So I finally made my first major Championship this year after approx 10 years of hard graft and heartache along the way. I know I don’t have another Champs to compare it too but I must say that Glasgow and Scotland really did themselves proud and it was an amazing Games.
The Athletes village was set up really well, the 24-hour canteen had a lovely selection of food and deserts, we had a salon, merchandise shop, recreational rooms with games consoles, coffee bars and chill-out areas, a gym which included ice baths and our favourite, I think, was the BBQ area were we could get yummy food and amazing freshly made smoothies. The village streets were made up of rows of houses for each country, the rooms were cosy and we had a wee living room with a tele where we could keep track of our team mates as they competed in the different arenas throughout Glasgow. My preparation into the race all went well, but it was always going to be very hard to maintain peak form into the major race after working so hard. My racing season had begun in California nearly 17 weeks earlier – I had needed to make the qualifying standard. The atmosphere in the stadium was crazy, I had never heard noise like it. My family and coaches were in the crowd on the back straight and I was able to give them a wave which settled me seeing familiar faces before the gun went.