Firstly, a genuine thanks for all your messages of support to both myself and family during my brother-in-law's illness. He has had surgery to remove the lump and all the tests have finally come back negative - the relief was tangible.
Congratulations to all who finished, some fantastic and courageous performances from the pirates, likewise in other iron distance events - Seren, you're going to smash 13 hours.
I've not done much since mid-July but looking forward to getting back into it and finishing the season off at IM Barcelona - hope to see some of you there.
Didn't start the race on Sunday - racked bike and dropped bags off on the Saturday, then got a phone call from my sister Saturday afternoon. My brother-in-law was rushed into hospital - I spent from then until Monday afternoon looking after their children. He's had several tests for testicular cancer and gets the results later on this week.
Congratulations to all pirates who raced, some fantastic times there.
Thanks for all your words of support and encouragement in the build up to the event, I was determined not "to be shit" - I'll be off the forums for a while till everything ok with the family, but hope to still compete in Barcelona in October.
The specialist I saw was Mr Michael Hennessy, he's a specialist in foot and ankle injuries and is based at Spire Murrayfield hospital on the Wirral. I've had nothing but excellent service from there - I've got myself medically insured now!