Ultra-runner completes 162 miles as he leads GB to team silver

Britain’s Dan Lawson won the IAU European 24-Hour Championships in Albi, France, on Sunday, as Sweden’s Maria Jannson took the women’s title.

Lawson completed 261.843km (162.7 miles) to beat Czech Republic’s Ondrej Velicka by just over 3km.

Lithuania’s Aleksandr Sorkin led for the first 21 hours and was out in front by as much as 18km at one point, but he eventually finished sixth. Lawson ran more conservatively, moving into the top five in the last three hours.

Jannson defended her title after moving into the lead at the 12-hour mark and increased her margin during the night to clock up a European best of  250.647km (155.7 miles).

Britain won the silver medal behind France in the team event. Marco Consani (8th) and James Elson (22nd) followed Lawson as they completed 250.283km and 231.163km respectively for a total of 743.269km.

Steve Holyoak and Paddy Robbins ran 214.141km and 204.915km in following home for the British team, but last year’s bronze medallist, Robbie Britton, dropped out because of knee problems, having completed 107.293km.

Poland won the women’s team event with 701.429km. Britain’s women placed 10th as they were led by Ally Young, who was 18th with 215.253km in 18th. Also competing for Britain were Izzy Wykes (190,236km- 41st), Debbie Martin-Consani (178,069km – 49th) and Sharon Law (92,871km – 76th).

Leading results


1 Dan Lawson (GBR) 261.843km
2 Ondrej Velicka(CZE) 258.661km
3 Stephan Ruel (FRA) 257.296km
4 Piero Lattarico (FRA) 253.631km
5 Patrick Ruiz (FRA)252.364km


1 Maria Jannson (SWE) 250.647km
2 Patrycja Bereznowska (POL) 241.633km
3 Agata Matejczuk (POL)) 232.285km
4 Therese Falk (NOR) 228.323km
5 Milena Grabska-Grzegorczyk (POL) 227.511km

Team – men

1 France 763.291km
2 Great Britain 743.269km
3 Germany 720.006km
4 Denmark 717.869km
5 Czech Republic 686.710km

Team – women
1 Poland 701.429km
2 Sweden 691.656km
3 France 655.332km
4 Germany 651.486km
5 Hungary 638.675km