Another woman has won a Montane Spine Race event outright. Sabrina Verjee, 38, of Weybridge, near London, finished the Fusion course yesterday after racing for three continuous days and nights. The race started June 22.
— James MacKeddie (@james_mackeddie) June 26, 2019
In January, Jasmin Paris broke both the male and female course records in the winter version of the race, after battling severe winter weather and expressing breastmilk at aid stations. She was the first woman to win the race outright, in 83 hours and change. Verjee’s time of 81:18:39 is a new female course record.
Like all Montane Spine Race events, Fusion covers 429 kilometres of the Pennines, from the village of Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm, just inside the Scottish border, and involves 13,000m of elevation change. Though the weather is somewhat better at this time of year than in January, runners often face gale-force winds in the mountains of northern England.
Esteban Díaz Castañeda of Spain finished in second place, in 89:57:12, and Gregory Crowley of the UK finished third, in 93:23:55. There are, as yet, no other finishers, though Sophie Power, who made headlines around the world after being photographed breastfeeding her child during last year’sUTMB, is currently in second place among the women. The time limit is seven days.
Verjee finished this year’s Dragon’s Back race in Wales as second female and 21st overall.