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La 6000D - 65 kilometres of French trail

Rule number one: Don’t go into the mountains without a rain jacket. What could I have been thinking, leaving my new rain jacket behind in my room? Well, France was in the middle of an amazing heatwave for one thing, I’d watched the weather forecast three days ago, and I don’t like carrying stuff I probably won’t use. So the weather, rather than the huge climb to the glacier, turned out to be my story of the day.
By 5.45am I was on the start line for the 6am start and it was raining, lightly but steadily. Oh well, I thought, that’s the rain out of the way. It was so warm and humid that I wouldn’t have put on my jacket anyway. It was quite pleasant in fact to be cooled a little for the early kilometres. After loud emotional music and a baton of fire we were on our way, following a wild river. People surged but I ran slowly.
La 6000D is an iconic French trail race, a 65 kilometre event in the huge Paradiski area involving a climb from the ski town of Aime to the Chaupe glacier and back in …

Race to the Stones 100k, England

While I was running this race, and writing my report in my head, I was sure I would be focussing on the heat and little else. It was certainly a hot day, in the high twenties, and I thought of writing about the brutal heat, the unexpected heat, the blazing sun that reflected off the fields, the heat that didn’t diminish as the day wore on (and the sun didn’t go in until after 9pm when I was almost done), the heat that was clearly responsible for my slow pace (because there could be no doubt that I was well trained for this event). But then everyone I spoke to who had run the race before told me how lovely it was and they were right, it was a lovely run on several levels. That’s what I choose to remember.
The organisation was the best I have ever come across, especially the aid stations, which they called pit stops and which had both great food selections and very enthusiastic staff who made me feel I was reaching the finish line every time I arrived at one. Unfortunately I was so delig…