In 2012 I had the pleasure of reporting from The North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc following The North Face athlete Jez Bragg around the course as he attempted to repeat his 2010 win. (Link to blog). In 2013 I'll be back but to attempt the CCC, a shorter version of the main event featuring a 100km route from Courmayer to Chamonix via Champex with 5950m of ascent

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Thoughts on the CCC - Kim Collison

Adventure racer Kim Collison (@CollisonKim) is another newcomer to the UTMB event.  A third place in an un-recceed 2013 Fellsman means he's going to be quick over the CCC course. Unfortunately illness stopped his attempt on the Lakeland 100 while at the front of a strong field but a recent good showing in the English Fell Running Championship counter at Turners Landscape showed a welcome return to form.

Why do you run ultras?
I really enjoy challenges which stretch me and the feeling you get from overcoming these challenges.

Can you give us a quick overview of your running history / ultras etc?
Initially I ran a lot as a kid going to a running club and competing in cross countries and road races. This drifted away through university and travels abroad. After settling back in the UK in 2008 I started to run, bike, paddle again. I started to get into orienteering, adventure racing and fell running.  My first foray into ultra running was the completion of a Bob Graham round in 2009 following in my fathers footsteps but with injury following soon after ultra running did not feature again until this year really. Instead my focus was changed towards Expedition adventure racing competing in races in the Lakes 2010, South Africa 2011 and finally in 2012 going to the World Championships in France with Team Mountain Hardwear coming 15th. 2012 was also a good season for me in fell running terms placing in the top 10 in the English Championship series. In 2013 the AR World Championships is still a priority but with the race not until December I wanted to target some personal ultra challenges this summer. This included the Lakeland 100 and the CCC. In preparation for my debut 100 miler, I have participated in several other mountain ultras building up to July. In December Tour de Helvellyn 38 miles, March Wurthering Hike 32 miles, April Dawn to Dusk 42 miles, April Fellsmen 61 miles.  

Do you know the route at all? Are you planning to recce it before the big day or just enjoy what comes?
I will have to just enjoy the course as it comes with little if no time to recce the course, this sometimes can add to the adventure, with the discovery of the unknown.

How has training being going? Can you give us a sample of your program?
Training went well early season getting in some big 100 mile weeks and more recently closer to 60 mile weeks. After a couple of races in June I've struggled with some muscle fatigue and a cold and my form has faltered a little but with some rest I feel rejuvenated and have bounce in my step ready for the Lakeland 100. I will rest for a week after the 100 and then get three 60/70 mile weeks, work dependent before resting for the CCC. 

What's the key bits of your equipment. Are you a fan of poles?
Key equipment for me is a MHW Blazer waterproof, really light and breathable and the MHW Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket, super light, warm and can use in the wet. A Petzl Nao great lighting for running through the night. Will be using poles as they are great assistance on those ascents, just hope I can learn to use them effectively.

Cushioned or natural running shoes?
I believe in natural running and used barefoot running to come back from injury and to work on technique but I will be wearing a shoe with a little bit of cushioning with low differential and lightweight. Still trying to maintain a natural style.

Any thoughts on nutrition. What are your secret ingredients?
I try to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and veg, fish,  good fats and a reduction in simple carbs, not quite paleo but towards that direction. However I love eating so probably eat too much!!

Do you have a target time?
I think a sub 11 hour time would be realistic and with the hope of pushing closer to ten. This will depend on how I manage to recover from the 100 miler and what impact the altitude will have on me.

Any plans for the UTMB in the future?
Hopefully 2014!!

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