6th Dec, 2016

Runner to put mountain skills to the test for annual Mont Blanc Cross Mountain Trail Race

Shaun Reynolds 21st Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A COVENTRY runner will put his mountain running skills to the test this weekend (June 25) when he takes on the Mont Blanc Cross Mountain Trail Race in aid of Zoe’s Place.

Richard Marrs, a customer service manager at Coventry Sports Foundation, will take on the 13 miles French Alps challenge in the company of 1,500 other runners – ending 2,500 metres above sea level.

The 59-year-old will have experience on his side after previously competing in the event in 2013 and 2015 – both in contrasting weather conditions.

The Ash Green based hospice provides palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years old suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Richard said: “We English tend to thrive in the colder weather so I’ve got my fingers crossed for some wind and rain, which will hopefully help me finish within my target time of 3 hours and 20 minutes.

“There are lots of ‘ups’ and not many ‘downs’ to get to the finishing line so it’ll certainly be a challenge.

“The training I have been doing at Coventry Sports Foundation venues as well as in the Brecon Beacons is helping me prepare.”

Zoe’s Place receives no government funding, meaning the hospice is entirely reliant on the goodwill of the public.

Visit www.justgiving.com/richard-marrs1 if you wish to support Richard’s herculean mountain challenge.