Cyprianenc Claude Coll, 72, won the silver medal in the French long distance championship, held on Saturday March 18 in Aveyron, at the Cité des Pierres.
The frames of his medal cabinet finally give way. After his foray last year (gold and silver in the Euro trail team in Savoy, gold in France in Sallers de Cantal and bronze in France cross country), Claude Coll (72) added a charm to his extensive collection this Saturday. In Aveyron, at the Cité des Pierres, the Running 66 member crossed the finish line in 3h56 of the French Long Trail Championship (31 km and 1500 m of D+) in 2nd place in the M7 category (69 -74 years old). , four minutes behind the winner, Lézignanais Yves Saurat. While he returns to the Parisian region where he continues next Sunday, in Houilles, with the French championship of the 10 km flat where he could, also there, win a podium by closing a time between 41-42 minutes.
“The unknown will be the recovery. On Saturday I made a great effort. The three D+ 500m climbs were very difficult. Finish 2nd? Yes, it’s a disappointment, but I made a rookie mistake at first by starting too carefully. Suddenly, I found myself at the bottleneck (600 runners) and lost too much time.”explains the Catalan, who went to Paris to pursue a career in the Paris City Council as a supervisor and returned to the country in 2009, retired, near St-Cyprien.
note the 5th place in M1 (39-44 years old) by Thierry Mignot (87th scratch in 2h52) and the 278th place by Sébastien Menau in 3h37 in France on Saturday.
Source: L Independant