Bronze for GB at World Mountain and Trail Running Championships
Scout Adkin and Joe Steward both had strong performances in the vertical race at the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships. Adkin finished in eighth place to help the British women’s team to bronze, while Steward finished in tenth place for the British men.
Adkin, who is coached by Angela Mudge and runs for Ambleside, has been in good form this year. She won the British Championships in February and was third at the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in March. She was also fifth at the European Mountain Running Championships in April.
In the vertical race in Innsbruck, Adkin started well and was in the top 10 at the halfway point. She continued to push hard in the second half of the race and finished in eighth place in a time of 51 minutes 39 seconds.
The British women’s team also included Sara Willhoit, Phillipa Williams and Kate Avery. Willhoit finished in 20th place, Williams in 23rd and Avery in 24th. The team’s performance was enough to secure a bronze medal behind Kenya and Germany.
Steward, who is coached by Robbie Simpson and runs for Salford, also had a strong race. He started well and was in the top 10 at the halfway point. He continued to push hard in the second half of the race and finished in tenth place in a time of 43 minutes 02 seconds.
The British men’s team also included Jacob Adkin, Chris Richards and Andrew Douglas. Jacob Adkin finished in 22nd place, Richards in 32nd and Douglas in 50th. The team’s performance was enough to secure a seventh-place finish behind Kenya, Uganda and Switzerland.
The World Mountain and Trail Running Championships are the most prestigious events in the sport. The championships feature a variety of races, including uphill only, uphill and downhill, and long distance. The championships are held every two years.