After clinic we went to pizza express for lunch before driving even further north to stay at a bed and breakfast in Hexham. We decided that it made sense to stay up north and we would have a 2 day mini break before the games began on the 30th of July! We arrived at the bed and breakfast late afternoon and dropped our bags off before heading straight out again to visit my dads, mums, cousin and her daughter and granddaughter who lived in the area and whom my dad hadn't seen for years! My Dads extended family is huge, I must have hundreds of relatives! It was a really nice evening at we managed to chat the night away not leaving until 11pm, absolutely exhausted from the 4am start we'd had!
|The bridge house B&B|
|Beautiful russian Dolls in the vintage shop|
|Delicious cakes at the patisserie|
|Team freeman ready to parade!|
After a good night sleep and lazy morning me and my parents got up for breakfast, I had a full fry up to give me as much energy as possible for my cycle event later that day! I was competing in a 5km cycle ride at Leazes park by St James stadium in Newcastle, they had set out a 1km lap that I was to complete 5 times in a time trial. When we arrived at the park my nerves began to jangle! Everyone had lycra on, proper racing bikes and even had rolling roads to warm up on and there was me in my nike leggings and trainers a cheapo tesco helmet we'd bought 2 days before and my sisters 10 year old mountain bike. But I was there and I was determined to complete the course. It was the taking part that counted to me, I was only 5 months post transplant and only 3 months out of hospital, being there was an achievement in itself.
|Keeping warm in my hoodie pre-race!|
|Concentrating on cycling, lap 3 I think!|
|Leg massage on my tense muscles!|
|On the gateshead Quays with our medals|
|Receiving the Batten!|
The games culminated in a gala dinner at the Sage Gateshead (the big silver bubble looking building by the tyne bridge!). It was a great final evening to celebrate the weekends events! I was nominated to carry the transplant sport flag on to the stage along with 2 other teammates to pass on to the Liverpool team who will host next years games! It was a proud and poignant moment! By the end of the weekend I had made lots of new friends from all walks of life who have been brought together by the gift of life that is transplant! I can't wait to compete in next years games where I aim to have a racing bike and enter more events! A big thank you to Vicky our team manager who without the weekend would not have been possible for team freeman! She's our star!