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Flo and Fleur complete the Florence Marathon

Well done to Flo and Fleur who completed the Florence Marathon raising funds for Brain Tumour Research – here’s their story.

We did it! When Flo and I turned up on Friday to collect our race numbers we were both pretty alarmed to see that there were 8,500 men running and only 1,500 women (similar to last year and a third of the women dropped out before the end!) and we were definitely the youngest by quite a long way. It was a lot more serious than we expected with almost everyone running for running clubs rather than charities. We only saw one group of people who were dressed up and they were a group of Japanese women in their wedding veils and tutus on a hen-do! We spotted them still trudging along the course hours after it had been closed (you were disqualified if you were doing it in more than 6 hours!)! We were also surprised to see one man running with a pushchair containing his surprisingly calm toddler and a couple of men running in bare feet for religious reasons.

Nerves were extremely high on the morning and walking up to the start line, past the Uffizi, in glorious Autumn sunshine we both were seriously contemplating what we had let ourselves in for. All the hugely tall and lean Italian men were giving us very bizarre looks as if to ask if we’d come to the wrong place! The race was a lot tougher than London – it wasn’t on the little cobbles luckily but quite a bit was on large uneven stones which were a lot harder on the joints than tarmac and much of the running was in narrow echoey streets. There were also a few old bridges over the Arno with steep inclines which were rather tricky! We had a large happy team of family supporters who managed to supply us with necessary nutrients at lots points around the course and who had a lovely morning striding around the Florentine streets.

We both are absolutely delighted with the results! Flo did it in an amazing 3 hours and 16 minutes coming in at 918th overall, 32nd woman, 5th UK woman and 6th in men’s and women’s under 35’s and I finished in 4 hours and 1 minute coming 4,252nd, 365th woman, 22nd UK woman and 16th in men’s and women’s under 35’s.

Money is still coming in but we are on about £2,000 now and are delighted to be raising for such an important cause and one so close to both of our hearts.

Fleur x

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