Thursday, 2 August 2012

First Gold at Dorney

We were thrilled to have a fantastic day out yesterday at Dorney Lake (or Eton Dorney as it is known in the Olympic community) watching the 5th day of the Olympic rowing. Of course the icing on the cake was seeing Heather Stanning and Helen Glover win a decisive gold, the first for team GB.

The event was extremely well-organised - the park-and-ride was slick and not crowded....

... the army were doing a great job on security ("more efficient than Heathrow", according to Mr PL!)

... but the familiar views of our river Thames by Dorney Lake seemed...

... quite different from usual.

We had great seats, right at the top of the stands...

... close to the finishing line.

The crowds were friendly and well-behaved, and all the volunteers were cheerful, welcoming and helpful.

The Women's Pair Final started with great anticipation...

... and the margin just seemed to grow and grow...

... along with the roar of the crowd.

And as they crossed the finishing line, the crowd just erupted!

Delighted but exhausted, it's all over!

In the stand opposite we think we spotted Wills and Harry...

... and that looks like John and Norma Major behind.

The medals were presented...

... and it was quite a commonwealth victory.

Later on the men's eight saw an exciting finish with a bronze medal for Team GB.

It was a great day out.

On Saturday we also witnessed the excitement of the men's road race at Box Hill. Sadly there were no medals for GB then, which was not surprising to us as we watched the peloton pass us 8 times on the Box Hill circuit.

Each time, the Brits were out at the front, and not receiving any help at all, and they just didn't have anything left to get Mark Cavendish in a position for the expected sprint finish.

The atmosphere in the crowd was great though, and we had another lovely day out, watching the Olympics.

You can't win 'em all, eh?


  1. That Must have been soooo exciting! You witnessed history..thank you for sharing.

  2. Just brilliant -- the perfect place to live.

  3. What a special moment to witness!


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