We enjoyed our stay in Reims, eating out in the main street and visiting a couple of Champagne caves. We left the town in humid drizzle and I set out on the run with a sense of trepidation, wondering whether my sore knee would hold out. Initially I felt well and truly ‘seized up’ and it wasn’t until the 1-hour mark that I began to limber up. Hannah continues to support me magnificently; she really is amazing! Despite the early starts, Hannah manages to navigate us through France, keep me hydrated and fed whilst on-the-run and take tons of lovely photos and video clips. She has so many super qualities and I am very, very fortunate to receive her terrific support over the summer. It’s safe to say that Hannah will be choosing the destination and nature of our travels next summer!! A key factor in the marathon today was the heat; the rain clouds cleared rapidly at the 10-mile mark and the heat arrived with a vengeance. Memories of Rome in mid-July came flooding back as I huffed and puffed up a big hill! I have been running at around 125 beats per minute of late but my heart rate reached 155 in the humidity today. With an aching knee and sweating from head to toe I really had to persevere for the last 8 miles or so and I was glad to finish the run not long before 1 pm. We have pitched up on the ‘Camping Municipal’ in the town of Laon and, perhaps due to the (relative!) proximity to Calais, there are a few Brits here. We have shared our tales of blisters, mountain roads and the characters we have met along the way and it’s nice to hear some familiar British tones. We hope the riots and looting that people have mentioned remain under control!