West Coaster Croft wins illustrious Golden Trail Series
West Coaster Croft wins illustrious Golden Trail Series trail running world championship
For immediate release
21 October 2018
West Coast trail running champion Ruth Croft is on top of the world after taking out the Golden Trail Series trail running championship at the final race in South Africa. The series consisted of 6 of the world’s best known mountain marathons across Europe, the USA and South Africa.
Ruth started the final race in the series, The Otter Trail in South Africa, in the series lead thanks to a phenomenal season which saw her win the Mount-Blanc Marathon (France) and place at Zegama (Spain) and Sierre Zinal (Switerland).
Ruth grew up at the foot of the Paparoa National Park and found her West Coast heritage advantageous in the dense bush of the Otter Trail coastal track. Adopting a conservative approach to the mid-section for the race, Ruth finished with her trademark kick as the trail got steeper and more technical in the latter stages. Ruth powered home strong in the final 7 km nearly chasing down the eventual race winner Holly Page of the UK, coming in a mere 34 seconds behind Holly with a finish time of 4 hours:38 min :22 sec. The second place position was good enough to secure the series win.