“Then comes the hard part. I know I will probably be running for about 20-25 minutes on my own. It will be tough but Hermens set the record without pacemakers,” he said. Despite coming down from altitude for his races, Moen has been putting in the kilometres at around 1800 metres and training around Juvasshytta, just a few kilometres from the ascent to the highest mountain in northern European, Galdhopiggen. “I have been here for just under a month already and I’ll be here for another month, until just after the record attempt,” added the 29-year-old former European marathon record holder. Moen was the first European to run under two hours six minutes for the classic distance when he won the 2017 Fukuoka Marathon in 2:05:48. “I was aiming for the London Marathon in April but when that race got cancelled and overseas travel became complicated because of the Covid-19 situation, I started looking for other targets.” “Training where I am at the moment is different to when I am at altitude in Kenya or Sestriere (in the Italian Alps) but it is still very enjoyable in so many ways. When I’m out running, I can turn around and see a glacier (the Styggebreen glacier). However, it can get colder than you might imagine. A few days ago, the temperatures went down to minus two or three (degrees Celsius),” joked Moen. Moen has an affinity for the Kristiansand Stadium where he will attempt the one hour record. At the same venue in August 2019, he broke the Norwegian 10,000m record in 27:24.78, the third fastest by a European last year.