November Catch-Up With Sally Gunnell

By on 17th November in Our Company News

Anglian Home Improvements are lucky enough to have Olympic heroine, Sally Gunnell, telling us about her November. Here is what she had to say…

I’m writing this with darkness falling outside.  Yes, the clocks have gone back and I feel that same sense of surprise that I get each autumn, when the light goes at about 4pm!  At least it’s still fairly mild, meaning I’ve been less grumpy about getting out for a run.  From previous experience, I know that I’ll get in to the winter training routine soon enough, but it always takes a bit of time…

The British Olympic Association Ball was huge!  They raised masses of money to help our athletes get to the Games, which of course is the main thing.  For me, the highlight of the night was the Tom Jones set.  He may not be that young any more, but I tell you, he still caused a huge stir when he came on and started performing.  There were a few “not very young” audience members who weren’t even acting half their ages in front of him.  Fantastic stuff!

I was up at Stratford the other day to launch the Olympic Gold Challenge.  20,000 ordinary people are going to have the chance to spectate at a test event AND take part themselves.  In fact, the first people to compete at the Olympic stadium will be members of the public.  To me, this is what it’s all about; getting everybody involved and inspired.  Would-be participants will need to put in some time raising money for charity beforehand, which ticks another big box for me.  To find out more, check out the 2012 website.

To me as an athlete, the Stratford site looks pretty well ready to go!  They’re literally putting the finishing touches to everything.  I know I often say this, but it makes me feel very excited and very proud; we Brits can put on a decent show when we set our minds to it!  A welcome distraction from all the issues we’re facing in the world at the moment.

I’ve just completed the Great South Run.  It’s a 10 mile race on a flat course, with a strong headwind in the last section.  I thought I was going to hate it, but it was great.  10 miles is a nice distance; I’ve found 10k runs to be a bit “fast” and breathless, but I got in to my stride on the 10 miler and posted a 1.22.  Not bad.  I celebrated with lasagne and donuts at the end, which was not the best idea as it turned out.  I spent the next 3 hours feeling sick; not the result of the food itself…much more to do with the vast amount I ate!

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