Now I’ve been an athletics fan for years, have been to many many events with my sister M and various nieces…..the bf has no interest.
Me and M have been to Manchester 2002 and Glasgow 2014 for the Commonwealth Games and Helsinki 2005 for the World Championships. As well as many years going to the AAA’s and Crystal Palace, London. Oh the memories…. Manchester and the rain – a kip curled up under rain ponchos between sessions. Glasgow – listening to Wet Wet Wet live whilst cheering on our guys on the track….the guy sitting next to me had been warned of awful singing, but said at the end of the gig how impressed he was that I was singing away and still knew what was happening on track. Helsinki – falling in love with the place, walking into the stadium chatting to Lord Coe about football (I had my Norwich shirt on that day) and congratulating him on winning the bid for the London 2012 Olympics, and the rain….boy did it rain….
The 3 major events we’ve been too, we’ve gone for the whole 10 days of the events, going to every session. Unfortunately, the idea of doing that for the London 2017 world Championships died on finding out ticket prices, a bit like the London Olympics. For some reason going to London puts the prices up sky high. It cost for tickets, accommodation and travel about £800 to do Manchester, £1200 for Helsinki and £1500 for Glasgow. London was at least £2000 for all of that. And on top of that for those we wouldn’t have needed to apply for tickets, even if they hadn’t been part of the package deal.
Anyway….we applied for tickets so we could see certain events….the Women’s Javelin (Goldie Sayers hadn’t retired at that point) and the Heptathlon (didn’t know that Louise Hazel…a local girl….wouldn’t be competing either). Personally I would rather watch heats, than get to see a final and wonder what had happened to our boys….. We will cheer anyone from Team GB on, no matter what the discipline, occasionally we will cheer on others such as Sally Pearson the 100m hurdler, because we’ve seen them come through over the years. Happily we got what we applied for, but minus Goldie and Louise….but we cheered on plenty of other brits.
As ever with these events the guys on the track make it what it is, and should be proud of their achievements.
Not so impressed with some of the crowd though. I’m very anti drugs, even more so when it means that those that are clean lose out. At Glasgow, I felt I had to cheer on Dwain Chambers, but I still haven’t forgiven him for what he did to Darren Campbell, Christian Malcolm, Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis, where they had to hand back their 2002 European relay gold and 2003 World relay silver because of him. Justin Gatlin was the main object of the booing, however not to stand for a National Anthem because of him, is downright rude. The amazing bit was there were many athletes there who had served drugs bans, but because they wasn’t as well know, they were cheered on regardless…..the ex-athletes went mad on Twitter those few days, and rightly so……
The one person who stole the show was Hero the Hedgehog…..he was awesome and brilliant entertainment.
It was a great day out, gutted we couldn’t do more, but that’s the joys of major events in London, but saying that it never used to be that difficult to get tickets to Crystal Palace…….