World trail running champion Jonathan Albon has partnered with LEKI to use their poles as he begins a step up in distance this year.
The Brit, who won the 55km OCC race at last year's UTMB, is planning to run the 101km CCC this year and knows he will need to use poles more than in the past. His plan includes the 170km UTMB next year.
Albon, a multiple world obstacle course racing champion, has already begun using LEKI poles on the trails and has recognised the extra assistance they give on the sort of tough and hilly train he will experience in the UTMB festival. In the winter he will be using the ski glove and pole system as he continues to race ski mountaineering (skimo) events.
He said: “With my move into racing over 100km, poles will play an important role in success, distributing fatigue more evenly throughout the entire body, as opposed to primarily in the legs.
“I think LEKI poles have the best weight to stiffness ratio and the shark grip system making the poles comfortable to use hours on end and easier to stow away for the downhills.”
Albon was the winner of the Trail Running World Championships back in 2019 but, due to the pandemic, the event has not been staged since.
Although UTMB will be Jon’s main goal for the coming seasons, he is also looking forward to other iconic trail running and OCR events, both in the UK and internationally.
He will commence his race season this weekend at the Greenweez Maxi-Race (38km) and then Marathon Du Mont-Blanc in June 23-26 (42km).