Reu hanging out with the awards
Reu is a multi-purpose tyre. She is a racing tyre and a pledge tyre.
Organisers: Dear TG, the Cheltenham Challenge would like to present an award to you. Please can you and your tyre (Reu) come to the ceremony? You can have tea and cake whilst Reu gets a rub down.
TG: Dear Cheltenham Organisers, that would be fantastic.
This was Reu's time to bask in appreciation. The worn treads were worth it as she sat with prestige in the chamber of commerce.
Reu tried to angle herself in on the photo shoot of all the event winners. See some of the photos below
At the end of the day, Reu excitedly received her award from the mayor, supported by TG.
The mayor pledges to reduce his single use plastic rubbish by consciously putting in effort to BYO (Bring Your Own) everything that is possible:
- BYO thermal cup for coffee/tea
- BYO reusable drinking bottle for walking events
- BYO reusable bags to the supermarket/shops
- BYO reusable take away containers for take away
- BYO plates/cutlery to events that might provide plastic plates/cutlery
- and anything else you can think of.
It is easier to just put "stuff" in the recycling, it takes effort to change our "disposable" mindset, but the mayor is going to move in that direction. Can you take up the challenge?
As Reu had to be taken away for another event, this means Reu pledges to come back to the Cheltenham Challenge event in the future.
So here I was dragging me 6 tyres across the field towards the Two2Go
tents that had been set up in the middle of the marshes. The 40 kgs seemed okay at the time.....5 olympic tyres led of course by Tam. The Two2Go team provided us with a stall, compost and pots so that we could encourage everyone to "grow their own" with seeds supplied by Suttons
. Admitedly, Uncle Wayne and Liu Jie did all the work, as I got pulled away. Tam and the Olympic kids were causing quite a stir. Everyone wanted to try to pull the tyres, little kids tried pulling the tyres and the BBC China crew tried pulling the tyres.
Did a couple of interviews with BBC China and BBC Vietnam and felt a little like a performing monkey dragging the Olympic kids up and down the field. Pulling them up and down as well as having to retrieve the tyres from where folks left them because they were too tired to bring them back to their Grandma Tam, plus combined with the heat, I started to feel a little tired. But the kids were having a field day, proudly showing off! Come the 3K race, I began to wonder whether I should leave the kids behind and just take Tam. Well you know how kids are........ so they came along with me on the 3K race. Tam was happy to have a rest after all she did do a marathon the week before.
The 3K Race
The kids were certainly looking gay and happy in the sunshine. I was going to take them on the race. "Ready steady go" and everyone zoomed off. I managed to at least jog across the field to the road. The friction, weight (30kg) and heat brought me down to a walk. In the distance I could already see the front man at the half way mark!
After 300m I began to wonder whether I should turn back but the stuborn bull in me said to continue. I continued to the 500m mark and again wondered perhaps I should pick up the kids. But well being a softy, the kids were having fun so I left them chatting and bumping into each other and giggling when passerbys looked at them strangely.
Finally a 1km marker. Woo hoo - 2 more to go.
The heat was bearing down on me and all I began to think about now was water. I wished that someone would come find me with a bottle of water. At 1.5km that wish came true as I finally saw a marshal who kindly offered me her bottle of water. Burning thighs coupled with drag from the Olympic kids had me going at a real snail pace. I struggled and stopped every so often. However seeing the Olympic Rings, I figured the road may look long but the spirit is strong and I will complete the event.
I mushed on and after 1:03:15 I staggered across the finish line and was snapped by the Hackney Gazette
pushing towards the finish line.
It is exciting to have been part of this very special day. I hope more people are inspired to play sport and the surrounding communities are proud of the Olympics. Two2Go is helping to get more people involved in sport. Next up is event on the 11th September. I will be there with one of the twins taking part in the marathon. You can still sign up for events there. See Two2Go marathon
Maybe I will see you there. :o)
Thank you Liu Jie and Uncle Wayne for all your help on the day. You guys were brilliant . Also thank you to the Two2Go team for inviting me. Loved the hula hooping :o)Link to BBC Vietnam for Olympics 2012
So me and Ted are now classed as a athlete!!!! See this week's Athletics Weekly http://www.exacteditions.com/exact/browse/431/484/7398/2/82
Am mentioned on the same page as Usain Bolt......note that I am trying to escape out the back page!!! Perhaps Mr Bolt would join me in a little tyre pulling :o)