Scout Adkin was in Italy for her first taste today of the Skyrunner World Series, taking on the Dolomites Vertical Kilometre race in Canazei, in thee Trentino region of Northern Italy. She has always fancied trying a vertical km race (1,000m of climb) but certainly chose a baptism of fire given the race distance was only 2.6km. That is an average gradient of 38%!!!! More like a really tough steep walk, than a run.
She finished 15th in a field of 58, crossing the line in 45mins 22 seconds. Whilst this was over 6 minutes behind the winner, she was racing against seasoned uphill specialists using walking poles (which Scout didn't use), so a pretty good result for her first effort in such an event. Chapeau Scout.
Colin - some bonkers photos of the course here: http://dolomiteskyrace.com/foto.asp?s=117&g=5373#id128846