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A DERWENT Val­ley cou­ple have de­fied the odds to siz­zle over one of the won­ders of the world at a marathon in China.

Keen run­ners Wayne and Renee Tren­gove, of Rosegar­land, over­came sear­ing heat to com­plete the Great Wall Marathon in China ear­lier this year.

Mr Tren­gove said the cou­ple had wanted to run in the New York City Marathon for his wife’s 40th birthday, but were un­able to make the dates work.

They had read rave re­views about the Great Wall Marathon, and lined up with about 2000 other run­ners in May to start the race, which was run over parts of the wall as well as through sev­eral towns.

Mr Tren­gove loved the at­mos­phere.

“The Chi­nese com­mu­ni­ties re­ally get into it, and their chil­dren are there cheer­ing you on, they’re high-fiv­ing you ev­ery­where, it’s quite a cool run,” he said.

That was the only cool as­pect of the race, though, with soar­ing tem­per­a­tures forc­ing the ex­pe­ri­enced run­ning pair to work even harder than usual.

“[We’ve done] some re­ally hard runs that were harder runs than the Great Wall, but re­ally over there it’s a whole dif­fer­ent cli­mate, and the cli­mate beat us up a lit­tle bit re­ally,” Mr Tren­gove said.

“For months and months the long-range fore­cast just kept say­ing 20C, 22C, and then when we were there all of a sud­den it got up around 40C. It was quite funny, be­cause it was that hot that ev­ery drink sta­tion I went past, I grabbed a bot­tle to drink and a bot­tle to tip over my­self.”

The Tren­goves fin­ished the race in about six hours, slower than they nor­mally run, but just happy to get to the end as a lot of run­ners didn’t make it.

Mr Tren­gove said he would love to do it again, just not in the same heat.

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