Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Team GB

For mum's 60th birthday a few weekends ago we went to the Team GB Olympic qualifiers for the athletics at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
I'd never been to an Athletics event before, it was great fun but tricky to keep an eye on all the events happening all at once! I needed about 20 pairs of eyes & the same amount of cameras! We had fab seats 5 rows from the front & we were right in front of the long jump / triple jump sand pit & close to the finishing line for the races.
On our way to the stadium mum stopped off at the Aviva Athlete's message wall to leave Team GB a message.
Dad & I with the birthday girl :)
The first event we saw was the Long Jump. We (mum especially) were excited to be seeing Jessica Ennis competing who'd already qualified for the Heptathlon. We also saw Ugen, Sawyers & Proctor who broke the British Record.
We were lucky cos Jessica's trainer was sitting right behind us so each time she'd jumped & wanted to speak to him she waited right by us.
Mum even got her autograph at the end, what a fab birthday pressie!
We saw Challenger, Parsons & Grabarz competing in the high jump.
The track events we saw were mens & womens walk, mens 5000m, women 400m hurdles, mens 400m, womens 1500m, womens 5000m, mens & womens 200m, mens 800m, mens 110m hurdles, phew!
We saw Holly Bleasdale break the British record in the pole vault
Eilisha McColgan won the Steeplechase & got a hug from her mum Liz McColgan who was a distance runner back in the day.
I tried to get as many photos of the winners as possible, each person waving a Union Jack knew they had reached the 'A' grade to qualify for the Olympics at the end of the month. Well done guys! :)

Bring on 27th July!
Ttfn x

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