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Marathon Madness

For all you marathon runners out there, Sarah, Manager of Majestic Yeovil will be representing Mighty Majestic in this year’s Marathon du Médoc in Bordeaux…

Chateau in BordeauxIt has been remarked upon in the past that I have a tendency not to look before I leap or to think before I speak. Usually this just ends with me looking a little silly or doing something I wasn’t really quite prepared for! This time however I may have bitten off more than I can chew.

A couple of weeks ago the majestic staff were given the opportunity to sign up to gain a place to run the Marathon du Médoc for the Majestic Charity of the year, Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres. A marathon I thought?…great, where do I sign? So I put my name down and promptly forgot about it. Today the names of the 10 lucky runners were released and guess who is on it…that’s right, me!

The Marathon du Médoc is a marathon for wine lovers, which takes place every September around the vineyards of the Médoc. The 26.3 mile race attracts crowds from around the world and is a great opportunity to see some of the region’s most famous Chateaux. There are also numerous food and drink stalls along the way and after the race. The organisers encourage participants to race in fancy-dress and this year the theme is ‘Animals’. I shall update my progress weekly on our web page over the next three months and if you have any suggestions about the animal you think I should dress up and run as I will be keeping all your ideas and the best costume idea may well appear at the race!

For now I shall leave you with my top three wines that I would be drinking if I wasn’t running a marathon:

Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2010

I was lucky enough to attend a tasting, showcasing the wines of Nautilus recently and the Sauvignon blanc really stood out for me. This is a classic example of the brilliant levels of quality achieved in the Marlborough region, renowned since 1983 as the New Zealand heartland for the Sauvignon grape. Ripe and zesty with an exquisite bouquet of fresh gooseberries and passion fruit, a textured, fresh palate and a long mouth-watering lime finish.


Côtes de Provence, Sainte Victoire 2010

Provence rosés are perfect when the sun comes out and this is no exception! Bright salmon pink; typical of the fresh but warm Provence style. Refined and complex on the nose, with summer fruit and floral notes. Dry and crisp, with a delicate flavour and full texture. Enjoy with poultry in delicately flavoured sauces, or with lightly spicy dishes.


Côtes-du-Rhône Belleruche 2009

A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish. This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years and will superbly partner most rich meat dishes. Right time for me to hit the gym…….

Animal suggestions can be tweeted to @majesticyeovil You can also visit our store web page www.majestic.co.uk/yeovil

  • Ben Hughes

    Hi Sarah, great blog, I’ve also got a place on the marathon! Good luck with your training, I hope it’s going well. I went out for a long run yesterday and feeling it a bit today. Great choice of wines, the Sainte Victoire is also one of my favourites.
    All the best
    Ben (from the Bristol store)

  • http://www.maggiescentres.org Maggie’s Centre

    Hi Sarah and Ben,

    On behalf of everyone at Maggie’s and the people who visit our centres, thank you so much to you and the rest of the team of runners from Majestic for taking on such a great challenge. Good luck with the training and your search for a costume.

    We all look forward to hearing more about your training progress!