Happy Thursday 21/08/14
Barrel absolutely nailed his Midnight Man Half Ironman!!!!
Many of you know Barrel well , a veteran of many O2e ride, but for those who don’t, his story of courage commitment and living life sends such a powerful message. For Barrel to even contemplate such stupidity whilst thinking of others with so much trauma in his own life is simply incredible, selfless and totally inspiring. Barrel will not like the attention but his story needs to be told:
"As some of you know I was diagnosed with bowel cancer last July and after an operation the following day have undergone chemotherapy to try and stop the disease coming back. Unfortunately after my post chemo scans in April it was evident that the treatment hadn't worked as hoped and the cancer was back and had spread. I am currently having a different chemotherapy treatment, which I have had a fantastic reaction to, and the tumor sites have shrunk sufficiently for me to have another operation in September. My first bit of good news regarding my health in over 12 months!
After expecting the 'All clear' I have been gutted this year to have to have abandoned many of my planned events due to my treatment and side effects. However, one event I am hoping to do on 16th August, before my operation, is a half iron distance triathlon- The Dartford ‘Midnight Man ‘- which will be my last event for quite some time. This will obviously be subject to my health during the week building up to the race but for now, it's all going the right direction"
A big contingent of BRC and O2e supporters cheered Barrel on as he completed the course in approx 6 hours, finishing comfortably in the pack, with a very big smile on his face
Barrel quite simply ‘ Extraordinary ‘ mate!!!!!!
Good luck to Leah xx and her Normandy ride
This weekend. Leah will ride off the St Malo ferry on Saturday and follow the coast east to arrive on the Normandy Beaches on Sunday. D Day 70th anniversary was the initial reason for this journey but Big Kev has now given Leah an order to find a kebab shop and the best bar for his September ride!
Reminder for the best night of the year!!!!!!
Sat 15th Nov The Brewery-same details as previous £100 per ticket inc beer and wine-flyer to follow but taking bookings now-try and bring friends and family along and help celebrate another amazing year of O2e achievements-any auction/raffle items gratefully received…..
Many tks and best
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.
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
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