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Is Something Happening in Rio?

Whilst the opening ceremony lights up Rio and, in doing so, attempts to drag this Olympiad out of the shadow of drugs scandals and the political and social unrest in the host country Toni and the team are packing their bags and getting ready to fly. If you haven’t worked it out by now (which [...]

Friday 05 August 2016 13:24 GMT|

No Pain, No Gain

Yesterday’s training session did not start until early evening as Jess is starting her adjustment to the timings of the Heptathlon on August 13th. With a little extra time on their hands, not for the first time, those members of the team motivated by testosterone decided on challenging each other. This time, in the weights [...]

Thursday 04 August 2016 13:30 GMT|

Birthdays, Blocks and Beers

Birthday Boy Yesterday was Derry’s birthday and although an Olympic holding camp isn’t the most usual setting to celebrate the big ‘5 – 0’ the team managed to make it memorable. Before I write about Derry’s birthday celebrations, there is the small matter of the ongoing preparations for Rio. When I speak to Toni he [...]

Wednesday 03 August 2016 16:25 GMT|

Needle in the Holding Camp

Before you get too concerned about the blog headline, I should explain. The needle referred to is actually in Toni. More on that later. Relax, there is no ‘needle’ to report in camp, it was just too good a headline to resist. Yesterday I had to say goodbye to the team and return to the [...]

Tuesday 02 August 2016 17:20 GMT|

Throw, Run, Lift

Despite the presence of a few clouds in the sky, the temperature remains in excess of 30 degrees Celsius. Andy and Bricey have resolved to run 5 kilometres on the track once the training session is complete.  Thankfully no-one even considers asking me. For Jess the day ahead holds javelin, sprinting and weights. Mick Hill [...]

Monday 01 August 2016 18:30 GMT|

Flying Solo

It's my turn to travel today. It provides the opportunity to reflect on the last few months following Toni. Both our partners have commented that we spend more time talking to each other than to them. It's hard to argue against. We do. I first met Toni at a sports conference where he had been [...]

Friday 29 July 2016 16:17 GMT|

We’ve Arrived, And To Prove it, We’re Here

I am a fan of packing light when travelling, so the mere sight of the photos of Toni and the team unloading at the airport brings me out in a cold sweat. I’m Sure I’ve Forgotten Something… I guess you need quite a lot of kit if you’re attempting to retain Olympic Gold and are [...]

Thursday 28 July 2016 17:10 GMT|

The First Leg of the Last Leg

It’s going to be short post today. Today is the day Toni, Jess and the team fly to the holding camp so my conversation with Toni was restricted to a chat whilst he was sat, in a plane, still on the tarmac at Heathrow. It’s his second flight of a day that started at 06:30 [...]

Wednesday 27 July 2016 17:05 GMT|

Last Day in Sheffield

A Javelin session with Mick Hill and, everyone’s favourite, (I am being sarcastic in case you’re wondering) 800 metre drills. And that’s it.   The last day of months and years of training into the lead up of what will be Jess’ last ever Olympics.   It feels significant. To me at least. I ask [...]

Tuesday 26 July 2016 18:10 GMT|

Back On It

Two days ago, competing in front of the world and a packed and screaming Olympic Stadium. Today, training at the English Institute of sport with a few screaming kids in the background and plenty of sarcastic comments from the team. Plus the bloggers. It’s good to be grounded. Lets’ face it, here you’ve got no [...]

Monday 25 July 2016 16:37 GMT|
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