On the 1st March at 9am I was on the computer getting my entry sorted for the Medoc marathon. After missing out last year as it had already sold out by the time I got home from work I was determined that I was going to get in this year! The race attracts people from all over the world and I was lucky enough to get in alongside 4956 people from France, 1081 other brits, 305 Japanese, 25 Italians, 2 Mexicans, 6 from Iceland, 1 Kenyan, 17 from New Zeland, 87 Canadians and many more natioanlities represented.
On the Friday we flew out of Gatwick and landed at Bordeaux airport and was lucky to get straight onto the bus into Bordeaux centre so we could check into the Hotel. You can reach the city centre by taking the Nevette Shuttle 30’ direct which goes through to the train station (Gare de Bordeaux St Jean), however we went with the much cheaper option of taking the local bus (bus line 1) which is only €1.70 for a single ticket or €4.50 for an unlimited dayticket.
We stayed at the Ibis Bordeaux Centre Meriadeck as it is right in the centre of town and easy to get to everything. On the Médoc Marathon website there is the opportunity to book onto a shuttle bus that takes you to and from the expo, however we were too late an so got the train from Gare de Bordeaux St Jean out there to Pauillac instead, which was easy enough and about the same price of 21 euros. There is an option to pick up your race number on the day, but the expo is absolutely the best expo I have ever been to and so well worth going to the day before. I have never been to an expo before where there is wine tasting along the road to the entrance and a lot of other race stalls giving away wine, beer and cider along with the flyers, it was certainly setting the tone for the next day.