I had high hopes that the leg would be a little better today after managing to run 95 percent of yesterday’s marathon (the uphill parts!). I felt good until the 15 mile mark with cool mountain air and great views. Then the dreaded shooting pain in the quadriceps began in earnest again, reducing me to a hobble. It seems that the downhill sections are the problem for the injury and we came from a mountain pass at 968 meters today to the city of Bologna which is a little above sea-level. I felt better in the flat sections but these were few and far between today – most of the route was winding downhill quite steeply. On a positive note, we have completed 10 days and 262 miles since we set out from Rome. The terrain ahead appears on the map to be flatter and we will see how things go now the Apennines are behind us. Thanks for all the messages and sponsorship donations, they really are keeping us going!