Tenacious Tunstall wins world bronze

Date: Monday 7th August 2017
Sarah Tunstal takes Bronze at World Mountain Running championships in Italy.
Sarah Tunstal takes Bronze at World Mountain Running championships in Italy.

KIRKBY Stephen athlete Sarah Tunstall — running for Team GB — sealed a bronze medal in the senior women’s race at the up-and-down World Mountain Running Championships in Premana, Italy.

Last month, Tunstall, who runs for Kendal Athletics Club, also won silver at the uphill-only European championships — so her success on the world stage highlighted that she is one of the most in-form mountain runners on the global stage right now.

She managed to push on in the hot conditions with eventual winner Lucy Wambui Murigi, of Kenya, stealing a march in the closing stages. Andrea Mayr, the Austrian who took bronze behind Tunstall at the Europeans in July, pulled away from the Team GB runner to secure silver on this occasion. However, Tunstall was close behind and secured her place on the podium — just two years after placing fourth at the world mountain running championships.

The British senior women’s team ultimately finished fifth overall, just three points behind the third place team, Czech Republic.

Speaking to the Herald, Tunstall said: “It is hard to describe quite how electric the atmosphere was in Premana.

“I saw family, team mates and enjoyed every second of running to the line. I was greeted by Andrea, a great hero of mine and a legend of women’s mountain running. Lucy had won, adding to her title in 2014.

“The Italians really did host an unbelievable championship. The passion, noise and support along the whole course will stay with me a long time — the way Premana embraced and celebrated mountain running makes crossing the finish line and standing on the podium even more unforgettable.”