European gold for Adkin — and top six places for Eden girls
KESWICK Athletic Club’s Jacob Adkin made history at the European Mountain Running Championships in Zermatt, Switzerland, when he became the first Brit to win a senior men’s title in the history of the event — and led GB to a team gold medal.
And Adkin was not the only Cumbrian to excel at the championships. Kirkby Stephen’s Sarah Tunstall was fourth woman and 18-year-old Eve Pannone, of Armathwaite, ran superbly to finish sixth under-20.
Adkin, who hails from Peebles and moved to Keswick after finishing university in Edinburgh, won the 10.1km, 1,000m of ascent uphill only race in fine style, coming home in the shadow of the Matterhorn in a time of 53min 21sec — 25 seconds ahead of Norway’s Stian Overgaard Aarvik.
The 23-year-old spearheaded Great Britain’s effort to take a first team gold, as he was backed up by his coach, Commonwealth bronze medallist Robbie Simpson, of Deeside Runners, in seventh place and Andrew Douglas, of Inverclyde AC/North Highland Harriers, in ninth. GB became only the third nation to win the men’s team title as, other than France in 2017, it has been won exclusively by the Italians.
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