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Crusade in lycra: A preview of the Legends Trail 500

Door |2020-02-19T20:48:55+00:00februari 19th, 2020|Categorieën: Avontuur, Race, Verhaal|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This Saturday at 8.00 in the morning I`ll be standing on the imaginative starting line of Legend Trail 500. It's impossible to predict how a footrace of 500 kilometres in the dark and muddy Ardennes will unfold. Though imagining the course of a race is something I usually do try. This time however I am surprisingly content with going into the great unknown… unknowingly. There are some guiding points along the way though, that may provide a weary runner with a beacon in the great and dark unknown. For some these beacons of light are represented by cafes, restaurants and shops. The [...]

Great Escape: pre-race anxiety

Door |2019-09-17T19:02:00+00:00september 17th, 2019|Categorieën: Avontuur, Race|Tags: , , , , |

Before every race I see and hear people worry about a number of things. And although I do have some ultra running experience I have to admit that I have worries of my own. Now, some people go a long way to find the perfect shoe. But they just don’t exist. So why bother. Other people struggle with keeping food down while running an ultra. Not I. The only thing that goes down well and stays down well during a race is the real stuff. So the answer is simple: just stick to the Legends Trails races where you get a decent [...]

Tales from the Eifelsteig (Teun)

Door |2019-05-27T20:26:56+00:00mei 27th, 2019|Categorieën: Avontuur, Race, Verhaal|Tags: , , , , , , |

May 27th 2019, Heeswijk-Dinther Prologue I set out on an adventure to run the Eifelsteig from the Weishauss, Trier to Kornelimunster near Aachen in one go. I have had the idea for years and last september I finally made a first attempt. It stranded at 196 kilometres near Blankenheim. I focussed to much on setting an FKT instead of enjoying the Eifelsteig itself. This time was going to be different. Things seemed to go almost perfectly until 296k in. Then I made one silly mistake. Although it didn’t put a successful attempt in danger directly, it triggered a sequence of events that [...]

Tales from the Eifelsteig (Crew and pacers)

Door |2019-05-27T20:30:36+00:00mei 27th, 2019|Categorieën: Avontuur, Race, Verhaal|Tags: , , , , , , |

Gerard a.k.a. my dad (crew) Het is donderdag ochtend 4.00 uur, we zijn onderweg van Hecken naar Trier! Teun wil om 5.00 uur starten voor zijn “FKT” 313 km vanTrier naar Aken We zijn mooi op tijd (4.50) op de parking en na wat kletsen en een selfie met Teun en Erik ,Teun vertrekt, wij ruimen op en rijden naar burg ramstein het eerste treffen met Teun hierna volgen nog “20” verzorgingsposten. Erik en ik kunnen het goed samen vinden op een enkele onenigheid na. We kletsen ,verzorgen ons zelf ook goed(slapen eten en drinken)en zorgen er voor dat we steeds ruim [...]

Bello Gallico 2018: A true Christmas story

Door |2018-12-21T19:33:53+00:00december 21st, 2018|Categorieën: Avontuur, Race, Verhaal|Tags: , , |

All pictures by Maarten Schön aka the trail tourist How far have we gone? Asks the voice in the back of my mind again as I’m walking down a snow-covered street from the small town of Neerijse to Sint-Agatha-Rode. We must be close to the first aid station surely? I am in a footrace of fifty miles, the Bello Gallico. It’s long past midnight, the moment the race started and that was half an hour after I finished the 100 mile race as part of the Bello Gallico event. The 100 miles took me nineteen and a half hours to finish and [...]

Fa, a long, long way to run

Door |2018-03-10T08:02:46+00:00maart 10th, 2018|Categorieën: Avontuur, Race, Verhaal|Tags: , , , , , , |

The hills on the opposite side of the Amblève valley are covered under a brown blanket. A pale sun is out, accentuating the multi shades of brown and warming my back.  I am standing in the small hamlet of Quarreux. The hills I’m looking at are the same hills I was coming down from only to days ago, to continue my way along the Amblève towards Nonceveux.  The emotions of the grand adventure I was part of are starting to sink in. It’s a rare mixture of joy, sadness, complacency and peace. Two days earlier I was beginning to feel the effects [...]

The Ghost of Malchamps

Door |2018-02-23T18:56:02+00:00februari 23rd, 2018|Categorieën: Avontuur, Verhaal|Tags: , , , |

A lone runner crosses the moors of Fagne de Malchamps at the dead of a winter’s night. His heart beats to the rhythm of his feet on the wooden platforms. His breath forms small clouds in the beam of his head torch. He enjoys these nights alone in nature. They revive his soul and clear his mind. But not this night. He is not quite at ease. He is thinking about the name of these moors: mal champs or evil fields. He can image why it’s called that way. The place is desolate and he just can’t help but think about the [...]

Als stoppen geen optie is; SwissPeaks Trail 170k

Door |2017-09-17T13:27:13+00:00september 17th, 2017|Categorieën: Avontuur, Race, Verhaal|Tags: , , , , , |

De regen en natte sneeuw slaan me afwisselend in het gezicht. Het is koud hierboven en het waait gruwelijk hard. Ik ben drijfnat. De koude wind trekt alle warmte uit mijn lijf. Een dierlijk instinct neemt het langzaam over van mijn verstand. ‘Naar beneden! NU!’, zegt dit instinct. Ik weet dat het gelijk heeft. Het is gevaarlijk om zo door te gaan. Onderkoeling dreigt. Ik voel mijn lippen samentrekken van de kou en ik heb voortdurend koude rillingen. Ik probeer zo hard mogelijk door te lopen om zo toch een beetje warmte te genereren. Een stel koeien staat op het pad. De [...]

Grand Trail des Lacs et Châteaux 105 km: langs spiegel gladde meren en roestige rivieren

Door |2017-05-29T15:28:07+00:00mei 29th, 2017|Categorieën: Avontuur, Race, Verhaal|Tags: , , |

De zon zakt achter de glooiende heuvels rond Surister terwijl we de laatste lopers op de 105 kilometer lange Grand Trail des Lacs et Chateaux met luid gejuich binnenhalen. Ik zit aan tafel met Legends Maarten Schön, Marek Vis, Martino Corneille en Peter Swager. Het wordt snel donker nu. De laatste lopers komen met hun hoofdlampjes op binnen. Op ons legendarisch gezelschap na is de locatie nagenoeg uit gestorven. Een enkele loper zit uitgeput zijn wonden te likken na de lange strijd in de verzengende hitte op de hoge venen en de enkel-brekende trails langs roestbruine beken in de lager gelegen bossen. [...]

Legends Trail The Race

Door |2017-03-11T07:51:37+00:00maart 10th, 2017|Categorieën: Avontuur, Race, Verhaal|Tags: , , , |

Before the start in Achouffe with Robert Gehlhaar; credits Harry de Vries On the third of March 2017 fifty-eight men and women set out on an epic adventure, a race of two hundred and fifty kilometres through valleys, along riverbanks, through bogs and along muddy tracks in the dark woods of the Belgian Ardennes. What they would encounter they only knew from the terrifying but awe-inspiring stories of participants in the first edition of the race in 2016. But they were prepared to face whatever this race might throw at them. They were determined to reach this single goal, their [...]