(race cancelled) – Maxi Race – Lake Annecy, France

So this is not a blog about the Maxi race (53 miles +5300m), unfortunately that was cancelled due to bad weather and snow fall from about 1000m (we were due to hit a few 1600m peaks).  A real shame, it looked like it could have been an amazing race..  A little video posted by world class Anna Frost is here of the conditions at low level.  http://youtu.be/xd8ETmZDIyI The first few photos are The Maxi race expo, the rest a snowy runRead more

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 happy! It could just be that I’m starting to take Switzerland for granted but I know when I arrive I can just relax! I’ll haveRead more

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 to slow, instead seeded 9bars, cliff bars, dried fruit, nuts and salted potatoes were ready.  On the way back to the hotel at 8am theRead more

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 race finish) is accessed via a fun cog train that runs up the mountain from Aigle, from there you can take the gondola up toRead more

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.  The K42 a full marathon distance with 1890m of incline.  This race represented the end of the seasons running for me, having run the Chamonix,Read more

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 I agreed to go along with her.  There was doubt I would make it to the hut as to do so meant crossing a glacier andRead more