Day 177 Mile 177: Grand Prix Run

2017-06-26 11.08.31Day 177 Mile 177: Grand Prix Run. On this day 111 years ago the first official Grand Prix was run, and thus was the precursor to Formula 1 as we know it was born. The French Grand Prix originated from the Gordon Bennett races, established by American millionaire in 1900, and comprised of closed road racing of unregulated cars and covered 64.1 miles over the course of two days on mixed surface roads.

So in order to commemorate this I did 6 laps around the park (basically hill reps) to commemorate the 6 laps of the first day of racing.

1906_French_Grand_Prix_Szisz.jpgFerenc Szisz (Renault) the winner of the Grand Prix,
ahead of the Hotchkiss of Elliott Shepard

The original 1906 course ran in a closed loop from Le Mans to La Ferté-Bernard via Saint-Calais and in a pleasing piece of serendipity the route mirrors this triangle, albeit with a hill up the short side of the shape.

Although the run itself, being essentially hill reps, had the potential to be deeply unpleasant it was none the less improved by the surroundings. The triangle looped through parkland, along the side of an escarpment populated by vocal blackbirds, and slightly confused walkers. The dappled shade of the trees when thrown across the grass, was punctuated by the supernovae of dandelions standing stark in the variegated light against the backdrop of grass and daises.

The last loop felt very hard though, and sadly no 45,000 Franc prize at the end!

I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.

Distance: 1844.9 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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Thanks as ever for all the support!


There really could only be one earworm for today, skip it to exactly 3 mins though though if you must! 🙂


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