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NEWSFLASH: Kilian Jornet & Emilie Forsberg Win Glen Coe Skyline

Kilian Jornet has won the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline race, completing the 55km course in a time of 6hrs 25mins 39secs to beat the 2016 men's record of 6hrs33mins. Swedish runner Emilie Forsberg was the fastest woman, finishing in a time of 7:53:30.

Kilian Jornet, 56 kb
Kilian Jornet
© Scot Markewitz

Second over the line was Jonathan Albon, last year's winner and record holder. Finishing in a time of 6:31:45, he gave Jornet a serious run for his money for the entire course.

Third was France's Alexis Sevennec at 6:40:34.

Jornet, a Spanish trail runner and ski-mountaineer, is the best known endurance athlete on the planet. Before the event, Kilian said, "I have heard about Glen Coe since the first year Emelie [Forsberg, winner of the inaugural event in 2015] ran and she just said, 'you must go there'. The technical ridges and the culture of mountain running in Britain really attracts me to run Glen Coe."

The route, which starts and finishes at Kinlochleven, is renowned for its rough, technical and exposed terrain, taking in the high ground surrounding Glen Coe including Buachaille Etive Mor, the Bidean nam Bian range and Aonach Eagach. Total ascent is 4750m, and notable hands-on sections include the grade 3 scramble of Curved Ridge and the traverse of the Aonach Eagach.

In the women's race, Emilie Forsberg finished in a time of 7:53:30 ahead of Megan Kimmel in 8:14:57 and Ragna Debats in 8:22:55.

It's been an action packed weekend of running in the West Highlands: Look out for our full race report, coming soon.

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Forums (21 comments)

Some very different lines were being taken by the leaders down through Coire Nam Beith yesterday. It did make me wonder to what extent runners are supposed to stick to the red flags in skyraces, as a fair few just piled...
Surely local knowledge of the route would make a noticeable difference for pacing and your mental approach and tactics? I reckon it would anyway. Last year I saw a bunch of the runners out a few days before scoping out...
I'd say there were very few places on that course where route choice made any difference and a runner of Albon's calibre isn't going to ship lots of time in that way. Killian won by being stronger! The same general...
Not true. There is a fair bit of discretion used on the route on a small scale. Example being Jornet was second on the way down to Glencoe cp11 on Sunday and went past Jonathon Albon (last years winner) by going low...
Not even in terms of pacing? Do you find it easy enough to adjust your pace on the fly as the terrain appears? I had sort of imagined that being familiar with the severity of each of the up hills would allow a better...
His run's on Strava here: https://www.strava.com/activities/1188813266 (If you're on Strava he's well worth following as his training is inspiring and the runs that don't get reported on are frequently just as...

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