RUN247 / Running News / Mountain Running News / Records set as Amber and Long claim wins at Mountain Running World Cup opener

Records set as Amber and Long claim wins at Mountain Running World Cup opener

Stuart Dick
Updated on
Endure 24
How Far Will You Go? UK's Biggest 24hr Trail Race

Olivia Amber (USA) and Ruairi Long (IRL) took victory in their respective categories at the Mountain Running World Cup Seven Sisters Skyline 30k race – both setting course records in the process.

In the fifth hosting of the event in County Donegal – which involved 30k and 55k races and over 500 runners on the start line – Amber and Long stood on the top of the podiums on an unseasonal bitter day in the windswept Derryveagh Mountains – leading to a number of boggy areas out on the course.

Green light for Amber

Olivia Amber (USA) takes victory in the Seven Sisters Skyline – the opening race in this year’s Mountain Running World Cup [Photo Credit: Richard Bolt]

American Amber took an early lead in the women’s 30k race opening up a healthy advantage to compatriot Kathryn O’Regan and Ireland’s Sarah Brady.

In the remote countryside, it was difficult to follow the leaders through their quest for victory, GPS the only way until the runners reached the final aid station with 5km to go.

In the end, Amber was a runaway victor in a time of 4:07:36, leading O’Regan home by 25 minutes, 38 seconds. Brady finished third a further 14 minutes, four seconds behind.

On her race victory, Amber said: “”The bog definitely got me a lot and I’ve never experienced any conditions like it. [While] I never figured it out, it was fun. It was an amazing experience and I’ve never done a race like it. It’s honestly one of my favourite races I’ve ever done.”

Long road to victory

Ruairi Long (IRL) sets a course record as he takes home the Seven Sisters Skyline 30k title [Photo Credit: Richard Bolt]

Much like in the women’s race, the leading three contenders reached the 8km aid station in the eventual finish order – with Long, Paddy O’Leary (IRL) and Shaun Stewart (IRL) within a minute of each other.

By the time the trio passed through the final aid station with 5km to go, Long had opened a considerable lead from O’Leary, who in turn led Stewart by a minute.

Long’s 3:29:59 took victory by six minutes, 47 seconds from O’Leary, who in turn had a gap of 49 seconds to Stewart in third.

Long said of the course: Errigal is a great classic Irish straight up and straight down, no messing kind of hill.

“It was great to have that near the end but that last slightly uphill section is tough on the legs but that’s what you want, it’s a nice challenge.

“I had a feeling coming off Errigal that I had a gap but I was thinking Paddy [O’Leary] is going to love these last few kilometers on the road so [I had to move].”

Stuart Dick
Written by
Stuart Dick
Stuart is a graduate of the University of Sunderland with a masters' degree in Sports Journalism. He spends a lot of his time running and cycling around West Yorkshire, England.


In episode 1 of our new SBRX Show we sit down with ultra runners and coaches Kim and Jayson Cavill to get their take on the Barkley Marathons and triathlon & trail running gear reviews, training tips and more

Latest Running News

Rachid El Morabity wins 2024 Marathon des Sables
Marathon des Sables 2024 results: Rachid El Morabity equals record as Aziza El Amrany wins women’s title
Patrick Kipngeno wins the Kobe Trail the opening race of the 2024 Golden Trail World Series
GTWS race one 2024 – Kobe Trail men’s results: Patrick Kipngeno proves strongest
Maude Mathys is congratulated by men's winner Patrick Kipngeno at the GTWS Kobe Trail race 2024
GTWS race one 2024 – Kobe Trail women’s results: Maude Mathys back in style!
Mohamed El Morabity Marathon des Sables 2024
Marathon des Sables 2024 stage five: Drama as Mohamed El Morabity limps over finish line
Sophia Laukli Sierre Zinal win 2023 photo copyright GoldenTrailSeries and The Adventure Bakery
Reigning champ Sophia Laukli to miss Golden Trail World Series opener in Japan
trail running on your terms

Never miss out with our trail alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.

Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

Share to...