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Swiss Alpine Marathon [Gallery Index]

Saturday 26th July 2008

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[Swiss Alpine Marathon - C&C results]



Hard to get lost
(pic: Andy I)
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Anssi Raittila (Finland) is first to reach Bergün in the K78. He eventually finished in 5th.
(pic: Carmel)
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Eventual K78 winner Jonas Buud (Sweden) reaches Bergün.
(pic: Carmel)
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Konrad Van Allmen (3rd placed finisher) enjoys the applause in Bergün.
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Lizzie Hawker (UK) leaves Bergün on her way to 2nd placed female in the K78.
(pic: Carmel)
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Andy, smiling through the nerves, Bergün.
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Start of the K42, Bergün.
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Scenic Bergün.
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Andy leaving Bergün - all uphill from here.
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Val Tuors, climbing gently from Bergün
(pic: Andy I)
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The feed station at Tuors Davant
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Approaching Chants, where the real climb begins
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Above the treeline at Tschüvel
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Mountain stream near the top
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The Porchabella Glacier and (right) Piz Kesch, at 3418m
(pic: Andy I)
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The first ascent is over - the Keschhütte at 2632m. I am not stalking the girl on the right.
(pic: Andy I)
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Accessible only by two hours of hiking or a helicopter, there's a jazz band outside the four-storey hiking hut plus bar.
(pic: Andy I)
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Piz Kesch, Graubünden
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A quick check-over and it's the rocky trail down into the Val Funtauna
(pic: Andy I)
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Val Funtauna, population umpteen cows and a bagpiper
(pic: Andy I)
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An absolute high
(pic: Andy I)
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Feed station and isolated farm at Alp Funtauna, and the ascent begins again
(pic: Andy I)
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Snaking up towards the Scaletta Pass
(pic: Andy I)
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The last of the winter's snow
(pic: Andy I)
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The K78s, on the Panorama Trail, rejoin the K42s
(pic: Andy I)
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Snow and a grazed knee
(pic: Andy I)
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The second summit on the route, 2605m up at the Scaletta Pass
(pic: Andy I)
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Hot tea, soup, and a massage for some at the Scaletta Pass
(pic: Andy I)
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Dischmatal beckons - (almost) all downhill from here
(pic: Andy I)
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Lone K78 runner in the Dischmatal valley
(pic: Carmel)
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Dischmatal valley, looking down towards Davos.
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Runners on their way to the finish in Davos.
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Dürrboden - first sign of civilization since the Scaletta pass.
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The easy bit - a 14k downhill run from Dürrboden to Davos.
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Andy arrives in Dürrboden.
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And he's still smiling!!
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Sampling the delights of the feed station in Dürrboden.
(pic: Carmel)
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One should never rush through a feed station.
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The beautiful Dischmatal valley, looking up towards Dürrboden.
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Battle-scarred and weary, but nearly there.
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Finished and a well-earned medal to prove it!
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So, will it be the K78 next year?
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