The Paralympic Gold Postbox Challenge

During the London Olympics back in August 2012, Royal Mail announced that each gold medal winner would have a postbox painted gold in his or her home town. At the time, we didn’t really take much notice of this until a photo appeared on Facebook of Jessica’s godfather Bryan standing next to a gold postbox and challenging his friends to see who could visit the most. With a trip up north for a friend’s wedding planned followed by heading to Scotland to visit another one of Jessica’s godparents, hubby and I realised that we could fit in quite a few of the Olympic postboxes on our journey and so started our quest to visit them all.

The Paralympic Gold Postbox Challenge - Little Hearts, Big Love

The Paralympics hadn’t even started when we found our first gold postboxes which was a little frustrating as we discovered that the ones in Scotland were along the route we had originally taken on our first trip. It’s taken us three years but we have finally managed to visit all 46 Team GB Paralympic gold postboxes and 64 out of the 65 Olympic ones (just one more left on the Isle of Man and we’ll have completed the set!). Here’s where our travels have taken us:

 

September 2012

#1 – Sarah Storey (Women’s Individual Pursuit Cycling C5) – Disley

#2 – Birthplace of the Paralympics – Stoke Mandeville Hospital

The Paralympic Gold Postbox Challenge - Little Hearts, Big Love

October 2012

#3 – Sophie Christiansen (Equestrian – Individual Championship Test Grade 1a) – Fulmer

#4 – Naomi Riches (Rowing – Mixed Coxed Four) – Marlow

#5 – Sophie Christiansen (Equestrian – Team) – Maidenhead

#6 – Natasha Baker (Equestrian – Individual Championship Test Grade II) – Uxbridge

#7 – James Roe (Rowing – Mixed Coxed Four) – Stratford-upon-Avon

 

The Paralympic Gold Postbox Challenge - Little Hearts, Big Love

May 2013

#8 – Natasha Baker (Equestrian – Individual Championship Test Grade II) – Uxbridge

 

June 2013

#9 – Deborah Criddle (Equestrian – team) – Trull

#10 – Jonathan Fox (Swimming – Men’s 100m Backstroke S7) – St Stephen-in-Brannell

#11 – Helena Lucas (Sailing – One Person Keelboat 2.4Metre) – Easton

#12 – Sophie Christiansen (Equestrian – Individual Championship Test Grade Ia) – Sunningdale

#13 – Sophie Christiansen (Equestrian – Freestyle Dressage Grade 1a Test) – Egham

The Paralympic Gold Postbox Challenge - Little Hearts, Big Love

July 2013

#14 – David Weir (Athletics – Track Men’s 800m T54) – Wallington

#15 – David Weir (Athletics – Track Men’s 5000m T54) – Wallington

#16 – David Weir (Athletics – Men’s Marathon T54) – Wallington

#17 – David Weir (Athletics – Track Men’s 1500m T54) – Wallington

The Paralympic Gold Postbox Challenge - Little Hearts, Big Love

August 2013

#18 – Josef Craig (Swimming – Men’s 400m freestyle S7) – Jarrow

#19 – Craig MacLean (Cycling – Men’s sprint) – Wilmslow

#20 – Sarah Storey (Cycling – Track Women’s 500m Time Trial C4-5) – Poynton

#21 – Barney Storey (Cycling – Track Men’s Individual B 1km Time Trial) – Disley

#22 – Sarah Storey (Cycling – Women’s Road Race C4-5) – Macclesfield

#23 – Lee Pearson (Equestrian – team) – Bagnall

 

The Paralympic Gold Postbox Challenge - Little Hearts, Big Love

 

May 2014

#24 – Lily van den Broecke (Rowing – Mixed Coxed Four) – Oxford

The Paralympic Gold Postbox Challenge - Little Hearts, Big Love

August 2014

#25 – Jessica-Jane Applegate (Swimming – Women’s 100m freestyle S14) – Belton with Browston

#26 – Jonnie Peacock (Athletics – Men’s 100m, T44) – Doddington

#27 – Sophie Well (Equestrian – team) – Lincoln

#28 – Richard Whitehead (Athletics – Track Men’s 200m T42) – Lowdham

#29 – Oliver Hynd (Swimming – Men’s 200m individual medley, SM8) – Kirkby-in-Ashfield

