Well, my annual pilgrimage to BrummyLand happened at the weekend to take in the Diamond League meet which also marked Mo Farah’s final track race on British soil. He won, naturally.
For me, a weekend of catching up with good mates, and seeing some awesome athletics (what a run Jake Wightman!) was capped off by getting some pretty awesome items signed by the athletes over the weekend. High on my list of favourite proof pics was this effort from Jonnie Peacock, multi Paralympic, World and Everything else Gold Winner and now Strictly Come Dancing star! Thanks to Jonnie for signing for the Xmas Card Auction which will be kicking off before the end of this month all being well 🙂
Other amazing items including bib donations from some of the superstars of the weekend… Jake Wightman has helped me out with items for a couple of years now and it was amazing to see him win the Emsley Carr Mile, just holding off fellow Scot Chris O’Hare with a tremendous run.
I was working on a few multi signed items over the course of the weekend including this official Team USA tshirt which was previously donated by Mary Saxer and somehow found it’s way to the bottom of a box in a house move. I decided with the number of top American’s in Birmingham, the time was ripe to get it signed up. A few more were added to it following this photo including multi Olympic gold winner Allyson Felix, but I thought who better to pose for a proof pic than the legendary Aries Merritt… It’s a pretty cool item, with some amazing medal winners on it and I’m looking forward to auctioning this one.
The event also had some non Diamond League races, including the unique Walk v Run competition between Tom Bosworth and Adam Clarke. Both of the guys were kind enough to donate their bibs after the race. I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Tom, after the way his World Champs ended last week he was awesome with us. It’s the first time I’ve met Tom and I could not have been more impressed with how he was with us fans, especially on the back of his London disappointment. More sports people should be like these guys, footballers could learn a lot.
Added to that, seeing the amazing scenes as Barshim leaping 2.40 in the high jump, and the reaction of all the other competitors, another storming win for Sandra Perkovic, and that awesome run from Jake… a fabulous meeting!
All in all an amazing weekend. Thanks to the athletes for the entertainment and kindness in supporting what I do, Mr Rhodes for his company and the ticket, and the other guys for the banter. Already looking forward to next year…