Race day is now only a few days away. Bed and Sudip have traveled all the way from Nepal to Switzerland, and after all my worries of the journey, the diet, the air, they are like kids let loose in a chocolate factory.
But their eyes are definitely still on the prize. Within 3 hours of landing, Bed was asking me about the race. He wanted to know everything – start time, location, route, what the trees look like… Everything. Sudip was savouring the moment too – he was asking about the competition. He really feels he can win this one. And he is good enough.
This Nepali tapering is still driving me crazy – so they managed a 82km mountain trail route 14 days before the race, and a 50km road run 10 days before, no issues, but now they want to do the whole 78km Davos route just so they know it! I think I’ll draw the line at that, but their enthusiasm is simply a joy to be around.
How do they feel? Excited, in a word. Utterly over the moon. But also very deferential. ‘This is a great honour and privilege to be here. I will do my best and be the best I can,” says Bed. And Sudip is no different, “My family told me to honour the sponsors who have made this lifetime opportunity possible.”
They’re both so humble and grateful. This is the motivation and attitude that coaches dream of – it’s deep, it’s strong, and they know just how much effort has gone into getting them here. They don’t feel that they deserve any of this, they are both in awe that it is happening to them and they way to show their gratitude is to try their very best.
Our aim is to raise enough money to keep these runners training, and take part in more international events. Just £50 (US$75) is enough to house and feed and clothe one runner for an entire month. It would be wonderful to raise enough to keep this dream alive for Bed and Sudip, and let their talents shine for longer on the international stage.