Catching up on Four Years of Sleep


"I am going to catch up on four years of sleep" that was the plan revealed this morning by Darren on BBC breakfast. It has been a hectic few weeks, not only for Darren but for all of the ParalympicsGB athletes in Beijing.

They arrived back yesterday in a Gold nosed British Airways plane to cheering crowds at Heathrow's Terminal 5. The athletes were 'released' in small groups to allow time for photographs and Darren barely had time to snatch a hug and kiss from the family before being whisked off to a photo op. The Families then went to the first class lounge to wait. After a while they were back for another round of hugs and kisses before off for a press conference. Press conference over and almost 2 hours after the plane had landed the athletes finally belonged to their families again and it was time to prepare for the journey home. For some it was on to another plane, for others there was long drive ahead, the lucky ones were already close to home.

From a family point of view a big thank you to the British Airways staff for all their help and hospitality during the waiting times.


Dear Darren

Glad you are back home safe and catching up on a well deservered rest! I have put you forward for an honorary doctorate from my university (Sport Health and Exercise) although I work in the business school, I am allowed to nominate deserving people and you are certainly top of my list! I will let you know when I know but just need you to keep the week commencing 6th July 2009 free as this is when the Award Ceremonies take place. Can you please send me your address and when your name comes up we can contact you. You know this is your Auntie Annette and your Cousin Sarah who have nominated you. All the best and keep up the good work. Email

I have a nice photo of Darren Kenny modestly displaying his medal haul when he came to Burley tea rooms on Saturday Morning. Where can I post the photo?

If you have an account of Flickr you can post it there, let us know and we can link to it. If you don't then if you email me and I will post the photo.

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