The first of a series organised mountainbike marathons in Germany is held annually in May in Kellerwald, North of Frankfurt. This race was advertised as 114km and 3000m of vertical, but someone has seriously miscalculated. Both Andy and I ditched after 100kms and 2300m, realising that we were knackered and at least 30kms from the finish. Here's the story as told by Andy:I ran out of steam, along with Gavin, at the 100 km mark. This would not have been bad, as we all know that the last hill is ALWAYS possible, if the race had actually been the 114km advertised. But, they had moved the goal posts and it became 132km. Bit of a bummer, but I was always going to be pushing it for the 114 km. For Gavin and myself it was simply not enough miles under the belt this year to do the whole thing, but we have learnt a bit about pace, drinking, eating, etc. And Gavin WILL keep mentioning that he ran the London marathon the weekend before, as if that makes a difference to the price of bread ! And what of the others? After 40 km or so, Susanne asked some guy the way and got misdirected. It turned out to be a short cut of one hill, missing a hard 12 km & 350m from her half marathon. She finished before the rest of us, with bags of energy in reserve. Thinking she'd done the half marathon she was surprised to see Andy, Gavin & Simon passing by later, as we started our second laps - it certainly gave us lads a scare when we arrived at the end of our first lap to see her standing there changed, smiling and fresh as a daisy cheering us on! Chris managed to complete the half marathon without any slip ups, which is pretty impressive for someone who rides only once or twice a week. A big well done. Next time you can do the full marathon!