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The mountains and Chamonix show off their best side

by Editor
Thursday 25th June 2015
Tags  Charlotte Love   |   ASICS Beat the Sun   |   ASICS   |   Beat the Sun   |   ASICS Outrun The Sun   |   Chamonix   |   Mont Blanc

Interview: We speak to Charlotte Love after the 2015 ‘ASICS Beat the Sun’ challenge

On Sunday 21 June 2015, five continental relay teams featuring expert and amateur runners battled it out in an action-packed running relay race around Mont Blanc, ASICS Beat the Sun.

ASICS Beat the Sun is a celebration of running, global sporting cultures and team comradery and features runners from 17 different nationalities and inspirational athletes from around the world.

The teams featured three expert and three amateur runners, with each athlete running at least two sections in the 13 section course.

The UK expert Holly Rush and her amateur team mate Charlotte Love both turned in strong performances to keep Team Northern Europe in contention during the first half of the race, but the sun alluded them as the day progressed.

We asked Charlotte Love a few questions after the event:

ASICS Beat the Sun

Question What was the highlight of your weekend?

Answer Its so hard to pick just one! But coming in with team Northern Europe at the end of the race was pretty special. We ran with Finn, our last runner, through the last part of the town holding hands and guiding him to the finish. It was amazing to finish it together with everyone from ASICS there and to accomplish what we did together.

Question What was your darkest moment?

Answer I wouldn’t really say I had a darkest moment as I have nothing negative to say about this incredible experience. Our first leg of the race was certainly hard though as it was a 3km, 700 meter climb uphill that turned out to be just short of 5km in the end. But the sense of achievement at the end and amazing mountain scenery the whole way made it all worthwhile.

Question How did the team work together?

Answer The team was so great and we really bonded over the few days we were in the mountains. The pro’s really made sure all the amateurs were feeling happy, especially me as the youngest, and we all shared the same excitement for trail running. My whole team was so fantastic and it was such a privilege to get to know and run with them.

Question What were conditions like out there?

Answer In terms of the weather the conditions were perfect, nature was definitely kind to us so that we got to see the mountains and Chamonix at their best.

Question Anything you would do differently?

Answer Obviously it would have been great to ‘beat the sun’, but by the end of the day the experience becomes so much more than that so I would not change a thing. 

Question How far/long did you run during the challenge?

Answer The first part was a steep 4.8km uphill run, which most of us had to fast walk near the top, where the incline was so great. The second part was a beautiful run on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, a 12km undulating route through river and over waterfalls, with a technical downhill at the end that I especially enjoyed as I could just throw yourself into the mountain.

Question What was the piece of kit you were most grateful for?

Answer My Asics backpack! Otherwise I would not have been able to get everything home, that extra bag was a life saver!

Read Holly's pre-race interview HERE

Read Charlotte's pre-race interview HERE

Find out more about the ASICS ‘Beat the Sun’ challenge at beatthesun.asics.com/uk


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