I’ve just returned back from the annual Team 9bar get together and it was a brilliant laugh as ever! ThIs year we assembled at Denzil’s Race to the Castle, a lovely 40 mile jaunt along the Welsh Cambrian Coast and the team of ultra runners, rafters, triathletes, BMXers & cyclists met up with the Wholebake team and the Team 9bar management of Alan and Liz Tucker with plenty of partners present too!
Some opted to run the full 40 miles, including Charlie Sharpe, fresh from an epic run at Lakeland 100 and his 12 Labours of Hercules victory the week before, tootled along in first place, probably only eating 4 polos and half a cup of seawater over the 5 hours it took him. Whilst some of us, myself included, opted for a 15k jolly along the coastal path that was put on for those who never wanted to run 40 miles or simply had wussed out due to a big training week in Malaga coming up. Don’t worry, I got plenty of abuse for this, but gave plenty back as well!
The evening saw everyone meet up for a big dinner all laid on by Mark, the big dawg at 9bar and a lovely meal, with some Musical chairs, ensued. One minute you were sitting next to a member of the GB women’s rafting team, then a top level BMX rider & the politest man in Ultra running and finally, if you were lucky, you got the company of Alan and his excellent array of jokes. One liners they are not, but worth the time you invest!
The bar was hit afterwards and an awards ceremony for prizes such as “Cutest Twin”, “Best Newcomer”, “Weirdest Facebook photo”, as well as a presentation of some funds raised by the team for Richard Kell’s phenomenal Soapathon were presented, which Wholebake had generously doubled. Then people started to sneak back to rooms or hit the bar, depending on whether they had a early morning workout planned or a late evening hydration ambition.
The Sunday brought a great team breakfast, but not until Charlie and I had bumped into each other on out separate outings on two little hills with fantastic views over the bay below. After a wee jog back and a large Welsh feed we were given our leaving goody bags of flapjacks and other Wholebake goodies and I attracted the attention of a beautiful young lady, celebrating her 100th birthday, who wanted to know what was in my bag. Happy to oblige, I left her with a flapjack and a smile on her face and we all went out for a team photo. Another happy 9bar fan I hope!
We all then set off our separate ways, all once again reminded of the great support that we as athletes get from Team 9bar and Wholebake to help us achieve our goals, not matter what sport we’re doing. The camaraderie and friendship of the team members who regularly made it to 9bar events up North was evident and it left me delighted to be part of a great team and even more determined to make it to more events with the team in future. I’d fully recommend getting to an event and trying them yourselves, the Nutty flavour is the best, in my humble opinion. What do I know though, I’ve only eaten a few hundred of them…