Thank you so much to everyone who sponsored my crazy challenge on behalf of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation. With a contribution from my employer, Sony Europe, and the Gift Aid that the charity can claim on most of our donations, we have raised well over £1000. I have posted photos and video of the challenge for your amusement! 🙂
Thanks to the hospitality and support of the Witt family, I had a fantastic day on the River Thames. I’ll describe the experience in more detail shortly, but here’s a few photos that offer a glimpse of the day. Thank you so much everyone who has sponsored me – the total has already reached a fantastic £600.
Thank you so much to everyone who has already sponsored me in aid of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation. I’m very disappointed to say that the river conditions mean we’re unlikely to be able to go ahead tomorrow. If so, we’ll try again for Sunday, but if things haven’t improved, the challenge will be postponed until next month.
Earlier this year, I had to call on the services of mountain rescue.
I love the Emsworth-Basingstoke Relay. It’s 70 km of all the terrain Hampshire can throw at you, right from the coast to within half-a-lunchtime-jog of the Sony office. It’s fab.
Result: 7th team / 20
I’ve done a duathlon and two triathlons so far this year, and this morning (after getting up at 04:45, ouch) did my first open water long swim in many years (I’ve only ever used my wetsuit once before!!) at the Eastleigh lake. Swam for about an hour and managed well over 2 miles. It was murkier but not as cold as I was expecting.
This weekend I’m doing the Emsworth-Basingstoke relay (http://www.emsworthrelay.org.uk/) in aid of Alzheimer’s Society. Unfortunately my team has carelessly lost 3 runners (through marathon fatigue, injury, and a surgery brought forward at late notice, respectively) and we’ve only found one replacement, which means the remaining guys are going to have to run nearly 12 miles each, in 4 or 5 short bursts of 2-4 miles with unpleasant opportunities for legs to seize up in between.
I haven’t been and recce’d any of the relay legs this year, but those who have report the last month of rain has left much of the route under 6″ of mud. It’s not going to be pretty…
If you would like to sponsor us in aid of Alzheimer’s Society, it’s http://www.justgiving.com/SonyEmsworthBasingstoke2012. Thank you!
After that, I’m vaguely thinking about having a go at a tri with an open water swim (hence the swim this morning), and maybe stepping up to Olympic distance (this being Olympic year and all), maybe at the Bournemouth International race on 8 July. Not sure I can manage enough training but we’ll see.