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Alfa Mar 2018 – Where’s Kieran?
We left a cold, wet and windy Portchester at 2.30am to arrive in Portugal, greeted by clear blue skies and a T shirt wearing temperature. No problems with our transport; we arrived at the hotel around mid morning to check in but unfortunately our villas were not quite ready so we walked up to the village for some lunch and then over to the supermarket for a few essential supplies. We then walked back to the hotel to pick up the keys to our villas where we unpacked, ready for the days training session. Mary’s groups went down to the track and mine had a hill session on the cliff tops. In the evening we dined at the pizza restaurant and then it was a walk back to the villas for an early night.
Everyone was well rested after a good nights sleep and at 8 o’clock we went up to the hotel for breakfast where we watched the sun break through the clouds to herald another warm day. For the first session of the day both groups were down at the track, both groups worked well and after the session it was time for a lunch break and a rest before the afternoon session. In the afternoon Mary’s group had a session in the indoor pool whilst mine had another track session. For our evening meal we had a very entertaining evening in the Chinese restaurant.
Tuesday got off to a good start with a nice clear blue sky. After a hearty breakfast and a short rest it was time for the first session of the day with both groups training on the cross country course. Good sessions from everyone, particularly Joe whose result on the time trial placed him fourth on the all time best list. For the afternoon session both groups were back down at the track where again everyone worked well, good efforts from both groups. In the evening we dined at the Flor De Mar restaurant where we received our now customary 10% discount. The chocolate mousse is as good as ever!
Wednesday started off cloudy; after breakfast we took the road to Villamoura where we strolled around the marina and shops. By the time we had met up for lunch the skies had cleared to reveal another sunny day. After lunch we brought an ice cream and then had a leisurely stroll back along the beach to the hotel. Just one session today with Mary’s group doing a gym session whilst mine were introduced to the cliff top run. In the evening we were back at the Pizza restaurant, always very popular!
Thursday started off really well and proved to be the warmest day of the week so far. After breakfast it was time for the first session of the day with my group back down at the track and Mary’s group at the indoor pool. After lunch most of the group were sunbathing around the outdoor pool, relaxing before the second session of the day. For the afternoon Mary’s group were back in the gym and mine had the delights of a beach run. In the evening we were back at the Chinese restaurant where we had the penultimate quiz of the week. Very close with all athletes separated by a handful of points. Another hilarious evening!
By Friday the hotel was starting to fill up and we actually had to queue for a table(s) at breakfast. After breakfast we caught the bus to Albufeira for a day out and a chance to buy any presents. It turned out to be the hottest day of the week. Once we had finished our shopping we met up for lunch before making our way up the hill to catch the bus back to Alfa Mar. On our return my group rested whilst Mary took her group down to the track for some sprint starts. In the evening we returned, by popular demand, to the Pizza restaurant.
Saturday proved to be another busy morning in the restaurant but fortunately the Irish track team invited us to share their table. They had to Google Havant to find out where we were from. Just one session today which was for everyone. A beach session taken by Hayley, a great session Hayley, well done. The whole group went into the sea after the session, good preparation for what was to come next. We went up to the outdoor pool for the traditional mass jump in. As always everyone enjoys this and they all insisted that they do it a second time. After a break for lunch the villas got ready for the sand sculpture competition which this year was judged by Mary and Haley who declared the girls as the winning team for their life like hippo. After the competition it was time to go back to our villas and do a bit of packing, hard to believe that almost a week had gone by. In the evening we went to the Flor De Mar restaurant for the presentation evening, the awards are listed at the end of this report. Once again we were given 10% off our bill. After the presentation we enjoyed a Beatles sing along – fully encouraged by the restaurant staff who also joined in!
A late flight back meant that we were able to get in one more training session with everyone doing the cliff top run. The athletes opted to do this before breakfast so at 7.30am they were on their way! After the run we went up for breakfast where again we joined the Irish track team. After breakfast we returned to our villas to finish packing. Once we had handed our keys in we walked up to the cross country course to watch the International cross country races, we missed the younger age groups but did catch the Under 17s and senior races. When the last race had finished we went up to the on site café for a meal and then back to the hotel to await our transport. We were the last flight out of Faro and made good time back to Gatwick and arrived back at Mary’s around 2am.
Thanks to everyone for their company, a very enjoyable week, I hope you all had a good week and reap the benefits of your training. Plans for next year will start around the beginning of April, athletes are selected for this week, it is not open to anyone but basically you must train and compete on a regular basis and be over 15 years of age.
Awards for the week were as follows:
Algarve Quiz Champion Kieran Flynn
Minder of the week Hayley Greenwood
Comedian of the week Sam Farrugia
Zoologist of the week Amanda Rees-Frometa
Iron Man of the week Dave Evans
Athlete of the week Joe Wiggins
Explorer of the week Ruby Dale
Sprinter of the week Sarah Al-Romaithi
Catwoman of the week Isy Roberts
Casanova of the week Kieran Flynn
Man Magnet of the week Mary Goater
Report from the second vets match can be viewed here:
Entry forms for the Havant September Open Meeting can be downloaded from the Open Meeting page.