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Skiing in Andorra and Running back home

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On Sunday, the 19th of February, my family and I set off on a skiing holiday to Pas de la casa, Andorra. This involved an early morning get up and a drive to Edinburgh airport. We got a flight to Toulose, France, and were then transferred by bus to our resort.

When we got there, we unpacked, had dinner in a restaurant, and got ready for our first day skiing which would be the next day. This would be me, my brother and my sister's first time ever skiing, and we had lessons in the morning. When we woke up on Monday morning, we got breakfast, got kitted up and went to catch the Gondola up to the pistes, where our lessons would kick off at 10:00am.

Our lesson was fun, and thanks to our instructor, we had learned a lot by the time our lesson ended at 1:00pm. After the lesson, my Dad took me and my brother to do a green route, and although this is the easiest, I thought this was good for our first day in skiis.

As the week progressed, we learned more and more and were able to ski more efficiently and confidently. By the end of the week, on our last day of skiing which was Saturday the 25th, I could ski reds condidently and some of the easier blacks. Next time I go skiing, I hope to hone my style and technique so that I can confidently tackle the hardest pistes.

Also, after my days skiing, I managed to get in some runs, i will post some photos below. I ran in my Salomon s lab sense ultra sg 5 which I was provided with through Salomon and George Fisher jointly. I also ran in my Salomon kit which George Fisher provided me with.

I went down to George Fisher a few months back to try on gear and get the right fitting gear for my runs. They provided me with high quality gear that is helping me in my races and training, and I would strongly recommend advice and gear from George Fisher as it is high quality and professional. 

On Saturday, I ran the Jarrett Jaunt fell race. Overall, I was 4th out of 60, and second male U21. I was the youngest competitor there. The race started from Wath brow bridge, and went up the road to Nannycatch car park, over flat fell, down onto the valley floor, up Chimneys, up Dent and then back down through the forestry to the road and the final stretch back to Wath Brow bridge.

The race was over familiar territory as I often train there, and the fells and trails there have a magical feel. The fells aren't big, but have something special about them. My watch clocked a distance of 9.3km, and i completed it in 42 minutes and 53 seconds.

My Salomon S lab sense ultra sg 5 provided maximum grip and a light, responsive ride, helping me to run as efficiently as possible. 

So, overall, my past few weeks have been good as far as running and getting out in the mountains goes.

 

11 March 2017 by Harry Greenbank

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