On Sunday we headed to London Stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to watch the now iconic annual Müller Anniversary Games which have continued on our success in athletics from London 2012.
These games saw some of the very best athletes in the world head to the British capital to compete in the IAAF Diamond League track and field/athletics season.
I have to admit that sporting events we normally attend are football related, with our last being the Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, so I was unsure what the atmosphere would be like.
The Queen Elizabeth Stadium took centre stage at London 2012 and although it has been reduced in size since the Olympic Games it is still an impressive looking stadium and is still in regular use as it’s now home to West Ham United.
That said, the atmosphere was a lot different to a football match and it was a lot more family friendly, with Welsh sprinter, Iwan Thomas, commentating and taking us through the afternoon’s events.
Athletics has a really broad range of events to watch, with various distance runs and walks as well as long jump, high jump, pole vault, javelin and discus. We were busy cheering the British team along, but sadly apart from the Women’s Long Jump and the Men’s 3000 Metres Race Walk we didn’t see much medal success.
London 2012 has definitely inspired many of today’s sporting superstars and continues to encourage kids of all ages to try new events. For Isaac and Eliza, it still seems to be swimming that they love, but both seem to be particularly keen to try javelin and discus on our return home.
The athletes are currently having a well-earned summer break but will be back competing at the Müller Grand Prix at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on Saturday 18th August 2018, which also see’s Greg Rutherford’s final appearance in the long jump as he is retiring due to injury.
Pop over to www.britishathletics.org.uk to find out more and purchase tickets, it really is a fun day out for all the family
We were invited to the Muller Anniversary Games as guests of Mumsnet and British Athletics – I have been compensated for my time.