There have been plenty of times this year when Team JBT have felt their contribution to the 2012 UK sports bonanza was jinxed. No more so than at an unearthly hour of this morning when two thirds of Team JBT plus technical support and canine mascot realised that due to a cycle rack malfunction our bikes had just flown down the motorway into an early morning fog!
Fortunately, the road was deserted and a major accident was averted, the bikes survived with minor injury, but for a split second our attempt to overcome bad weather, work stress, mud, rats and other obstacles which have prevented a full training schedule, looked doomed.
But we are not Team JBT for nothing…
if we can overcome a few rats and a bit of mud we knew we could sort this – though I have to say that there was a fairly strong sub plot running through this drama involving a very dodgy tummy which could have de railed our collective problem solving skills. I will not go into too much detail, but suffice it to know that the successful resolution was the result of initiative, improvisation and a thick blanket of fog.
A phone call later, our back up tech team, having responded immediately and leapt from a snug bed emerged from the mist with a rescue car and support vehicle, bikes were loaded in seconds and a two car convoy set off at speed for Cheshire. (Eat your heart out Team Sky)
With split second timing we drove on to the parking field, gave the bikes a cursory check, collected our third team member who gamely was going to go it alone in the event of us not making the start… and literally rode across the start line as the final 3 !
We may have started last but we didn’t finish that way… somehow we powered our way round in faster times than last year! We could say we were fuelled by the drinks, sweets and glucose we took on board at the rest stops, but I really think it was the determination not to let our Charity, our sponsors and supporters down . More importantly the thought of the children and young people of Blackburn with Darwen who will benefit from the funds raised spurred us on to complete the course. We may have our medals
but the real satisfaction will come when we distribute the funds and know that we are helping someone realise their true potential.
A massive thank you to all our supporters and those who have already sponsored us – for those who would still like to support our cause you can do so at http://www.justgiving.com/JULIE-WAREING