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

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