Jez Bragg (photo from North Face)
North Face athlete Jez Bragg has been competing in Ultras for seven years with an enviable record of success despite an unusual background in rugby! A winning performance in his first ever event was followed by three more wins and a course record in his first season. He has continued to build on this with significant victories each year culminating in the 2010 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. This epic race comprised of a start in horrendous conditions, a cancellation and a restart on a shortened course. All very challenging for the competitors and some notable contenders fell by the wayside as Jez ran away to the biggest win of his career. (The ladies race was won by fellow North Face athlete Lizzy Hawker for her 3rd UTMB win). Illness put paid to Jez's chances in 2011 but watch this space for the 2012 race...2.5 hours until 2300 runners set out from Chamonix.