Tuesday, 27 March 2007

How it all began...

Two years ago I'd never heard of the Jungfrau Marathon. Our eldest daughter Vicky was touring Europe and sent us a postcard of the Trummelbach near Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland. (She also took this picture looking south from Lauterbrunnen.) A few weeks later while visiting relatives in Switzerland we took a day trip across to see it for ourselves. The Trummelbach is a stream of glacial meltwater from the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau that has cut through the rock so deep it is like being in a cave system. It's an amazing sight. We then called in at Grindlewald (in the shadow of the Eiger) only to find it had been taken over as the base for the Eiger bike race. Being a keen cyclist (turned runner) I got a copy of the programme. Inside the programme was an advert for the Jungfrau Marathon. On arriving home I looked it up on the internet www.jungfrau-marathon.ch/ws/en and was hooked.

Tragically, last year my younger brother Tony died from a brain tumour. This made me decide to have a go at running the Jungfrau and to do it in aid of the Brain Tumour UK charity. (see www.justgiving.com/micksmountain)

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