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…

Gore-Tex Transalpine – SUMMARY

It’s not very often I purposfully boast (ahem), however the 2012 Transalpine was very very tough – and Kelly (blog here) and I made it!  With great respect to Kelly for being a fantastic running partner and extrodinary runner.  Kelly, had she been in an all femal team would have come 19 minutes overall off 3rd…

Race Report – Gore-Tex Transalpine – Day 8

Distance: 33k (Neiderdorf to Sexten) Altitude gain (meters): 1269 Aid stations: 3 Food:  cliff energy bar, Sport beans x 3, Jelly Bears x 3 packs Water: 2 liter in pack, salt Time/ place: 16th of 76 mixed male/ female teams The finish came as a relief more than excitment.  We were knackered and Kelly broke her metatarsal (foot) somepoint yesterday/…

Race Report – Gore-Tex Transalpine – Day 7

Distance: 46.5k (St Vigil to Neiderdorf) Altitude gain (meters): 1950 Aid stations: 3 Food:  peanuts, Pro Bar, 1 oranges, Melon Water: 2.5 litres of water Time/ place: 5hrs 54min/ 8th of 76 mixed male/ female teams Today we ran over a popular hiking route in the Dolomites taking in two significant climbs.  Today our pains had…

Race Report – Gore-Tex Transalpine – Day 6

I did run but had a break from the camera today. the race was a single mountain stage plus two ‘hills’, the first blip on the profile was massive in reality – it was a 500 meter climb and to put that in perspective, the height gain from Snowdon (1088m) from Pen y Gwryd (236m) on…

Race Report – Gore-Tex Transalpine – Day 5

Distance: 32k (Prettau to Sand) Altitude gain (meters): 2200 Aid stations: 3 Food:  cliff energy bar, 3 oranges, watermelon, Pro Bar Water: 3 liter in pack. Just water today, salt. Time/ place: 5hrs 31min/ 19th of 76 mixed male/ female teams I went to bed last night at 6:30 and slept till 5:30. Before bed…