My fingers were firmly crossed as we began marathon 34 as my right knee has been giving me some nasty pain in what feels like the area behind the kneecap. I gingerly set off and was pleased to find I could run with only an occasional twinge! Hannah biked the hilly, early miles with me and I loved having someone to chat to on the road. Dave, a good friend from University days in Bristol, joined me later for much of the 42 km and we spurred each other on. Half way through the run Patrice jumped out from behind some trees, running kit on and joined us for several kilometres! He had hidden his car behind a farm house and surprised us all! It was a muggy day with a strong headwind although the rain held off. I was chuffed to complete the 26.2 miles with two super companions and Hannah greeting us all with a big smile at the end. We crammed into the car (3 people, 3 bikes and 3 tents!), drove ahead to the city of Reims, had a quick shower and went to see Dave off as he had to return to London today. Reims is the capital of the Champagne region and Dave treated us to a glass of bubbly before cycling to the station. He has brought much to our adventure in the last week and his companionship on the road and his fun-loving spirit will be greatly missed by Hannah and I.