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 Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Hi All
Against all set backs and close calls during the year, as well as all doubts and disbeleivers, our team finally finihsed the 4 deserts Grand Slam.
To say I am proud of our teams achievement and every person in the team who made this happen is an understatement.
Not only are we the only team to attempt and achieve this feat, within our team other milestones have been set.

Matt is the youngest ever competitor to do the 4 Deserts Grand Slam.
Ron, is second oldest.
Rog & Jess are the first couple
Rog is first person with Type 1 diabetes
Myself and Matt are the first father and son.


The last day was going to be called off as the winds gusted to 40 knots, and we faced the prospect of being given our medals on the ship, missing out on a proper running finish.
But the ship moved location and the weather front passed, and we got out for a run starting at 5pm in light snow. It was a short run of under 2 hours, but at least we got to officially cross the finish line to end our epic 2012 journey. I think our team came around 15th or so for this event.

The course was a flat 1.5 km out and back course in soft snow, which took a couple of laps to pack a track in. We did 8 laps or 12km in 1.40 or so, which was slow but we didnt care. We stopped a couple of times as a group of penguins made their way across our course, and we gave them plenty or room as we are required to keep a good distance. It was quite amusing as the race leaders had just lapped us, and then next thing we were all standing in a group with the leaders chatting to them, while we all waited for the penguins to clear the course.

Anyway, we said that we would go to the ends of the earth to raise awareness and funds for Type 1 diabetes, and here we are at the ends of the earth hopefully doing that, but even though this part of our journey is nearly over, its time to think about the next phase.

Its been a huge year, with a lot of effort and support put in by many people to make this happen. Thanks to all involved! Its hard to beleive we have done it, and turned a crazy dream to reality, but we have done just that.
It will be great to see the highlights on film when James puts it together.
I now have a the biggest brownie point defecit of my life, so I will need to work hard now to reduce this, which starts with Raylenes birthday on the day we return to Sydney.

We might get to blog again later as we have a 3 day boat trip back to Ushuaia ... we are now so far south that we are not seeing any darkness at the moment, so hard to know when its time to have a beer or two.

Anyway cheers for now, will blog further, after I read the blog replies.
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