Maraþonhlauparar á Íslandi
kl. 22:42 : Ég geri ráð fyrir að Börkur sé kominn í gegnum Vallorcine núna og held því áfram með lýsinguna. Samkvæmt áætluninni þá ætti hann að vera í markinu einhversstaðar í kringum hálfeittleytið í nótt.
Jájá, fjöllin eru búin en hér er nú samt einhver 200 m. hækkun á næstu 4 kílómetrum. Það er nú kannski ekki eins mikið og 800, en við erum samt sem áður að tala um hæð á borð við Heimaklett þó uppgangan sé aflíðandi. Það gæti alveg tekið í að skokka þetta, sérstaklega þar sem það er myrkur og ekki víst að þreyttir menn (sem eru hættir að hugsa samkvæmt leiðarlýsingunni) átti sig á því að þetta er brekka. Það er þó ekki víst að það sé neitt skárra að fara niður þessa 400 metra sem taka við á næstu 5 kílómetrunum í gegnum Argentiére, (en þangað eru 7 kílómetrar) og niður í Les Tines. Líklega er bara allt vont þegar maður er búinn að hlaupa svona langt. Svo þarf að príla yfir 100 metra háa hæð til að komast til Chamonix, en þá er líka hlaupið búið.
Börkur gerði ráð fyrir að vera 51 mínútu að fara þessa 7 km. frá Vallorcine til Argentiére og 1:07 síðustu 9 km. frá Argentiére til Chamonix.
Hér er restin af leiðarlýsingunni :
Vallorcine – Argentiére :
Coming away from the refreshments, continue until the railway station square, cross the railroad and regain in the open fields along this one (which is now to your right) this track leads naturally to the chemin des Diligences, roadworthy route which once got this name because coaches (or diligences) used to use it between MARTIGNY until CHAMONIX. You go along the village of BUET until the MONTETS pass. Stay on the left of this valley. Just before the pass, you go along the route and follow a bend of the ancient route which ends up at the pass itself. Stay to the left and take the botanical route where you will at your leisure read the names of the superb essences, if you really are ahead. Cross the car park to take the path which dominates the road and takes you uphill. Go along this road for 150 metres and take a wide path which goes to TRE-LE-CHAMP. After this hamlet, take the path which goes down in hairpins to reach ARGENTIERE.
Argentiére – Les Tines :
Hold on ! The Finish was never closer ! But, like any ending, stay concentrated. After the twists, make a left-right on the road and onwards over a bride to take a wide road going towards the ARGENTIERE cemetery, which you go round to return to the centre of the village. A few moments of comfort at the last refreshment point of and off you go for the final sprint. For your information, the best of you ought to take 1h 20 min for this final leg. For you information the best took less than one hour for this section in 2005 . Next, go down the main road for several hundred metres and before the bridge under the railway take a right into the road called “petit balcon sud” (this is the 3rd version of the 10 final kilometres) Follow it almost to the end. At each intersection or railway crossing, and in the case where the markers are lacking or you have a doubt, read (lit up by the light of your headlamp) the many panels indicating this general direction.This pebbly track with quite a few spruce roots demands your attention. A quick descent finally a real shelf along the ARVE, and you are the height of Les TINES. On the panel is written “la Corua bridge, alt. 1092. Do not climb 20 metres further in the direction of Sentier des Gardes, but follow the ARVE on the right bank for several hundred metres until the la Ford bridge alt 1084. There indeed you must climb up again to the right but one knows that it’s the final one…110 metres of altitude change in all with the first 60 the most arduous.
Les Tines – Chamonix :
You cross this going under la FLEGERE cable car, then the ski track. Continue until you come across a wider path which comes from the la FLORIA chalet Continue straight on, direction CHAMONIX and watch out as it’s at the next junction of ways that you must abandon…Sorry, that one must only abandoned the “little southern balcony”! So close to the end it would be a pity to give in. So follow CHAMONIX by a wide road until the tarmac road at the bottom of the valley; roundabout 350 m further on; turn left to arrive, 200 m lower down at the route which goes to the centre of CHAMONIX. Only 500 metres in a straight line are left which…the road book cannot help you with any more. It will leave you with your emotions; You can do what you like, but à priori you cannot escape. The clamour of admiring spectators, the release of adrenalin, your friends and family waiting for their heroes, the atmosphere…and above all YOU who have yourself won this combat!