Posted: 23/07/2014 at 12:28
What an amazing day it was! Up at 2:30am to take OH to the Reebok/Macron in time to get the bus to the Flash. Amazing atmosphere at the swim and fun/games trying to identify OH on the Australian Exit and waving him off on the bike! We stayed to the last swimmer getting out of the water, was very emotional and really felt for those who didn't make the cut off - so they got an extra massive cheer from everyone else who had stayed. I'm sure it didn't take the pain away, but hopefully it showed empathy.
Then, we headed to T2 to await his arrival.
Many people in various different states came past, some came back to retire, and some with pretty horrid injuries (namely a Colt who was missing half his top) and we heartily cheered and clapped them all.
The run was amazing - atmosphere in Bolton city centre was superb for spectators, it must have been immense for the athletes. I briefed the family re pirates and then we all (12 or so of us) did the 'Go Pirates, Aaarrggh' to each one we saw which was lots of fun and hopefully not too annoying for said pirates.
OH finished in an excellent 13hours 12min which was amazing for his first one. He said one of his highlights was Colt Alley - where the support was uber amazing.
I might volunteer for next year because it was just incredible!
Congratulations to everyone who took part and completed the course - you are truly inspirational.