It’s hard to believe that we brought you news about the start of this year’s Montane Tor des Geants this time last week and some of the runners only finished on Saturday! Any race with a cut-off of 150 hours speaks for itself in terms of difficulty!
At 205 miles long with 24000m of elevation completing this race, regardless of how much time it takes you, represents an enormous feat. This year the Tor was won by Franco Collé in 74 hours and Silvia Trigueros Garrote in 87 hours (she was 12th overall) but we had some fantastic success from British and Irish runners too.
Paul Tierney, who finished in 25th place in 99 hours last year, was keen to improve on that result. And he did! Incredibly Paul was in 35th place on Wednesday lunchtime, but by the time he finished on Thursday morning he had climbed to 21st place! He knocked a fantastic 5 hours off his time from last year in the process. Congratulations Paul!
Jez Bragg had a fantastic run too, hovering just outside the top 10 for much of the race before finishing in 23rd place in his first outing. It was great to see Jez, who has achieved so much in ultrarunning, giving this race his all.
Jamie Aarons had an incredible run to finish joint second in the women’s race in 95 hours, having had to DNF the event last year. She completed the race in 2016 in 131 hours, so to cut a day and a half off your finishing time is pretty impressive!
Jenn Gaskell of Team Montane finished the race for the third time, which is quite an achievement, and Gary Dalton finished it for the first time. Past contributor to Run247 and everybody’s favourite ranty Irishman Gary, has started it before but this is his first finish so all at Run247 are immensely chuffed for him!
All in all there were 534 finishers this year (480 men and 54 women) from 894 starters, so the completion rate was about 60%. All those who took part, whether they finished in 74 hours or 150 hours, or even if they didn’t finish at all, deserve enormous praise. It will undoubtedly be an experience they remember for the rest of their lives.
See here for full results of this year’s race.