*Post in association with Mumsnet and British Athletics
After what has been a very swift countdown since I met British athletics stars Reece Prescod and Stef Reid at a local primary school in East London, the day had arrived at it was time to watch the action unfold at the second day of the Müller Anniversary Games held at the London Stadium.
We had made a weekend of it and stayed locally the night before, we were all pretty excited about going to see the Diamond League athletics again. We could see the Orbit Tower from our apartment all lit up in red glowing away on the horizon so obviously that fuelled our excitement a little more. It has been five years since we took Olly to the first Anniversary Games so we couldn’t wait to go back, soak up the atmosphere and introduce baby Freddie to the stadium.
We had watched the news on Saturday evening to find out the latest from the first days event. Highlights included British Racewalker Tom Bosworth set a new World Record in the 3000m race walk with a time of 10:43.84 and Stef Reid taking victory in the women’s T44/47/64 long jump with an incredible jump of 5.55m! We went to bed looking forward to the following days action.
We met my brother-in-law and walked to the London Stadium. It was brilliant to see so many families taking the children to the event waving flags and wearing national emblems across their chests. We had hoped there would be a larger fan zone similar to the one we experienced in Birmingham for Olly to join in with some of the activities and try out some of the sports for himself but unfortunately there wasn’t anything as big as we had experience previously. I think this was a real shame but perhaps they couldn’t have made it bigger due to the space or sheer number of spectators.
It was a really hot day in London and so we didn’t take our seats until the action was about to begin. We saw Iwan Thomas presenting the introductions for the track and field events and told Nanny Cooper to watch out for us on the television as she was watching back at home. Olly absolutely loved it. He wanted to know what event was next, who was taking part, if there were any British athletes taking part, because as it was a Diamond League meeting international athletes were taking part too, he was so interested in it which, for me, is fantastic. He’s got a genuine interest in it and that’s something I hope he’ll keep with him as he grows.
We also saw British para-athlete Kare Adenegan beat her personal best and set a World Record in the T34 100m which was incredible. She was so fast and beat Olympian Hannah Cockcroft to the title. I love how inclusive the Müller Anniversary Games are. To see some of the best athletes in the world take to the track and field was incredible and really sends out a message to those watching that you really achieve anything if you put your mind to it despite a disability.
To round off our fantastic afternoon, we saw Greg Rutherford compete in the Long Jump and which sadly was going to be his last competition. He has fought injury over the last 18 months and both Olly and I have met Greg and his family back in 2015, so it was bittersweet to see him battle the injuries and retire from the sport. Olly was given a Thank You Greg sign by one of the stewards which of course he loved holding it up!
Notice the t-shirt? Olly managed to choke on some of his sandwich and threw up on himself so I had to buy a clean t-shirt!
We had such a wonderful afternoon at the Anniversary Games, Freddie loved the attention from people sitting around us, he wasn’t too bothered with the crowd noise and Olly really got into it, cheering on the athletes and enjoying himself. We’re looking forward to enjoying more athletics over the next few years and who knows, one day it might even be one of my boys out there competing!
Disclosure: We were invited to the Games by Mumsnet and British Athletics. I have been compensated for my time. All words and images are my own.