The Montane Dragon's Back Race is the world's toughest mountain race - an event that pushes ultra runners to their absolute limits as they traverse north to south across Wales's rugged peaks.
One runner who knows the race better than most is Helene Whitaker- the winner of the inaugural race way back in 1992, alongside her racing partner Martin Stone. After a lengthy hiatus (discover more about the race's history in this dedicated story behind) Helene joined the start line once again, when the race finally returned 20 years later. She went on to finish first woman and 4th overall.
We catch up with this legendary dragon slayer to find what first inspired her to take on the Dragon's Back Race, her love of fell running, and the enduring lure of this gruelling multi-stage route. Like what you hear? Don't miss your chance to hear from fellow dragon slayer and #TeamMontane runner Simon Roberts, who share's his top tips to slay the dragon.