The one with all the wine...
We found our B&B by looking on the web. There are website that have listings - look for Gites de France, or Chambres d'Hote.
We did it all ourselves. The first time, we drove all the way, the second time we flew to Bergerac and rented a car. Both times we made a holiday of if and had a couple of weeks in France.
The route is mostly off road, Emmy, through vineyards. They are mostly rough-ish tracks and dusty.
There are some stretches of road, but probably less than half is on road.
Hi Bookie - Yes - the medical certificate is "standard" for all French races. I saw the course profile and nearly fainted... I'm not the best fan of hills... .but as you say- the wine should help
@Wilkie - thanks for the feedback. It's good to know what to expect...
This is making me want to do it again.....
Come on... join us! I'm trying to work out the easiest way to get there (e.g. fly into bordeaux etc). The only thing that slightly worries me are the hills (and of course being outrageously drunk by the half way point..).
@Wilkie - how did you manage it? Did you drink at every one? or none at all?
I don't recall hills. It's a bit undulating, maybe, but that's all.
We had wine at every Chateau
You tend only to have a little bit (although you can have as much as you want) . Just because it's Chateau Mouton Rothschild doesn't mean they give you good wine....
And there is water available too!
In the later stages there are also food offerings - bits of steak, oysters (you get white wine with these), and ham. Very welcome towards the end were grapes, and an ice-cream
Very much the easiest way around is to have a car. Although you can get a train (I think) from Bordeaux to Paulliac, if you want to do any of the other things (pasta party, walk in the vinyards the next day) you will need some transport.
You mean.... that they'd honestly give us anything less than their finest vintage?!? I'm not the best wine person.... so i'm not sure that i'd know the difference!
Thank you for the information about the hills - i'm getting a better impression of the race in general (especially about the hills and roads).
I think I just want to confirm my doctors certificate before registering and go from there.
@Bookie - have you made a decision yet?
You're right - it's not for PB but more to know that i'll finish within the time limit. My concern is normally after running a few hours - if i have one beer - i'm normally a bit tipsy - hence my comment... I read somewhere that people are offended if you don't take their wine... (and i'd hate to be rude ).
When you say that you wouldnt take an organised package - was this one from the official website? or from a tourist site?
I'd sign up now, but I want to talk it over with Cake first. I also have concerns as to whether or not I'd get a medical certificate. I've had problems with my knee and am definitely not marathon material because of it. That's one reason this appealed so much - the focus on the whole experience with wine, food, and fancy dress rather than just the running. I'm certain I could do it in the cut-off, but I'd need to convince a doctor to agree to it...
Another thought - do you have to pay for medical certificates? I've never needed one before.
Hi Bookie, I was the same... i'm getting married in May and wanted to check that he was ok with it on a "monetary" basis. It works out that he was planning on a weekend away anyway... and he doesnt mind France so it's ok from that perspective. He wouldnt join me on the route though.
As for the medical certificate - you can call up the doctors surgery - pay £15 and bob's your uncle. Most of the time they don't even want to examine you (in my experience). I've got a heart condition, asthma, had issues with my legs and they signed me off without seeing me.
Note: This could have just been my doctors surgery....
@Bookie - sorry - just seen this - the form is available to download on the website.
Emmy_bug wrote (see)
As for the medical certificate - you can call up the doctors surgery - pay £15 and bob's your uncle. Most of the time they don't even want to examine you (in my experience). I've got a heart condition, asthma, had issues with my legs and they signed me off without seeing me. Note: This could have just been my doctors surgery....
Thanks for all of the tips and advice.
Cake is up for it, I don't mind a bit of calligraphy and I think we can afford it
My plan is to ponder it over the weekend, and enter next week if it still seems like a good idea. I can't possibly run the distance, but a run/walk/stop at the chateaus plan seems workable
I'm the same bookie - think about it tonight and then maybe sign up tomorrow for indepedent accommodation. My colleague's on holiday and isnt too keen about giving me the keys to his chateau (I can't see why not... i'm very trustworthy with 1000litres of wine )
Hi everyone - just wanted to update you - i signed up! I'm just finalising my accommodation thanks to a french colleague who has ran it before so I just need to start my training plan.
Start with a Paulliac, then try a St Julien, then....
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