Commonwealth Games part 1

Oh this is wonderful. We arrived in Glasgow on Friday to what was unpromising weather. I had venue specific training on Saturday and as we went off in our double decker bus to see the three venues, we were stopped at the traffic lights at George Square just as the Glasgow Pride March came past. It was wonderful to see them particularly given the view of some commonwealth countries to LGBT issues. By this time it was raining and the bus was steamy, so no photos.
Whilst I was training, Roger moved the camper to our home for the games period. We’re staying at Hamilton Rugby club. The staff at the club are fantastic so this is looking good. In the evening Clydesiders had been invited to the rehearsal for the opening ceremony, so off we went in the rain with our new friends Michael and Ebun to Celtic park. It was inclement but we were well wrapped up and cheerful and chatted our way to the ground. Glasgow is dotted with Clydes and this is one on the way to Celtic Park.
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The opening ceremony rehearsal was good and it was great that so many of the celebrities turned out on a wet night. Obviously not all of them were there and the prize for best over acting went to the Rod Stewart stand in!!
Sunday saw us visiting Hamilton baptist Church where we were greeted warmly and shared in a lovely service and a tasty lunch. Fantastic people. We then found our way into Glasgow and sussed out where Roger was going to be working and found our bearings a bit.
Monday was my first shift. I’m working with the technical officials and assisting them with their transport. This involves trying to organise them and get them at the right place to get the right bus to get to where they need to be. Shift successfully negotiated and then I joined Roger at the BBC on the Quay where we enjoyed some live entertainment before hearing the unmistakable sound of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. They were warming up in the outside stage area rehearsing for the One show. We hung around and were given tickets so saw the whole show live. Alex and Matt seemed to be on good form and it was great.
Tuesday saw us both working an early shift then back to the BBC stage again to see Mel Gledroyc interview Judy Murray for radio 4. When we came out we went over to the main stage to find some open air shade. The tent for the radio recording was very hot with no breeze. Whilst cooling off we enjoyed Simple Minds practising for the One show.
Wednesday meant an early start as Roger and I fancied trying our luck to get into the Ken Bruce live show recording at BBC Quay. We got in and we had the most fantastic time. ken, Lynne, Simple Minds, Paloma Faith and my personal favourite Paul Heston and Jacqui Abbott. What a morning. Live music, great entertainment, sunshine and great company.

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Another short shift followed and we were able to get to merchant City to see the opening ceremony on a big screen – actually not a very big screen and very badly placed in a narrow street, but the atmosphere was tremendous. When the athletes started to come in. We made our way to Dalmarnock, the nearest station to Celtic Park. we stood there to watch the fireworks go off after the ceremony. There were simultaneous fireworks at Celtic Park, Glasgow Green and somewhere else that we couldn’t identify. Didn’t know which way to look!!

A day off yesterday allowed time for some chores and then a walk to Strathclyde Country park for the Triathlon. This was just fantastic. It was roasting hot and we arrived just as the medal ceremony was being held. Two medals for England, felt like a good sign. We were sat by the loch so had a fantastic view of all the athletes as they swam round, but really couldn’t see who anyone was. We cheered and shouted with the rest of the crowd as the field became strung out and wondered at the chap at the back doing breast stroke making very slow progress. We were willing him not to be lapped as this would have meant a disqualification. Whilst he appeared to miss this, he was eventually pulled about 2/3 around the second lap.

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The Brownlee brothers were so strong in all three disciplines and led from the front. It was amazing to see them cycling and running and being so far in front. It was great that they were joined by a Scot for much of the cycling, but they were clearly the strongest in the field. We were standing at the fence as they ran past, but I failed miserably to get anything resembling a decent photograph of them – but we were there. The Scottish crowd were fantastic and really supportive of the Brownlees but the biggest cheers were reserved for the Scottish competitors. A fantastic event and I may go back for the team event on Saturday.
Well today Roger’s off on a shift and I’m off later. Just enjoying some quiet blogging time. Glasgow is fantastic, the people are wonderful and the atmosphere is stunning. There’s stuff for everyone to do whether you love sport or not and I recommend it to you all. Another 10 days of competition to go and another 7 shifts each to complete. I love it!

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