Kenya’s Joyce Muthoni Njeru - Canfranc-Canfranc vertical uphill race

CANFRANC, Spain — Joyce Muthoni Njeru of Kenya and Joe Steward of Britain clinched victories in the grueling Canfranc-Canfranc vertical uphill race, part of the Valsir Mountain Running World Cup, on a rare Friday night (8) outing.

The Canfranc-Canfranc continues on Sunday after a one-day break on Sunday, and fans can watch live streaming coverage this weekend as the broadcast will be available at: https://canfranccanfranc.com/seguimiento.html

A Dominant Display

Starting at the Seta River at an elevation of 1455m, competitors faced a rugged 4km course that culminated at the summit of Tuca Blanca at 2313m. Muthoni, defending her title, seized an early lead and never looked back.

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She crossed the finish line in 42:23, a little over three minutes ahead of her closest competitor, Olivia Magnone of France, who was second in 45:27.

Kenya’s Lucy Murigi was third with 45:55, while Italy’s Camilla Magliano and Belgium’s Charlotte Cotton rounded out the top five finishers with 47:57 and 48:10, respectively.

Men’s Race: A Battle for Supremacy

In the men’s Canfranc-Canfranc vertical uphill race, Joe Steward set the pace early on and maintained his lead throughout the race before going on to clock a winning time of 35:34.

Canada’s Remi Leroux and France’s Vincent Loustau jostled for position behind him, with Leroux ultimately securing second place in 36:32 and Loustau finishing third in 36:45.

The top five was completed by Andorra’s Arnau Soldevila, who posted 37:56, and Morocco’s Adil Moussaoui, who finished at 38:06.

Although the course was challenging, the weather was perfect for the runners, and they provided sufficient entertainment for the fans.

Canfranc-Canfranc vertical uphill race results

Top Five Finishers

Women’s Event:

  1. Joyce Muthoni Njeru (KEN) – 42:23
  2. Olivia Magnone (FRA) – 45:27
  3. Lucy Murigi (KEN) – 45:55
  4. Camilla Magliano (ITA) – 47:57
  5. Charlotte Cotton (BEL) – 48:10

Men’s Event:

  1. Joe Steward (GBR) – 35:34
  2. Remi Leroux (CAN) – 36:32
  3. Vincent Loustau (FRA) – 36:45
  4. Arnau Soldevila (AND) – 37:56
  5. Adil Moussaoui (MAR) – 38:06

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