Great specialist of the marathon with notably a title of champion of France in 2016, we had the pleasure to meet Paul LALIRE.
Licensed at AC Chenove, he trains and knows the marathon course by heart. And while waiting to meet him on May 17th on the Allées du Parc in Dijon, he tells us more about his objectives and his preparation for this new season.
Hello Paul, for those who don't know you, can you introduce yourself?
My name is Paul Lalire, I am 31 and I am an athlete at the Athletic Club Chenôve for almost 18 years. Over the years, after having tried cross-country, track and road races, I specialized in marathon. But I still practice cross-country every winter. It is a discipline that I particularly like. I always do a few runs on the track during the summer season on 5000m in particular. These many years of training have enabled me to bring my records to 2h17'55 in the marathon, 1h04'48 in the half-marathon, 30'02 in the 10km and 14'15'' in the 5000m. In terms of achievements, I was French marathon champion in 2016, won several departmental and regional cross-country championships and obtained two 10th places in the French cross-country championship (2018 and 2019).
What are your objectives for this new year 2020?
This year I will take part as usual in the whole cross-country season which will end with the French championship in a few days in Montauban (08/03). I plan to get closer to my best result on this competition even if I know that the competition is particularly high this year.
After the cross-country season I will take part in a 10 km race in March and then certainly a half marathon at the beginning of April to try to beat my personal record.
Then I will be mostly busy with my work so I don't plan to compete during the summer period.
I will be back on the road in the fall where I would like to run a marathon to try to improve my best mark on the distance.
The circuit doesn't pass very far from your home, you know the course well, can you tell us what you think about it?
Indeed, I live in Chenôve, very close to the Marathon des Grands Crus circuit. So I know this track perfectly well and am used to running almost daily in the vineyards between Chenôve and Gevrey-Chambertin (I also alternate with the Chenôve plateau). So I don't have an objective enough opinion but the runners who will participate in the Marathon des Grands Crus will be able to see that the proposed circuit in the heart of the Burgundy vineyard climates recently classified as UNESCO heritage is simply magnificent. It's a delight to run!
The Marathon des Grands Crus has the particularity of also proposing a marathon in rollerblading, will we ever have the chance to see you run both events? Do you practice rollerblading?
No, I do not rollerblade. So I'm not sure it's a good idea to offer me this challenge. And especially before considering rollerblading, I would like to have the chance to run the marathon des grands crus in sneakers in the next few years (unfortunately it's not possible this year for agenda reasons, even though I will be there on the D-day).
Anything to add?
I hope to see many of you on May 17th in the vineyards to run one of the three distances proposed during the marathon des grands crus. 10 km, half-marathon, marathon, there is something for everyone so check the date in your diary and don't delay to start your preparation for this race.