The marathon today was exceptionally tough! The road was undulating and the weather relatively mild but my knee pain made the run a real battle of attrition. Normally after a creaky start I get in the swing of things and can keep the miles ticking over. Today, however, I felt as though I could not put any weight down on my right leg and I briefly feared that I had reached ‘the end of the road’ on the run home from Rome. It is one thing to get through the day’s marathon but quite another thing to be able to run again the next day and the next week… We had to make a decision about whether to abandon the run and return to Arras to rest for the day. I gave it one more try and after some hobbling along I warmed up enough to sustain a slow but steady pace. 5 hours and 30 minutes later I made it to the end, Hannah cheering me on and supporting me all the way. It’s almost more of a mental battle in these situations – when it hurts more than you thought possible and you know there are still 20-miles to go you just have to take it step by step and dig in. I was elated to finish today as it took a bit of grit and stubbornness to get through the distance. We know that a rest-day is now overdue and, with a day recouping in Arras, we hope that completing the final 5 marathons will be an achievable goal. Only time will tell.