The last Sunday in June I was part of a relay team that ran an Ultra Trail race called the Grand Duc. Well, actually we had two teams of 5 between our little english-language church and a French church that we partner with. Having two teams made the run even better, as we could then have someone to run with during each leg.
We ran as teams of 5, meaning we each had between 12-20km and between 600-1300m of elevation gain to cover. You could also run it as a team of two, or for those who are more machine than man, do the full 80k solo.
It had poured rain the day before so it was MUDDY. And slippery. The leg we ran had a pretty consistently steep 900m descent over about 5km coming into the village where we tagged off, and we – and everyone around us – were falling, slipping, sliding along the muddy trails all the way down.
Since wives & kids of 5 families were coming up, a few others joined and we ended up with a nice big communal picnic. The weather was outstanding and the views are truly outstanding.
The following video is pretty long, it seems like someone put on their head-cam for the whole 80km. However, if you want to see the leg that Rob and I ran, it’s on this video from 7:30 to 12:00