With a weather forecast predicting temperature of 30 degrees Celsius and cloudless skies, we struggled out of bed early to avoid the heat. I feared the worse as we had breakfast because I suspect my right cruciate ligament has been aggravated and I was experiencing shooting pains through my leg just walking down our hostel stairs! With heavy strapping I began to walk the first mile and eventually managed a gentle jog. To my amazement the knee seemed to settle down and just kept the legs moving. Despite the rapidly climbing temperatures we reached Reims in 4-and-a-half-hours and returned to the hostel for a much needed siesta. Despite my fears of the knee injury worsening today, it’s sometimes remarkable how the body adapts and you can somehow carry on. With only (!) 10 marathons to journey’s end in Trafalgar Square I really hope I can hold it together and make it in one piece!