Marathon 33 - Athens (Greece) "The one that meant something"
Today's marathon was a family affair with my Dad, auntie & uncle along for the ride, literally. We set off in a mighty ducks style formation with my Dad leading the way along the Greek coastline.
As we weaved our way along the roads and beaches my auntie and uncles weren't far behind with water and enough energy bars to fuel a small army. With the sunshine and sea invitingly on the side it was hard to resist the temptation to just stop and dive straight in. I managed to save that thought untill the end though before I jumped in the sea to celebrate.
This challenge means a lot to my family so it's was really special that they have been able to part of it with me. Its also an extra special for my Dad and auntie as my Nan, who sadly passed away a few years ago, was born and spent her childhood in Athens. It would have also been her birthday today so it's fitting we were all here to mark the occasion.
The marathon itself was again one with a qucker second half and coming in just under the 4 hour mark. There's still a few niggles and my right knee is progressively more painful towards the end of each run but it's hanging on. I like to do a morning full body type MOT before each run and I just about passed it again today.
A quick bite to eat now before I fly to Switzerland and then take 2 trains to reach my destination on the Swiss/Lichtenstein border, where I will be based for the next 2 days. That almost sounds relatively straightforward.
In loving memory of Winifred 'Winnie' Thompson 1919 - 2013
This marathon has been proudly sponsored by my Dad Colin, Auntie Anne and Cousins Jules and Cerian in memory of their mother and our Nana Winnie. Winnie was born on 3rd May 1919 and lived in Athens from the age of 3 to 20 at the start of the First World War, just before Germany invaded the area. The date of this marathon happens to fall on her birthday, which is why this marathon has extra significance for both them and I. They also hope to join me for this date in Athens too for what will undoubtedly be a special day for us all.
Runners & Support Team
Dad, Auntie Anne & Uncle Craig