Aug 08 09
Richard and I went to Lenzerheider in Switzerland to run the R’adys Mountain Marathon. It was the normal format, two day mountain marathon carrying everything for camping overnight … but one small difference was that it was at 2500-3000 m altitude. We wondered whether this might affect us … and it did! Unfortunately there are no pictures during the mountain marathon as Richard leant my camera to the chair lift owners for the weekend, during our ascent up to the start of day 1.
The first day we travelled about 16 km with 2000 m of ascent, whilst the second day offered only 1600 m of ascent, but unfortunately 19 km of distance – which was a killer. Two things were apparent, first the hills in Switzerland are really step! Secondly, it’s so much effort to get up them. The first day was particularly mean as we weren’t acclimatised and they put the campsite in view with 5 more controls still to visit – not good for the mental state! The second day was equally nasty as it just seemed to go on forever. The final 1 km run around a lake in the valley was a real struggle. As for a result, we were top of the Brits (although partly because one couple thought that there was a path at the top of a knife edge ridge, when actually it was a border on the map!), and we also beat one Swiss team – the Swiss are exceptional at this sport. Nevertheless we gathered our t. shirt and hobbled off to enjoy our week in Switzerland. After a day of hobbling we regained enough speed to move on, and hence we went to Flims for a few days where we went walking in the mountains. Really beautiful. The pictures say the rest!
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