This is one of those moments when, as a parent, you feel like your heart will explode with pride! I have just watched Izzy knock 2 seconds off her personal best in the 200m to win her heat at the London Indoor Games in a fabulous time of 30.75 seconds! It was only the second time she had raced this distance and the first time indoors, against some of the fastest U13 athletes in the UK, who had travelled from all over London and the rest of the UK to compete. This followed her second place in the 60m hurdles in an awesome 11.03 seconds – her first time racing at this distance. Deep respect, Izzy, you are one talented young lady and the most amazing daughter any mother could wish for J – I hope you didn’t mind me screaming you on from the side lines too much?!! I guess I was a bit embarrassing especially at the beginning when I said, ‘remember to run, Izzy!’ OK, so that was a bit obvious … I do get a bit over excited!
Izzy went to the athletics meeting with her dad and they had a great day together – even fitting in a trip to the cinema between races (perhaps the popcorn gave you an extra boost)! At times Izzy’s dad and I have our differences of opinion, but I think it is great that she has two divorced parents who think the world of her and she sees a completely different side of life with each of us, which makes her supremely adaptable in my view.
I must say it livened the day up no end to watch Isobel run in the 200m and was well worth the 2 hours of driving; Alan and I spent much of the day doing admin and then cleaning up our camper van, ready to put on the market. We have bought a share in a narrow boat and decided that the camper van must go to another good home as we simply won’t have enough holiday time to use her. Anyone interested? She has been the most fantastic holiday home for the past four years – we have had adventures in Switzerland, France, Italy, Scotland, Wales and, of course, England and we will miss the freedom of just travelling with our ