Running the Marathon du Medoc

Running the Marathon du Medoc

Running the Marathon du Medoc is one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever taken part in. That’s why it appealed to me so much. It’s certainly not for the serious marathon runner. With 22 wine stops and so much food that you could consume more calories than you burn off, you have to ignore the Garmin and just go with the flow. This is the marathon where you go to have a good time, not get a good time. Oh, and fancy dress is compulsory. This year’s theme was music, so naturally I dressed as my hero Angus Young from AC/DC 🙂

Running the Marathon du Medoc start line

Running the Marathon du Medoc start line

The carnival atmosphere at the start line sets the tone for a completely bonkers event that’s basically one big running party!

Running the Marathon du Medoc start lineRunning the Marathon du Medoc start line

In hindsight, I wish I’d have started necking the wine earlier because I think it helped to numb the pain!

Setting off from the small town of Pauillac near Bordeaux, the course weaves through vineyards and the courtyards of beautiful chataeux where you can sample some of the wine they produce. My plan was to stick to water until 35km because I don’t drink often so I get tipsy easily. Plus, I have a kidney condition that means I have to stay well hydrated, so running and boozing is not advisable. Typically my back ache and bunions decided to flare up that day making every step very painful. In hindsight, I wish I’d have started necking the wine earlier because I think it helped to numb the pain!

Running the Marathon du Medoc vineyard

Running the Marathon du Medoc wine station

One of my favourites was Jesus wearing a big cross on his back…maybe he turned all the water into wine.

The array of costumes was truly astounding, and not confined to musical themes: I saw a man wearing a pole with Marge Simpson on the top of it and all the other Simpsons hanging off horizontal bars attached to it. There was a Baywatch squad including one member being eaten by a shark, several bananas and a woman wearing a huge Eiffel Tower. As to be expected, there were numerous David Bowies, Kiss, Abba, Village People and a few other people dressed as Angus. One of my favourites though was Jesus wearing a big cross on his back…maybe he turned all the water into wine.

Running the Marathon du Medoc wine station

Running the Marathon du Medoc

Running the Marathon du Medoc

We had all weathers that day, from blazing sun and blue sky to dark clouds and torrential rain. At one point I was so wet I couldn’t even unlock my iPhone to take some video! I was certainly glad of that baseball cap to keep the rain off my face!

Running the Marathon du MedocI had been due to run with a friend and her boyfriend but they pulled out a few days beforehand. Although I was disappointed for them not to be able to take part, I have always run alone so I wasn’t put off doing it on my own. I knew that one of my colleagues was running with some friends and we’d met up the day before at the expo. They crossed the start line before me (I was delayed in the queue for the toilet as usual!) so they were about five minutes ahead of me.

Towards the end of the course the food stops get really interesting with oysters, steak, corn on the cob, cheese and ice creams on offer.

Because I passed on the wine until the later stages I managed to catch them up…they’d stopped at every wine station! Towards the end of the course the food stops get really interesting with oysters, steak, corn on the cob, cheese and ice creams on offer. I’m vegetarian so I skipped the oysters and steak (38km into a marathon probably isn’t the best time to try oysters for the first time anyway!). We finished the race together in just under six hours with a final downpour just before we crossed the line.

Running the Marathon du Medoc

Running the Marathon du MedocRunning the Marathon du Medoc

Running the Marathon du Medoc 2017 medal

Running the Marathon du Medoc

The winners were weighed after the race (you can just see the scales on the stage behind me) and won their weight in wine! Despite the pain and getting soaked it was definitely the most fun I’ve had on a marathon, and this was my sixth. Would I do it again? Well, immediately afterwards I was adamant this would be my last, but I’ve said that after the last five. A week later I’m itching to get out for a run, and who knows, there may be a seventh 😉

Who would you dress up as? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

 

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13 Comments

  1. September 18, 2017 / 5:06 am

    Wow Emma you are great. Such a funny marathon.
    Maybee a wedding dress… bride on the cursed 🙂

  2. September 18, 2017 / 7:38 am

    Fantastic! Such fun! I would go as Siouxie!

  3. September 18, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    Where do I start? i love it! See, i guessed Angus.. as i am an ACDC fan myself. i used to joke with my guitar students that those were the only these chords they play AC and D and they repeat C… hehe. omg, 22 wine stops.. i would have been crawling to the finish line! you did quite well. and what fun. i would have joined u!

    have a lovely day!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  4. September 19, 2017 / 12:52 am

    This has to be the most fabulous marathon in the world! I’m honestly not sure what I would dress up as! The costumes look so fun!
    –Roxanne
    http://glassofglam.com

  5. September 20, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    This is so crazy and funny. I love this. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to survive this 22 wine stop, but I can try. o)))
    Thank you share this story with My Red Carpet.

    Anna
    http://www.glamadventure.com

  6. September 21, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    What a great event. I love running but never done anything as fun as this. Great photos 🙂 Thanks for linking up.

  7. September 23, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    This looks like so much fun!! I have never heard of this marathon, but it definitely looks like the best one in the world to me 🙂 I have to admit the wine is the pull for me!

    I ran the London Marathon four and a half years ago. Definitely one of the best days of my life, but I’ve not done one since. Wow, 6 marathons under your belt! Well done. That’s something to be so proud of, as they take such dedication and determination during the training and on the day (mentally and physically). Not an easy thing to do at all!

  8. September 28, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    This is so, so fun! I enjoyed reading about this unusual marathon and seeing all the costumes. Your first photo is too cute!

  9. September 30, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    Oh Emma, you are an absolute star! I so admire you and envy you a little as that food and wine sounded lovely. I may be tempted next year if I can power walk it! Well done on doing it. Looks amaaaazing. I would dress up as Keith Richards! Love a bit of Pirate going on. xx

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