Village Sports – landed in the village!

I don’t think I’ve ever written 2 blogs so closely together but I thought I may as well add another update to populate this blog with some content!

Team England Athletic team is now in the Commonwealth Games village! The England team is the biggest here across all sports with something like 500 (I can’t remember at all) and the village holds about 6,000 in total! I could tell space was a bit of a premium – we have 3 in our modest room and our house in total holds about 30. The communal areas hold about 4-5 and are mainly full of junk like poles for pole vaults and hammers and stuff. Why can’t every other athletic discipline just need a pair of minimal racers and racing kit. Speaking of racing kit, I still don’t have any shorts – more are being flown up apparently…


Outside of our housing block, the village is really exciting. Amazing team tracksuits everywhere (I really need to get me a Cook Islands hat decorated with flowers, or a Swaziland tracksuit), and a real buzz about the place. The food hall is open 24/7 and there are a good range of choices. There’s also a BBQ and smoothie garden, which smells amazing.

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There are also communal recreational areas with pinball machines, TVs, video games, pool, crazy dancing machines to REALLY knacker yourself out and various fun things I probably won’t do but will watch and take photos of. As above. There are also the various national anthems written out, of which Swaziland is my favourite. Clearly Swaziland is the place to be here, they rule.

So after a load of induction meetings and stuff, I got my 8 mile run done along the river Clyde – which was very pleasant, although running with accreditation is surprisingly tough! Also getting back into the village was interesting, having to take off watch and heart rate monitor to put through security, but it’s all very smooth and easy.

My 3rd team-mate Nick Torry has just arrived so we have our full quota now which is great. Within the past year we have all run within 90 secs of each other and all PBs so it would be great to work as a team who are in form and confident. I don’t know the other guys’ race plans yet but I expect we’ll consider our own plans in coming days and then have a chat and see if we will be working together or on totally different schedules!!

I shall blog more on the actual race in coming days!




Some sort of outdoor theatre…

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2 thoughts on “Village Sports – landed in the village!

  1. Ben, as a fellow employee from England, I wanted to send you my best wishes for a successful marathon. We went to the opening ceremony and some weightlifting, thought they were great. The city is buzzing. I hope you have a memorable time and we’ll be cheering you on from the telly at least, although we are back for the boxing and closing ceremony.
    Best wishes
    Andrew Mills


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