OCC 2016

OCC Orsieries – Champex – Chamonix 25th August 2016 55km – 3,500 metres ascent Tugging the borrowed hotel blanket over me as I attempted to get comfortable on the cold, concrete floor – I wondered, not for the first time, what actually possessed me to enter and run mountain races? Here I was, having caught…

UTMB 2015

Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 28th – 30th August 2015 170km – 10,000 metres ascent UTMB week in Chamonix is essentially a vision of heaven for trail runners. Surrounded by epic scenery, fantastic weather, an expo with every running item, shoe or gadget you could think of (even a stand personalising UTMB buffs!), elite runners…

Mont Blanc Marathon 80km 2015

26th June 2015 Mont Blanc Marathon 80km 82 km, ascent between 5628m – 7735m, highest point 2645m When I first shared this race profile, a comment I received was, “don’t worry, it only looks like that because they have squeezed it on to one page. It won’t be that steep”. I can tell you now…the…

Race Report – Maxi Race – Lake Annecy – 2014

Distance: 53 miles Height gain: ~2600m Participants: ~2300 Food: 4 pieces of spiced orange bio cake, baked beans, peanut butter sandwitch, 2 little potatoes. Drink: Water and two gel ISO sachets Position: DNF at Doussards, ~27 miles (half way point) Time: 7 hours Despite the DNF, this is posably one of my most happy runs, I couldn’t (or didn’t) share my…

Race report – Paris Marathon

Seriously, there are more toilets available at the Bournemouth Bay half marathon than the Paris Marathon. One per 30min pace pen for those interested – so 6 then. I wasn’t going to but three days since the event and I’ve decided to write a little about it. Only a couple photos I’m afraid as the…

Race report – Chamonix Mont Blanc 80k

This is a race report (mainly photos) for the Mont Blanc 80k ultra marathon. It was awesome, in every respect (except for one, which I will come on to). Epic is an over used word, however It truly was exceptional scenery with some stunning running weather. It was epic. My hips, joints and tendons are…

Chamonix Mont Blanc Marathon 2012

Running is becoming such a part of my life now that the weirdest thing about running the Chamonix Mont Blanc 10k (Saturday) and marathon (Sunday) was that I had flown from london only on the friday night and had work on Monday morning! It felt odd whilst running through the misty forests that tomorrow i’d…

Le Marmotte – (cycling race)

What’s the natural thing to do when you have a weekend free in-between two of Europe’s hardest marathons? Why not book into a 108mile bike race with 5000meters of climb? Sensible? No! In perspective, 5000m is the height of Mont Blanc from sea to summit with change left over! Le Marmotte is A legendary cyclosportive…

Chamonix mont blanc marathon

For the past three years Chamonix has been on my running calendar, arguably Europe’s hardest mountain marathon, mainly due to the 2600meter climb, rocky, tree root trail that must be navigated to avoid turning a perfectly good set of running clothes red. Untrue to it’s title, you do you not run up mont blanc, in…