Well there you go. Epic Triathlon 2019 done, horrible, brutal and occasionally beautifully, by far the hardest thing I’ve done. I’ve now been round and round, up and down, side to side and almost touched France. For those that believe that Britain has lost its greatness, I can tell you, you are vastly mistaken. We live in a quite amazing place. Our greatness comes not just from the beauty of our landscapes but the fantastic and brilliant people that inhabit this tiny island, friendly, passionate, enthusiastic hard working people. Any challenge I have ever done I have been overcome by the kindness of strangers. There is not enough room for me to thank all the people I need to thank but a special mention must go to my team, without them I would still be sat swearing at my bike in Glasgow. You got me through the lowest lows and kept spirits high when I needed it. I would just also like to say a massive thank you to my sponsors, because without them this would not be possible. Big thank you to my main sponsor and finish line hosts Rural Solutions Ltd My other sponsors: @creative garden solutions Wilman & Wilman @k3locums @a&g plastics @the Albion pub @iconsports @viking industrial @angelinnhetton
I would also like to express my thanks to @skiptonbs_press & @banana kick for their kind donation towards expenses during the three weeks I’ve been on the road.
Your initial plans may have been scuppered thanks to a combination of bad weather and bad luck but your achievements over the past few weeks are still way beyond the comprehension of most people on here. Well done Sam, be very proud of yourself!
Well done mate another amazing journey completed , truly inspiring 👏👏👍
Congratulations lovie well done 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 xx
Unbelievable Coach - huge well done and again what an inspiration!! Reading this now after I’ve just been for a run - I have whinged a little less 😂👍👌 x x x
Well done Sam- inspiration to a lot of people.
What a guy! Immensely talented but more determined and focused than anything! A very big hearted and wonderful individual! The world needs more Sam's! I've loved the narratives. Cant wait to visit these places you've described so vividly! Thank you!!!💗 rest well...be kind to yourself now!! 🏊♂️🚴♂️🏃♂️🥇🥇🥇🎉🎉🎉
Well done Sam, now enjoy some family time.
absolutely amazing Sam. Well done
Congratulations Sam, wow what an amazing journey! You have taken us all on an epic experience of what you can achieve even when the world throws stuff in our way!
Rest and recover, you deserve it
Great to see you get back to Skipton last night Sam and to catch up with your team and your parents. You have been an inspiration and I’m sure will continue to challenge yourself and all you encounter. Rest up for now and enjoy your new home xxxxx
You are Amazing Sam , rest up now , well deserved ......
Well done sam xxx
Well done Sam great to see you all on TV last night... 👍👍👍
A massive achievement well done Sam and all the gang, family, friends and sponsors. Such an inspiration to so many people. 👏👏👏🥳🥳🥳x
Amazing effort well done 😘
Amazing Sam. Well done now for some well earned rest although you'll no doubt be planning the next adventure for us to follow 😀
Welcome home and very well done xxxxxx
Amazing effort Sam, truly inspirational! Well done, now find a beach somewhere and sit there for a week!
It’s not always what YOU do, it’s about what you can help others believe that THEY can do. You’re a fantastic role model and inspiration Sam (well actually it’s NOT you, it’s your toenails). Well done to them for coming home - please don’t upset me and tell me they didn’t make it xxx
Well done, an amazing achievement and an inspiration for everyone! You look like you’ve barely broken a sweat! 💪🏼⭐️
Well done!!! You should be proud. Great Charity 😁
Well done Sam. Another epic achievement which leaves us all in awe. Your next book should just be called Epic.
Well done Sam. You should be immensely proud of what you have achieved.
It was fantastic to run the last few miles with you Sam Boatwright - what a welcome home from everyone who you have inspired to follow you. Bravo you nutter! 👏🏻 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
So Sam has just left Gargrave, expected to pass the Bull at Broughton at 4.55pm ish, The Swan Inn at 5.20pm ish arriving at Rural Solutions Ltd at 6pm. Come out and show your support, if you do see Sam on his way to Skipton feel free to take plenty of photos and share them! ...
One Man to be respected and admired in the feat of endurance.
VERY well done.
Well done Sam, an amazing achievement.👏👏👏🚴♂️🚵♂️🚴♂️
Marvellous effort Sam, really well done!!
