Cape Town trail athlete Meg Mackenzie clinched her first Golden Trail World Series podium position, racing to a superb third position at the Pikes Peak 42km Marathon in the USA on Sunday.
The crunching marathon saw the field run straight up Pikes Peak, where the summit was at a lung-searing 4 302m before the headlong descent back to the start.
Spanish star Kilian Jornet won his third title in the 2019 series in as many attempts in 3 hrs 27 min 29 sec (3:27.29) – the fastest time in 24 years.
But his challenge on Matt Carpenter’s “impossible” 26-year-old race record of 3:16.39 foundered in the warm conditions.
Swiss athlete Maude Matthys was in devastating form, dealing harshly with American Meg Kimmel’s year-old race record of 4:15.04, which toppled the previous mark set in 1981, crossing the line in a remarkable 4:02.45.