What a first week at the London Olympics! I have been lucky enough to see quite a lot of it live on telly so far and the sport has matched the drama and class of the opening ceremony that set the tone of the next two weeks of sport which has been played out at the highest level.
I said to myself when I was thinking about completing my walk, that starting just after the end of the Olympics in August would probably give me the encouragement and determination that was needed to complete my marathon.
I was not wrong.
I have sat glued to my TV (which has not been turned off by SKY yet when it should have been….shhh! don’t tell them just yet…) and gone through the full gamut of emotions watching people strive to achieve their dreams and themselves go through awesome emotions in victory and defeat. Last Thursday saw #TeamGB gain its first Gold and the two ladies who got it brought me to tears when they crossed the line, they had such joy and incredulity cursing through their bodies it was a pleasure to witness it.
Also the young 15 year old swimmer, Ruta Meilute, who was coached in Plymouth, looked like she had wandered into the Aquatic Centre by mistake and then just swam to Gold with relative ease. When she exited the pool she had a look on her face that said to the World “Have I just done that?”. Amazing stuff. Add to that the drama from the Men’s Gymnastics competition when the boys looked as if they had secured silver when they were over the moon to get bronze and every day you have a story that makes you gasp.
And of course we had “Super Saturday” where Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah lived up to their billing as Gold Medal prospects in such astounding fashion, a night that will live long in the memory for everyone who saw it.
I was lucky enough to go to Earls Court – where there was some top class British mopping of the court going on by the volunteers – on one afternoon and see some Volleyball. Played by huge men that would not look out of place in a Sam Allardyce team. There was huge Polish support there and it felt like a home game for their team when they took to the court, they easily beat an Argentine team 3-0. It was great fun to see an event at the Olympics as I was unsuccessful in getting any tickets in the ballot so thanks to my mate Dunc for letting me have one.
The atmosphere in London has been remarkable, people enjoying themselves and smilingon public transport, even during the busiest times, unheard of really and getting around has been a joy as well. The organisation has been very un-British!
One regret I have is that I applied to be a Gamesmaker and didn’t follow it up, I wish I had now. They all seem to be having the time of their lives no matter where they are or which venue.
Its just under two weeks until I embark on my particular challenge of a lifetime and I wonder just how many more stories of human endeavour and achievement will we see before the Olympics finish?
One or two I suspect.