Hope everyone is in flying form on this wet Wednesday in Dublin. I promised to blog about my exciting day last Thursday so here it is I am finally getting around too it. A few weeks ago I received an invite from the British embassy to attend a function in the convention centre to celebrate the visit of HRH Queen Elizabeth to Ireland. When you consider Irelands history with Britain and the significance of the Queen coming to Ireland it was a great event to attend.
My plus one for the evening was the ever stylish and wonderful Terrie Cahill. It was a nice excuse for the two of us to get all dressed up and be a bit fancy for an evening. The event itself had about 2,000 people. All sorts of people were floating around the drinks reception. During my people spotting I saw Eddie Jordan, The Seoige sisters, Rachel Allen and Keith Woods.
I was lucky enough to be on the list of people who got to go to the 5th floor to be at a reception with the Queen. I was grouped with the Olympic group which was headed up by Pat Hickey. The Queen went around all the groups and was introduced to each member of the group. She had a brief chat with me about the Olympics and London then she was off onto the next person. She seemed like a nice lady and looks wonderful for 85. I had a lovely chat with President Mary Mcaleese a few moments after meeting the Queen. I admire the president hugely I think she is an amazing ambassador for Ireland and seems to be a genuinely warm, lovely person.
After the reception there was a concert that everybody attended in honour of the Queen. The concert was very enjoyable and extra interesting as the Queen was sitting right behind Terrie and I! We resisted the urge to keep peeking behind at her. All in all it was a great evening.
In other news I'm on recovery week which has come at the perfect time. I was doing some jumps and landed a bit awkwardly so I needed to give my knee a little rest. I jarred it a bit jumping over hurdles in training. I was just starting to think that I was pretty good at the jumps but alas I must not be all that good! No chance of me becoming a jumper I'm afraid!
The season seems to be starting to get into full swing. I'm still getting ready to race and looking forward to racing in a couple of weeks. The World champs are on much later this year (hurdles 2/3 September) which means preparing to run fast later on in the season as opposed to early for me. It will be good to do some relay races early to move the legs and get going.
Finally I must give a quick shout out to Victoria Harris who I got to say hi too last Saturday in Santry. I was running on the track while the Leinster schools was on. She was just about to run in the sprint and it was lovely to chat to her. Whats more is I believe she ran a p.b that day so well done Victoria. Super running, keep it up!
Thats all for now,