Get in that ice bath with a beer! While yer in there, could ya put the donation link up again pleeze?! 👍 😉 X
Enjoy your rest!! 🏊♂️🚴♂️🏃♂️😴 X
Brilliant effort sam lovely to be able to cheer you on your way massive achievement
Gutted I couldn’t be there. I’m on night shifts, but immensely proud of all you achieve and continue to achieve. You dream big (crazy) but big. You set goals, you focus, you train, with determination, passion and guts. Things didn’t go “as planned” but not giving up and burying your head in the sand - you re-adapt and carry on. That’s what makes you different Sam. Be proud, and welcome home x
Just seen him done the lane towards Carleton, pipped my horn in support 😊
Cannot wait to see you all! X
With you in spirit Sam. End is in sight 🏊🚴🏃
Well done Sam. Been such a pleasure to watch your journey. You are truly an inspiration. 🚵♀️🏃♂️🏊♂️
Can we have live stream!!
Well done Sam should be really proud of what you have achieved x
Well done Sam!! X
Watched him on the TV in Sheffield, well done lad 👏👏👏 best wishes from me & Mr Shep x
Well done mate fantastic effort. Home and a comfy bed awai8👏👏👏
The last night on the campervan. We set off down to Dover July 21st, it seems like a lifetime ago since we were sat waiting to swim. Things have not always gone to plan on this challenge, a few set backs, biblical weather, a fire, a fall and a few other bits thrown in for good measure. It has been fantastic to have your support while on the road. Last night I got a message from a friend, it says it all....”Never seen you so down pal, the fact you’ve kept going after being in such a dark place makes what your doing even more incredible.... I’ve never really had hero’s, not even as a child, but your defo up there for me...” Today as I moved along, in rain that pelted me all morning. I listened to Kiss Crazy Nights. These lyrics sum up everything about endurance and this challenge.... “Sometimes days are so hard to survive, a million ways to bury you alive The sun goes down like a bad bad dream You're wound up tight, gotta let off steam They say they can break you again and again, if life is a radio, turn up to ten”. I gave this a good scream out today as the rain battered against my face. The type of rain that seems to take layers of skin off as you look up. I guess I’m at that point again where I start thinking about writing, with that I mind I need a title for a book, something that sums my life in endurance over the last 10 years? Let’s see what you guys can come up with. For those coming to see me tomorrow, if you want to run I’m aiming for Gargrave at 4.30pm, with the plan to be at Rural Solutions at 6pm..... make sure you look good for the TV! Last day tomorrow!!! ...
Just thought of a name for the book..,, "WELL! THAT DIDNT GO AS PLANNED!"
Brilliant effort Sam - well done
Good luck for your last day and remember why you are doing this gruelling but fascinating journey. You ... Sam are truly incredible 💪🏻 ⭐️
Always inspiring Sam xx
Well done Sam nearly home, last push.x
You've been awesome Sam, be proud!
Well done Sam! Beautiful girls to come home to x
Awesome Sam 👏
AMAZING achievement... despite the dissapointments but hey...... those dissapointments are yours ......we all think your AWESOME ( as well as proper puddled) Go Sam, push on home.....you have more than earned a rest xxx
Incredible effort and the sweat in Sandilands has finally dried up, so about time you got back!
Fantastic Sam 💪
Stamina, grit and determination sums things up. Amazing journey!
What a great picture for your last day, it’s been tough but you are made off tough stuff Sam. You have had an amazing journey and completed an awesome challenge, well done to all xx
Home straight mate, truly is amazing what you put your body through....
You're on the home stretch now Sam. What an epic adventure you have taken us through. You have inspired people to want to achieve things that previously they never thought possible. Keep inspiring 👍🏻😀
Good luck for you last push. For me the real achievements in life come from digging really deep. You have shown that this trip. Awesome resilience from setbacks. You rock!
Wish I was brave enough to run from gargrave to skipton with you. What an honour that would be. I will stand and cheer you though going through the village. You amazing person
Good luck for the last push Sam. You’re doing an amazing job 💪🏃🏻🚲🏊♂️ x
dont worry it is better to have tryed and done your best than not to have tryed at all you where amazing xxx
Good luck on the last stretch, keep inspiring 🚴🏼♂️🏃🏽♂️
Well done you been amazing 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
Glutten for Punishment or I am a nutter are 2 good titles I feel!
Amazing accomplishment anyway and a
fantastic role model for all your pupils.
I know I’m close to finishing now, I remember my body feeling like this in America, it’s done, it’s cooked, only your mind tells you it’s possible now. My body feels like a tenderised piece of meat, battered and pummelled from weeks on the road. Today we crossed the border, if you’re reading this in America don’t panic, it’s easy here, quite pleasant, barely even a sign to acknowledge the fact you are now in England. For many people, they might not care that we are Great Britain, but I do, I love it here. If you haven’t seen what we have, go see it! Scotland has been fantastic, beautifully spectacular, rolling hillsides into huge dark lochs, with people so vibrant and friendly it’s a masterpiece. We headed South this morning, out of Lanark and used B roads to follow the main motorways all the way down to Gretna Green. The day passed, field after field, grey house after grey house. As TMS commentated on the cricket in my headphones many passers by may be forgiven in thinking I had some sort of Tourette’s, as the wickets fell at Edgbaston. Getting into Cumbria much of the scenery is similar to that in Scotland, large swathes or untouched landscapes, hills as far as the eye can see, with tiny grey lines running along the bottom of them as the road cuts through. I can feel my clothes loosely fitting now, my vests hang off me, some bedraggled, emaciated specimen of a man. I guess that’s what happens when you burn 20,000 calories a day. ...
