Days 84 to 87 – switching to recover

After the trip to Lincolnshire, it was a long drive back as I struggled to get my blood pressure back to normal and replace all the minerals, energy and fluids I had lost, not only on Day 83 but also through the illness I have suffered over the previous few days.

A late night followed but I again had to be in the pool as soon as possible the following day as work doesn’t stop. Fortunately, colleagues have been great in stepping up to run the ship while I have been laid low by colds and travelling to triathlons.

Tuesday to Thursday was all about survival, feeling extremely light-headed as it has been difficult to recover from this latest illness. The triathlons have been completed in slightly slower than normal times.

On Thursday, I had a meeting in London and decided that if I switched the efforts to the evening I would be able to steal a few extra hours sleep and give myself the best chance to recover and still complete the triathlons on consecutive days.

At the meeting with Phil Kay, father of cyclist Emily Kay, I was presented with a GB vest containing all the signatures of the GB team, including Laura and Jason Kenny, Katie Archibald, Ethan Hayter and many more. That will be auctioned later to raise additional funds for the memorial.

Me and Phil Kay with signed GB top

When I returned to Aylesbury I wasn’t banking on finding the pool closed (that’s the dangers of kiddie’s lessons in the afternoon and the occasional accident). An emergency detour was needed to find a pool I could use with Wattbikes and would be open long enough. Aquavale came to the rescue and I managed to complete the efforts in reasonable times, given the mode I was in.

Then on Friday it was back to the normal pool and another late start but this time no hiccups. Despite the constant coughing, I felt better than I have done for over a week. All the times were almost back to normal, with a run dipping a couple of seconds under the 50 minute mark, which was a major surprise.

I now only have 13 triathlons to go, less than two weeks to the finish, which seems extremely close. However, after succumbing to the latest illness and until I start the final one, I will not take any of them for granted.

With every one I will treasure the opportunity think of the families, friends and colleagues of police officers and staff who have died serving their communities. As a member of the public, I am so grateful for the sacrifice all officers and staff make when they turn up for work to protect the rest of us from all kinds of dangers.

On each day I have paid tribute to those who lost their lives doing exactly that. On January 22, they are:

1690 – Watchman John Pascall – London Night Watch

1851 – Police Constable Robert Hill – Somerset County Constabulary

1858 – Police Constable John Hart – Irish Constabulary

1891 – Superintendent Nathan Tobutt – East Sussex County Constabulary

1894 – Police Constable William Trusler – Hampshire County Constabulary

1903 – Sergeant John Leeson – Royal Irish Constabulary

1909 – Police Constable Martin Goldrick – Royal Irish Constabulary

1920 – Police Constable Luke Finnegan – Royal Irish Constabulary

1921 – Police Constable Robert Hegerty – Royal Irish Constabulary

1921 – Police Constable William Peers – Liverpool City Police

1921 – Police Constable Frederick Taylor – Royal Irish Constabulary

1944 – Special Constable John Beynon – Glamorganshire County Constabulary

1973 – Police Constable Samuel Hyndman – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1963 – Police Constable Arthur Wood – Northampton County Borough Police

1976 – Inspector George Bell – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1976 – Detective Constable Neville Cummings – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1978 – Police Constable Roland McGowan – Lancashire Constabulary

1990 – Inspector Mervyn Monteith – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

2009 – Police Constable James Drew – Hampshire Constabulary

On January 23, they are:

1864 – Police Constable Charles Pearce – Metropolitan Police

1866 – Police Constable William Fitzgerald – Metropolitan Police

1894 – Police Constable Charles Cartledge – Congleton Borough Police

1895 – Police Constable John Spence – Leeds City Police

1899 – Police Constable John Shirley – Metropolitan Police

1905 – Police Constable John Rolfe – Margate Borough Police

1909 – Police Constable William Tyler – Metropolitan Police

1911 – Police Constable Henry Perrett – Metropolitan Police

1921 – Sergeant John Kemp – Royal Irish Constabulary

1941 – Special Constable George Storrar – Fifeshire Constabulary

1953 – Police Constable John Currie – Motherwell & Wishaw Burgh Police

1989 – Police Constable John Forrest – Strathclyde Police

1993 – Police Constable Michael Ferguson – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

On January 24, they are:

1864 – Police Constable Daniel Langford – Metropolitan Police

1867 – Police Constable Thomas Brown – Liverpool City Police

1879 – Police Constable William Nazer – Metropolitan Police

1885 – Sergeant James Radford – Derby County Constabulary

1885 – Inspector Thomas Simmons – Essex County Constabulary

1937 – Sergeant William Ewen – Dunbartonshire Constabulary

1952 – Inspector William Findlater – Scottish North-Eastern Counties Constabulary

1960 – Police Constable Ronald Addison – Metropolitan Police

1971 – Detective Constable Peter Coulson – Teesside Constabulary

1989 – Police Constable Brian Lashmar – Metropolitan Police

1990 – Sergeant Malcolm Herd – Strathclyde Police

And on January 25, they are:

1822 – Watchman Richard Cooke – Wolverhampton Night Watch

1863 – Police Constable John Holland – Sheffield Borough Police

1867 – Police Constable Thomas Brown – Liverpool Borough Police

1889 – Police Constable John Graham – Gateshead County Borough Police

1897 – Police Fireman George O’Donoghue – Burnley Police Fire Brigade

1907 – Police Constable Albert Smith – Bradford City Police

1921 – Police Constable Frank Morris – Royal Irish Constabulary

1960 – Police Constable Walter McMillan – British Transport Commission Police

1988 – Police Constable Colin Gilmore – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1990 – Chief Inspector John Smith – Hampshire Constabulary

2002 – Detective Sergeant Ludwik Sowka – Nottinghamshire Police

2 thoughts on “Days 84 to 87 – switching to recover

  1. I’ve been following your progress and I was concerned about your health, and the additional difficulties due to Mrs Lander’s injury. It speaks volumes about your dedication and resilience that you have kept going. This is an immensely draining series of events and the end is now in sight. Thanks for letting me participate in support on 14 January. Brilliant!


    1. Hi Don, it was my honour to have you join me and I am so glad to be able to help you achieve what you did.
      Thank you also for your kind donations, and please keep in touch.
      I will let you know what is happening on Day 100 at the Arboretum, in case you are free on February 7.
      Kind regards


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