GALEN REYNOLDS AND LISA WATSON STORM TO WINS IN THE 2019 BERGHAUS DRAGON’S BACK RACE
Day 5 at the 2019 Berghaus Dragon's Back Race
The 2019 Berghaus Dragon's Back Race® Dragon Slayers are crowned ⚔️🐉🏴👑Chapeau Galen Reynolds 🇨🇦👏 and Lisa Watson 🇬🇧🙌 and to all our class of 2019 Dragons!“It has been a truly unforgettable experience.” – Lowri MorganRead more 👉 www.berghausdragonsbackrace.com/latest-news/
Posted by Berghaus Dragon's Back Race on Friday, 24 May 2019
Galen Reynolds and Lisa Watson have secured commanding victories in the 2019 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race. They both set out on the final day of the event in first place in the men’s and women’s races respectively. Today, they extended their leads during the concluding 63km leg that took runners into the Brecon Beacons and 2,200m of climbing, including the summit of Fan Brycheiniog and Carreg Yr Ogof on the Black Mountain. Galen set a new record for the race, with his five-day aggregate time of 37 hours, 48 minutes and 6 seconds beating the previous best by just over 10 minutes. Lisa’s time of 44:33:23 was the third fastest time by a woman in the race’s history.
Of the 402 original starters, 256 runners were still in the full race at the start of the final day of the gruelling mountain running race. Staged only four times before, in 1992, 2012, 2015 and 2017, the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race has acquired near mythical status in the adventure racing and ultra-running community. The latest edition of the race began in Conwy Castle on Monday and then followed a route of 315km with 15,500m of climbing (almost twice the height of Everest), south along the spine of Wales. Runners will be making their way to the finish line late into this evening, determined to beat the cut off time of 11:00pm and earn a much-coveted Dragon. If they fail to meet the deadline, they will have fallen agonisingly short of completing the epic race. See the final results here.
All four of our runners completed the full course. Congratulations Sandra Mastropietro, Stef Maginelle, Sabrina Verjee and Wouter Huitzing. We caught up with them after the presentation ceremony to congratulate them on their achievement.
The 2019 Berghaus Dragon's Back Race is over. Once again, it has been a brutal and inspiring event, testing athletes to the limit over 315km of mountain running with 15,500m of climbing. Our four runners all completed the full course and after the presentation ceremony, we had a quick chat with Sandra Mastropietro, Stef Maginelle, Sabrina Verjee and Wouter Huitzing, to congratulate them on their achievement. We make no apologies for the overuse of the word 'awesome', because all four of these guys deserve the description. That's all folks – thanks for following our Dragons.#dragonsbackrace
Posted by Berghaus on Friday, 24 May 2019
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