‘‘On your marks, get set, go!’’ they shouted, as I set off from one of the Camping at the Games Olympic campsites. It was a race against time you see; as my cousin Fifi was about to dart off on a camping trip to deepest Cornwall.
While she’d been busy over the last couple of weeks packing up her camping kit, I had been enjoying all the action at the Camping at the Games sites, and what an electric atmosphere there had been. And it was then that I got the call on the ninjabile from a panicking Fifi. She’d borrowed one of my tents to take away with her and all the pegs were missing. Where could they have got to we wondered?
Of course when I opened up the boot of the ninja wagon to have a look for them, there were the missing pegs, right in front of me. Really we needed the help of an Olympian to race the pegs over to Fifi, because her train down to Cornwall was departing in just 20 minutes!
Then I had a brainwave. It just so happens that I’d cooked myself some chicken nuggets on the camping stove for my breakfast that morning, which was just as well as my plan involved some Bolt fast running to relay the pegs over to Fifi in time.
So I got on the ninjabile and called Fifi back. Did she have time to meet me somewhere by the station to collect the pegs? Yes. Excellent news. And was she ready to be part of the Team Ninja peg relay? Affirmative.
We hung up our phones, and then it was Team Ninja, go, go, go!!
Our relay meeting point was by Mandeville, where I handed over the pegs to Fifi. There was just enough time to capture our sporting moment with a few pictures. Fifi clicked away on the camera, snapping a few shots of me and my new best friend Mandeville, the Olympic mascot.
We had a lot in common, as Fifi was quick to point out - our similar cartoonish build apparently, although I like to think of it as more of our athletic build. Mandeville wore an ‘I Love London’ t-shirt, while I wore my ‘I Love Camping’ t-shirt. He had only one eye, and I winked for the camera with one eye closed. It was to be another great photo memory of a fantastic time Camping at the Games.