Well, the week certainly isn’t disappointing so far and I am still buzzing after a wonderful and enthralling evening at Hampden last night watching the stars of track and field. The enthusiastic crowd seemed to cheer all night long as one highlight after another unveiled itself, a fantastically brave run by Emily Dudgeon to finish 4th in the Women’s 800m semi-final, likewise from local girl Eilidh Child to clinch silver in the Women’s 400m hurdles and in the Men’s 800m final Olympic placings were reversed with Nijel Amos this time beating David Rudisha, and to top it all their Medals are presented by Kip Keino, the hero of the Edinburgh games the last time I attended – rather alarmingly 44 years ago, I hope it isn’t another 44 years before I can go again – might be a bit doddery by then.
Heavy rain for the first hour or so didn’t seem to dent the athlete’s appetite for performance with many personal bests being set, it was simply awesome and I was entertained and inspired, appreciating the genuine benefits of pulling 6500 athletes from 70 plus countries together in one city with hundreds of thousands of spectators from all around the world. It creates a splendid feeling of goodwill and is so refreshing against the backdrop of hatred so evident in the various crises taking place around the globe.
On that note it was equally, if not more, inspiring to meet injured servicemen at Perth on Wednesday and hear about the fantastic work being done by HorsebackUK in using horses to help them rebuild their lives. Humbling to try to even begin to understand what they have been through and fabulous to see them rewarded working with horses. A wonderful summer of sport making one realise what a powerful medium it is for drawing people together, whether it is sitting in the back room of a bar with a bunch of octagenarian Italians watching the World Cup or a Kenyan runner bearing the christian name Ferguson, named after Sir Alex, sport is global and a force for good and, actually, not at all trivial. All of which just makes me feel an incey-wincey bit better about my obsession with doing everything possible to try to make horses race to the best of their ability. Anyway, no runners for now, hopefully back in action at Perth on Sat 16th, but will be at Hamilton tomorrow night where Lucy rides Ingelby Spring in the 6.15 and Valentino Oyster in the 8.45.