THEY made it their mission to visit the 57 postboxes painted gold in tribute to Britain’s Olympic heroes.
Now a Titchfield couple has completed a 19-day race around the country in a lasting tribute to this year’s Olympic Games.
Chris and Christine Power drove around the UK in a bid to see each postbox after they were inspired by the games.
Their 4,000-mile challenge came to a close on Saturday after they visited the last seven on their list in one day.
Chris, 69, said: ‘It was a lot tougher than we imagined and frankly we’re exhausted.
‘One thing we enjoyed was seeing where all the athletes came from, there were so many different environments.
‘We were also juggling looking after our grandchildren at the same time, which made it interesting.’
Royal Mail marked every gold medal won by a Team GB or Paralympics GB athlete by painting a postbox in their home town gold.
The Powers came up with their idea to visit them all because Christine likes collecting memorabilia and Chris likes driving.
Christine, 65, said: ‘I asked him if he was up for some driving and he said “where?”.
‘When I said all 57 gold postboxes he said “okay” and that was that.
‘On the whole we have had a memorable and enjoyable experience.
‘We thought the Olympics were absolutely terrific and it was something we wanted to pay tribute to in any way we could.’
As well as visiting each postbox, the Powers had their photograph taken with each one and posted a letter to themselves each time to prove they had been there.
But it was not all plain sailing for the Powers as they made their way around the country.
They got stranded by floods in the midlands and had their car, which was loaned to them for the trip by Richmond Motor Group, vandalised by yobs in Coventry.
The retired couple have created a journal of the journey and an album holding all the stamped envelopes and photos for their grandchildren.