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Merrell athlete triumphs again in challenging skyrunning race

Georgia Tindley
Georgia Tindley wins Salomon Glen Coe Skyline for the second time (Image credit: No Limits Photography)

Georgia Tindley ran a convincing win to retain her title in the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline 2021.

The Merrell athlete, who lives in the Scottish Highlands, finished first female in the very challenging race as part of Salomon Skyline Scotland, which is the UK's biggest weekend of trail running and skyrunning.

Georgia was also more than two hours ahead of the second female and sixth overall in 08:43:10, although she was 15 minutes slower than the last time the race was held in 2019.

The 29-year-ld, who is also sponsored by Torq, Suunto, Vaga and Harrier running packs,  said: “It was a good day out but it was also really tough. It was really greasy on the rocks and it was cold and windy. It was much harder than last time.” 

Georgia Tindley finishes

Georgia Tindley crosses the line in Kinlochleven, Scottish Highlands  (Image credit: No Limits Photography)

Andrew Fallas

Andrew Fallas wins Salomon Glen Coe Skyline 2021 (Image credit: No Limits Photography)

In first place on Sunday was Andrew Fallas, of Edinburgh. He crossed the finish line in Kinlochleven, Lochaber, in 07:56:11.

Again, reflecting the weather for the iconic mountain race, Andrew, 41, was almost half an hour slower than the last time he raced the course in 2016.

The Carnethy Hill Running Club athlete said: "It is good to win, however, it was very difficult on the ridges and I had to take it slowly. It was slippery and a bit dicey.

“Still, it was a good day out!”

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline combines mountain running and alpinism in a test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising, world-class course.

The technical and challenging course extends to 52km with a total ascent of 4750m. The course includes two notorious ridges. First is Curved Ridge, which climbs steeply on the iconic Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor) via an exposed Grade III scramble.

Runners then commit to a full traverse of the Aonach Eagach, which includes a leg-busting ascent and descent and some exposed Grade II scrambling.

The record holders of the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline are Kilian Jornet in a time of 6:25:39 and Emelie Forsberg in 7:53:30, both set in 2017.

Alan Hilley

Alan Hilley wins Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra 2021 (Image credit: Steve Ashworth Photography )

Anwen Darlington

First female Anwen Darlington in the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra  (Image credit: Steve Ashworth Photography )

Results: 3 more mountain races

There were three other mountain races at Salomon Skyline Scotland.  A sister race, the 52km Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra 2021 was won by Alan Hilley and Anwen Darlington.

Alan Hilley, who has only started running in the mountains in the last year, said: “It’s insane to have won."

The 34-year-old from Glasgow, who now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, added: “I can’t believe it. I never imagined I would be on the podium."

His time for the course with some 4000m of ascent, including the UK’s tallest mountain Ben Nevis, was  07:40:29.

Anwen, who ran a time of 08:47:00 , said of her triumph: “It feels incredible. It is fantastic. I am actually buzzing."

Alan described the course as tough. He said: "At the beginning of the race I was feeling good but then about halfway it felt like I had someone else’s legs. The big climb up to the Ring of Steall was so punishing.

“Coming down to Kinlochleven I glanced behind and saw another runner and knew I needed to get my skates on. All the volunteers were amazing, too."

Anwen, a 30-year-old Welsh athlete, who lives in Dundee, said: "I have never won anything like this before and it is fantastic. The support has also been fantastic." 

runner in the Ben Nevis ultra

Tough conditions at Salomon Skyline Scotland  (Image credit: Steve Ashworth Photography )

On Saturday, Sebastian Batchelor won the Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace 2021 by a clear 19 minutes today. 

The 31-year-old Salomon athlete ran a very strong race, leading for almost the entire 29km, and crossed the line in Kinlochleven in 3:34:04.

The first female was Elsey (Eleanor) Davis, 32, who was also fifth overall in 4:16:39. 

Less than a minute behind Elsey was the female runner up Isobel Oakes, 35, from Northern Ireland, in 4:17:14. 

The Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace is a challenging 29km route including 2500m of ascent.

Rachel Smith and Alastair Thomas were triumphant in the 2021 Salomon Mamores VK (Vertical Kilometre).

To find out more about the event, see Salomon Skyline Scotland.

Fiona Russell

Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.