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
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.