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Ellie Greenwood races for the first time since September 2016

The dominant trail and ultrarunner, who has been battling injury for more than a year, returned to racing on Saturday

Ellie Greenwood
Ellie Greenwood
Ellie Greenwood at the Buckin’ Hell 2017, part of the Coast Mountain Trail Series. Photo: Scott Robarts.

Western States 100 course record holder, past Comrades Marathon champion and two-time World 100K champion Ellie Greenwood is back racing on the trails.

The Scottish-born ultrarunner, who is based in Metro Vancouver, contested the Buckin’ Hell 15K on Saturday, her first race in 10 months. Greenwood, coming off what she calls her “worst year of running,” has been battling injury and says she’s working back to fitness, though not completely pain-free. Buckin’ Hell was a race she did for fun to get a hard effort in.

“I am not rushing to get back to full training as I want to try avoid setbacks,” she says. “I am still not running anything like the volume or intensity in the past and still have some aches and pains, but realize that any runner should expect that and will learn to manage them whilst hopefully seeing how much training volume I can handle.”

The Buckin’ Hell 15K and 50K are part of the Coast Mountain Trail Series, a circuit of races put on by Gary Robbins and Geoff Langford. Ridgeline Events, the organization that puts on the popular Squamish 50, organizes the Coast Mountain Trail Series, which features challenging off-road events around Vancouver’s North Shore and Sea to Sky Corridor.


Greenwood finished second to Jeanelle Hazlett over 15K in 1:48:36 to Hazlett’s 1:44:24. “Race your heart out, leave it all at the finish,” Hazlett wrote on Instagram. The race is held in the North Shore Mountains in the Vancouver area.


It was a fast day out on the trails as multiple course records were set at Buckin’ Hell. The course record for the men’s and women’s 50K, co-ed 50K relay and men’s 50K relay went down. Check them out below with the race’s rather unique scoreboard.