However, as they entered the final 30km, Katie had recovered the ground with nothing to split the two incredible athletes.
As the race looked to go to the wire, Katie made the decisive move, breaking away from Marianne to take a 20-minute lead out of Vallorcine and run hard into Chamonix to claim her maiden title – to the delight of the incredible crowds.
For Katie, the race of her life and the win of her career is about much more than the 171kms and 10,000m elevation covered:
“What a feeling! It’s so much more than the race, it’s the training, the hours planning, the support, the crowd, everything matters, and everything makes the difference. I just can’t believe it”
Katie wore The North Face ‘Elvira’ Flight Series pack, alongside a range of VECTIV™ prototypes - coming to market next year. The Full VECTIV™ range is available for purchase in select specialty run shops and available at thenorthface.com.