After yesterday’s tiring filming with the BBC, it was back to completing triathlons in the normal way. The alarm was once again set for 4am but I woke without needing to hear its shrill tones and was soon warming my porridge to fuel the day’s efforts. Then a startling discovery, it was only half past midnight! How had I thought it was time to get up?
Never mind, with a stomach full of food I slept a few more hours before rising to the sound of the alarm – a much more accurate assessor of time than my befuddled brain.
The 1,500m swim was OK but done with stiffer shoulders than normal. Then on to the bike and a more enjoyable 40km ride than normal, with plenty of company from gym-goers and personal trainers enquiring about the day before’s filming.
The run was also pretty routine, once again increasing speed with each of the 10km. Number 73 was completed and the three quarter mark is within sight. The progress from two thirds has passed in a blink.
Meanwhile, plans continue to be made for trips around the country and more media opportunities. On Sunday (my 75th consecutive day of completing triathlons), I will be in Essex to be accompanied by the chief constable no less – very much looking forward to that.
And on Monday I will commemorate Stephen Oake, an officer stabbed to death attempting to detain a terrorist in north Manchester. The interest from the media there is encouraging and I hope I can raise awareness among the public of the sacrifices made every day by their police officers and staff. I just hope the brain is more in gear than it was in the early hours of this morning.
I am completing these 100 Olympic-distance triathlons in 100 consecutive days to raise money to build a fitting tribute to all police officers and staff who lose their lives in the course of their duties.
On this day, I paid tribute to all those who died protecting their communities on January 11. They are:
1818 – Parish Constable Tiffany – Deighton, Huddersfield
1874 – Police Constable William Prendergast – Royal Irish Constabulary
1908 – District Inspector Frank Feely – Royal Irish Constabulary
1941 – Police Constable Arthur Beagles – City of London Police
1941 – War Reserve Constable John Dunsford – Portsmouth City Police
1941 – War Reserve Constable John Heard – City of London Police
1941 – Police Constable Andrew Watters – Metropolitan Police
1941 – Police Constable Edgar Whitehead – City of London Police
1946 – Police Constable Arthur Loosemore – Warwickshire County Constabulary
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