Six TPW members met in Ottawa to complete the Army half this weekend. Poor Susan and Alex had to miss the event due to illness. Sue, Lee, Philippa and Linda met at the train station on Friday morning for the journey. Laurel and Ela flew in later to join us. We were touched by the thoughtful goodie bags that Helen, Rorie and Phyllis had prepared for us.
We had a grand day on Saturday, with perfect weather, taking in the sights of our nation’s capital, starting with a productive tour of Byward Market resulting in many new accessories – hats, scarves, bracelets and earrings. Several of us visited the National Art Gallery to look at Tom Thomson masterpieces. The day ended in a great dinner. Thanks to Sue for organizing perfect accommodation and restaurants.
The race itself required the ability to breathe underwater. As soon as our corral crossed the start line, it began to rain and poured without cease throughout the race. Just when I thought I couldn’t get any wetter, the rain would intensify and I’d realize that, yes, one part of my underwear had been dry and now wasn’t.
Some of our members had the pleasure of shaking hands with Governor General David Johnston who braved the downpour to meet the public when the race circled Rideau Hall. There didn’t appear to be anyone home at 24 Sussex.
Thank heavens it wasn’t too cold. Everyone finished, and several of us discovered that, to our surprise, we finished faster than expected. It must have been the anticipation of a hot shower and dry clothes.