Phew! After a year of blood, sweat, tears and tumbles we did it!
We just wanted to quickly say a few things. First and foremost, huge congratulations to all the competitors that took part on the day. It has been the most incredible and humbling privilege to meet you all. Every single one of you are truly inspirational and wonderful (if a little mad for taking on the PentUp Challenge in the first place – but all the best people are!). While we, and Dave, are looking forward to being able to sleep peacefully in our beds not having to worry about PentUp Admin, we will miss seeing all your faces every Sunday and we are already thinking ahead to next year, a Christmas catch-up and some local competitions so watch this space…
Unsurprisingly, there are a number of people that we must thank for making the day such a success. Firstly, Sue Hyde has been a crucial member of the team making sure that everything ran smoothly on the day of the event. Having previously worked for Pentathlon GB for many years, she was the only person who actually knew how to run a pentathlon (so you can imagine the kind of mess we would have gotten ourselves in if it wasn’t for her!). Working closely with Sue was Major Rebecca Harrison who heads Army Pentathlon and has organised everything in regards to Sandhurst from the dinner to the sporting events and we certainly would not have been able to pull of the event without her. Another group of people who played a key role in the success of the day itself were the small army of officials whom worked tirelessly throughout the day to make the event run safely and fairly.
In addition there were all our coaches who helped train us to be ready for the big day. Firstly, thank you to shooting coaches James and Caroline from Surrey Modern Pentathlon who have been there EVERY Sunday since we started training (which is a lot of early starts on a weekend). Secondly, perhaps the discipline that most people were concerned about before starting training was the horse riding phase, however Steve Banting from Chessington Equestrian Centre has done an amazing job at teaching everyone to ride whilst having a sense of humour and a poem up his sleeve too! We also mustn’t forget Donna who patiently coordinated the riding training. Maybe surprisingly the most popular and successful phases is the fencing and that is down to the amazing work of Nick from Esher Fencing Club and Kate from London Themes Fencing Club who also supplied us with a lot of the kit too.
Last but not least, thank you to everyone else who has helped us along the way, your support is really appreciated and helped make the whole event a success.
Roll on next year!