It’s impossible to really capture what Black Line London means to our family members, but we’ll give it a go.
As 2014 draws to a close, here are some of our best bits – it might be a great photo, an important moment or just something that made us laugh.
We hope you had a great year…..see you in 2015.
January: Paul Deen, Paul Smernicki & Nico van der Westhuizen winter train under big skies in Andalucia.
February: No Wokingham Half? No problem! We arranged our own in Richmond Park.
April: First big event of the year as a delegation head to Ironman South Africa, motherland to several of the gang. Looking good on a bike course recce.
April: IMSA – James Peet finishes in spectacular style.
May: Ironman Mallorca 70.3 – Jane Hansom wins her age group. The Universe remains stable.
May: Ironman Mallorca 70.3 – Ashley, Paul and Team Freespeed’s Matt Molloy spend the last 5k of the run discussing the 4th discipline: How to execute the perfect photo finish.
May: It’s not all Ironman. Captured by husband Carel, Alecia makes final adjustments before the North Downs Way ultra marathon.
July: The self-proclaimed ‘handsomest team in tri’ dominate at Bananaman. They told me to write that.
August: Epitomising the BLL ethos 2 grown men, one of them looking like Malibu Ken, hold hands as Paul and Sam narrowly miss the podium in The Outlaw team relay. It should be noted they were a team of 2.
August: By far the hardest thing anyone at BLL did this year was Mel Wasley’s epic adventure at Norseman. It’s insanely hard and she smashed it.
August: Looks fast? Is fast. James Peet at Zell am See 70.3
August: Paul Smernicki completely gubbed after Ironman Copenhagen. “I said many times on the run “never again” but was front of the que to enter for 2015 the next day.”
September: Great shot of Nico at IM Wales, sporting our new Fusion Sport kit on his his way to 3rd in AG and Kona ’15 qualification….a great day for him and us.
September: South African Wildebeest trample all over the New Forrest. Wildebeest win.
September: Dark horse Al Maher rocked up at IM Louisville without telling us, and powered to a PB. More importantly, he met Colonel Sanders who asked for a BLL T-Shirt. We told him to fuck off.
October: The big show! We were so proud to have 3 of our gang at Kona. Here, Jen gives Deenzy pure evils as they get ready for check in.
October: BLL at Kona. Jen Hill, Mary Collins, Michael Collins and Paul Deen. Envy and pride in equal measure.
October: Young Team at Park Run. Next gen, yeah?
November: Troy does a 100km run. Respect, but THAT’S JUST FUCKING NUTS BRO!!
December: There is only one pic we could finish with. The world will soon be one person faster. Congrats Michael and Mary Collins for helping Black Line London grow……