THE RESULT: 8th placeÂ in 23hr 52min,Â for 102 miles and 8900m of ascent…Ouch!Â
Right, well it’s finally over – 2200 starters and a record 1457 finishers.Â At the moment, I think I actually enjoyed the training more than the event itself -Â but I’m sure that’ll change..Â Very happy indeed with the result – I was aiming for top 10 or sub 24 and managed both – though I had to really leg it down from Argentiere to Chamonix!Â The field this year was very strong indeed (see press release)Â with all the top Europeans andÂ Americans too, plus Dawa SherpaÂ from Nepal and well knownÂ ultrarunners from Japan, Argentina, South Africa etc all coming acrossÂ for theÂ race.
Half an hour before the start – ‘IsÂ this really a good idea?’
In terms of how it went – IÂ definitely went off too fast, but realised in timeÂ and started ignoring other people and running at my own pace for the rest of the race -Â which worked well, as I’dÂ slipped down to 13th but then started picking up again from Champex, as people ahead dropped out or began runningÂ out of steam in the latter stages.Â I’d hurt my knee at work 10 days before, which was causing quite a few problems -Â but nothing a couple of Neurofen wouldn’t sort out for the final couple of descents..
After 96 miles, passing through Argentiere -Â Just 1hr toÂ reach Chamonix
From the Col de Montets, it was obvious that a big effort was going to be required to go sub 24 -Â but IÂ found a bit ofÂ energy left in the tanksÂ and pushed on hard, catching the 9th and 8th placed runners on the way down to Chamonix andÂ managing the fastest split time for this final leg of the race.Â It certainly felt odd feeling so good and still running hard all the way into town afterÂ such a longÂ way – but well worth it & great to see Sima and the kidsÂ looking excitedÂ at the finish line.Â Many thanks to everyone out on the course supporting at all times of day and night & for all the texts and emails folk have sent too – very much appreciated indeed. Time now for a bit of eating and a few days holiday -Â we’re off bouldering and playing in the sand at Fontainbleau…
That didn’t hurt…much