Mont Blanc Marathon & Cross

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A busy weekend of running in Chamonix. On the Saturday I ran the Cross, which is half marathon distance, with about 1500m of height gain. It was a very hot day, and many runners seemed to be suffering with cramps and dehydration issues. For me it went fine, as I took it nice and easy, as I had a place in the marathon the next day.

Yesterday was the Marathon du Mont Blanc, a full distance marathon with about 2500m vertical ascent, and 1500m descent. The weather was a lot more cloudy, with light showers, and a mix of sun and mists. It made for far better running conditions than the day before on the Cross. My legs were a bit tired from the day before, but not too bad considering.

The photo at the top of the post is at the start of the marathon, in the main square of Chamonix, and below is me on the summit of Aiguillette des Posettes, the highest point in the race. The overall winner, was no big surprise, another Kilian Jornet win and also a course record in 3hr 36min! The guy is unstoppable, having also won the Vertical Kilometer race on Friday. My efforts are tiny and humbled in comparison.

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3 responses to “Mont Blanc Marathon & Cross

  1. Hi, just stumbled onto your blog. Amazing work doing the cross and then the marathon the next day! I did just the marathon, my first time, and loved it. How is your training for the UTMB going?

    • Hi Kelly, the marathon was a whole lot easier than the cross in the heat! UTMB training going good. Just focusing on long steady runs, no speed work. Good luck if you do the marathon again next year.

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