Not even an angry Volcano could stop us arriving this morning into London. I met Nat in Singapore after she had been trekking for 6 days through the Himalayas and we were due to travel to together to London.
Normally we travel together in Business or First class but due to the Volcano in Iceland, my original flight was cancelled, and every flight was booked so all we could get Nat was a ‘luxurious’ seat down the back of the plane – much to her delight. Not!
When we handed in our boarding passes, the scanning machine for Nat’s one read ‘unable to board‘. Not more drama we thought. After a heart stopping few seconds the security attendant calmly said – you’ve been upgraded Mrs Nixon.
So after a testing week of cancelled and changed flights and not knowing if we were going to make it a very pleasant flight was had by both of us up the front. We got plenty of sleep on the flight and arrived fresh to a brisk but sunny Spring day.
After we then checked into our Hotel (it was picked because it was one of 4 hotels in London that had a spa bath in the room) and headed for the Marathon exhibition and registration at the ExCel centre.
There were thousands of people at the ExCel centre and when Sir Richard arrived with his celebrity friends the throng of waiting media and paparazzi went nuts with their cameras.
There are about 100 runners in the Virgin Unite team and 6 of us in the Virgin Galactic team. We were given a great bottle of french champagne as a gift which is in the mini bar fridge awaiting my finish tomorrow.
At last I got to meet one of my all time business heroes. Looking forward to spending more time with him as I get to know him.
Tomorrow its expected to be 17 degrees and sunny. Great running conditions. Although I heard someone moaning that it was going to be hot! There is a Virgin after party at a Bar. That should be fun.
Looking forward to a great day!