Whilst sister Hannah was targeting a half-marathon PB on British soil this weekend, brother Chris Dupain had travelled to Köln (Cologne) in Germany to take part in the Rhein Energie Marathon Köln to try and chip some time from his marathon PB.
His previous PB stood around the 3h50 mark and with a 1h28 half-marathon under his belt from earlier in the year, Chris certainly seemed to be capable of giving a sub 3h50 marathon a more than serious attempt. However, the marathon is not his preferred distance and at double the length of a half, anything can happen on the day, especially in those last 6 miles. On this occasion he crossed the finish line just outside of his PB in 3:54:06, giving him 1866th place overall in this race which attracts around 10'000 participants each year, making it Germany's third most popular marathon after Berlin and Hamburg.
So although Chris didn't quite manage a PB on this occasion, he can be justifiably pleased with a sub 4h time and he enjoyed the views on this attractive course which take runners along the banks of the Rhein and entreat them to some lovely views of the city's iconic gothic cathedral: the third tallest in the world!