Yesterday we were treated along with our friends Joyce & Ian to the first day of The European Athletics Team Championships in Gateshead.
We left with enough time to go & visit The Angel of The North
We were in the stadium a few minutes before the action began. We thought we had good tickets & we really did. We were 4 rows up just above the long jump / triple jump pit & this close to the finish line.
Across the stadium to the other stand which overlooked the pole vault.
And to our left the finishing straight
Johnathan Edwards in the BBC mixed area
Colin Jackson in there too
Our female triple jumper Yamile Aldama who finished 4th
Across the stadium to Holly Bleasdale who failed to clear a height & got 0 points for the team.
After about an hour the events on the track started, Dai Greene who finished 2nd in the 400m hurdles.
Jessica Judd who held off the Russian to win the 800m & record the first Team GB & NI win
Laura Weightman who finished 2nd in the 3000m
Then the first Team GB gold medallist Greg Rutherford comes out to warm up for the long jump.
Eilidh Child wins the 400m hurdles
The long jumpers arrange their markers to start their run up
Greg Rutherford being introduced to the crowd. The Russian on the left ultimately won the event with Greg coming 3rd.
Greg walks on gold!
Preparing for his first jump
Then double gold medallist Mo Farah is in action in the 5000m
Mo ran with the pack until the last lap which he sprinted off & recorded a 50.89 last lap! Needless to say all the crowd were on their feet.
Mo did a lap of honour
The leaderboard before the final event which was the mens 4x100m which Team GB won to cap off an amazing afternoon of athletics. As they have to cram everything into 2 days you are really treated to an array of entertainment as there was high jump, javalin, shot & hammer along with many other track events all in 4.5 hours. We will definitely go again to another athletics meet in Gateshead.
We also now appreciate how lucky we were with the weather, this picture was taken from the BBC's coverage today!