I started to appreciate French Flanders some time ago. Historically part of the prosperous County of Flanders in medieval times, scene of some of the bloodiest battles in World War […]
Pushing your body to its limit, why would someone do that? Five runners face the biggest challenge in the Benelux: finish four ‘ultra-trail’ races within a time frame of 10 months. To do this they have to cover a total of 730 kilometers with more than 15,000 altimeters (almost twice the altitude of Mount Everest). Who of the runners will overcome the distance, the circumstances and themselves?
“You better finish this time, we are not coming back to Grenoble next year.” I think about Sofie’s words. That was yesterday afternoon. A couple of minutes ago, the somewhat […]
Alone and not alone. I smell wood fires and hear dogs barking fiercely in the distance while navigating the steep slopes deeper into the valley. No light, except for my […]
In a different kind of world. That’s where I have been. For more than a week. A week where a shaman cleansed my soul and my tired feet. A week […]
Somewhere in Croatia, close to midnight. About 50 runners have gathered at this dark place near Baške Oštarije. Mandatory kit-check and race briefing. Please stand in line and show your […]
Since midnight, we have been navigating the barren landscape of these desolate highlands. No other runners in sight. No path, just prickly low vegetation on a rocky underground. We follow […]