By Daniel Chollet
Published on 25 Jul 21 at 19:00
France operating, it is a 2,800 km relay race: eight Argenteuillais participate in it.
Unfortunately, their captain, Mohamed chiheb, sufferer of a contracture, needed to forfeit.
The 32e version ends July 31 at Bernay (Eure).
The longest highway relay race in France!
It’s the longest highway relay race in France!
Fifteen stopover cities in all, throughout 20 departments and eight areas.
From Crouy (Aisne, Hauts-de-France) on July 17, the runners will arrive on Saturday July 31 at Bernay (Eure, Normandy), after having crossed the Hexagon, that’s to say 2,800 km 14 levels in all.
Their chief sufferer of a contracture
Each workforce of eight runners set up their relays as they need, with 25 km per runner per day.
In the Argenteuil workforce, the captain, Mohamed chiheb, is in its 10e participation.
Despite his expertise, this former vice-champion of France within the 100 km, 80e of the Worlds in 2001, report holder of Maine-et-Loire in 7:28, who had even received France by operating in 2006 in entrance of Dominique Chauvelier, was injured.
Victim of a contracture, he can now not run.
In 2018, his workforce had completed 3e, at a median of 13 km / h.
At his aspect, licensees from the Argenteuil athletics membership, together with Marina Parmagnani.
For his 1time participation, the cross-country skier finds that
“It’s a technical race, with collars, false dishes… I’m not surprised, they sold it to me like that! But at the same time it’s a great adventure, ”she confides between two stints.
This follower of operating for years, specialist in 10 km (52 ’) and half marathon (1h50′), licensed on the Argenteuil membership for a 12 months, was trying ahead, after a 12 months and a half of Covid and the absence of races, of rubbing shoulders with different runners!
If the occasion stays a contest, it praises the “very benevolent” spirit which surrounds the runners.
“I don’t feel the competitive spirit,” she stated. His precedence is to “know how to manage oneself, to hold out over time to avoid injury”.
Despite that of their captain, the Argenteuil workforce stays motivated.
Frédéric Lefebre-Naré: “morale is good”
Another member of the native athletic membership, Frédéric Lefebvre-Naré is taking part for the second time, after the 2018 race.
The former municipal official is an excellent runner: lately he has completed 1st veteran 2 (50-60 12 months previous class) of the Urban-Trail of Cergy-Pontoise.
“Mohamed being injured, we do more km each, it’s not easy but everything is fine, morale is good,” he confides simply earlier than taking up.
“Chocho” is right here!
Sponsor of the occasion, Dominique Chauvelier.
“Chocho”, workforce captain, is on his twentieth participation. He animates the arrivals.
For the quadruple French marathon champion, France operating is “the race of sharing, team spirit, mutual aid, but also that of holidays, landscapes, smells, colors and emotions ”.
Get up 3 am, arrive round 4 or 5 pm!
The group supplies breakfast, night meals and sleeping in a communal room or beneath the celebrities!
Doctor, physiotherapist and podiatrist are current to deal with minor illnesses.
The occasion, labeled Fédération françase d’athlétisme (Ffa), is a contest that mixes journey and human journey, which everybody experiences at their very own tempo, with some nice fights within the Alps together with the well-known Mont Ventoux (1,909m). They are this Sunday night in Valréas (Vaucluse).
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