Galen Reynolds crosses the line to win the men's race. Photo: No Limits Photography

Galen Reynolds crosses the line to win the men's race. Photo: No Limits Photography

Galen Reynolds and Lisa Watson have triumphed in the gruelling Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race.

Men’s winner Reynolds set a new race record, and Watson’s winning time was the third-fastest set by a woman in the event.

Both set out in first place on the final day of the race, and extended their lead throughout the day, which saw runners tackle the 63km final section through the Brecon Beacons, with 2,200m of ascent, including the summits of Fan Brycheiniog and Carreg Yr Ogof in the Black Mountain.

Canadian Galen Reynolds’s five-day aggregate time of 37 hrs 48 mins 6 secs beat the previous best by just over 10 minutes.

Lisa Watson of the UK finished in a time of 44hrs 33mins 23 secs.

Of the 402 original starters, 256 runners were still in the full race at the start of the final day of the gruelling mountain running race which has been staged only four times before, in 1992, 2012, 2015 and 2017.

Lisa Watson on the Black Mountain on the final day of the race. Photo: No Limits Photography

Lisa Watson on the Black Mountain on the final day of the race. Photo: No Limits Photography

This year’s race began in Conwy Castle on Monday and then followed a route of 315km to Llandeilo in Dyffryn Tywi, with 15,500m of climbing – almost twice the height of Everest – south along the spine of Wales.

Runners will be making their way to the finish line late into this evening, determined to beat the cut-off time of 11pm and earn a much-coveted Dragon finishers’ trophy.

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