Marathon madness – or those flamboyant French

medoc marathon 2014After a couple of difficult weeks, some cheerier news to write. I’ve just ticked off marathon 42, or should I say quarante-deux, as it was in France.

And not just any marathon – but the Marathon du Medoc, set in the stunning vineyards and chateaux of the Gironde, north of Bordeaux.

I’ve done it before and it’s always a colourful spectacle, as fancy dress is fully encouraged. This year was even more dazzling than usual. Being the 30th anniversary, the French pulled out all the stops. Or perhaps I should say, all the corks – thousands of bottles of wine were consumed over the weekend, before, after and even during the marathon.

Yes, as you’re running around in near 30 degree heat, they serve wine at all of the refreshment points – thankfully water too!

There’s also a wide selection of food available, fresh fruit, cakes, cookies, and towards the end oysters, ham and steak, rounded off by ice-cream.

Wine features heavily in the finisher mementoes too – with a bottle of Haut Medoc in its own presentation box and commemorative etched wine glasses.

This year’s fancy dress theme was Carnival and there really was a carnival atmosphere the whole way round. It’s probably the most fun you can ever have running 26.2 miles.

A rather late posting this week as I’ve been busy setting up a new project, a Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s Society – which you can read more about at http://www.followingfootstepswalk.wordpress.com

Other than that, I’ll just let the Medoc pictures speak for themselves………

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