Mickael (foreground), Arrie (background) in the South Downs
Day 6 Newhaven to Lingfield, 29 miles
Without doubt the hardest day so far. Over 29 miles of sheer torture. The roads from the South Coast through to Lingfield were very undulating with the downhill sections being as equally painful as the uphill sections. My right ankle started to cause me some major discomfort, though, once you start running you can almost bear the pain. We made a stop at 20 miles and everyone after eating some lunch had a short sleep. I had real difficulty starting up again and the final 9 miles passed very slowly and I was pleased to arrive in Lingfield. With only 2 days to go the end is certainly in sight!
Day 7 - Lingfield to London Blackheath, 25 miles
The shortest day and the only one not to be a full marathon, though pretty close at 25 miles. You could really see the pain on everyone's faces today as the route took in some major climbs, one at 20% gradient, though I had no one to blame but myself! The roads were small and picturesque until the very final stages where we followed a straightforward route though the capital until Blackheath and the start of the London Marathon. Everyone was exceptionally pleased to have got this far, having now run from Paris to London.
DAY 8 Flora London Marathon, 26.2 miles
A personal disaster for me. With the end within touching distance, I was forced to pull out from the challenge. A fitful nights sleep including bouts of sickness left me physically exhausted and unable to keep anything down in the morning. I nonetheless started the race hoping that I could rely solely on mental strength to pull me to the end. However, it soon became clear that I wasn't in a fit state to continue, as I couldn't keep any thing down from the aid stations. At the 5-mile marker, I decided enough was enough and withdrew from the race, which was definitely the right thing to do. I am very pleased that I managed to do over the 200 miles to get to London and helped the others to complete this challenge.
I would like to express my thanks to everyone who contributed to this challenge, in particular Thierry and Tobie without whose hard work the challenge would not have gone ahead.
Finally I would like to thank the support who during the week were amazing. Despite having to sit in a car for a week tending to the runners every needs - handing out supplies, navigating the route, cooking and cleaning, they never broke from a smile and made the challenge thoroughly enjoyable for all involved. In addition my thanks go to Sarah who managed to cycle the route and much much more, and was invaluable in terms of support on the bike. She also took all of the photos that you see on this site as well as offering support through the planning stages of this project.