Marathon Where You Drink Wine And Eat Cheese Along The Way Is Back

Let's face it, no one likes running. It's hard, it's boring... there are just better ways to spend your time.

If this sounds like something you'd say, hold on one cotton-picking minute, as we might have found the solution for you - I give you the wine and cheese marathon.

Historically, marathons are among the most grueling of all endurance events, but the Marathon du Medoc in France offers runners the chance to gorge on as much vin et fromage as they want.

The route takes participants through a plethora of picturesque vineyards and estates - with a castle or two thrown in for good measure (it's France, after all).

The marathon gives runners the opportunity to taste some of the region's produce. Credit: PA
The marathon gives runners the opportunity to taste some of the region's produce. Credit: PA

But as well as the standard water stations to keep runners hydrated, participants can also stop off at the occasional stall to indulge in some wine tasting sessions and cheese sampling.

And in the unlikely event that neither of these take your fancy, you can also tuck into some local ice creams, grapes and even oysters.

Though it may differ in many ways from the traditional marathon, there is one factor you may recognise: fancy dress.

Every year, thousands set off in their best costumes - whether it's bottles of wine, vikings or even aliens, it's an eclectic mix of characters, with the best dressed receiving a prize.

The winners of the race are awarded their weight in wine. Credit: PA
The winners of the race are awarded their weight in wine. Credit: PA

Runners are given six and a half hours to complete the course, which organisers say is more than enough time for even amateur runners to enjoy the scenery, as well as a glass or two.

Though it may sound like a bit of a laugh - it really does - you should remember that it's still a marathon at the end of the day - that's 26.2 miles, so probably wise to take it easy with the booze if you want to make it over the finish line.

Prizes are also handed out for the best fancy dress. Credit: PA
Prizes are also handed out for the best fancy dress. Credit: PA

And it's not all about the alcohol. Set in the south-west of the country, it's the perfect opportunity for participants to enjoy the incredible views, discover some historic sites, and even enjoy some live music from bands who perform during the race.

The winners in both the male and female categories are awarded their weight in Medoc wines, while the first three in each category will also receive a case of fine wine.

The race takes place on 7 September - for more information, click here.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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