#30 – Anthony Kappes (Cycling – Men’s sprint) – Chapel-en-le-Frith

#31 – Mickey Bushell (Athletics – Mens 100m) – Telford

#32 – Ellie Simmonds (Swimming – Women’s 400m freestyle S6) – Aldridge

#33 – Pam Relph (Rowing – Mixed Coxed Four) – Weston Turville

The Paralympic Gold Postbox Challenge - Little Hearts, Big Love

The Paralympic Gold Postbox Challenge - Little Hearts, Big Love

March 2015

#34 – Heather Frederiksen (Swimming – Women’s 100m backstroke S8) – Leigh

#35 – Sarah Storey (Cycling – Women’s Road Time Trial C5) – Eccles

#36 – David Smith (Rowing – Mixed coxed four) – Aviemore

#37 – Craig MacLean (Cycling – Men’s sprint) – Grantown-in-Spey

The Paralympic Gold Postbox Challenge - Little Hearts, Big Love

April 2015

#38 – Neil Fachie (Cycling – Track Men’s Individual B 1km Time Trial) – Aberdeen

#39 – David Stone (Cycling – Mixed Road Race T1-2) – Rawdon

The Paralympic Gold Postbox Challenge - Little Hearts, Big Love

#40 – Danielle Brown (Archery – Women’s Individual Compound (Open)) – Skipton

#41 – Hannah Cockcroft (Athletics – Track Women’s 200m T34) – Halifax

#42 – Hannah Cockcroft (Athletics – Track Women’s 100m T34) – Halifax

The Paralympic Gold Postbox Challenge - Little Hearts, Big Love

#43 – Josie Pearson (Athletics – Women’s Discus Throw F51/52/53) – Hay-on-Wye

#44 – Aled Davies (Men’s discus throw) – Brigend

#45 – Ellie Simmonds (Swimming – Women’s 200m individual medley SM6) – Swansea

The Paralympic Gold Postbox Challenge - Little Hearts, Big Love

#46 – Mark Colbourne (Cycling – Track Men’s C1 3km Pursuit) – Tredegar

The Paralympic Gold Postbox Challenge - Little Hearts, Big Love

 

One of the lovely things about looking back over the challenge is seeing how Jessica has grown since we first started it just before her first birthday. By the halfway point, she had got quite used to visiting gold postboxes and sitting on them whilst holding a sign and waiting for Mummy to take a few photos. Then we have the arrival of Sophie in the photos – firstly as a baby and then towards the end it is Sophie who is often sitting on the postbox (Jessica having now become aware that she could potentially fall off and therefore much less willing to sit on the postboxes!)

 

It has been a great way to help plan our holidays around the country and we have visited so many places that we probably would never have been to had it not been for taking part in the challenge. I have to say though, I am quite looking forward to the prospect of having a holiday that doesn’t involve having an epic road trip around the country!

 

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24 thoughts on “The Paralympic Gold Postbox Challenge

    1. Thank you – have really enjoyed the challenge and it’s such a lovely record of how our family has changed in three years 🙂

  1. Oh wow, that is some achievement! We’ve visited a couple of them but not all. We had a fantastic day out at the Paralympics back in 2012, the atmosphere of that day is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

    1. Thank you – the atmosphere was amazing wasn’t it? We saw a couple of the rowing events down at Dorney and it was brilliant 🙂

  2. What a fantastic achievement! I loved reading this and looking at your photos. I was just thinking the same as you about how much Jessica had grown and changed and how lovely it was to see Sophie suddenly appear in the photos 🙂

  3. Wow, that’s quite an impressive list, I bet you can’t wait to cross the last one off of the list. It’s lovely to see how the girls have grown as the photos go on, and lovely that they will be able to say that they’ve seen every single one. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

    1. Thank you – hoping to get to visit the last one later this year. Lovely to link up with #CountryKids 🙂

  4. Wow, that is impressive! What a fabulous thing to have achieved and be able to look back on. I was also thinking that it was a lovely record of how Jessica, and latterly Sophie, have changed 🙂

    1. Aww thank you Katy – not sure what we will do next but am sure we will find another challenge to take on!

  5. Oh, this is fantastic, what a brilliant achievement for you. I love the photos and how the girls look older and bigger in each one. We live near Wallington, so hope you had a nice time in Surrey!

    1. Thank you – it’s lovely to look back on them and we enjoyed our day out finding the Wallington ones! 🙂

  6. I was sure I had commented on this! So excuse the duplicate comment if there is one, and excuse my hallucinations if i haven’t!! ( baby brain still works at 16 months right?)
    Such an impressive challenge, and well done to you all! I loved seeing all the photos, it was almost like you could watch the girls grow! I hope you can soon plan a trip to the last one!!

    1. Baby brain is definitely still a valid excuse with a 16 month old! We’re planning a trip to the Isle of Man for later this year to complete the set 🙂

  7. This is an amazing achievement! I love seeing the girls grow over the course of the pictures. I hope you get to see the last one soon x

  8. Lucas says – What a brilliant idea. So pleased to see the Stoke Mandeville one as we live in Aylesbury so it’ very near to us. The Mother took me to the Olympic flame when it ran through Aylesbury and I really enjoyed it :0 #countrykids

    1. Thanks Lucas – I remember the Olympic flame coming through a town near us – it was so exciting, glad you enjoyed seeing it in Aylesbury.

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