Thursday, 23 July 2009

Sven proves anything is possible!

Talk about a surreal week.

Sven Goran Eriksson checks in at Notts County as the new director of football.

Whatever next? Elvis will return. Shergar (right) will be found and win next year’s Derby at Epsom.

Stevie Roden wins the London Triathlon in a record time, handed the GB vest and then wins gold at the Olympics in London in 2012.

Slow down a bit. Maybe I am getting carried away there a bit. I mean, if Shergar was found he would be too old now to compete!

I have seen some things happen during my time covering sport in Nottingham but the Sven appointment has still left me more than a little stunned.

But if anything, it helped take my mind off the task ahead for myself in London a week on Sunday.

That was until my official ‘start’ pack landed through the letter box.

I will be off in wave 15, 1.10pm. I will boast the number 9,121.

A few hundred people will set off at the same time as me and to avoid being trampled on in the open water of Victoria Docks, I plan to stay back and set off behind them.

It will be a struggle completing 1,500m, let alone doing it after a frantic start in which the endless legs smashing around end up kicking you all over as the competitors fight for position.

Either way, it all now seems very real. From the detailed plans of where to be at what time to the race rules and regulations for the big event.

With plenty of family and friends coming down for the weekend, I do not want to disappoint.

I just hope it is not red hot, given my early afternoon start. If that is the case, I really will feel the burn - quite literally.

What lies ahead, how will it go, who knows?

But after this week and Sven, nothing can be ruled out.

Well, maybe the victory was a little bit far fetched.

To follow Stevie's progress on Twitter, click here or for the full story behind Stevie taking up the London Triathlon challenge, click here

Visit to sponsor Stevie.

American-based sports giant Under Armour have backed Stevie in his quest to complete the London Triathlon and raise cash for When You Wish Upon A Star by agreeing to become his official sponsor.They have provided him with a whole range of their latest hi-tech training gear to help in all weathers, and a new tri-suit for the race itself. For more information visit


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