OCC – for the “Obviously Crazy Crazies”

by Hannah Leith / Sep. 20, 2017

The OCC is a 57km mountain ultra and is the ‘baby’ race of the UTMB week held in Chamonix. When you compare it to UTMB (171km) it really does sound quite short…but it deserves more respect than it gets. With 3 steep mountain passes, and a total elevation of 3,500 metres it is still a huge challenge. It starts in Orsières (Switzerland) and finishes through the iconic UTMB arch in Chamonix (France).

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Coping with an Injury

by Elisabeth Kilcourse / Sep. 19, 2017

Since July I have been suffering with plantar fasciitis. This has been my first running injury and, If I am honest, it has been a mental struggle to both accept that I have an injury in the first place and then also decide how I am going to manage it. I am a strong believer in everything happens for a reason and so I am determined that this injury will give me the time to focus on some areas of weakness, reflect on why I love running and hopefully, as the cliché goes “come back stronger.”

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