Albi plus the Tarn Valley - fabulous! (about: 2008)|
Liz Fowler from Cambridge, England (4/28/08)
4-5 previous marathons
| 1 Marathon d'Albi
A comeback marathon after an injury, and I wasn't disappointed. Very well organized - both before and after - with a two-lap finish at the Albi Sports Stadium that makes it all worthwhile. There are just two things I would say: firstly, refreshments are every 5K, but not a sports drink in sight - just water, oranges, orange juice, cake and dried fruits. Secondly, the out-and-back along the Tarn Valley is very beautiful, but feels long, with very few turns, some drawn out gradients and not much in the way of shade. At 25 degrees, reaching the tunnel near the turning point was a huge and welcoming, cool relief. Crowds are a bit sparse outside of Albi, but they make up for it in enthusiasm. Would certainly keep it in my diary as a possible spring marathon for the future.