Spanish trail runner copes with heat of 30C as he overcomes the field at Mont Blanc
Kilian Jornet said he was careful to hold back his pace to combat heat of up to 30C as he made his return to competition in winning the Marathon du Mont Blanc yesterday,
Three months after fracturing his fibula in a ski race, the Spaniard won the 42k race for the fifth time, clocking 3 hours 55 minutes 54 seconds. His Salomon team-mates Marc Lauenstein (3:58:15) and Stian Angermund-Vik (4:00:07) were second and third as Netherlands' Ruth Croft took the women's race in 4:37:30.
“On the ascent to Posettes (22km) I could see it was going well,” said, who pulled away at 37k. “After that I knew there was a technical descent where I wasn’t going to lose time. I tried to set a good speed, aiming to go a little faster but controlling so as not to get cramps or heat stroke.”
“It was very hot and that made the race hard. It’s a matter of managing it well, to set out to control thing so as to reach the end which is where the race really begins in order to avoid muscular problems or an attack of heat stroke.”
Finishing ahead of more than 2300 runners in the second leg of the Golden Trail Series, Jornet said he was aided in his effort to keep cool by his Salomon kit.
“I used the S/Lab Ultra shoe with the trail running sole, but with a Vibe Technology midsole from the Salomon road running range because it offered a lot of cushion on this terrain,” he said. “The apparel was the S/LAB Modular range because it is very light and breathable in this kind of hot weather. I can carry my gear in the S/LAB modular belt. I also had the Bonatti waterproof jacket because it’s mandatory to carry."