Nice a game of two halves!
This year’s BVR away trip was Nice to run the Alpes de Maritime Marathon. The race is a marathon but can be run in relays with teams of two or six. This year 12 BVR runners competed in six teams of two, with each running 13.1 miles along with 2 supporters. Great food and organisation by Veronique meant we had a brilliant weekend away.
The race begins in the centre of Nice and finishes in Cannes traveling along the coastal roads. There is an Expo where you can collect your number, t shirt and goodie bag, which is probably the best quality backpack bag I have every received. The Expo is in a central area of Nice and whilst a tad chaotic allows you to explore some of the attractions in Nice.
The race starts in the centre of town and was very well organised with timing pens, pacers etc, it’s the first time I (Mary) have begun a marathon to the sound of the national anthem which was quite nice. Most of the first half of the race is flat and along the coastal roads as it meanders through Nice moving onto other coastal regions. There are a couple of out and backs and low gradient inclines. One stage takes you through a marina and then onto the blustery coastal road before handing over at the halfway 13.1 miles.
All the second runners had to do was to wave off the first runners at the start and then get to the handover point in time to take over about 2 hours later. Just over half an hour after the start only our two supporters Steve and Stu could be seen at the hotel Reception looking rather worried while we second stage runners adopted a rather more chilled approach (largely because we hadn’t a clue how long it was going to take to get to the halfway point by public transport). More by luck than judgement we got to the handover with minutes to spare. Handover was quite manic but soon we were all off on the more scenic but definitely hillier second half. Fantastic views along the coast coming down off the Cap d’Antibes leading in to Cannes. The pain of the hills was all forgotten in the joy of passing under a marathon finish gantry showing a finish time I (Penny) could never hope to achieve single handed in a full marathon.
Having run the first half, the first runners were there to support the runners finishing, this was a busy but well organised area and we were able to cheer everyone as they came in. There were different medals for each distance run and the half marathon medals locked together, nice!
Would we recommend the race? – yes.
Would we run it again? – probably not there are just too many other races to run
Would we run another marathon relay? – possibly but it would work better with a 2 lap course so there was less dashing about and more of an opportunity to see the other runners
Date: 4th November 2018
Distance: Marathon relay (2 people)
Run report from Mary & Penny