Gallery: Marathon du Medoc

France's most madcap marathon, the Marathon du Medoc, returned on September 10. This year more than 7,000 runners took part in the costumed chase through the Medoc wine growing region's most illustrious chateaux, with 23 boozy drinks stations en route.

Flick through our gallery for costume inspiration for your next charity chase (this year's theme was the animal kingdom) or to find out why you should add this race-cum-wine tasting tour to your 2012 diary. Plus read our 2008 race report.  

A sight for sore eyes - one of the Marathon du Medoc's famous drink stations.

Hordes of costumed runners tucked into some of France's finest.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles take on the marathon.

A menagerie of runners raced along vineyard trails.

Triathlete's World editor Alison Hamlett enjoys a tour of the vineyards.

Music, wine, sunshine - what more could a runner want?

Bread, oranges and biscuits were just some of the treats en route.

The end was in sight, with the promise of more wine and revelry at post-race parties.

The international team of Runner's World competitors (from left to right):

Andy Dixon, Runner's World Editor; Kerry McCarthy, Runner's World Senior Writer; Alison Hamlett, Triathlete's World Editor; Gaël Couturier, Runner's World (France) Editor; Stéphane Constantini, Runner's World (France)