Danny Emmison get into skipton at 6pm pal. Heading to Rural Solutions
Keep going Boatwright you'll soon be home 💪👟🚴♂️🏊♂️
So close now Sam, keep focused. x
Almost there now Sam, amazing as always x
Well done Sam keep it up x
Well done Sam
I hope the toenails are coming too!
Soon be home boss well done keep going Sam you got this xxx
Well done Sam.
Your writing is so descriptive it’s like we’re there with you! Stay strong in your head, I hope there are lots of cheering people as you enter the home stretch 🙌
You are an incredible man, amazing achievements each day.
One step at a time, you can do this !
Yippee! Your heading fast towards home! We want to come and see you - will look out for posts as to what time you expect to finish in Skipton - Good luck today and tomorrow. N x
You will be home soon Sam keep going!
Doing fantastic won't be long now till your on home ground. xx
Nearly home now ! We’ve missed you
Well done mate how long till your in Skipton
Amazing cuz I still have no idea how you do it! 40 mins of spin is enough for me 🙈
Keep going Sam .
On the home stretch now Sam 😊 awesome
Well done mate the finish line is in sight
You’re amazing 😉 superhuman 🦸♂️ and maybe a little bit crazy 😜.... errr make that a lot crazy 😂 keep going Sam Boatwright ... you got this 👍 x
What feels like day 400 is now complete. Tonight we camp just outside Lanark. We have become professionals in finding cheap campsites or if all else fails somewhere to park up. As you move along the road you find yourself looking at lay-bys in a completely different light, all the time thinking, “could we stay there tonight?”. This morning I pushed out of Glen Coe village, I’m glad I stopped when I did last night as I think the climb would have broken me at the end of the day.
With the screaming vocals of Paul Rodgers and Frees’ All Right Now pumping through my headphones I began to climb. The cloud sat like a halo on top of the mountains, the road laid out in front of me for miles, leading up into the abyss. Yesterday we were baked by the sun, today a down pour followed us for miles across the mountains. We headed South down towards Loch Lomond, through tiny villages and towns, sweeping our way through Scotland. About half way down Loch Lomond and on the bike, my chain snapped. We needed some help, luckily we pulled into the Halfords not far away and met the most amazing bike mechanic, Euan. I can’t thank him enough for his help, understaffed and in a busy shop his passion and enthusiasm for bikes was obvious. Thank you Euan, you really did save the day. We have moved further over the last few days than we thought we would and because of this should be finished a day earlier. My finish will now be Wednesday at 6pm, Rural Solutions, Skipton. If you can come along let us know, just comment on here, there will be some beers and a BBQ. If you want to run the last bit home I’ll be coming in from Gargrave, over into Broughton and then into Carlton and back to Skipton this way. If you have followed this from the start then please look at my donate page.
You are amazing a bit of a superhuman! Nice that Lanark got a mention, lovely place. My youngest daughter was born there.
You are doing so amazing. I love reading the journey your on and remember the places so well when I toured Scotland a few years back.
Because of your journey, you have inspired me so much.
Thank you. X
You find the most amazing people in the most unexpected places!
When I was struggling on my long run (long is open to interpretation, obviously) I kept thinking of folks like you: pushing yourself to the absolute limit and moving forward. 💪🏻
Top job Sam. See you on your way through on Weds, I’ll aim to run a bit with you (if I can keep up 🙄) 💪🏻
Download the app Park4night, it tells you where people have stayed previously in motorhomes (usually for free) and gives reviews, the app is also free.
The end is in sight🙂 keep going Sam!
Going well Sam 😊
Nearly there 💪
Keep going your near the end now x
Debby Richardson Sounds like Sam will be running through Carleton 5 o’clock-ish on Wednesday. Can you put it on Carlton web please?
Will Lyle will be there to cheer you home fingers crossed.
Did he manage to repair the front brake ?
Give me a call if you are about in Glasgow tomorrow
Sam you are doing amazing keep it up.
You are doing fantastic not long now and you'll be able to have a well deserved rest 💙🎶🎼🌟🇬🇧x