Marathon du Medoc

The one with all the wine...

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28/03/2012 at 15:47

Hi all,

After seeing this being open for registrations today - is anyone thinking of doing this in 2012?


- Date: 8th September 2012
- Start: 09.30am
- Cut off point: 6hrs 30 mins

Not only is there a wine on route but also fancy dress!

As i'd probably be travelling alone - I'd thought it'd be nice to see if any other forumites would be going!

28/03/2012 at 16:01

Not planning it for this year, but I've done it a couple of times, and it is great fun.

Try and sort out local accommodation asap.  Try local B&Bs, Chambres d'Hotes, and the like.  Or (if you like roughing it), there is a campsite in Pauillac.

The walk in the vineyards the next day (with more wine tasting, natch!), and lunch is worth doing, too (another reason to stay locally if you can).

28/03/2012 at 16:05
Thanks Wilkie! That's great advice. Did you stay in the campsite or B&B?
28/03/2012 at 16:08

I'm seriously tempted too! I need to work out funds, but maybe...

28/03/2012 at 16:14

@Bookie - I'm asking a work colleague who lives near the marathon if he's "open" to squatters for a weekend... if he is - i'm happy to extend the invite over to you. It'd be camping but it'd be free.

Entry  is: 78€ but there are other accommodation packages available (all inclusive pack is 195€)

28/03/2012 at 16:25

I'm up for camping

Cost is going to be the major decider, so anything free is good! Thanks Emmy

I have to admit - I found the website a bit difficult to decipher. I thought the all inclusive was more than that?

28/03/2012 at 16:32
EB sent you message on FB
28/03/2012 at 16:39

From my limited french - i've worked out that there's different "packages".

Registration with Accommodation: clicky
- Different offers:195€/197€/219€

Pure entry is: 78€ then there are other packages:

Initiation Pack : 114€ (bib + Mille Pates dinner)

Pleasure Pack : 114€ (bib + Walk&Lunch)

Prestige Pack : 155€ (bib + Mille Pates + Walk&Lunch)

Festive Pack  : 93€ (bib + Patacaisses dinner)

28/03/2012 at 16:42
Maybe next year
28/03/2012 at 16:56

Emmy, you can get the website in English - there's a little Union Flag button at the bottom of the home page...

We stayed in a B&B in a little village called St Seurin de Cadourne )sp?).   I don't do camping!

28/03/2012 at 16:58
It's amazing, I highly recommend it! I'm not doing it this year but it's on my list for 2013 ... any ideas what the fancy dress theme is this year?
28/03/2012 at 17:00

Hi Wilkie - you're right but the English is sometimes difficult to understand!

Thanks for the suggestion!

28/03/2012 at 17:07

@Xine - Bookie said on FB that it's 'History with a capital H'

Are you sure we can't persuade you?

28/03/2012 at 17:35

Ahhhhh, its SO tempting! BUT I've already signed up for the Paris-Versailles 16km run at the end of September so I think that will be my French Fix for this year.

I really hope there are lots of Marie Antoinettes and Sun Kings running this year  you will have to make sure that you take loads of photos at the start, the effort that some people go to with their costumes is incredible!

28/03/2012 at 18:25
@Xine - if you're already over in paris - it's only a few hours on the train down to Bordeaux
28/03/2012 at 18:39

Emmy-bug - I loved the English - I particularly like this bit:

You wish to live again and share your experience on the Medoc marathon, order now the DVD of the 27th edition! again would be good.

Wilkie - I plan to do it in 2013 because you said it was one of your main achievements so inspired by this where should I be looking in terms of the best place to be located/best hotel/apartment? ...and did you arrange the trip yourself or use a sports travel company? 


28/03/2012 at 22:14
Probably nowhere near as exciting but for those who like the concept but not the cost of travelling overseas there's always the Denbies Marathon (not sure if that's it's real name but I think it starts and finishes at the lovely Denbies vineyard in Dorking) in Surrey that Events to Live organise. There's wine and fancy dress involved so it's similar. A bit.
29/03/2012 at 07:48
@Wilkie - quick question about the course - is it off road? or all paved?
29/03/2012 at 09:34
Just had another look at the website - apparently you need a medical certificate in order to register?!
29/03/2012 at 09:37

Also, it's a bit hilly

But I suppose the wine will ease the pain *hic*

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