Our tent was packed in the car swiftly this morning and we set off to the start point at 7 am. Fortunately it remained a cloudy day today and this made the running easier. The road we followed was very straight, pretty hilly and full of fast-moving lorries. At times I had to jump onto the verge to avoid the trucks and the wind they create as they speed by is ferocious! It was tough to look a few miles ahead and see the hills I’d be working my way up…My right knee continues to misbehave. Unlike the muscle pain I experienced in Italy, this niggle does not feel like it will go away very quickly. I am coming to terms with the possibility that I’ll be nursing the injury for the remainder of the journey. The prospect of running 200 or so miles in pain fills me with dread and we’ll have to see just how things unfold! Whilst I certainly do not want to risk long term knee damage, it would be a crying shame to stop now with Calais a mere 5 marathons away! I kept the legs going today and hung in there to finish in 5 hours. Hannah kept me going with snacks and water and after finishing and stretching my leg muscles we drove ahead to a campsite in Peronne. Having run past several WW1 memorial cemeteries so far we were keen to visit the Great War museum in the town. Much of the brutal trench warfare of the Battle of the Somme took place in this part of France and the figures of the death toll are simply horrendous: there were in excess of 1 million casualties and it was one of the bloodiest military operations ever recorded.