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Ready, steady, Coe: Runners tackle mountain challenges

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Image caption A runner tackles the Salomon Mamores Vertical Kilometre

Athletes from across Europe have competed in a series of running events held on some of Scotland's most challenging mountain routes.

The Salomon Mamores Vertical Kilometre, Ring of Steall Skyrace and Glen Coe Skyline were held over the weekend.

The final race, the Glen Coe Skyline, was the third and final event of the 2016 Skyrunner World Series Extreme competition.

The two previous events in the world series were held in Norway and Italy.

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Image caption Athletes from all over Europe were involved in the three Scottish races
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Image caption The Vertical Kilometre event was held in the Mamores mountains in Lochaber
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Image caption The Mamores event involved a vertical ascent of 1,000m

Londoner Jonathan Albon, 27, won the men's category of the Glen Coe race in a time of six hours, 33 minutes and 52 seconds. His time was almost an hour less than the course record set last year.

Edinburgh-based runner Jasmin Paris, 32, was the fastest woman with a time of eight hours, 15 minutes and 56 seconds.

The two other races were held earlier in the weekend.

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Image caption A group of runners just visible on a ridge during the Ring of Steall Skyrace
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Image caption The Ring of Steall event was won in times of less than five hours

The Mamores VK involved a 1,000m (3,280ft) vertical climb over a distance of three miles (5km) in the Mamores mountains in Lochaber.

Alexis Sévennec, from France, won the men's event in a time of 42 minutes and 17 seconds and Scotland-based hill runner Georgia Tindley the women's in a time of 54 minutes and 34 seconds.

Tindley was also the fastest female in the Ring of Steall Skyrace, which involved a course of about 18 miles (29km), with a time of four hours, 39 minutes and 20 seconds.

Norwegian runner Stian Angermund-Vik was the men's winner after crossing the finishing line with a time of three hours, 25 minutes and 28 seconds.

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Image caption Athletes on the challenging Glen Coe Skyline race
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Image caption The Glen Coe event was the third and final event in an international series of hill runs
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Image caption The Scottish event followed Skyrunner competitions in Norway and Italy
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Image caption Crossing the finish line in the Glen Coe challenge

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