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…

Davos K78 Swiss Alpine

Time – 9hrs 6mins Position – 197th overall (of 889men, 173women) Distance – 79.4K on their website (50 miles) Altitude gain – 2600 m Food – 5 hand fulls of chewy bar pieces, about 6 bits of banana Drink – lots of their iso tea, iso lemon drink, bullion, water, 2 ‘sponsor’ gels. I’m so…

Swiss Iron Trail (141K, 83 miles)

Pontresina (small town next to St Moritz) to Chur. (for any Jack Reacher fans out there…) Three drop bags, all meticulously packed for 60k, 90k and 141K checkpoints were taken to the designated drop off point in the third floor basement car park at Pontresina.  No gels. The race was too long and my speed…

Aigle-Leysin half marathon

2 hours away along lake Geneva from its airport is the town of Aigle (the race start point).  Aigle is on the main line service from Geneva that takes passengers through Lausanne and Montreaux and eventually past Aigle to Brig – a main connection station to Zermatt and other areas of the Alps.  Leysin (the…

Davos Swiss Alpine Marathon K42

Offical photos of the race can be found at this link    http://swiss-image.ch/slideshow/#alpinmarathon2011 Davos is a small town in the Swiss Alps, famous for skiing and for its annual economic conference.  For the past 26 years Davos has held a Swiss Alpine festival – I undertook the K42 marathon, second hardest to the 78K ultra.…

Zermatt Ultra Marathon

Zermatt marathon (ultra – 46.6k) The day before the marathon I went on a hike with Moora, an Irish girl I met at the Zermatt hostel.  Moora had planned to get to the Monte Rosa hut (named after the mountain name) something I had seen showcase outside the Zermatt tourist information centre in town and…