This one can be summed up in one word : scenic.A picturesque setting for a typically Swiss event.
|Cobble stones. Ouch!|
Run on an out and back course it starts in the heart of Lausanne and finishes outside the Olympic Museum. The journey hugs the lake passing through historic cities and countryside alike. It’s really very pretty and quite unique for a marathon.
It’s a small event – just 1478 runners for the marathon – but on the same day also includes a 10km and half as well. Interestingly the half starts at the marathon’s turn around point and comes back, so there is always something to look at.
It’s a late start – 10.10am – which means you can travel (as I did from Geneva) and easily make the bib pick up and start.
This is Switzerland. Need I say more! They take your bag from race start to bag collection - its all so organised and (therefore) easy
Flat - and always something to look at. Scenic is the one word remember! Good aid stations.
A quiet Sunday morning in a small quiet town is what it had the feel of.
|Not that many, and they cheer with bells - not signs|
It happens the day before the event so I didn't get to see it - but its small and they turn the tent over to bib pick up on race day
A nice long-sleeve shirt and after the race - oh boy, free beer! Even if its senseless beer (non alcoholic) it doesn't matter, it tastes great.
One toe nail - the same old - they might never heal!
|The start. Hands up who's ready for some pain?|
|And we're off...|
|Great memories ... cobble stones and villages one moment .....|
|.... and beautiful autumnal wineries and countryside the next.|
|Obviously early on as I can still manage a smile|
|Just above the steeple is a flock of birds. Spectacular as they swooped and worked together to catch the bugs.|
|Gotta love a volunteer handing out Swiss chocolate!|
|Yeah, OK, I might be stuffing my face with that chocolate here!|
|My favourite photo I took (It's made a great screen saver)|
|The Africans. 2:28|
|Spectacular isn't it|
|How I'll remember this event. Scenic - the lake - the changing sky...|
|... the lake.|
|How I was feeling right about here|
|Only Switzerland has signposts to important things like Nespresso stores!!|
|The finish shoot. Red carpet treatment!|
|........ and I'm always thankful.|
|A selfie at the finish line!|
|The obligatory daggy kiss-the-medal photo|
22nd October, 2017