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SportsShoes x Merrell MTL Skyfire 2 Segment Challenge

Run Sky High with SportsShoes and Merrell!

UPDATE 25/6/23: Competition now closed.



1. Tom Adams: 2:38:17
2. Ben Sharrock: 3:05:46
3. Alex Mason: 3:06:52

1. Natalie Beadle: 3:47:02
2. Ann Harris: 4:36:51
3. Layla Hirst: 5:00:03


1. Gavin Dale: 2:10:44
2. Mark McGoldrick: 2:38:45
3. Owen Beilby: 2:41:26

1. Victoria Wilkinson: 2:51:53
2. Ellen Downs: 3:10:57
3. Emma Gould: 4:10:40


To celebrate the launch of the new Merrell MTL Skyfire 2, the brand's lightest and fastest trail runner yet, SportsShoes and Merrell are setting you a trail running challenge!


We’ve created two long-distance Strava segments with the simple aim – who can run them the fastest?


The Peak District: The Edale Skyline (33.7km/1265m)

Merrell Skyfire 2 Segment - Edale Skyline

Download GPX file here


The Howgills: Sedbergh Hills (22km/1556m)

Merrell Skyfire 2 Segment - Sedbergh Hills

Download GPX file here

*Please note that both routes are similar versions of the Edale Skyline and Sedbergh Hills fell race routes. Both segments have been amended to start and finish on the fell. Also, the GPX file for Sedbergh Hills is slightly longer than the segment itself. We would advise that you study or download the GPX files in order to run and record the correct routes.


The challenge will run for 2 months, starting at midnight 24th April 2023 and ending at midnight 24th June 2023.

Only runs recorded within this time frame will qualify for the competition, previous segment times will not.

To enter, join both the SportsShoes Strava Run Club & Merrell Strava Club, then simply run the chosen segment whilst recording your run on a GPS device and uploading to Strava.

Once your route has been saved, you will automatically appear on the respective segment leaderboard.

Entries are unlimited, so you can run the route/s as many times as you like to try and improve your PB.

At the end of the competition, the winners will be contacted directly by SportsShoes via the email address below and not asked to click on any links. Please ignore and do not respond to any other form of communication.

If you run the route and your effort has not been automatically added to the leaderboard, please contact for advice.

We reserve the right to amend the results in the event that someone completes the challenge but their effort does not appear on the respective segment leaderboard. Sufficient evidence will need to be provided in order for this to happen.

Please note: This challenge is organised by SportsShoes and Merrell and is not endorsed or sponsored by Strava. Therefore, Strava accepts no responsibility for any issues or problems relating to this competition.


Pictured: Merrell MTL Skyfire 2


We have some amazing prizes on offer;

1ST PLACE: The first place male and female athletes for both Strava segments will each receive a pair of Merrell MTL Skyfire 2 Trail Running Shoes* and a Merrell Trail racing outfit, plus the main competition prize of an exclusive Skyrunning experience, which includes a race entry for the Gorbeia Suzien Skyrace, flights and accommodation!

All winners will have the choice of entering the 21km race or the 32km Skyrace, both held 23rd September 2023.

Want to know more about Gorbeia Suzien?

Last year, we headed to the Basque Country with Merrell for the Gorbeia Suzien Skyrace, the finale of the Skyrunning World Series 2022, where our SportsShoes athlete Ben Mounsey took part in the 21km race. You can read all about his experience here

Please visit the official Gorbeia Suzien website for more race details:

2ND & 3RD PLACE: The second and third place male and female athletes will each win a pair of Merrell MTL Skyfire 2 Trail Running Shoes.

SPOT PRIZES: We also have 6 additional pairs of Merrell MTL Skyfire 2 Trail Running Shoes to randomly give away, which means that anyone who enters the competition is in with a chance of winning!

So, what are you waiting for?

Lace up your trail shoes and head to the hills, because you could win BIG with SportsShoes and Merrell!

* Please visit our website for competition T&C's


Pictured: The start of the Gorbeia Suzien Skyrace Final 2022. Photo credit: @davidmillerphotography_

Are you feeling inspired? Then join our SportsShoes Strava Run Club and become part of our inclusive community.

You'll have the opportunity to post and create discussions with other club members, track and compare your progress via our club leaderboard and compete in our unique challenges, with the chance to win exclusive discount codes and prizes. All club members have access to the latest offers, insights into the latest running products, advice from professional athletes & coaches and detailed product reviews written by our team of dedicated experts.

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