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Thread: Our own personal olympic dream

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    Apologies for starting yet another thread, I know not everyone is as excited as I have been.

    We had an incredible day yesterday - truly one of the very best days of my life ever.

    Much as I would love to be able to sit and write a full and comprehensive, witty trip report - the reality is that we have a 6 week old baby and there are too many jobs to do for me to sit for very long at a computer screen. This is the first time I have sat down all day and there is still a load to do before bed - so apologies.

    I took 600 photos yesterday and it has been hard to trim them down - have managed to get 70 onto flickr that encompass the day - some are good some just help show the spirit of the place - Lisa has lots of lovely family snaps , taken when I was in between lenses etc - will share those when we get a sec - promise

    Day started at 4am (!!) getting up and out of the house now we have a baby is a military operation.We met with out friend and her 2 kids ( used to post as Scarey on here - who were going to the same session) On the train by 6 - but what was amazing even then was that the station was full of happy people who could barely contain their excitement - and unlike usual everyone was chatting to each other .

    Same for the train roars of laughter and excited babbling the whole trip.

    Arriving at London Bridge with the Shard gleaming high above we were greeted by loads of volunteers with giant pink hands who high 5'd the kids the whole 1/2 hour walk to the park.

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    Security was done superbly although this was the busiest park day we were processed in less than 5 minutes by some lovely soldiers who were smiling and joking and high fiving everyone

    The sky was very cloudy on arrival and quite drizzly but nothing to moan about - don't think we would have noticed the mood we were in anyway

    Straight into the park and on to the stadium to be in our seats by 9

    To see this stadium which had seen the opening ceremony a week before and that the planet was currently watching was an electric feeling ( running out of adjectives sorry )

    (matthew hiding behind flag for some reason)

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    View from our seats - we were so excited as we had no real idea where we would be and as it was Jes Ennis' time to do the long jump we figured theses were pretty awesome seats :)

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    clouds of doom - but these soon moved

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    Wow

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    The BBC team opposite us - not a great photo but John Inverdale, Denise Lewis' head and Michael Johnson

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    About 9.45 Jess came out and started warming up infort of us - the roar from the crowd was immense

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    So did Johnson Thompson

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    1st Jump and the sun comes out

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    400m mens was all about this amazing guy....

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    pretty chuffed with this one

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    Hazel jump

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    2nd Jump

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    waiting for round 3

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    weee

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    Rooney Rooney

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    last go...

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    Yes!!!

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    The best remote controlled cars/ javelin delivery system in history

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    3000m Steeplechase

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    100m 1st round

    Tyson Gay

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    boing


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    Its all about this guy....


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    The Pole vault was going on infront of us all morning and there was a massive cheer when Heather Bleasdale from GB qualified with this jump - crowd was as loud as and football goal I've heard

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    Asafa Powell

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    Then Heather waved us goodbye to some huge cheers

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    Jess comes up to throw her first

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    Threw the last one so hard for her PB it bent in the air !

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    An amazing session - we were all hoarse from the shouting and did not want to leave

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    Despite there being 200,000 people there you could still get shots like this

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    ent she lovely...

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    velodrome

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    Matthew chatting to the police and patting their horses

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    Its brilliantly designed and there are lots of these idyllic little walkways to get away from the crowds - all those flowers grown from seed and planted years ago are teaming with butterflies

    wenlock


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    sea of flowers

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    The Gloriana - for those that saw the opening ceremony behind the Gloriana is the pontoon that Beckham moored up at to pass the torch to Sir Steve




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    Incredible flowers at the olympic park


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    Orbit

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    Footsore and weary we walked our way home - again high fiving all the incredible volunteers - the whole time being filled with the feeling that something very very special was happening around us and that now we had become part of it all, something to remember for the rest of our lives

    The children on the train declared it the 'best day ever' - even better than discover cove

    really we said

    ' yep' they said - we can go to DC anytime - this will only ever happen once and now we can say we were there



    Again sorry this is photo heavy - and there is so much to say but I have been writing for an hour and there are things to do

    Chris x

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    Fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing with us



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    Absolutely incredible! (I cannot believe Ben is six weeks already)!

    The photos are amazing. I'm so pleased for you that you were able to see the men's race, as well as the women's track and field! I know you had the VERY best time!!!

    Looking forward to checking out all the photos on Flicker.

    Oh, and don't apologize for being a busy Dad! That's one of the many reasons we love you to bits!






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    Fantastic the buzz on the Olympic park was so electric :)

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    Doc, no reason to be sorry for being photo heavy. FABULOUS pics. Wish I could be there.





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    I agree....being a part of this is special. Something to cherish...especially with the help of 600 photos. :D

    Thank you for sharing with us! Very cool!

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    Fabulous pictures Chris. Many thanks for your time to put them up. Busy dad and all.

    I especially like the GBR Supporter on the back of the baby carrier.

    Now if you could just get him to hold a little flag.

    Tom (... better coverage here than on NBC! :mad:)

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    Wow Chris! Those photos are awesome! Incredible pics of Ennis, and love the one of the BBC presenters in their pod! They all give a great feeling of what it is like. Thank you

    I am jealous






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    That is all.

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    Thanks chaps. It really was unbelievably special. I don't want it to end.

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