- 1989: the Sails of Freedom, commemorating the French Revolution;
- 1994: The Liberty Armada, for the 50th anniversary of D Day;
- 1999: The Armada of the Century;
- 2003: Armada Rouen 2003;
- 2008: Armada Rouen 2008.
On Sunday, I was able to run 25 kilometers in the Forêt Verte in Bois Guillaume, before joining the groom and the bride, their family and friends for a golf game (don't ask for my score, I just play golf once a year...).
Monday was off, from a running perspective with the visit of the Armada in the morning and a tour in Rouen with Greg.
I then ran twice Les Balcons de Rouen, a great 50K course around the North part of Rouen, Rive Droite. This is the course I discovered with Annick, Laurent, Phil and Stéphane in January for what I called a French Fat Ass. With this rainy beginning of July, the trails were almost as muddy as in January. The big differences with our winter run were (1) the leaves on the trees and (2) the crowd on the docks, downtown Rouen, along the large ships. 4h45 and 4h38 instead the 7+ hours of our social run in January.
If you have the opportunity to visit this part of Normandy, make sure to download the itinerary on your Garmin GPS watch (from Google Earth or Google Maps). Some turns and village crossings are tricky, but the loop is really worth, with great views over this city, the city of one hundred bell towers.
More later this week from Granville and the Mont Saint Michel (Mount Saint Michael)...