Ian and Cathy Tooley took part in the Marathon du Medoc race. It is really an event and it would be foolish to ‘race’ past all the brilliant bands, wine stops and food points.
The race information states:
“ There will be 22 refreshment stations on the course, as well as 20 wine tasting stands, 55 special events, various food points, oysters, entrecote steak, cheese, grapefruit, and ice cream.”
All of which Ian ate along the way, at mile 20 he tucked into a massive steak baguette and happily carried on. This is a truly brilliant marathon and you will never have to run for more than 15 minutes before you are offered a glass of wine at a beautiful chateau, with a live band in the background. Obviously you must stop and absorb the atmosphere.
There is a lot to learn from this race for all runners, it’s all about getting out there, relaxing and enjoying running. No one is worried about a time; there is a sweeper team who try to keep runners within the 6.30 hours. The race is actually 27 miles so that the finish is along the picturesque riverbank, but nobody minded, and that is why it is called the longest marathon in the world. Ian and Cathy did it in 5.03 hours, however that was 1500th out of 9,500 runners. They wish they had stopped longer and drank more wine along the way! For those that were still hungry at the finish there was a free bar and food tent.
Ian and Cathy would definitely do this race again. Each year is a fancy dress theme, this year was “Dressed up to the nines” and at least 98% of the runners were in fancy dress.
Sheringham Triathlon 27.9.2015
Ian and Cathy Tooley and John Scott took part in this sprint triathlon based at Pinewoods Leisure centre near Holt. It consisted of a 300m pool swim, 17km bike ride and 3km off road run. On a beautiful, sunny, autumn Sunday the weather couldn’t have been better.The bike ride really has some lovely scenery as you follow the coast road from Sheringham to Weybourne before turning inland up a challenging hill. The run was through woodland and was soft underfoot due to the previous weeks rain.
The organization of the event is excellent and the marshalls very friendly.A good time was had by all with John Scott recording a time of 52;38, Ian 58:52 and Cathy 1:08:48.
This is a good event to try a triathlon as the distance is manageable and there is a wide range of abilities competing.