With the swim over and done with (albeit success being 2.8 miles outside of my grasp) it was nothing short of heartwarming to come home to such continued and overwhelming support.
After a four hour drive home, not only was I greeted by a large 'Well done Dad' banner hanging on the front of the house, but there were balloons, a hand-drawn poster, flowers (though they might have been for Esta), and a bottle of bubbly waiting for me.
Our chickens had been in the care of Newland Poultry whilst we were all down in Folkestone. To my complete surprise, owner and proprietor Sean Sabin refused to take any payment, saying the boarding of our hens was his contribution towards the swim. I would very much like to offer my thanks for this gesture, and for the last-minute advice offered by Sean. Hopefully your business will feature in the documentary (out sometime around March 2015).
Last, but by no means least, Esta and I were stunned to find a large congratulations sign awaiting us at David Lloyd's today when we went to relax in the spa. The continued support shown by Wayne and his team has been nothing less than crucial throughout the last year - without access to those facilities, there is no way I would have been able to make it as close to France as I did. Many, many thanks indeed.
One time soldier, part-time author, full-time training manager, husband and father.