Mountain Running

Adkin and Steward Triumph in Valsir Mountain Running World Cup Finalissima Uphill Race at Sky Gran Canaria

Scout Adkin and Joe Steward won the Valsir Mountain Running World Cup Finalissima at Sky Gran Canaria uphill races on Friday (13).

Mellissa Henry

Scout Adkin and Joe Steward win the valsir mountain running world cup finalissima
Scout Adkin and Joe Steward win the Valsir Mountain Running World Cup Finalissima

Gran Canaria, (Oct. 13) – The Valsir Mountain Running World Cup Finalissima kicked off with a bang as Great Britain’s Scout Adkin and Joe Steward dominated the uphill race at Sky Gran Canaria on Friday. The event, which took place in the scenic town of Agaete on Gran Canaria, was altered due to weather conditions but still provided a thrilling spectacle.

Weather Alert Alters Course

A weather alert for heat and potential forest fires led to a last-minute change in the 6km uphill race, shortening it to 4km. The altered route did not climb above 400m due to these restrictions.

Despite the brutally hot conditions, with temperatures soaring to 36°C, the athletes gave it their all. – More information about the change at

Joe Steward Takes the Lead

Joe Steward quickly adapted to the challenging conditions, racing to victory in the Sky A4Uphill event with a time of 17:42.

Read more: Canfranc-Canfranc vertical uphill race; Njeru and Steward win titles

Steward, who had previously placed eighth at the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships, was the man to beat, and he lived up to the expectations. He had also won the Canfranc-Canfranc vertical uphill race last month.

Scout Adkin Shines in Women’s Race

In the women’s category, Scout Adkin once again proved her mettle. She led the race with a finish time of 21:17, looking incredibly strong on the technical sections leading into the final climb. Adkin had previously won a bronze medal in last year’s European Off-Road Running Championships.

Kenya’s Patrick Kipngeno finished 11 seconds behind Steward, securing second place in the men’s category. In the women’s race, Finland’s Susanna Saapunki clocked 21:30, finishing second behind Adkin.

The action-packed weekend continues with a long-distance race on Saturday, starting and finishing in Tunte, in the middle of the island. The race will cover a total of 2736m of ascent over 35km, including some steep, technical ground.

On Sunday, the classic race will start at Artenara at 1240m and cover 22km.

World Cup Standings

The uphill race has set the stage for an exciting finale in the World Cup standings. Joyce Muthoni Njeru leads the overall women’s World Cup standings, while Philemon Kiriago leads the men’s.

Both athletes will be participating in the upcoming races, making the competition even more intense.

For more information on the Valsir Mountain Running World Cup Finalissima, visit Sky Gran Canaria and WMRA.

About The Author

Mellissa Henry

Mellissa is a hard-working track and field follower who likes to travel and have fun with anyone she communicates with, for example, go running with them! Yay! Mellissa is a former Pride News writer who now spends her time working with kids and following the sport she loves.

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