Saturday, June 30, 2007

Leaving on a Jet Plane?

It didn't happen!

On arriving at Virgin Blue around 10:00am for a 1:50pm flight, I was dismayed to be told the flight had been cancelled....all other flights Friday & Saturday booked out. On offer was a night flight to Brisbane, but with 6.5 hours to wait & no idea of how to get from Brisbane to the GC late at night, I had no choice but to get a train back to Mittagong.

The same thing happened in 2005 for the GC Marathon - with flight changes to Brisbane, buses etc it was 15 hours from when I left home until I arrived at the GC....I couldn't face the same ordeal again.

I'm not going to pretend that my thoughts are "such is life' & "worse things happen to others" , "it's not the end of the world", "there's always another race" etc. etc. (which I know is true & which I suppose I should be thinking but it'd be a lie) or that I'm taking the knock-back gracefully - I'm not! I'm bloody angry, bitterly disappointed & have been in tears ever since ...I trained so hard for so many months for this run... & I don't want to run again!

I should add that, after I got home & posted on the Message Board what had happened, I had several offers from Cool Runners offering to pick me up from either Brisbane or GC (& Plu from Ballina!) but I couldn't get one single seat on Virgin Blue or any other airline that I kept checking on every hour right through Friday night & all of today!


  1. Oh LL, that is just awful :-(

    I don't know what to say other than I really feel for you after all the hard work you have put :-( :-( :-(

  2. LL, that's a disgrace that you've been denied by this. In the face of numerous co-workers who are pro-Virgin (and I'm no fan of the Great White Rat) I've continuously pointed out they have no spare capacity and they have no engineering support outside of Brisbane. Did they offer to put you on to Qantas or Jetstar?

    Get up them for compo - that's dreadful.

  3. That sucks and I'm sorry it happened to you. I know the GC people will be missing you and you them,


  4. BIG Disappointment.

    How can they do that and get away with it.

    Ther's no such thing as "Service" or "Looking After Customers" these days.

  5. This is my worst fear realized LL.
    So sorry to hear about this.

    Yes, it is hard to be sanquine about this kind of thing, but be assured you are much loved and had it been possible to help you, your friends would have.

    Hope you sleep well tonight.

  6. Sweetheart,

    I only spoke to Ewen last night and he told me the story. I am so disappointed for you & so sorry I didn't get to see you. I wish I could have done something for you and helped out.

    Don't let those idiots stop you from running!! We need to keep seeing our LL whether on the GC, Sydney, Canberra... where ever you choose to be.

    We all love you LL. Don't you forget that!


  7. LL, That's terrible. I'm so sorry and also sorry for being late to pick up on your misfortune. I can certainly understand your anger and inability to take it gracefully. Who could? At least we know you are human ;-)

    I've also seen your next post and it is good to see that stiff upper lip break into a smile again, even if there may be just a hint of a remaining pout...