The lowdown on skyrunning
What is skyrunning?
Founded in the Nineties, it is “running in the mountains above 2,000m altitude where the climbing difficulty does not exceed II° grade and the incline is over 30 per cent”. Races vary from 5km steep ascents to 100km ultramarathons. In Jon Albon’s words: “You might have to hike, climb, scramble, run, whatever you can to get up there.”
What is obstaclecourse racing?
Participants must negotiate numerous obstacles from mud crawling to rope swinging to wall climbing on a set course. Private organisations operate races, with Spartan and Tough Mudder among the largest. Albon: “It’s like getting dragged through a bush backwards and someone is hitting you with a stick. You feel like you’ve been beaten up.”
Spartan will reward anyone who wins its three major events in 2018. Albon has to win in Iceland and complete 10 miles.