This blog is to wish a fond farewell and a very special thank you to the wonderful Sara Davies as she steps back from the expedition as Project Manager to spend more time with her family and growing menagerie of animals.
Sara has been my ‘Chief’ right from the start late in 2009 after hearing me give a talk. She emailed me the next day asking if she could be a part of my team. As I didn’t have a team at that point – I had little more than the excitable idea – I said yes. And off we charged with planning and fundraising and training – often chatting ideas through while out on muddy runs or dog walks. Our running pinnacle was the inaugural Rutland Water marathon in 2010 dressed as giant boobs.
Without Sara’s support and drive and encouragement and ideas I am sure we wouldn’t have even made it to Tower Bridge last year. From sending out replacement bits of kit to far flung corners of the globe to masterminding the shipment of Gulliver and all the Pacific supplies, liaising with sponsors and suppliers, locals and fixers and setting up satellite calls with schools, it is fair to say that her reach has been truly global. She has weathered the storms and rough bits with me along the way, helping me find my self belief when it has floundered, supporting others in the team through tough stuff and generally helping steer an even course. When ‘Rosie’ ruined the row in June, Sara stayed up with me through the night, swapping in and out of watch with George. The word dedication takes on a whole new meaning when I think of her commitment. Most of all, Sara has brought an amazing energy to the project. She still will, too. For through this mad journey we have become friends and so have our family dogs, so the muddy runs will go on…
Pre-Pacific, Sara wrote a message on Gulliver: ‘Where there’s a woman, there’s a way.’ When I think of Sara, this is true; a superwoman and gem of a human being, an expert Manager and great friend.
Thank you Sara – you have been extraordinary.