Petter Eliassen, Team Ragde Eiendom, showed great running shape when he won the uphill running race Halddemarsjen in Alta, Norway, this Sunday.
Petter set a new course record with 46:58.7 on the 8,4 km course. This despite tough headwinds the last 3 km.
The Ski Classics legend Petter has had a good continuity in his training this summer. He has mostly trained around his home in Alta in the north of Norway and together with his teammates on training camps in Norway.
When most of the roller ski races this summer was canceled, Petter has not been able to compare his shape with others. Because of this, he was a bit insecure about his form. The win in Halddemarsjen showed that he is in great running shape. He won 1,30 minutes ahead of Eirik Haugsnes, a merited mountain runner. His teammate in Team Ragde Eiendom, Andreas Nygaard, was 5,30 minutes behind.
How much of your training during the summer is running?
“It varies but around 5-6 hours a week,” says Petter.
Petter managed to set a new course record with 4 seconds and was able to cash in NOK 10,000 in prize money.
For the first 2 km Petter ran together with Haugsnes and after that he broke away and ran the rest of the course alone. Tough headwinds the last 3 km did not stop him from breaking the previous course record.
Your running shape must be good?
“Well, I'm in okay training shape, I believe,” he says in his own cautious way.
Petter on his way to break the course record in Halddemersjen. Photo: Ida Maire M. Bøthun.
Top picture. Photo: Karl Gunnar Skjønsfjell.