Posted: 16/11/2015 at 09:37
I wish I could have said that my subsequent travel plans went smoothly!! Picked up the passport no problem - just within the 4 hour deadline Ryanair stated for travellers to book in online/print out boarding passes (to avoid £45 charge). Unfortunately I was then able to log into the Ryanair site to book in! Thought it may be because I was trying to do it on my phone, so I tried to find the nearest library to do it! However I am just not used to driving in cities so after about 1/2 an hour I gave up and drove to the airport, which, thankfully, I managed to find OK. After parking, dashed to the Ryanair desk for assistance - told to try the computer near the information desk. Unfortunately said computer was out of order and after checking with the information desk told to try Swissport. Helpful chap there tried to book me online, but I'm told that there was an issue and he'd have to phone Ryanair! 15 minutes later he's back and apologising -he said he'd sorted things out with Ryanair but I'd have to go to the Ryanair desk to get the boarding pass, although the fee was waived! Helpful lady in the baggage drop off must have taken pity on me - apologised for the hassles I'd had and upgraded me to priority boarding and a seat with extra leg room (for what it was worth for a 45 minute flight!). After that, it was pretty straightforward apart from having to be frisked through security and leaving my Garmin in the tray in security!
Thankfully the rest of the experience was a very memorable one. The cross country race itself was just nothing like I'd experienced before - the standard was something else!