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Published: September 10th 2012
What a great time to arrive back, as we landed at Heathrow it was great to see all the Olympic banners and signs up everywhere, revving up our appetite for the next few days ahead. This excitement was also because we were going to see our Family and Friends not just because we had tickets to the greatest show on Earth for the Saturday.
However the olympics wasn't the number one sport on my list, after 6 months with no wakeboarding the first place on the agenda was JB Ski for a little shred. We dumped our stuff at the Forresters Arms in Egham behind our old house, grabbed some very late lunch and headed down to the lake. It was great to see so many friends when we got there and it was nice to catch up with everyone. Lee kindly leant me his board as well so i could get my fix on the water and with the weather forecast better for the next day, Michelle saved herself for then.... Any excuse....
As luck would have it Wendy had the next day off too so kindly picked us and our gear up and took us down the
lake again, but not before we had had chance to check out their swanky new pad (Michelle was very jealous).
Again more friends came to see us and Michelle got to spend time with her mate Kim & her little one Khloe..... And to top that her Dad came down to see us bringing with him my board bag so i could have a proper ride.
So after plenty of riding from Mr and Mrs G it was time to say our goodbyes again to our home of two years and head around the M25 and up the M1 to Milton Keynes to meet up with the rest of the in laws, namely baby bro and Mum... Who'd been at the basketball and tennis, lucky sods!
It was nice to be back amongst family again and get fully up to speed with Team GBs winning ways...Oh not to mention the delights of pub grub.......
After a walk around the lovely Willin Lake the following day the Inlaws indulged me again sitting and chatting as i took to the cable at Wake MK for another play.
On Friday my mum and dad arrived down to Milton
Keynes and it was great to see them as well, after a bit of shopping we passed the time with a meal before an early night ready for our early start and big day out.
We had been one of those who had struggled with the ticketing system for the Olympics but had no complaints as we were lucky enough to grab tickets for the first Saturday in the Olympic Stadium. So 7am we were at Milton Keynes Station catching the fast Virgin Train to Euston and after a 20 minute walk to St Pancras we were getting on the Javelin Train to Stratford and 10 minutes later we were sat in a coffee shop for a quick cuppa before wandering through to the Olympic Park, and after only an hour and a half door to door we were inside the park any thoughts of transportation issues firmly banished a good two fingers up to those people who predicted otherwise.
What a day we were in for .......
Not only did we have the pleasure of witnessing Jessica Ennis almost wrap up her gold in the Heptathlon with great PB jumps and throws in the Long Jump
and Javelin but the £150 tickets we had were so worth the money, as we sat near the Cauldron with a great view of the Long Jump and Javelin area. We also had the pleasure of watching all the fastest men on the planet compete in the 100m first round including of course Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake... And incase that wasn't enough, Oscar Pistorius in the 400m, the pole vault and steeplechase qualifiers. It seemed a little strange sitting there considering it was only a week ago when we were sat in our Hostel in Rio watching the amazing Opening Ceremony, but the Stadium looked as good as it did on tv, in fact even better in real life and it was pretty much packed and the atmosphere.... Well... Out of this world!
After five hours entertainment in the stadium we took a wander through the rest of the park, it has to be said the stadiums look slick and coupled with the landscaping the park looked outstanding. After time milling around as well as watching the entertainment on the big screen, (there was no shifting my mum whilst the tennis was on) we headed back to Milton
Keynes tired and happy that we had got to have the Olympic Experience, and after another quick meal we were rushing back to the hotel to watch the end of what is now known as Super Saturday with golds all round, topped off in the stadium with great achievements from Jessica Ennis in the Heptathlon, Greg Rutherford in the Long Jump and Mo Farah in the 10000m, a nice way to end the day.
So Sunday came and it was time to head back north to Scunthorpe, it was a great first few days at home which have flown by seeing Family and Friends and the Olympics will live long in our memories. After all the questions and the doubts about our ability to host a big event it was so great to see that the London Olympics will go down as one of the greatest ever and proves that when it comes to National Pride and having a good time nobody does it like us British, heres hoping the feel good factor can last forever.
I nearly forgot to mention the extraordinary Games Makers, who all day throughout the park had a smile on there face and
could not do enough, they truly were heroes of the games.
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