Supporting team GB!


The olleys outside the stadiumHello again.

I've had another fantastic weekend!

On the Saturday of Bank Holiday weekend, the five of us (Olley, Bex, Charlie, Billy and me) plus Charlie's lovely girlfriend Hannah headed to the Olympic stadium. The British University Athletics Championships were being staged at the Olympic venue as a 'London Prepares' test event, to make sure that all the relevant wheels have been oiled and are running smoothly.  We managed to get some tickets for the real thing in August, but not for any athletics, so this was a chance to get a feel of what the summer will bring.

As we walked through the Park, after a smooth and speedy security check, you could sense the excitement and anticipation that will electrify the air come the Olympics, when there will be thousands of people, with music playing, flags flying and big screens relaying the action from inside the stadia and pools to add to the atmosphere. Even though the weather was miserable (even by British Bank Holiday standards) – bone-achingly cold, and then raining as well – we could imagine what it  will be like with blue skies and sunshine. It's all very impressive – I took some pictures so you can see for yourself. Lord Seb Coe was there giving interviews to the press about the Grand Opening of the Olympic Park and Stadium – I heard him say that he was overwhelmed with how far we have come from the moment he stood at the top of a tower block of flats looking down on a rubbish dump full of old fridges – that is where the athletics track is now!

Pippa striding outAnd one of the first to race on that track was a friend of ours, Pippa Woolven, a schoolmate of Charlie and Hannah's, who was competing in the 2000m steeplechase. Pip has been developing into a fabulous athlete, with a couple of UK schoolgirl titles and GB under 21 honours to her name in the past year or so. We were hoping for great things, but never expected such an exciting morning…she won the event in a Championship record and personal best time and was the FIRST PERSON EVER TO RECEIVE A GOLD MEDAL IN THE OLYMPIC STADIUM!!!!  She ran the most amazing race, perfectly timing a storming finish to overtake the leader with 20 metres to spare. She was brilliant over the energy sapping hurdles, and gained metres on everyone else over the water jump – a true sign of a world class steeplechaser.

Pippa shows me her medalI was so delighted for her – she was so excited about the whole experience and said when we saw her afterwards that it was almost like she had won an Olympic Gold! I think she could go a long way towards that goal – not only does she have the longest legs! and lots of physical talent, but she has a great attitude too. Winning at the highest level is often in the mind as much as the body – Pippa has both! You watch out for her – not in the Olympics this year (she has the World Junior Championships in her sights for this summer) but I'd put money on Pippa being on the plane to Rio 2016.

As a thank you to Pippa for giving us such an exciting day, I have ordered her something that is rather exciting for QVC. So much so that I'm getting up early on my usual day off to bring it to you on Monday's Morning Show.

I support Team GB
As a former British athlete myself (see photo of me in my GB gear!) I've been asked to launch the first item in a collection by Links of London to support Team GB.

Available online now – item number 604490)  It's a unisex friendship bracelet in woven blue and red cord with a chinese knot fastening with a silver plated bar inscribed with the words Team GB. It's adjustable between 5.2 and 9.3 inches, and at just £20 including p+p, I think it's the perfect way to show your support for and belief in our team this summer. I already have mine, and Pippa's is on it's way!

Kathy TPerhaps you can join me on Monday at 9am for the Morning Show to have a first look at it, and I'll be bright and early for you (well, early – not sure about the bright!) every day next week on the Morning Show. Hope you can catch a few moments, at least…

Take care

Kathy x


  1. Susan May 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    What a fab day and family outing! Charlie’s girlfriend is just as lovely as your family. Lovely idea of a pressie for Pip…it’ll be a great atmosphere…if a little congested in London lol. You look fab in your Team GB outfit by the way!!
    Have a lovely weekend – again!
    Susan x

  2. Pippa May 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    Aww thanks so much Kathy, soo nice of you! I will do my very best to give you another exciting race to watch some time in the future! Love the retro kit in your picture too! See you soon x

  3. Susan June 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    Just wanted to say I saw some of your Grand Opening first show this morning and you looked wonderful. Loved the outfit and you look like you’ve lost more weight again. You’re looking very svelte.
    Enjoy the soggy weekend!
    Susan x

  4. Sandra Devine June 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy could you tell me what brand of dress you had on the grand opening 7th June thanks Sandra

  5. Mrs O June 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    We did the Olympic velodrome in February – for a London Prepares – Breath taking
    Great first morning show – please please where did you get that dress – yo looked amazing

  6. Kathy t June 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi all. Thanks for your lovely comments about the first Morning Show from our new studios – it was fun to do! The dress I was wearing was from our Cydney Mar range. It was a sample that I was given to try when the range returned to QVC recently, but it is very similar to one we have at clearance price (all sizes available at the moment) for just £33.84. Glad yo u liked it!!
    Best wishes, Kathy xxx

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