Day 2 – Sat 18th March

Hmmm… what to write for a day we begin 35,000 feet in the air? After finally setting off as we entered the 18th March moods were high and the team were settling into a few drinks/trying to sleep/movie watching. We received a few admiring glances from other passengers as well, clearly impressed with the fantastically designed GB logo embroidered on our kit. Wait until you see our ties! We arrived at 8:30am into Jo-burg, to an absolutely glorious day – the recce tour from last year had warned of cold winds and drizzle (not Tom) but only 30 degrees celcius and clear skies for the team today. After landing, to cut a long story short, we re-acquired our baggage, rifles, rental cars (a fleet of Hyundai H1’s) and were on our way – next stop Bloemfontein! (In 4 and a half hours…) A brief stop half way to refuel (ourselves – not the cars, the H1 is an economical machine… at the expense of power…) we finally reached our destination – the palatial Southern Sun Hotel. Many previous tours had been here so, naturally, we decided to stay as well. The final push – unloading the bags and kit was achieved without issue and the team, tired and weary, decided to relax to the nearby pub for a quick drink and to watch the rugby.

We had landed, unpacked, and now the final part of our journey was about to begin. Tired we may be, but the GB rifle team is about to get into gear…


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1 Comment

  1. Martin Schwarz

    Sympathies with the Welsh contingent. Rumour has it that the referee has gone into hiding! As for England, we simply didn’t play well enough: nearly, but not quite. Still, it’s all over now and all you have to think about is shooting. Good luck chaps and chapesses!


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