5 Marathons in 5 Days: Day 5 - Alan's Account
Day 5 - the final day of the walk
Just woken up in the VIP suite at RAF Wycombe before the last day and checked the weather-maybe a bit of rain so I will take my light weatherproof jacket and a poncho for Robin.
Overnight the proofs for my new book arrived on my devices from the publisher, Palgrave Macmillan. A bit frustrating really as I won't be able to start reviewing and correcting until Tuesday (family stuff tomorrow, event for SGSA Sunday and SGSA Board meeting on Monday.)
But an easier day is in prospect - we had already planned less miles in order to get to the Museum's London site for around 4.00 pm so Robin can do media interviews. For some reason last evening I started calling Robin Rodney and the guests at the dinner suggested this was because there was a psychological link with the character who appeared in the Only Fools and Horses TV programme. Apparently Rodney played Robin in the 1996 Heroes and Villains episode??
After breakfast Rodney I mean Robin is doing a joint radio interview with Robert, the station commander. I will have to wear my compression socks again in order to keep the medial tibial strain syndrome in order...
Robin, Alison Gaynor and James (the Station Commander's son will then drive to the rendez-vous point to meet up with Malcolm White another Trustee and Sophie who works at the Museum for the final leg.
After a hearty, if inappropriate, breakfast in the Officer’s Mess at RAF High Wycombe we had some snaps taken in front of a Spitfire and left for a rendezvous with Malcolm White out esteemed Trustee who was joining us along with James, son of the RAF High Wycombe Station Commander and Alison, Robin’s partner.
We walked initially through some lovely countryside - a horse in a leopard coat ran from our photos - up a few hills and along the waterside. We then went urban and, thankfully, all the roads had pavements. It was good for us both to engage other people in conversation and there was still plenty of Alan/Robin banter but it was a bit more subdued.
Maggie, CEO of the Museum, joined us for the last hour of the walk despite dodgy knees. The comic highlight was definitely seeing Robin in the black poncho which I had acquired and carried for him - - from behind he looked like a rather crumpled Batman, so Batman and Robin in one go!!
The highlight of the day was definitely the welcome given to us by our colleagues in London - a First World War ambulance greeted us at the entrance which, fortuitously we did not need - pain killers and compression socks had done the trick on my ills and Robin, well he just didn’t have any. We were cheered through the gates and accompanied on the last part of the walk inside the Museum where again we were met with applause. Maggie made a great speech and we were presented with medals by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Martin H.C. Russell who also made a short speech.
Gaynor was presented with a bouquet of flowers for her sterling support work throughout the week. Robin, unscripted then responded on behalf of us both - he really should think about politics….
We then enjoyed some pork pies and prosecco before Gaynor, my son Ed (who had travelled to Hendon) left for home. Ed and I (Chelsea Shed End Upper supporters) were looking forward to watching Chelsea play West Bromwich Albion Friday evening - if we win, we win the Premiership - and enjoying some Spitfire Ale.
Currently the amount raised stands at just over £30k.
The shortness of this blog reflects the fact that tiredness has set in a bit but we will do a reflective piece on the highlights and low lights in a day or two before completely putting the event to bed.
Thanks for reading our blogs over the last few days. If you could help us reach our target of raising £100,000 for the Museum's RAF Centenary Project both Alan and I would welcome your donations.
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