After a much-needed cuppa and a bowl of cereal, we quietly downed the tent and set off on marathon 19. The sunrise revealed views right across Lago di Lugano and the cloud cleared gradually from the mountains which surround the lake. The first hour was cool (20 degrees Celsius) and the road actually crossed the lake and wound up and down to the city of Lugano. The views of the mountains were unforgettable but I do wonder how exactly I will find the strength to traverse the Alps; my legs are now extremely stiff and I have grown used to running with various deep aches and pains! One day it’s my lower calf and upper quadriceps, the next my hip joint and the inside of my knee – each different part of my legs seems to be complaining by turn… We finished the run in Belizona, an historic city which has three splendid castles. After a steep climb and a lengthy descent (90 minutes) we entered a huge valley and pitched up on a riverside campsite. At 6 pm Hannah’s Mum and Dad, Lesley and Keith, arrived from the UK. They have spent two days on the road to get here and have brought us plenty of goodies including bacon (with a white sliced loaf…), Boddingtons and a new supply of ibuprofen tablets! We headed out to the town for the evening and enjoyed catching up with news from home over a great meal. The first of August is a national holiday in Switzerland and we joined the locals in the main square for a concert and firework display. The castle which overlooks the Belizona was lit up dramatically and with ice-creams and tired smiles we eventually slept under canvas after a night that will live long in the memory!