• Spain's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Spanish runner smashes Mont Blanc time record

The Local · 11 Jul 2013, 18:39

Published: 11 Jul 2013 18:39 GMT+02:00

The Spaniard completed the ascent and descent of the 4,810-metre peak in 4 hours, 57 minutes and 40 seconds, knocking 13 minutes of a 23-year-old record along the way.

Even more impressively, he bounded up and down the dangerous mountain dressed only in a t-shirt, shorts and trainers.

Jornet, 25, took off from the town of Chamonix, which lies 1,037 metres above sea level, at 4.46am.

Read The Local's Profile of Spain's Cristiano Ronaldo of the Himalayas, Carlos Soria.

It took him just 3 hours 30 minutes to summit the peak.

With him was Mathéo Jacquemond, but sadly the 22-year-old Frenchman was injured on the way down, which mean Jornet was left to make a triumphant return alone, arriving back at church at 9.43am.

“The snow conditions were good, so we were able to descend easily, by sliding down on our bottoms or running,” the extreme athlete said on his return. “It was a shame to finish alone. I did the entire ascent and the descent with Matteo.

"I think the record is for both of us even if I am the only one to make it back to the church.”

Jornet is not going to stop at Mont Blanc, however, and plans to set records for climbing eight other mountains, including Mount Elbrus (5,642 metres) in Russia, and the Matterhorn (4,478 metres) in the Alps.

He also has his eye on the biggest mountain of them all, Mount Everest, where the current record stands at 20 hours and 24 minutes.

Story continues below…

(Photo:  Killian Jornet stops to refuel in the Mafate circus during the 20th Diagonale des Fous, or Grand Raid, a 170-km run across La Reunion, in October 2012)

Ben McPartland/The Local

The Local (news@thelocal.es)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Spanish resort bans blow-up dolls and novelty willies
A hen party enjoy a night out at a Spanish beach resort. Arcive photo: AFP

The beach town of Mojácar has banned ‘unseemly’ behaviour on its streets in a bid to curb rowdy stag and hen parties.

Archbishop faces lawsuit over 'hate speech' against gays
Archbishop Antonio Cañizares. Photo: Th1979/Wikimedia Commons.

The archbishop of Valencia said modern thinking about gender were the "most insidious and destructive to mankind".

Police hunt macabre 'wolf decapitator' of Asturias
The head of a wolf was left dangling at a roadside in Asturias. Photo: Guardia Civil

Someone is killing wolves and leaving their heads hanging at road junctions in northern Spain.

Spain recoils at yet another botched restoration attempt
The new windows are not to everyone's taste... Screen grab: Atlas España

Locals are not happy about attempts to restore a 17th century local landmark.

'I never look at what I sign,' admits Messi in fraud case
Messi arriving in court in September 2013. Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP

The Barcelona star told a Spanish judge he never looks at the contracts he signs.

Second day of metro strikes brings chaos to Barcelona
File photo of Barcelona Metro. Photo: AFP

Barcelona Metro was slowed further by an accident on the line on Tuesday morning.

Basketball great Pau Gasol could skip Rio over Zika fears
Pau Gasol said he might not go to the Olympic Games in Rio. Photo: AFP

He is considering skipping the Olympic Games in Brazil in August due to fears over the Zika virus.

Six reasons why Benidorm is so much better than you think
Benidorm is simply something special. Photos by Leah Pattem

Leah Pattem thinks everyone should visit Benidorm at least once in their life. Here she explains why you should give Europe's tackiest resort a chance.

Smoking near kids is 'form of abuse': Spanish experts
Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP.

A group of Spanish medical experts warns that given the serious health effects, lighting up around a child could be considered abuse.

Man jailed for driving car with bomb into political party HQ
Police blocked off the streets in 2014 after the man drove his car with an explosive device into the office of the Popular Party. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP.

An unemployed man who drove a car loaded with a home-made bomb into the Madrid headquarters of Spain's ruling Popular Party was sentenced to five years in jail.

Sponsored Article
Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
Culture
What's on in Spain: June 2016
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
National
Stunning cave paintings found 300 metres below Spain
Travel
Five good reasons why Extremadura should be on your bucket list
Lifestyle
Top Ten: Barcelona's coolest rooftop bars
National
Plane forced to dodge THREE drones to land in Bilbao
National
Spain launches campaign to stop English 'invasion'
Culture
Ten unique Basque words you need to learn right now
National
'It’s time to dig up Franco' say victims of Spain's dictatorship
Lifestyle
'Severe jellyfish stings' end Brit's Spanish swim feat
Sport
5 reasons why Spanish clubs dominate European football
International
Tesco to bring British tea and biscuits to Spanish stores
Culture
Bucket list: 16 brilliant things to do once in your life in Spain
National
Spain's Civil War victims to be exhumed from Franco's tomb
National
Two mums face jail for leaving kids in car to go out drinking
Education
Students at Spanish college forced to take exorcism class
National
Ten superb reasons why you need to visit San Sebastián
Society
Abused wife saved by hiding SOS note in son's homework
National
Look up! Rare meteor shower set to dazzle skies over Spain
Politics
Why Spain is heading for a Groundhog day election
Travel
Ibiza bans drinking in street… and that includes water
National
Expats didn't 'abandon' UK so ALL Brits should get EU vote
Features
What's on in Spain: May 2016
Travel
Discover Spain's breathtaking national parks
3,152
jobs available