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OK. So how did everyone get on? Tude - I thought that I saw you but I wasnt sure.
Here's my race report. Best wine? Les Tourelles de Longueville (Pauillac 2010).Best tent? Steak/chips (KM40)Best 'event'? The look your best before the end (KM 41)/
Medoc was out of this world;
The organisers have everything done to a fine art and I picked up my packet within 5 minutes. I wandered around the other marathons on offer and had a look at what else was on offer. It was mostly uninteresting but I was given some free haribo and the wine was already flowing – a great sign! This continued throughout the entire event – all of the food and drink stops were plentiful and organized.
The food stations were well packed and the wine was well flowing. You really couldn’t ask for much more. The entire marathon was like carnival in cologne. Everyone was in such a party mood – the vibe was honestly amazing and I’ve never felt anything like it.
What can I say about the run? It was mostly through the vineyard so there was a lot of dust tracks which played more with my asthma than I expected. It was great to actually run through some beautiful countryside and be part of such a great event. There were a few hills along the route but nothing especially taxing.
I started to struggle a little bit around mile 15 with cramps and stitches. Then by some good grace I came upon a Knight. A literal knight of course – this was fancy dress. It turned out that he was a fellow Marathon talker and we spent the rest of the race laughing, chatting away and trying to survive the 36’c heat. The best thing of all was this guy knew his wine and I got to know which were the best chateaus that we were visiting.
The km’s quickly slipped by and even though we were struggling the atmosphere and people we met along the way carried us through to the end. Mike’s (the Knight) his feet started to cause him some issues so we stopped and whilst he sorted out his feet – I used the time wisely (drinking and eating).
If I had to say one thing about this race is that it’s definitely not a PB course. It’s normally very hot and if you’re not used to it – it can be hard to handle, the dirt tracks can be difficult at times as well. But on the other hand – it’s a unique course with a unique group of people running it. They are not PB’ers – they are all there for the same reason – to have fun and enjoy the area and we certainly did that!
After the race – we were escorted through the area with ease and I promptly found the food/drink tent. Everything was free so I enjoyed a beer and lots of water and waited for the final people to come through.
Travelling is relatively easy. You can choose to stay in Bordeaux and join one of the buses on the morning/afternoon for a small fee. Very easy and no fuss. We chose to drive down from Brussels so it was 10 hours in total and relatively hassle free. Lots of people fly into bordeaux and hire a car.
Accommodation can be a tad difficult. I asked a french colleague to help and we found a great little bungalow 20 minutes from the start. It was great. If you drive/ hire a car - you can stay anywhere in the Pauillac area. I saw lots of people pitching tents outside of campsites and it didnt seem too much of an issue.
Entry: Entry opens in February and as long as you enter in a timely manner - it's easy to enter. Just make sure that you submit your medical form in a timely manner.
That could be it. I was "lucky" that I managed to stay in Hourtin.
Hmm... I missed a wine stop I might need to go back and make sure I get that one!