Bond has ‘Q’, Batman has ‘Alfred’. ÖTILLÖ has ‘Team Logistics’
By Team Logistics
4:30 am. The wind is howling, the rain is horizontal and a tense subdued crowd is eyeing up Team Logistics expecting us to make it good for them.
5:45 am. A hug for Alison and Wez (Team Splash and Dash from the Isles of Scilly) going for the big one after just one previous race experience and they are off.
What a year 2017 has been. In a 28-week period, we put on 12 races and our two shipping containers have travelled over 18,750 km with an inventory of over 2950 items, from spare batteries for the bullhorn at the start, First Aid kits for the volunteers at the Energy stations, and the cable that connects the timing clock on the Finish Line.
By the time the start gun goes our little circus troop of Håkan (“Let me check my list”), Maja (“Volunteer Queeny”), Lollo (“Got to work with a view”), Ally (“Little Miss Sweep”) and Andy (“Does as he is told”) has swelled to over 70 people so that you guys can venture out into the open sea and swim 1750 m in gale-force winds and 1 to 2-m waves.
11:30 am. The wind and rain are still biblical and volunteers are whooping and cheering as they thrust much-needed energy at bedraggled competitors; it is so true that a smile is always the best tonic.
1:45 pm. The seasick media team is at full stretch scampering from location to location carrying vast amounts of very expensive gear, they always seem to break something, and the pink vested medical team are dispensing tough love to any doubters as quitting is forever…
6:15 pm. Will the rain ever stop? At the Finish Line, the atmosphere is both humbling and euphoric but no rest for Team Logistics, as we kneel down for the 300th time to remove slimy timing chips and listen to the amazing compère Philip O’Connor (it’s so true what they say about how the Irish can talk!).
11 pm. The lights are being switched off and an enormous satisfaction of a job well done descends around us.
Article first published in Swimrun Life Magazine Issue #4 (October 2017)