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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Marathon Weekend Away

Hello there - we have just had a weekend away.  We went to Brighton to support runners from the Isle of Wight running clubs who were running in the Brighton marathon.  We travelled down with friends on Saturday afternoon and booked into our hotel, Artist Residence in Regency Square (more about the hotel as you read on).

We met up with some friends on Saturday evening who had gone to Brighton the day before
 and of course we went for fish and chips because that is what
you do when you go to the seaside.
We said goodnight to our friends and headed back to our hotel
as they had a cocktail bar - so we had cocktails!!
The marathon was starting at 09.15 and we needed to find our viewing spot,
so up we got bright and early and set off to find somewhere for breakfast
Breakfast At Tiffany's
We found a nice quiet spot (well it was quiet until we got there)
It is Wednesday today and my voice still hasn't returned to me after the cheering.
Here comes the lead car and you can see hubby waving to it in the shadows


Then came the scooters, then came the Harley Davisons and then came the minis.
Some waving still going on in the shadows
Then came the runners
we spotted Bridget the other side of the road at the 3 mile mark
Off we went past the water drink station
We got to the 12 mile mark to watch some more of the run,
along came the Harley Owners Group who had taken part in the ride out.
They parked up and did some spectating whilst eating their sandwiches!
What magnificent machines these are - they are all shiny and spotless.
Here is Bridget at 26 miles with just a few yards to go.
This was her second marathon and she ran it 34 minutes
faster than her first.  She did brilliantly and says NEVER AGAIN!!
Here is another friend Steve - this marathon was his 128th yes
he ran it in 3 hrs 53 mins 58 secs
A M A Z I N G (and he will do more)
in fact -  he has entered already for next year and
there will be others before then!!
 Here is another of our friends Julie - she has 500 yards to go to the finish
how can she possibly be smiling like that after 26 miles of running
 for 4 hrs 24 mins 52 secs - another star!!
 When all of the runners were back that we had gone to support
we wandered down around the baggage area to find some of them
  these gorgeous balloons were on the marathon stall

Back along the seafront past Brighton Pier
On past the Grand Hotel

Past the Hilton

First Aid outside the Hilton for any runners who may need it
Back to our hotel - come and take a look inside
Up the stairs to our room
Lovely window on the landing
Bedroom doors on the way to our room which was room 9

This gorgeous wallpaper was in our room and this quirky little shelf
This lovely Roberts radio was on every time we went back into our room when
the room had been cleaned and tea/coffee/water etc had been restocked
A lovely welcoming touch
These two wallpapers were in the bathroom/shower/loo
The cistern
LOOK at the handles on the loo seat for putting up and down
A nut and bolt to turn the shower on
Numbered peg hooks to hang your towels on
View in the early morning with the sunshine reflecting off the window
Down for breakfast

Passing these on the way to the front door on our way out
Love love loved this hotel
Bye bye Brighton you were a great weekend
We will be back next year.
Good luck to all Isle of Wighters running the
London Marathon on Sunday next.
A quick stop at Chichester on our way home
Thanks for popping by
Xx Joy Xx
No crochet was done!!


  1. Thank you Joy ! I may change my mind and your photo is probably the best one of me xxx

    1. Ha ha I think you probably will - it's a great photo of you and well done on doing it xx

  2. Fabulous weekend Joy, great blog x

    1. It was great wasn't - see you for more of the same next year xx

  3. I loved the photo of the shadow waving, and your hotel looked amazing! I haven't been to Brighton for more years than I like to remember, when I visited a friend at university there and the accommodation certainly wasn't that good! Glad you had such a good time and such lovely weather! xx

  4. Thanks Christine - the whole weekend was fabulous and we have booked to go back again next year!! xx

  5. Wow what a cool quirky hotel you stayed in, glad you had a great time away xx

  6. Thanks Sarah - a very quirky hotel indeed and it was a lovely weekend away xx

  7. Pleased to read that you had such a good time! The hotel looks really quirky :) Huge well done to all the runners, fantastic job xxx