Happy Friday 15/08/14
A big year for Richard was rounded off in style with a long distance swim in the Thames last weekend. 6,400 strokes, 4000 calories and 14km later, Dicky completed this mega distance in 3 hours and 31 minutes. Massive effort and fantastic fundraising all year.
Nocturnal Phil 'Barrel' Whitehead is doing the Midnight Man half ironman on Saturday night for o2e. Good luck Phil, don't forget your lights and head torch and give yourself a lie in in Sunday!
Another very chunky swim challenge.... Wow!
Ann Brimelow, of Tooting Lido fame, is heading to the Isle of Wight. Not for a weeks camping but to swim round it - all 60 miles of it!! This is longer than a double channel crossing.
Our relay team is made up of four swimmers: Pauline, Kate, Heather and myself, plus our friend, Chris, who should have been swimming with us but has just undergone some emergency major surgery. She is now leading our support team.
Although a regular open water swimmer for the last 10 years or so, this is the toughest challenge I have attempted and am under no illusion of how hard it will be. We will swim for an hour each for up to 24 hours. It is not only the distance that will cause us problems (approximately 56 miles): swimming at night, at times against the strong tide, and keeping warm in cold water, will all add to the challenge.
I have been training for this event for nearly a year: sometimes indoors but mostly outdoors, sometimes in heated pools, but mostly in Tooting Bec unheated lido, swimming up to 15K a week. Swimming has taken over my life: it has been tough at times, wonderful at other times - all the while understanding that actually achieving our aim will depend on the weather.
Between August and September 2014, we have two possible tidal windows. In order to prepare for this adventure we are visiting the island regularly, swimming sections and developing our knowledge of the route and tidal flows around the island. We recently completed a 2 hour night swim off Portsmouth to practise swimming in the dark.
Extraordinary commitment and good luck for the biggest test of your swimming career, Ann et al.
Big thanks from all at O2e to everyone attempting a challenge this weekend. You have the full support of the O2e faithful!
In other news...
BRCC get everywhere - images of the famous yellow and blue jerseys could be seen on the Beeb last Sunday crossing the Finish line at the London 100. Congrats to all took part! Where is the finish line 'Skellfie'?
In the words of the permanently holidaying and absent Slatts;
Top drawer McGinty. Have a great weekend one and all.
PS. Slatts sent me a snap from his holiday. He was not happy about riding in the back!!
Happy Friday 01/08/14
Well done to young Finn and his Viking Icelandic Challenge.
The Golden Circle was the template for the route which took in many of the famous and absolutely stunning natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.
Iceland has a population of just 300,000 and most of them live in the capital Reykjavik so once outside, towns and people are a very rare sight.
The days were spent ticking off the mileage with long empty tarmac and gravel roads but the constant 360’ scenery definitely won the mind games.
5 incredible days… 400km… lifetime memories….wind, sun, wind, rain, wind and wind-parts of last day were so strong that walking was the only option with 50mph gusts.
Finn top geyser!! xx
O2e hits the Olympic Velodrome and Ollie writes:
Last Sunday saw the O2e cycling faithful get a taste of some track cycling at the fantastic Olympic Velodrome.
Most of the gang were track cycling virgins and getting used to a bike with a fixed gear and no brakes was pretty daunting. The instructors were brilliant and a blend of O2e & Beckenham Rugby Cycling club jerseys could be seen flying round the famous track in no time.
The sheer angle of the track in the corners has to be seen to be believed and it takes a lot of work to stay up there once you’ve entered the bend. It’s a truly exhilarating cycling experience that has to be on every cyclists’ bucket list.
Big thanks to Sophie and Skells for bringing it all together!
Many thanks also to Brett and Ollie and an amazing experience had by all-top drawer!!
Don’t forget Linda from O’Neill’s in Beckenham has organised a music festival this weekend in aid of O2e-if you get a chance pop in for a pint-don’t forget to wear your O2e colours! Many thanks again Linda for your kind support. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
Many thanks as always for your continued support-
WE ARE MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Whilst in Iceland with Finn Slatts ran into a long lost cousin
Busy O2E Time!! 23/07/14
The write up you have been waiting for from Timbo and Sponge-an absolute monster of an adventure in every way-huge tks and congratulations to you both with a staggering amount of money raised. Laurel and Hardy write:
Vancouver to Mexico - The Numbers.
We've been back just over a week now (and not been on a bike since!!!) - and the ride already seems a life time ago! (although drinking gallons of Coors Light and eating Cobb salads and burgers daily to keep a little flavour of the states going). But all the aches and pains and memories of the tough days have faded, (bar the one enormous climb - which will haunt us forever). Leaving just the memories of how amazing the whole adventure was. Very difficult settling back into old routines! So probably need to start planning that around the world ride??? But in the meantime, thought you might like to see some
Well Timbo and Sponge have finished their epic 2000 mile adventure bang on time on Timbo’s 50th birthday!!!!!
This is without doubt the most remarkable O2e Challenge yet and a journey filled with lifetime memories.
Will get a full write up from the boys when they return and sure they are enjoying a couple of cold beers and reminiscing the journey as we speak.
Not only have Timbo and Sponge completed a huge physical challenge they have raised over £10,000 for O2e in the process!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!