The race from Nice to Monaco along the Cote d’Azur coast has to be about the most scenic route possible. 16 Mel’s Milers completed the half marathon race on the day, with the other 3 in the group choosing to try it out a day early ! The sun shone, the vests came out, and the English winter weather was briefly forgotten. It seemed a shame to leave Monaco too soon so lunch was taken on a beach along the coast, with well-earned beers and some paddling in the sea. The new fashion in Monaco this season is lycra and bright orange race t-shirts !

Nice made a great place to stay for the long weekend, with opportunities to walk or cycle along the Promenade Anglais, a big choice of places to eat, even for a big group of hungry runners, and some good shopping. Let’s not mention the cocktails and champagne ! We wouldn’t want anyone to think we weren’t serious runners !