very chilled for most of the race, then had enough strength to embrace the race to the finish line while others were fading. I really just wanted to do my own thing. I suppose I did let myself dream that top five might be possible.”
Running through Chamonix to the finish wasn’t quite the euphoric experience she had imagined though. “I was somewhat wobbly on my feet and feared I would collapse at any moment,” she says. “Once over the finish line, though, I was overwhelmed with emotion.” Fellow GB trail teammates Jo Meek and Holly Rush placed 19th and 21st respectively.
In the UTMB men’s race TR contributor Damian Hall placed fifth, the best British male placing since Jez Bragg won the race in 2010. Jim Mann was 15th at his debut UTMB while Paul Giblin placed 22nd.
Rob Forbes, winner of several domestic ultras, was the highest placed Brit at 120km TDS, with an impressive 12th at his first UTMB race. Natalie White, meanwhile, was 13th in the women’s race.
Beth Pascall celebrates finishing fourth in Chamonix