55.19km â€“ 7 H03â€™
Altitude : 65m
After a very welcome late rising, Serge takes to the road accompanied by Jean-FranÃ§ois and Christian, and then the encounters start: StÃ©phane, a friend of Michelâ€™s, MichÃ¨le of the Cap Melgueil Club and Fabrice of the SommiÃ¨res Athletics Club.
At Lansargues, Emmanuel Fontaine, a teacher and runner member of the French 24 Hour Team, comes to greet Serge with his students. It was a stimulating meeting with children who had lots of questions and Serge was happy to take the time. Anne-CÃ©cile, the wife of Emmanuel is the 2009 World Champion for 24 hours, with 243.644 km: This gives food for thought!
In the afternoon , two runners from Nimes : David, who came with a chocolate cake and a bottle of Champagne, before taking to the road, and Jose, who follows us every day via the website.
At 4 :30, a little ahead of schedule for the arrival in Milhaud, Serge has a real surprise visit: that of his brother, Jean-Claude, who came all the way from the ArdÃ¨che department with his wife, RenÃ©e and his daughter, Patricia. Serge canâ€™t get over it because it was a well-kept secret. What happiness to see his family at the roadside. It was a magic moment.
The CJD team from Nimes is active. Jean-Michel and Pierre are there at 3:15 to put final touches on the finish with the municipal employees. Everything is ready and itâ€™s a pleasure to see that everything works smoothly. Then Jean-Michel goes toward Milhaud with Sylvain, another young director who will run the last 7 km. The procession of some ten runners has an escort of three motorcycle police to ensure safety.
Special thanks go to Jean-Michel of UFF, who has been following Serge for 3 days with his teams. In addition to running the end of the stage yesterday, he was part of the success of the past two days.
Jean-FranÃ§ois, who ran the entire stages yesterday and today, will join us on Sunday between Aix and Marseille.
Itâ€™s a tale of runners, you will say, where there is only question of the race and runners, in the south with a beautiful blue sky, pleasant temperatures and sunshine all day long. Itâ€™s a magnificent site for a beautiful finish: the amphitheater of NÃ®mes, which dates back to the 1st century and was transformed into an arena in the XIX century. This edifice is a classed historic monument but it is not a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
Tomorrow: Departure at 8H30â€™ from the Arena -Beaucaire â€“ Saint RÃ©my de Provence â€“ Cavaillon and why not a short detour by the Baux de Provence
Town : NÃ®mes (Gard)
GPS : N43.83482Â° W004.36146Â°