So there we have it, after weeks and months of training, travelling across the UK collecting parts or training at new locations, it all came together on August 19th.
It was early Saturday morning, and Dad had loaded up the bikes and strapped the Kayak, mum had made our picnic for the day, and loaded up the remaining essentials. By 8:15 we were on the road.
We arrived at Dorney Lake at 9:30. There was much going on. We unloaded some of our kit, and went to pitch our gazebo, set our base, and await our supporting entourage-34 of us in total !!
We just went to set off towards mission headquarters, and Dad put his Superpowers to the test straight away. We had just walked away from our gazebo, when a sudden gust of wind sent it skywards and then heading down the road towards us. Dad jumped in front of it like something from a movie, stopping it in its tracks
We eventually got to mission HQ to register for our races. This is where we amazingly bumped into Brooke ( my teammate ) for the first time ever. She spotted us in our supporters shirts and introduced herself and her family. We spoke about the upcoming race, and what we needed to do. We said we’d meet her at he transition zone for 12:00 to have our photos taken along with the other celebrity teams.
The transition zone was extremely busy. We really wasn’t sure what we were meant to be doing, so we winged it a bit and followed the crowd. We met Jamie (Aurora Media) and he wanted to do a pre-race interview with Iwan Thomas (Olympic Sprinter/TV sports presenter) explaining that Adam Hills couldn’t make it, and to find out how we were going to attack the race.
Brooke decided at the last minute that she would take on the running stage, as well as competing in the swim. She was a real superhero for our team, she was great!
Brooke eventually set off in the swim with all the other competitors. It was impossible to tell where she was in the water, as everyone looked the same. We eagerly waited with her mum, ready for me to set off once she had handed over the timing chip.
She eventually made it, she had done well, we were placed about mid way in the race order. I set off through the transition zone in hot pursuit of #TeamLiz (Liz Johnson, Paralympic swimmer) who was just ahead of me. She was encouraging me and Dad to keep up with her right up past the Olympic suite, just over the bridge, where she suddenly put on the afterburners and was gone!
The ride was difficult. The wind was so strong blowing against us. It seemed a long way, and against the wind it made it tiring to get up and over the small bridges. We eventually hit halfway and turned around for the return. We could hear our supporters cheering us on from the other side of the lake, and gave them a wave hoping they could see us.
We dropped back into the transition zone where Brooke was waiting to take the chip, and head off on the 1Km run.
We quickly parked up our bikes, and ran around to the finish line, hoping to be there to see Brooke cross the line. We were just in time. We got ushered through to run the last 15m or so across the line as #TeamAdam. – It was brilliant! Everyone was cheering us on. We crossed the line and was awarded our medals. Jamie and Iwan were there to grab a quick interview with us to find out how we got on. I loved it!!
We were congratulated by everyone, and managed to get a team picture together.
I personally want to thank all the Superhero Team, for giving me the opportunity to take part in this event. I have never been able to take part in something like this, and i’m sure this is just the beginning for me. It was fantastic to get to spend some time with Adam Hills, and also the chance to get up close and compete with the other teams and their captains. Myself and my family have thoroughly enjoyed the last few months. We have met some wonderful people who also competed that day.
I also want to thank Jamie from Aurora Media, and his ever busy team for being so kind and friendly over the last few months. I have some wonderful memories from our filming days.
I also want to thank each and every one of the people who have sponsored me for this event. There are too many to mention! I have been fortunate to raise, (when it’s all collected) nearly £1400.00. I have still had people sponsoring me after the day too! It is being split between my school (Kingfisher School, Abingdon) & Perthes Association.
And finally, I especially want to thank Brooke-my team mate. I couldn’t have asked for a better person, and maybe next time, we’ll be able to test ourselves against each other. We wish her well for the future.
You can catch up with my story, and the Superhero Tri day by watching the Channel 4 coverage on OnDemand. or on All4 online at: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/superhero-tri