For the past 3 years Rémi has competed in the 800 m mini cross but this year a trip on some tree roots lost him not only his shoe but 'valuable' seconds!! As usual all children who took part received a medal and went away feeling, and looking, like winners.
This is the boys second competition in the space of a few weeks; on 17 June they ran La Combloranne (18.5 km Richard, 4 km Rémi). Very uncharacteristically Richard finished his race a little 'unhappy' despite a decent performance, but Rémi on the other hand, was ecstatic on finishing his and announced that next year he was signing up for the 13 km. GO REMI!
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This is a group of disabled runners, not a great photo, so I'll explain it. There are two special wheel chairs being rolled by teams of four who alternate between pulling and running. And right at the back in pale green are the blind runners and their guides, all of who followed the regular 42 km race route.
Richard has a disabled friend, who lost his leg in a road accident when he was 15, and who is now a member of the french disabled ski team, so I am fully aware of the incredible talent that disabled athletes posses. But still, seeing this peloton today filled me with admiration and brought tears to my eyes.