9th June 2023


The stage was set for the Long Trail Race at the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships on Friday (9) with British teams in action in Innsbruck-Stubai, Austria.

Thomas Joly De Lotbiniere (self-coached) was the first Briton across the line in the men’s race, earning 11th place in a time of 10 hours 22 minutes and 39 seconds.

Harry Jones (Martin Cox, Mynydd Du) was the next finisher for GB & NI in 11:52:42 on a gruelling day in the Austrian mountains. George Foster (Martin Cox, Matlock) retired from the race after completing 41.9km of the race.

After his 11th place finish, Joly De Lotbiniere said, “An incredible experience to race in what is the greatest depth of athletes ever assembled in ultra trail running. It started incredibly fast, and I dropped back to 25th position, but kept working, moving up to 8th as the heat cooked off those ahead. Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite hold on to top 10, but finishing as top Brit in 11th overall, and just 7 mins to 5th place, is my greatest race achievement to date.”

The women’s team finished sixth overall after a strong showing from the GB & NI athletes.

Fiona Pascall (Martin Cox) was the top finisher for the team in 18th place, coming through in a time of 12:25:54.

Next to reach the finish line for the British team was Jasmin Paris (Damien Hall, Carnethy HRC) who completed the tough course in 13:05:15, while Julia Davis (Robbie Britton, Newquay RR) was just over half an hour further back in 13:38:17 in 41st place. Meryl Cooper (David Roche, Deeside Runners) retired from the race after completing 60km of the course.

France won the women’s team gold – their team included individual champion Marion Delespierre in 11:22:31 – with Germany and Italy taking silver and bronze.