Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Brighton Marathon featuring Doctor Lou and thousands of others

Still standing – Doctor Lou with her medal 

We were down on the South Coast today for the Brighton Marathon to support my niece Doctor Lou running her first marathon. She finished with an honourable 4 hours 46 minutes. She was hoping to go a little faster to get under 4.5 hours but, although looking fresh at 15 and around 17 miles, she suffered from the 20 mile mark on the last flat and windy leg out to Shoreham before the turn for home. So congratulations Doc! 

4150 women started the race with 3981 finishing, while 6922 men started and 6622 finished. Full results here. Congratulations to all the finishers. Although I have ridden cycle marathons, I have never fancied running a marathon – all that pounding on a hard surface.  
 Setting up the water station in Hove 

 St John Ambulance 
who play a vital role – 
I saw two runners who had collapsed

Two-wheeled members of St John Ambulance

A marathon marshall

Teenage Cancer Trust at Tesco with Skull Drummery from Lewes 
(there will be a separate Teenage Cancer Trust post)

 First sign of the runners – the Elite men 

 Winner Duncan Maiyo - 02:09:51 – 
tucked in behind pacer on right hand side 

Heading on along the Church Road leg, Hove

Elite men coming back along Church Road
Duncan Maiyo still sheltered by the pacer

Winning woman – Grace Momanyis
on the right  

 The Church Road leg


 Fairy cycle 

 handing out drinks 

Lou looking fresh at 15 miles....

Not quite so fresh at 23/24 miles....but still in fair shape!

Runners heading away from Brighton to Shoreham

Running on doggedly ...


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