On the 3rd April 2016 the 3 Amigoes (Carl 'Jessobelle' Jessop, Lisa 'Lashes' Smith and 'Diddy' Dave Silk) arrived battered and bruised through the sheep-like pandomonium of a starting procedure in the shadow of the Arc Du Triumph for the 40th Paris marathon. Armed guards were to be seen all around and the choice of not using a starting pistol was welcomed by Silky.
The previous day's temperature hit the dizzy heights of 9 degrees and cloudy..... today though was a different kettle of fish..... Blistering hot sunshine and 22˚C turned 57,000 entries into somewhat many less finishers.
The 3 Amigoes set off at a sensible 10 minute mile pace and we drank plenty along the way. Unfortunately the heat took control of the outcome and Lisa lashes succumbed to the french foreign legion style onslaught. Monsieurs silk et Jessop pulled Lisa out of the race just after the 13 mile stage and many ambulance journeys ensued. Carl ran on for help and to inform the waiting, worried watchers whilst David and Lisa enjoyed a 2nd half p.b (13 miles in 10 minutes) in the back of yet another ambulance to the M.A.S.H style 1st aid camp at the finishing area.
After 3 hours of suffering, Super Lisa recovered well enough to be discharged and whilst heading through the throng to collect their bags, Dave and Lisa both willingly accepted their offering of race medals and shirts. We completed the unofficial Paris half marathon 2016. Mr Jessop ran on to the finish line and completed most of the Paris marathon. Times irrelevant and all 3 lived to run another day.