Pippa Woolven

Well done Pippa!


Pippa WoolvenHello,

I just thought I’d drop you a quick line to let you know that Pippa Woolven, who I wrote about last week, put up a brilliant performance in Glasgow on Wednesday night. She competed in the 3000m steeplechase, one of the most gruelling of events on the athletics track.

This was her first major senior event and she coped with the pressure of the big stage really well – she ran a great race to finish 8th in a personal best time over six seconds faster than she has ever run before. After the race she said that it has been an incredible week and an absolute experience of a lifetime, and added that she was relieved not to have tripped in the water jump in front of so many people!

She is progressing so quickly and is heading back to Florida for another year of intense training. The experience she will have gained this week will be invaluable for her future. I said it in my blog in May 2012, and I’ll say it again… I won’t be surprised to hear that Pippa is boarding a plane to Rio in 2016.

It was exciting to watch someone I know compete but, in fact, I’ve loved all the coverage that I’ve seen from Glasgow. They haven’t finished yet, but these Games have already been a magnificent success, and I think the BBC coverage has been really high quality. I particularly enjoyed the swimming with Clare Balding at the helm; she’s such a professional and developed a lovely and entertaining rapport with Mark Foster and Becky Adlington, who is turning into a fine pundit on her sport.

Sunset in FranceI have also enjoyed the way the para-sport events have been held right alongside the mainstream competitions. What a great way to showcase how talented these brilliant athletes are. Glasgow is proving to be a fantastic host for these Games – I hope that, even if you aren’t a particular fan of sport, you have managed to get just a little caught up in the excitement of it all.

I won’t be on air next week as I am having the second of the operations I need to replace the cataracts that have been clouding my vision over recent months. I have been enjoying renewed high definition sight in one eye and soon, if the other eye goes well, it will be binocular! I’ve attached a photo I took on my recent holiday in France that I hope that it will look even more vibrant and full of colour when I see it again after my op!

See you when I return…

Until then, take care
Kathy x


  1. susan August 1, 2014 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, I’m hoping you are safely through your op again by now? I am absolutely loving the commonwealths as you are!! I adore the swimming, diving, all athletics events and the gymnastics. What about Claudia fragapane!? Absolutely brilliant gymnast! And her record says it all! I was surprised at Kelly Holmes saying she worried it might have been Scots just going for Scots in the games and she was pleased it wasn’t the case. I think everyone roots for everyone! Maybe not but I knew the Scots would be like that. I’m sure not all English people rooted for just English at the olympics!? As for your hol I hope barney had a good time too!?x

  2. Jan Burnley August 2, 2014 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    There’s something different about The Commonwealth Games. I find that although I’m English, I can watch and enjoy seeing whoever wins as opposed to the Olympics when I become very partisan ! I absolutely marvelled at the gymnstics !How they can even begin to leap so high, walk on so narrow a beam I cannot comprehend and watching Claudia Frangipani was a breathtaking sight.
    The whole event was most enjoyable.
    Jan Burnley.

  3. jilly m August 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    I agree with you on the Commonwealth Games coverage, it’s been a great watch. I, like you have enjoyed the track events and the swimming/diving. Clare Balding is so knowlegable and so proffesional.
    So glad you are at the second stage of your eye operations, and hope it all goes well for you.
    I’m looking forward to seeing you again on Morning Style. Lots of graet ideas and such variation on clothing and pricing. Well done Kathy and QVC!

  4. Chris Moran August 5, 2014 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    I hope the eye operation is a success. I too have been glued to the Commonwealth Games and when it was all over i thought ‘oh no what do we watch now!!’
    As other have already mentioned Claudia Fragapane was the star of the games. Her floor routines were simply stunning. I look forward to watching her and Niall Wilson along with the rest of the british team competing in the World Championships later in the year in China.
    Adam Peaty and Ross Murdoch in the swimming were world class in the breastroke events and along with Jodie Williams and Bianca Williams getting silver and bronze in the 200 metres, we surely have unearthed some world class talent. Exciting times indeed and how great that british sprinting is in such good health and on this the 30th anniversary of Kathy Cook setting the 200m british record of 22.10, we hopefully have some girls who in the not too distant future will be challenging Kathy’s time!!
    I am huge track and field fan and enjoy my athletics as well as swimming and gymnastics!!
    Oh well,there is the European Athletics Championships to look forward to starting next week!!!
    Warm Regards

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