A long, tough but rewarding marathon… For 5-hours I climbed up a cobbled mountain road. The views were spectacular to say the least. The air was cool and the road seemed to wind endlessly upwards. I had ‘the munchies’ on a few occasions and goodness knows how many calories I burned on the way up! My heart-rate was certainly much higher than usual. In the afternoon, with the extra help of Hannah’s Mum and Dad, we pitched our tent by a mountain lake. With aching legs, I went to bed early feeling pleased to have scaled the first Alpine mountain pass without injury after over 500-miles of running in the last few weeks. It’s a day none of us will forget!