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.