Hornby photo shoot done, the team felt a little quiet. It was still raining and the prospect of the dream of entering the Olympic Park seemed to be being diluted with every hour that brings us closer to the opening ceremony and with every raindrop that seeks to dampen Olympic spirits.
The team decided to go on a recce to see what they could see from Westfield Shopping Centre having heard the view from John Lewis is worth a look. They donned their civvies and put on their walking boots and moved in on the target.
And there it was, a sign saying Pass Office. Hmmm, maybe an opportunity, at last, to get a LOCOG name to e-mail to ask for some sort of special permission to just step inside. An initial enquiry was followed by a referral, the second enquiry led to another referral and 2 men appeared. A third enquiry led to these 2 men making further enquiries and suddenly we were there!
Security cleared, rucksack x-rayed, decidedly bemused we were standing in front of The Olympic Stadium alongside the fabulous curves of the Aquatic Centre, The Orbit sandwiched between the two. Mike, John and Adrian had appreciated Jake's efforts and the unique challenge that he has completed (never to be done again) and had repaid him brilliantly.
It was hugely emotional, yes because of where we were standing, but more so because, despite the tremendous pressures these people are under, they recognised Jake's achievement and went out of their way to acknowledge it. Thank you SO MUCH!
Let the Games begin.
|The Olympic Stadium and Water Polo Centre|
|Aquatics Centre and The Orbit|
|The Copper Box|