Welcome back to my sadly neglected photos blog!
Sunday 5th August 2012 was the date for the Women's Marathon at the London Olympics and I was there.... in the crowd, obviously!! The day started fine and dry and sunny.... but changed!! It's true what they say about people being friendly and helpful - everyone talking to each other on the Tube, rather than ignoring each other like normal! I hope they keep it up after the Games finish.
I decided to head for Tower Hill, by the Tower of London, where the runners would turn round at the end of their loop and head back towards the start of the route.
This is the map of the route, I've marked where I was standing... on the right hand edge
Anyhow, when I arrived in London, around 9ish (the start time wasn't till 11 but I wanted a prime spot!) it was gorgeous - I headed for alongside the river to take some photos of the Olympic Rings hanging from the Tower.....
Anyhow, I then headed for the marathon route which was close by here, and staked my claim for space!
I had a look at the coverage on the BBC i-player just in case I was caught on camera - they didn't do any close ups of the crowd at this end, but I did a screen shot of where I was....
I did stay for the majority of the runners to complete this third loop and then set off for home - it was such a relief to get out of my wet clothes, luckily I am fine today and haven't caught a chill!!
I was home in time to see the tennis - go Andy Murray, Gold medal, wonderful. TeamGB have exceeded many people's expectations I think, and we are currently 3rd in the medal table riding high behind the USA and China... I am having a real feast of Olympic sports - watching all kinds of sports I never normally do, or know anything about - and loads of the ones I love too - it has been such fun!!
I may have half drowned, but I am SO glad I went - now I can say I was part of it all.