Emily Hawgood wins Silver at the 100km CCC

Emily Hawgood, Zimbabwe's endurance and trail running specialist recently had a history-making day at the UTMB CCC. The runner took home silver as she came second in the 100 km endurance race, seeing off stiff competition from American Helen Mino Faukner, who eventually came third. Norway’s Yngvild Kaspersen won this year's race after leading for most of the distance.

Emily Hawgood Zimbabwe
Emily Hawgood

The UTMB CCC (Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc Courmayeur – Champex – Chamonix) is a 100km race that is one of seven races featured in the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc event annually at Chamonix in France. The course contains 6,100 metres of ascension and is 100km long. Competitors must complete the course in 26 hours 30 minutes with a maximum start list of 1,900 runners. 

Emily Hawgood grew up on a farm in Beatrice, just outside the capital city of Harare, Zimbabwe. She began her journey in ultra-events, in 2017 after moving to the USA for college. Since then she has become a rising star representing Zimbabwe in the sport of ultra running, which is a long-distance marathon of anything longer than 26.2 miles; the most common distances are 50 and 100 miles and 50 and 100 kilometres, or 31 and 62 miles. 

In 2019 Hawgood came second, at the Ultra-Trail Cape Town 100 miler, in South Africa. 2021 saw her come seventh at the Western States 100, third at the Bandera 100K, fourth at the Canyons Endurance Runs, and tenth at UTMB. The performances also secured the runner a professional running contract with Adidas TERREX.

Source(s): The Herald, Run247

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