Trail Monte Casto 2017

Leonie and I ran the Trail Monte Casto in Italy today. It was a short ultra-marathon at 46 km / 2200 m. It was pretty tough. For a change we ran together for the entire race. Probably because Leonie wasn’t feeling so good and couldn’t leave me. Muhahaha. My ITB on my left leg gave me problems after 20 km but by the end it was my knees that were pretty sore.

The race was ok but the scenery wasn’t as spectacular as the Transruinaulta marathon in Switzerland last weekend. Still most of it was offroad which was nice.

We both finished in 6 hours 23 minutes and 36 seconds. Not really a blistering pace but I was happy to complete it.

Strava had something to say about all this. Strangely my watch seems to have died at some point and created a long straight line in the course. This certainly wasn’t the case. It was much squigglier than that.



Above: At the start line.

Above: At the start line.

Above: Feeling a bit tired.

Above: A bit tired.

Above: Posing at the finish after the race.


Above: Posing at the finish after the race.

Trail Monte Casto – 6:23:36, 46 km / 2200m Place 155/299 overall, 136/247 category

Leonie placed 19/52 in her category

Transruinaulta Marathon 2017

Leonie and I ran the Transruinaulta Marathon in Switzerland in the weekend. It’s a trail run near-ish Chur. The course runs through a interesting ravine and then up into the hills. Oh yes, lots of hills. 1800 m of climbing in fact.

Instead of a mass start we started by number every 5 seconds which was quite good for not causing a traffic jam on the small trails. Leonie started 10 seconds in front of me and was gone. I didn’t try and keep up with her as I wasn’t sure that my legs would survive a marathon having not run one since the Jungfrau Marathon in 2014. Instead I trotted along at my own pace taking photos and generally not pushing too hard. It all went ok until about the 23 km mark. My legs started to feel pretty sore by that point.

Still I continued hobbling along and only really started suffering horribly around 36 km. Or maybe a bit before.

Leonie finished in just under 5 hours and I finished around 5 hours 18 minutes. I’ll find the exact time when I’m not so lazy. Which isn’t now. I was generally happy that I finished despite the slow time as I haven’t done much in the way of running this year.

Ok, now I’ve found it.

Transruinaulta Marathon 2017 Time: 5:19.45,5 Dst: 42.2 km Height gain: 1800 m Place 202/320 Men overall, 72/95 Men category.


If you don’t believe me ask Strava.

Pölven Trail 2017

Leonie and I ran the Pölven Trail in the Kaiser mountains. It’s a hilly half marathon that’s part of the three day Tour de Tirol. We’re not silly so we stuck with just one day of the tour.

We drove to the Kaiser mountains on Friday evening and spent Saturday in the sauna followed by a short walk up into the snow a bit. Sunday morning was very cold but at least it was dry-ish.

Leonie running (Pölven trail)

Above: Leonie and I ran the Pölven trail in the Kaiser mountains in Austria. It’s essentially a half marathon + a few km and has around 1200 m of climbing.

Leonie and I set off together but I edged away after a while and stayed in front for the rest of the race. The cold seemed to suit me a bit and the muddy/slippery technical descents were a treat. Leonie hated them.

Cris and Leonie at the finish (Pölven trail)

Above: I finished in 2:52:11 around about 10 minutes ahead of Leonie. I loved the muddy technical trails. Leonie did not.

I like the course. We did a big loop around a mountain and had some nice steep sections. The route was mostly on little trails. I finished in 2 hours 52 minutes around about ten minutes ahead of Leonie.

And the results Results male/female Results category

Pölven Trail Time: 2:52:11,2 Dst: 23 km Ascent: 1200 m Category Place 36 / 69 Overall Place 157 / 540 Overall Men/Women