Laveredo Ultra Trial
Olivier Gaillemin and Richard Brown took part in an awesome adventure in the Italian Dolomites last week weekend. He writes: -
"There was some trepidation on the morning of the Laveredo Ultra Trial, taking place out of the town of Cortina in Italy in the Dolomites. 40cm of snow overnight had made the high passes treacherous and with sub zero temperatures predicted, the word was the race would not start at 23:00 as planned. Would it be called off?
Thankfully the organisers had set up a contingency and whilst the race was to be postponed to an 08:00am start and cut short to avoid the two highest peaks, with 55 miles and 12,000ft of climb, it still promised to be spectacular. And so it proved....
Incredible running on rocky trails; across lush, green meadows speckled by yellow, white and blue flowers; skipping across icy streams of freshly fallen then melted snow and flanking crystal clear lakes; running through the shade of dense pine forests... All this whilst framed by the characteristic Dolomite mountains. Gorgeous!
My quads however weren't happy at all. On completing the first minor appetiser of a descent at speed (some 1800ft only) and realising that my quads had turned to jelly and that the whole race lay in front of me, will power was required at times! I must learn to do race specific training in the future. I am not convinced the hills of John Leigh Park count. Perhaps more of Bill (Fox's) Sunday runs in the future.
The finish was emotional, under the clock tower of Cortina.
Of the 900 starters, I came 138th in 11 hours and 19 minutes and Richard was 104th in 10 hours 49minutes. It was a beautiful event. I'll return in the future to complete the full 75 mile route... perhaps next time with a contingent of Sale Harriers...
Posted 03/07/2013 09:09