After a football-career-ending injury, Pau turned to trail running for rehab. Just a few years later he had become one of the world’s best ultra-runners, winning the Ultra Sierra Nevada, the Ultra Trail Mallorca and Transgrancanaria. He was crowned Ultra Trail World Tour champion in 2018 and 2019.
Last year Pau beat 2299 competitors to win the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) in a course record-breaking time of 20 hours, 19 minutes. This year, on 27 August, he plans to break his own record by completing the 171km route in under 20 hours. The biggest challenge? Not the distance. Or the elevation gain and loss. But doing it solo, without spectators, aid stations or competitions. Can he break 20?