Wednesday, 12 February 2014

We Did It! Oxford Team Honk 2014

Here's what happened when Oxford Team Honk completed their 60 mile journey from Oxford to Old Sodbury as part of the Team Honk blogger relay for Sport Relief.

Saturday morning frolick round the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford

Robert sets off!

Yay! Sun! Honk! Honk!
Robert the Road Runner achieved his personal best on Saturday running 10K in exactly one hour! Meep! Meep! We found it was tricky to catch up with him for action shots!

Kath; our super speedy, super navigator joined us for the first day. Kath saved the day. In all the coordinating of details and frolicking about, I had forgotten to do the most important thing: Study the MAP. Kath lead the way. Phew!

Tanya Barrow and friends and family came to see us off at The Talbot Inn in Eynsham. It was a fantastic send off.

Frolicking about in Bampton. Dowton Abbey Style.

Shrunken-Headed Downton Abbey Characters
Sheltering from the rain while Nick fixed the tire.

Negotiating around floods and then pushing the bikes along the grass verge of the A-road. We got honked! We got honked at a few times. I liked to tell myself that it was friendly honking.

We arrive at The White Hart hotel in Cricklade. 
Where we enjoyed showers, dinners and early to bed for some of us.  Kelly made the mistake of watching the late news and fretting about the 90mph winds all night. 
Mr.B slept well.

And enjoyed a power brekkie.

I don't think that we were quite ready to leave our lovely hotel room.
Fabulous service!

As we left The warm and cozy White Hart Hotel, we went straight out into a rain and hail storm.

We lost feeling in our toes very quickly on the Sunday morning. It was pretty chilly.
I was hoping Handy Hubby would get a shot of us looking all hard core biking through the storm, so we could look like Davina in her promo shot. But I guess that he didn't want the camera out in that weather:-)

Loved seeing his smiley face waving at us as they passed us in the car.
Photo Opp after passing over a flood. Thinking that we were nearly there, and feeling in control and quite pleased with ourselves at this point.

But perhaps we were a bit too optimistic.
A chain then came off, a shoelace got caught, and we faced a long road of ultimate wind rage to then make a 3 mile, wrong turn. Add to that, the classic husband and wife argument over directions over the phone. Handy Hubby claiming that we couldn't possibly be where we were actually standing having taken a wrong turn did not go down very well.  Especially when we were already so late and had already passed "our wall". Luckily, we were in the the middle of nowhere and the wind was so loud that there were only four of us to witness to our little freak out.
For the record: Frankie remained dignified and composed. She's an inspiration.
But then Handy Hubby came to the rescue and pointed out the right direction. We thought we were nearly there, but faced another long, uphill road so we were very grateful to finally see The Cross Hands Pub in Old Sodbury.

Yes. Those are tears. It was emo. None of of had ever done THAT much exercise before or gone that distance by pedal power before. The support that we had was amazing and the whole experience was empowering, overwhelming,  humbling and life changing. Not just for us, but for all of those who will benefit from the money raised for Sport Relief.
Handing over to the very patient Bristol Team Honkers: Emily from tealadymumbles, Carolin from mummyalarm and Jen from instinctivemum

The Bristol ladies off on what will be a very long, dark and cold walk.
Honk! Honk!

Oh how we enjoyed the cracking fire, the hot meals, the "special drink" and the cozy chairs at The Cross Hands Pub. 

And the cuddles.

Team Honk Oxford say Goodnight.

I would like to say this is the effect of blood, sweat and tears, but it is most likely to be hail damage. But it looks hard core, so I'm not washing it just yet.
 I must say, that the achy knees were gone by this morning, and I am missing being on the bike already. I feel myself getting addicted and I can't wait to get back out there for a long ride.
Meanwhile, my boy wants to start training up to run long distances. He wanted to set off with Robert, but while he is speedy, he needs to train and set himself distance tasks.
Could it be? This family is turning Sporty?! Bring it on.

Many thanks to Halfords for servicing our bikes, The Talbot Inn at Eynsham, The White Hart Hotel in Cricklade and The Cross Hands Hotel in Old Sodbury.

Much love to Tanya Barrow, Annie Spratt and Penny Alexander for organising such a Huge event and giving us this oppportunity to take part.

And thank you to everyone who has been a part of and supported Oxford Team Honk. Together we have raised over £1,000 for Sport Relief. Amazing!

There is still time to sponsor Oxford Team Honk. You can do so here.
Or text: HONK to 70005 to donate £5 to Sport Relief

  • £1 could provide a hot meal for a child in the UK living in extreme poverty
  • £5 could pay for a mosquito net to protect a mother and her baby in Africa from contracting malaria while they sleep
  • £10 could enable an older person in the UK who just lost someone they love to attend a group activity
  • £25 could run a sports session for disabled children in the UK, giving them the chance to play with other young people
  • £100 could feed 200 children living on the streets in India for one day
  • £300 could provide a water point in the slums of Tanzania, giving hundreds of families access to safe, clean water
  • £500 could provide six months of support for a young person in the UK with mental health issues.
You can also see what other members of Team Honk are up to Team Honk. This relay is epic!

Team Honk 2014 blogger Relay

The first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014. The public can join the fun and games by running, swimming or cycling their way to raising cash at over a thousand venues around the country, including the landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
As one of the biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people both at home in the UK and across the world.


  1. Well done to you all - brilliant job done!

  2. Congrtz to you and your team. Well done!

  3. Well done, it looks like you had a good time, despite the weather. Congratulations on the money you've raised.

  4. You guys did an amazing job. Thank you. I still can't believe that Rob did a PB.

    You had a monster leg in terms of mileage but you smashed it and have raised a huge sum of money.

    Thank you for all that you did, and are still doing

  5. Epic stuff - I must say how inspiring it was to watch you all come together and work as a team and just how much effort and time you all put into it. Everytime I see you now I'll be thinking of that troll suit!

    Thank you SO MUCH and much love to you and your merry band of honkers xxx

  6. You've made me all teary reading through and looking at those amazing pictures. I think being part of the relay joins you into a very exclusive club - a club that has the shared experience of holding that precious (if slightly grimy!) baton and waking up the following morning being slightly bemused as to whether it ever actually happened or it was just some surreal dream. It is an experience like no other. HONK

    1. HONK! That is so right on Jenny:-)I love Mr.B. He was totally grimy and precious. I love being a part of this honking club!

  7. Extremely inspiring as I have said before, and will say many times again- well done.


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