We are at the ten kilometre mark of the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon on Dallas Road and on our left is the Ross Bay Cemetery. Dating from 1873, this 27.5 acre site is the burial site for many of B.C.’s Premiers as well as notable Victorians. Have a look around this impressive cemetery and you will find, amongst many others Premiers Robert Beaven (1836-1920), James Dunsmuir (1851-1920) and Sir Richard McBride (1870-1917), as well as B.C.’s first Governor General Sir James Douglas (1803-1877) and the famed local artist Emily Carr (1871-1945). Up the hill we will reach Hollywood Crescent which runs between some quaint, heritage style homes with glimpses of the ocean to our right. At the Ross Street/Robertson Street and Hollywood Crescent intersection we have Gonzales Bay on our right. Originally called Foul Bay, the area was named after the Spanish explorer Gonzalo Lopez de Haro, ?rst mate of the Spanish ship, Princesa Real, who helped chart the waters around Vancouver Island in 1790. Turning right on Crescent Road, left on Irving Road we reach Fairfield. If we were to turn right up Fairfield Road, beyond the Foul Bay intersection we would see Abkhazi Garden, the heritage home and garden founded by the Georgian Prince and Princess Abkhazi, and now owned by the Land Conservancy of B.C. Instead we turn left on to Fairfield Road, right on Richmond Avenue and right again on to Richardson Street. Some famous residences abound in this area including the Government House, the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, as well as Craigdarroch Castle, former home of the Dunsmuir family, and now a designated National Historic Site of Canada. We are now approaching where the Half Marathon splits from the Marathon route at Cowichan Street and Richardson at 13-kilometres. Crossing Foul Bay Road to McNeill Avenue, we enter the District of Oak Bay. Known for its charming neighbourhoods with a British atmosphere, the area contains some pleasant walking trails like the Centennial Trail we pass on Hampshire Road and Brighton Avenue, and some very prestigious properties in the Uplands area, which we will see later on in our journey. Oak Bay Village is on our route and as we turn right into the avenue we see an eclectic mix of cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops. Oak Bay Avenue has retained its character and is a popular destination for Victorians and visitors. Turning off the avenue on to Monterey Avenue we head south, reaching Beach Drive at McNeill Bay at approximately 16.5 kilometres. Named after Captain William Henry McNeill, master of the Hudson’s Bay steamer, SS Beaver, a plaque marks the date that Sir James Douglas anchored here on March 14, 1843 while scouting out Fort Victoria. This seems a suitable point to take a break on our marathon journey.