Two reports on races
in sunny Italy
Cime Revisited 11
Described as one of Europe’s top mountain running
events, this was effectively my first race of the year
after dropping out early from the Carnethy 5 with injury
so somewhat apprehensive about tackling it. Trekking
and an MRSA infected knee requiring two minor ops in
Italy accounted for most of the spring and summer.
Thanks to Ospedale Feltre for prompt first class
treatment. Always carry your EU medical card!
1300 metres climb over 17.5 km, the first 7 km being gently
rising road and trail. Felt the lack of running in
those 7km but picked up once the gradient increased.
Fabulous scenery on a warm sunny day. Slow on the 200m
descent towards the end then recovered places on the
final climb. Finished just in the upper half of the
field, 440/890, in 2hr 31 min. Slower by 9 minutes
than last year and 62 minutes behind 5 times winner
Jonathon Wyatt but good enough to be described as “Scottish
top athlete” in runinternational.eu race
report! Real top Scottish athlete Robbie Simpson
was 7th overall. Again great food and drink outside
the finish rifugio and sampling of local liqueurs on
the 2 hour walk down to the pasta party in Sesto. Left
with a large basket of local food and drink for 1st
over 70 and another for oldest finisher.
races in Italy in a larger map
|Vigolo Vattaro Vertical Kilometre 25
1000 metres climb in 5km, much of the climb being in
the last 3km up a steep woodland track. Most people
used sticks but Mudclaws and the odd pull up on the
trees helped compensate. A warm sunny day so the trees
were a further help. Realized part way up that
the course was the same as a race done last September
but thankfully this one stopped before a plateau and
final steep climb to the peak. Hyperventilated up the
last stretch to the finish in 55min 33secs,some 19
minutes behind the winner, for 88th of 153 runners.
Generous refreshments at the finish then a walk down
to Vigolo Vittaro for an excellent meal with almost
Brit menu-spit roasted beef and boiled potatoes - a
change from pasta. No change though from last year
in the unlimited supply of cakes and fruit and the
vast array of spot prizes ranging from skis, running
shoes, wines and fruit to local potatoes!
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