What a busy sporting weekend that was.
Lets work through it. Firstly this was the weekend of the annual Olney 7’s rugby tournament which started at 10:30am on Saturday. I wandered down in the afternoon to take a few photographs and to watch my grandson Harry playing for one of the Olney teams. What a great day they had for it weatherwise. A great success, well organised, well supported and a terrific atmosphere. I don’t know if its a measure of the success or not but they had stocked up with forty five barrels of beer and there was not a drop left at the end of it, which I believe was the early hours of Sunday morning, the various tournaments having finished around 7pm. By the time of my Sunday morning walk there was hardly an evidence of anything having happened there at all. The tournament grows in popularity every year and has teams from all over country competing. A very well organised event by a very hard working and efficient club.
On Sunday I watched the England football team beat Panama 6-1, having already beaten Tunisia 2-1 earlier in the week. I don’t think that means we are going to win the World Cup though as there are much tougher games to come against better teams. The first reality check will be on Thursday when England play Belgium. Both teams have already qualified for the knockout stages but this game will decide who will finish top of the group.
Whilst down at the 7’s on Saturday I was able to keep tabs on another England success. They had the England v South Africa rugby game showing live from South Africa on the big outside screen which England won 25-10. Mind you they had lost the previous two encounters in the series but they at least avoided a whitewash.
Also on Sunday England beat Australia in the fifth one day international cricket match to complete a 5-0 whitewash in the tournament.
There was another English sporting success too, if you count motor racing a sport that is. I am not sure that I do but Lewis Hamilton won the French Grand Prix as well.
Of lesser sporting prowess and note, I went out for a bike ride today, the first for two or three weeks. I had a nice easy ride around my Ouse Valley route via Felmersham. I noticed there was a sign on the bridge announcing the 200th anniversary celebrations of the bridge on the 30th June. It has been in continuous use since then apparently. It does look to be of fairly sturdy construction though.
I did about 25 miles at a nice steady pace in an average temperature of 28C according to my Garmin bike computer.