4 July 2010
I received details today, by e-mail, of the outcome of The Great London Swim Event. Congratulations to all three boys who finished in very creditable times, particularly young Tom, who covered the distance in 33 minutes Â 16 seconds but only just over a minute or so faster than Peter. Even more impressive was that Duncan Goodhew, the 100 m gold medallist who was only 4 Â½. minutes faster. A very creditable performance, all round.. Having said that, that in no way denigrates from Cliveâ€™s splendid performance in coming 37th. in his Age Group, havingÂ never done anything like this ever before, which puts him in a class of his own. Thank you so much, boys.
We must not lose sight of the fact that all this training and energy was for the purpose of raising money for the MND Association and the Heaton-Ellis Trust, which was specifically setup up as a charity to research into a cure for MND. Just what the final total will be, for each appeal, I am not sure, at this stage, as there is clearly money to come Â from people who have made pledges, but I know that it exceeds Â£5000 for the main appeal and even more for the Heaton- Ellis Trust, due to a single generous donation of Â£7500. I will report on the final totals in due course .Â .
This afternoon we watched Nadal win another impressive Wimbledon final. This time against the 6â€™5â€ Tomas Berdych, who, to his credit put up a creditable performance but never really looked like winning.