This past weekend Deansgate was closed to traffic (for those unfamiliar, it’s the backbone road of the city centre) not only for the Bupa 10K but also for the Great City Games. Manchester is proud of its sporting heritage and the legacy of the 2002 Commonwealth games seems to live on and on, and sporting events in the city draw sports enthusiasts and proud Mancunians alike.
I’d like to think I fit into both of those categories, so I made sure I was up at the front to watch the City Games. I was mostly fascinated by the speed displayed by the sprinters, yet the ease of their movement; up-close you can really see the power that comes from their backsides to propel them forward off the starting blocks. And we really were close-up! Deansgate is only the size of your average road so there were no seats, and a small metal barrier was the only thing separating us from the action.
It was also awesome to see Christine Ohuruogu – one of Great Britain’s most successful athletes of all time, who came 3rd in the 200m – and Yohan “Beast” Blake. The Beast certainly lived up to his named and absolutely smashed the 150m to win with a time of 14.71 seconds.
An incredible day with some fantastic results for British athletes, boding well for Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games. Roll on July!