Made my way to Rickmansworth via Heathrow Express and Underground, found the hotel, ate a very nice dinner, then went for a little wander around town. Very nice town indeed, as I walked around I was guessing that lots of the houses would be around the £1 million mark - and this was confirmed when I wandered past a couple of real estate agents a bit later.
I was there for the Slough Open (could possibly be renamed the "Random Wandering Fencing Tournament", since I don't think it's been in the same place twice). 112 fencers turned up on the day, at a very nice venue - the "Princess Marina Sports Hall" (no, really!) at the Royal Masonic School for Girls. I had a pretty good day - fenced well in the pool round, winning 5 bouts out of 6, which put me in 10th place for the DE. That gave me a bye through the round of 128, then I won the round of 64 bout fairly easily too. Unfortunately, my next opponent was very quick and good at defending, and I was a couple of hits behind all the way through the bout - finished at 12-15. Not a bad result, but not quite as good as last year's 15th place. I did get to confirm a suspicion I've had for a while, though - girls get better changing/shower facilities than guys.
After changing and leaving I had time to grab dinner, then make my way in a relaxed fashion back across London to Heathrow, and once again had a smooth run through the airport (minimal queueing, once again didn't need to remove my boots at security), and a pretty good flight home (only a slight delay). If only air travel was always that easy ...
Still, I have another chance for glory this weekend, rwrylsin and I are heading to Liverpool for the Merseyside Open (she's fencing Saturday, I'm on Sunday).