Great end to half term

Saturday morning saw Madam and I miss our parkrun and head up the M5 to Birmingham to see the British Athletics Indoor Grand Prix, I purchased the tickets before Christmas and before Mo Farah was announced as competing! Very lucky.


Our journey there and car parking was smooth and with the help of Apple found a nice path along the canal to the arena.


The events started with some junior relays. Local athletic clubs competing for a winning prize of £250. First set of boys set off, tore round the track (200metres) only to find the second set of runners were not on the track to take the baton from them! Poor things had to run again! Can you imagine? You’ve have just run your heart out to find you have to do it all over!

The first event was the men’s Long Jump. Greg Rutherford who won a gold medal at London 2012 was competing.

Greg jumped four PB’s and won the event on his last jump! Wow.

We did some Olympian spotting, Jonathan Edwards (triple jump) Paula Radcliffe (Marathon – I have run with her, she might have been a bit ahead) and Denise Lewis (Heptathlon) and were thrilled to see Jo Pavey get an award.

We had incredible seats, front row, centre of the track between the high jump and the pole vault.

This young lady

PV3had the best surname PV2 and she won with that height!


I loved the sad faces on the score boards to make it obvious when someone had a foul jump or vault!PV

We saw many great performances, lots of PB’s and many British successes, truly a great afternoon of entertainment. Then came the one we were all waiting for ……. Mo Farah. Not only Mo Farah but his attempt to break the 2 mile world record, currently held by Bekele Kemensia of Ethiopia with a time of 8:04.35. Mo held the GB record with a time of 8:08:35.

Just a few photos of Mo’s record breaking run  of two miles in 8:03:40, at the half way mark he was a second down and it seemed like he would not make it, but in true Mo fashion he notched up in to a gear that I have yet to find (!) and floated to the end.

A truly amazing afternoon.


About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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9 Responses to Great end to half term

  1. CeeJayKay says:

    Oh wow! Fantastic!!!!

  2. paigesato says:

    I love Mo Farah–his speed AND his smile.

  3. How cool! Felt so sorry for the relay runner with no one to pass the baton too.

  4. Oooooo…fantastic!
    I literally put the tv on at just the right point to see m Mo run.
    If I’d known…I’d have looked out for you too .

  5. Not a big fan of track & field, but it must have been great to see Mo run.

  6. plustenner says:

    what a fantastic day out!

  7. So cool to be there for this. Great pics, thanks for sharing the moment.

  8. Helen says:

    You lucky lady, sounds like an amazing day! I want to see Mo again, so, so jealous, what a great experience.

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