This weekend K-Way athlete Lucky Miya took part in the 2014 Skyrunning World Champs, which was hosted by the Marathon du Mont-Blanc. With only 13 kilometres to go he was in 7th place. And then… a groin injury slowed him to a crawl and at the final 35-kilometre checkpoint he withdrew from the race, unable to continue.
Torrential rain, severe weather and a course change marked this edition of the Marathon du Mont-Blanc. Nonetheless, in these cold, wet and challenging conditions, Miya went through the 10-kilometre checkpoint in 13th place; 26 kilometres in ninth and 29 kilometres in seventh. But then he didn’t check in at 35 kilometres when expected. Minutes passed. 10 minutes passed. 15 minutes slipped by and then 20. Where was our runner? For those following the race online, it was clear that Miya had a problem.
When his split finally appeared he was down to 64th position and his race status changed to ‘stopped by the organisation’.
“I felt strong the whole way and could see that a Top 5 was possible,” Miya writes after the race.
“I had groin pain at 26 kilometres and so I slowed down hoping that I would be able to push again; but it became worse. Moving slower in the unfriendly weather conditions my body temperature dropped as well and just moving forward was a tough mission. At the la Flégère checkpoint (35km) I was advised to stop as I was in danger of hypothermia.”
Although Miya’s first big international trail race ended in disappointment, his competitive potential is evident. To run within spitting distance of the aggressive and experienced front group, which included the likes of Kilian Jornet, Michel Lanne andTom Owens, is commendable.
“Team K-Way are extremely proud of him, ” says Nick Bennett, K-Way Brand Manager. “To have climbed to seventh place before injury struck is testament to Lucky’s incredible ability and potential.”
“Thank you everyone following for all the support you gave to me; and mostly to my sponsors. I will recover and be back on my game soon!” Miya says.
The men’s race was won by Kilian Jornet in 3:23:39. The women’s race was won by Elisa Desco in 3:53:33. South African Landie Greyling placed 12th in the women’s race.