A gruelling night of hard labour. Part 3.

Salim and Arnaud. They have shared so much over the years, were is the Animal? He has nothing left in his legs and told Salim to go. 17:50, 17:55, 17:56, 17:57 Arnaud appears. 3 minutes left before the cut off time! He looks like a dead man walking. But make no mistake, he is no quitter, he never has been, it’s just not in his nature. Respect! He does not want to stop, he knows if he does he will not be able to stand back up. He knows how to squeeze the last drop of energy from his body!

Joe steps in as Running Crew support for the last 22km. Full of smiles, Joe must be a refreshing support in this still miserable conditions with rain and wind.

​An hour later they get to the top of the ascent. They continue on the flat and Arnaud catches up with them! He found some juice as Salim was slurring his words and was getting imprecise with his footsteps. His turn to focus if he wants to finish this challenge.

Like in any endurance sport, you will hit a wall! Are you strong enough to demolish it? Climb it? Find a way around it? Or will you stop? Myriam and I head for a nice glass of champagne and cocktail drink.

They take over 4 hours to complete this section and we meet them a few hundred metres from the finish line. They are all smiles, the pride already oozes from their eyes. They have made it!! They are CELTMEN! X-tri – One of the three worldwide most extreme long distance triathlon. We are humbled.

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Epilogue: 156 finishers, 12 DNF (Did Not Finish) and 1 possible disqualification. Arnaud lies on the floor and is wasted. Time to head back to our B&B. It’s 1:00 am, 23 hours non-stop, time for a well deserved rest. Salim progression stats, not for the faint hearted: 1/2 IronMan, 1 DNF Ironman, 1 Ironman, 1 Extreme Triathlon…what’s next? Stay tuned!

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A gruelling day of hard labour. Part 2.

As we jump out of the car to refuel Salim and bring him his energy bars, we realise how harsh the conditions are out there. The rain combined with high winds gives us an immediate chill. 

​We jump back in the car and realise that its not going to be easy.The road starts to climb and from time to time Salim is pushed to the edge of the road by the gusts. A few centimetres more and his race would be over and we would be heading for the nearest First Aid point.

He is slowing down and so is everybody else.

​ There is no way he is going to make the Blue shirt cut off point. Unbeknown to us the Blue Mountain pass had been closed. The weather too dangerous and the visibility reduced to very little.

Salim is hurting, we feel for him. “Myriam pass me some crisps!”

He catches up with Arnaud – a serious triathlete who must of done most of the major events around the world.

From time to time it stops raining but generally, the conditions worsen. The road keeps climbing, the hours pass – 9 hours on the bike!- and we wonder whether they will even finish.

​Second transition Bike to Run; they are tired.

They need to make the next 18 km through mud, rivers and rocky terrain before 18:00. That’s 2 hours flat!

The support team goes for a coffee, we must leave our athletes by themselves for this section of the run. There is no communition with them. We worry that at this stage they will DNF by not making the cut off. We head towards the meeting point and wait in the cold rain.

The minutes pass…17:30, 35, 40, 45…Salim appears without Arnaud!

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Officially a racing driver

I’ve completed my first season in motorsport and I am officially a racing driver!
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The British GT Championship is one of the UK’s most spectacular racing series, with powerful supercars battling for supremacy. Racing at speeds in excess of 150mph, they sound as fast as they look! Expect grids of over 30 cars including Aston Martins, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens and Porsches.
The BRDC British F3 Championship meanwhile is a major route on the way to F1 success and a grid full of fresh-faced racers will be out. In addition there’s a packed support programme featuring Ginetta sportscars, that’s us.
Don’t forget if you want to contribute, please give to our charity of choice:
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Run Ez Run

The following story has appeared in the local newspaper, I will just let you read it:
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img 0161 - Run Ez RunAs her husband, I have been known to be her strongest supporter and harshest critic; so it is in all honesty that I can say:

Lesley has been training daily as hard as her body has allowed her to, harder than I have ever seen her train. Determined as usual when she is focused on an important goal, I am positive she will achieve it with flying colours. Lesley has found a way to channel her tears to help herself and others, what a great way to deal with adversity.

If you want to be part of this event or if this story has touched you, please donate something, I know it will touch her.

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P.S: If they are any cynical readers out there…before you ask, no I havent donated yet. That money she has raised by herself. As customary in our household we have to prove ourselves; no shortcuts.

And with that I wish you a nice week-end!

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