British trials champion claims individual senior gold and leads GB team win, while Joseph Dugdale claims U20 title in Zermatt
Jacob Adkin made history for Great Britain at the European Mountain Running Championships in Zermatt, Switzerland, on Sunday as he won the nation’s first ever senior men’s gold medal at the event.
Clocking 53:21.5 for the 10.1km uphill course (1020m of ascent), the 23-year-old British trials champion won by 24 seconds ahead of Norway’s Stian Øvergaard Aarvik, with Italy’s Xavier Chevrier finishing third.
"I knew I was running well but I didn't come in with any anticipation of any medal."
— European Athletics (@EuroAthletics) July 8, 2019
Adkin also led his team to the title, as he was joined in the top 20 by his coach and Commonwealth marathon bronze medallist Robbie Simpson who placed seventh, plus Andrew Douglas, who has won the opening two stages of the World Mountain Running Cup this year, in ninth and Sebastian Batchelor in 18th.
Well that was a bit of a 💩 race, but today belongs to @jacob_adkin , European Champion and lead us to @BritAthletics first ever Senior Mens Team Gold! Will be a proud moment for the Scots representing GB @scotathletics European Mountain Running Champions 2019 pic.twitter.com/Zfb9zr8E3M
— Andrew Douglas (@andoug_run) July 7, 2019
Italy claimed team silver and Norway team bronze.
There was also cause for double celebration for Britain in the under-20 men’s event as Joseph Dugdale won the individual title and his team-mates Matthew Mackay and Euan Brennan finished fourth and fifth respectively, with Ben Bergstrand 15th to secure the team gold.
Dugdale, Mackay and Brennan were all part of the silver medal-winning team from the world (uphill) championships last year and clocked respective times of 28:48.4, 29:30.7 and 29:38.0 for the 5.9km race with 448m of ascent, while Bergstrand ran 30:53.6.
In the senior women’s race, Switzerland’s Maude Mathys won her third consecutive European mountain running title, as Britain’s Sarah Tunstall placed fourth.
Mathys ran 60:18.1 on home soil to finish a minute ahead of Austria’s three-time winner Andrea Mayr, who has also won the world title six times.
France’s Christel Dewalle was third in 62:48.2, while British trials winner Tunstall, who won individual silver last time this event was staged in its uphill format two years ago, ran 63:33.6 in fourth.
Italy won the team title from France and Switzerland as Britain were fifth, with Tunstall joined by last year’s bronze winner Emma Gould (24th), 2017 team gold medallist Rebecca Hilland (27th) and former UK steeplechase record-holder Hatti Archer (29th).
Barbora Havlícková of Czech Republic won the under-20 women’s title as Eve Pannone led the GB team home in sixth.
Italy won the team title ahead of Turkey and Romania, while GB finished fifth as Pannone was joined by Lauren Dickson (12th), Florence Duff (23rd) and Pippa Carcas (26th).
Full results can be found here.