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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Saturday, 8 September 2012

My last day at the Olympic Park

This week I have been experiencing different sports at the paralympic games but my first love is athletics. I was thrilled to have tickets for 2 evening sessions in the stadium. On Wednesday I started the day  by going up to the top of the orbit and mavelling at the views. The weather was perfect .

It was the end of the morning session in the aquatics centre but it looked more like ants leaving the nest.

On the way down we came across a brass band keeping us entertained. I loved the little boy in the picture with his Union Jack hat and cuddly toy swinging from his rucsac. 'Inspire a generation' is the theme of these olympics/paralympics. Perhaps this young man will grow up to be a world famous musician!

On the ground was a morris dancing troupe to entertain the passing crowds. What I didn't realise was that the next dance had started when this photo was taken and I became entangled with the dancing group much to my embarrassment.

The beautiful building in the background is the velodrome.

It is now early evening and I have taken my seat in the stadium. I couldn't believe what a brilliant seat I had been given. I was just 9 rows from the track. In front of the track to the right is the medal rostrum so I had an excellent view of all the medal winners. If you look closely you can see 2 remote controlled cars (minis). They are being taken onto the field as these are used to bring the javelins and discus back to the athletes. Neat or what?

Whilst waiting for the session to start one of the GB medal winners(Aled Davies) came out for a look round and to give an interview. He was wearing the gold and the bronze medals.

One of the first races was the heats for the 100m which included Oscar Pistorius from South Africa.

He was also in the last race of the evening the 4x100m relay which South Africa won. Here they are celebrating their victory.


  1. Superb images and captions!
    The Minis to bring back the javelins and discus - just WOW!!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. What a wonderful adventure for you and for me it's so nice to be able to see these pictures ! I am jalous !

  3. I enjoyed your stories about the Olympics very much. It was so great to have you in the middle of such a great event and sharing your adventures.

  4. Thank you for bringing to our homes a "behind the scenes" view of the Paralympics. I'm sure the experience will live in your memory for many years to come. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Love the photo of you with the dancing group! So much fun all round.

  6. What a fabulous way to finish your Olympic experience! You've definitely had a crazy but wonderful month! Thanks again for sharing it all with us! :o)


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