It’s going to be short post today.

Today is the day Toni, Jess and the team fly to the holding camp so my conversation with Toni was restricted to a chat whilst he was sat, in a plane, still on the tarmac at Heathrow.

It’s his second flight of a day that started at 06:30 so he’s starting to wilt in the heat,

Toni on a plane

Toni Wilting in The Heat

“Are you feeling a bit weary?”

“I am, yes. It’s very hot in here. It’s the second flight of the day. We’re delayed and it looks like I’m going to miss the medal ceremony”.


“I either have to fly back from Rio on the 14th or 22nd. I was hoping to fly out on the 18th or 19th after doing some BBC work but the only flights are five grand. Can’t do that”.

“Why not the 22nd then?”

“Because the family are heading off on holiday and that means I’ll miss them for another week. That’ll be over a month. At the moment the 14th is the only available and affordable flight”.

“Point taken. Either option is rubbish”

“Tell me about it”.

I’m struggling put a positive spin on this news, “Perhaps we should do a whip round for you?”

‘Yeah, a Kickstarter for coach transportation”.

“Not sure that’s a permissible category”.

“Gives you a good excuse to mention the book though”.

“I like the way you did that. I won’t wish you a good trip because it’s already been rubbish but travel safe and see you Friday”.

“Cheers Fella”.

‘A book?’ you’re thinking. Here’s the thing. Over the last couple of months quite a few people asked if we were turning the blog into a book.

After a couple of chats with Toni and calling in a few favours, that’s on the way to becoming a reality.

This wont be any old book. We want to do it properly so it’s a memento for Toni and Jess as well as anyone who is interested. The plan is to pull together a meaty coffee table book drawing predominantly on the blog content but also including previously unseen photos and content from the last six months – up to and including Rio.

If you are interested you can get involved by following this link to our Kickstarter campaign:

Blog book kickstarter

Click the image to go to the Kickstarter page

‘Normal’ service will be resumed tomorrow.