The 2013 Médoc Marathon

A marathon? The Gentlemen? Twenty six and a half miles? Yes, absolutely - for the fourth time!

Of course, the Society wouldn't trouble itself with just any old marathon; this one is very special indeed. World-renowned, the Médoc Marathon is the longest and also the most convivial since there are twenty two wine-tasting stands, and twenty one gourmet stands along the route; serving specialities from the region (oysters, cured hams, fine wines, foie gras, etc). Not only is running this a tremendous challenge, but just keeping up with the eating and drinking takes a lot of training.

The marathon snakes between châteaux like these....

As you can imagine, this is a very popular event, and strictly limited to 8,500 entrants. Unfortunately registration is nearly full, though you can contact the organisers to be put on a standby list if you don't make it. There are other events on the day, and also a rather picturesque cycle tour around the region's châteaux on the day after; so if you don't get a place in the run it should still be a pleasant trip to come along anyway.

We have rented a large house right next to the start line in the heart of Pauillac. Rooms were allocated on a first-come first-served basis, and the house is now full. Unfortunately we cannot allow "dossing down" in the house - if you want to come then you should seek accommodation elsewhere in the village. We will drive down from Newcastle on the Thursday with an overnight stop in Le Mans, and then spend Friday relaxing in Pauillac before the race.

 The itinerary is as follows

Thu 5 Sep: Drive to Le Mans, overnight in Le Mans.
Fri 6 Sep: Lunch in Bordeaux, travel to Pauillac with an evening Pasta Party at the house.
Sat 7 Sep: Marathon. BBQ in the garden after the event with Firework Festival evening.
Sun 8 Sep: Cycle ride around the region, dinner either at the house or in St Julien de Beychevelle.
Fri 134 Sep: Vacate house.