Have to start with some very sad news.
It is with great sadness that I pass on the news of Sian Lim’s tragic and untimely death in a freak riding accident. Sian, pictured here on the right, took part in the O2e Cork to Galway O2e ride in 2008 along with several other colleagues (as those of you on the ride might remember). He was cycling in Richmond Park on Sunday morning when his front wheel skidded on lose gravel washed on to the road by heavy rainfall. Despite wearing a helmet he sustained severe head injuries and was pronounced dead later the same day. Sian was a popular and respected colleague, a very capable and safe rider and a lovely person all round. He leaves a wife and two young children and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this distressing time.
Difficult to follow on from that……..
Many congrats to Leah and her Normandy Cycle Challenge last weekend-
A couple of long but glorious days on Sat and Sun and rain, rain and more rain on Mon. Brilliant trip, great memories….big hugs xxx
DD’s Angel’s did the bizzo and DD writes:
What were you doing from 7pm on Saturday to 7.07pm on Sunday? Well our very own Ann Brimelow was swimming the 60 miles around the Isle of Wight along with three other ladies in a relay event for O2e. One hour in the water followed by three hours out; repeat 7 times in a 24 hour period. an amazing, immense achievement, particularly when you know that Ann has long since started collecting her pension. At 67 she is an inspiration to many....
The swim started at 7 pm from St Helens on the Eastern side of the Island. The girls swam anti=clockwise and made great progress, getting to The Needles on the far western side of the Island by 3am. Swimming through the eye of the needles in the dark was an amazing experience, scary enough on a kayak but even more scary for the swimmers. The second half of the swim was much harder, with adverse currents around Ventnor and Bembridge which meant for 3 hours the swimmers did no better than merely stand still, with currents "all over the place but always in your face", white manes and eddies. At one point one of the swimmers got caught in an eddy for 20 minutes and only managed to escape by swimming under a groyn. This was very frustrating, but there was not a single moan or moment of self-doubt from the girls. The morning light also allowed the swimmers to see the vast distances ahead, which seemed to take ages to peg back. But slowly and steadily the headlands came and went and spirits rose as the end came closer. Just past 7pm on the Sunday evening, 24hours after the start, the girls reached the finishing point and the celebrations began! Our girl Ann did brilliantly, never any doubt that she and the team would achieve this challenge despite the hairy conditions at times.
Very well done!An absolutely incredible challenge and many congrats to young Ann and her team-certainly Extraordinary in every way……
Mrs Naughty Nira is off this weekend on her ‘Cambridge Punt’
Nira and her team, so far, DD, Barry, Daniel, Iona & husband and Sam will be joining Mrs N and she would love more company if you are free-see flyer
Think Barry is in charge of navigation so should be no problems there then……………………… ‘ Excusez-moi monsieur, ou est…………………’
Best of luck and safe riding
Thank you for all your support and again our thoughts are with Sian’s family
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