Village life

As theres not much to do these last few days before my race I have time to get another quick blog up.

Arriving at the Village

Arriving at the Village

The atheltes village is amazing – its like Disney World for athletes. It has everything you would ever need – a MASSIVE food hall which can seat 2014 people at any one time and caters for every taste and is open 24/7, a gym, a poly clinic which can look after almost everything you may ever need looking after, loads of games/entertainment areas with games consoles, football, tables, pool tables etc, a beauty salon (which is free!), loads of cafes and even a pub.

The main dining hall

The main dining hall

The rooms are basic but comfortable. Our house sleeps about 30 people split over about 12 rooms. Most rooms are twins with some being triples or even 5. The larger rooms have ensuite facilities but the smaller ones have shared facilities.

The Lions Den

The Lions Den

Life in the village is pretty laid back. Standard attire is national kit, at the minute consisting mainly of shorts and tshirts/vests. I cant actually believe how hot is it here in Glasgow just now – hopefully it wont be as hot on Sunday morning though!

Youth drama group in the international plaza

Youth drama group in the international plaza

Last night was the opening ceremony. It involved a lot of waiting around for our turn to march on and we actually watched most of it on iphones at the Lions Den back in the village before starting our march quite late on.

One of the many entertainment areas

One of the many entertainment areas

Iv’e read a lot of criticism about the ceremony, people saying it was cringey and not up to much.  Like I say, we missed most of it, but for me as an athlete, the experience of marching in to the stadium and hearing the roar that the crowd made for us is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I had shivers down my spine and the hairs on my arms were standing up. I wouldn’t swap that for anything in the world.  I think the experience is something that is hard to fully understand unless you experience it yourself.

In the Lions Den ready for the opening ceremony

In the Lions Den ready for the opening ceremony

It a big day in the village today as the Queen is having lunch in the main dinning hall. I’d imagine that it will be quite mental around there as people try to get a cheeky selfie with her!

Opening ceremony march on selfie

Opening ceremony march on selfie

I’m now just 3 days from my race so its time to get my head down and really focus on my performance.  To help with this after today I will be coming off social media so that I am not getting any outside distractions.  Please feel free to continue to send me messages of good luck etc but please don’t think I am being rude if I do not reply to you.  I really truly appreciate all of the support I get from you guys – THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

Right now its Games time – BRING IT ON!!!!!

Says it all

Says it all

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3 Responses to Village life

  1. tinyrunner85 says:

    Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your world – I find it fascinating! The very best of luck for Sunday 🙂

  2. Aidan cairns says:

    Good luck for the marathon Aly. x

  3. john gardiner says:

    good luck aly hope all goes well xx

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