The race took place over seven days in late February and early March. Three James Kuegler Coaching athletes, Sue Hardy, Lynda Watson and Nicole Smyth took on the challenge. I sat down with Sue Hardy for a short conversation regarding the inaugural event.
“I came into the preparation for the Alps 2 Ocean Ultra with training for the 106 mile Great Southern Endurance Run under my belt. The GSER was a completely different type of race, very mountainous. All the hill training I had done and strength that I had developed left me in good stead going into Alps 2 Oceans.” Sue had another advantage going into the Alps 2 Oceans, she had experience with multi day races in the past, and although the Jungle Marathon was literally and figuratively worlds away from Alps 2 Ocean, having completed a difficult multi day event in challenging conditions gave Sue a psychological advantage.
In comparison to Sue’s experience in the Jungle’s of Brazil, the Alps 2 Ocean must have seemed relatively luxurious. “We had a helicopter ride on day one, that was a surprise, there was a jet boat back to camp on day 5, ice-cream on our rest day, which we fell upon like gannets. We even had a wine tasting on the penultimate day, which was so good.” This race was exceptionally well organised, and I was so impressed with that. I would recommend the Alps 2 Ocean ultra to anyone”.