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.
I 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