This is the day that has been the focus of so many minds, for many months. It’s a two stage start. The runners who are expected to do fast times will be setting off after the slower group. It’s cold at the start and full body cover is needed just to get going but by the time the sun shines and a few hundred meters have been descended, the skin is bared. Doctors and marshals are stationed along the route at the controls and the team leaders and a doctor make up the ‘Sweep Team’ at the back of the race, ensuring everyone is accounted for and taken care of. At the finish at Namche Bazaar, the question is whether any of the internationals will be able to snatch the winning time from the Nepali’s this year?