Runners BIO: Toby Chapman
Finishing 93rd overall, 2nd U22 in a time of 5 hour 15 mins
Club: Bournemouth AC
- London Marathon 2016 (2:31:38 PB)
- North Dorset Village Marathon 2014 - 1st (2:40)
- Dartmoor Discovery 2015 (52km) - 1st
- Mont Blanche Marathon 2015 - 2nd U22
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Event - Mont Blanc Marathon 42km
DISCIPLINE - Trail Running
Distance - Marathon
DATE: June 2015
Starting at 1000m above sea level in the town of Chamonix within the Mont Blanc valley the race included two major climbs the first being 2200m before a decent and the final long climb up to the finish above the town at 2000m.
With the demands of the event being a sustained effort in excess of 4 hours and an early start at 7:00am, dinner the evening before consisted of a large bowl of chicken pasta. Having a large meal the night before the race meant that I could minimise the time I needed to be awake in the morning, and had just some fruit and a cereal bar for breakfast. I did this with the sole intention of it being relatively simple and easy to digest, reducing the risk of gastrointestinal stress during the race. Going with what you know prior to a race can reduce the risks of this, play around at home with what suits you and then you can be resourceful when abroad.
Packed up with 2x 500ml water bottles and 5 gels I set off with the intention of little and often, and using the aid stations as I felt necessary due to the hot dry conditions. Having bought gels when arriving in the Alps I had not tried them in training and then struggled to digest and keep them down while racing. This resulted in adapting during the race, taking on more flat coke with water when available to maintain energy and hydration.
Finishing 93rd overall in a time of 5 hour 15 mins I was 2nd in the under 22's which translated literally into 'hope', making me 2nd hope. Although race nutrition on the day did not go to plan key learning was adapting to the conditions and using nutrition a) to complete the race, b) for motivation to different points of the race.
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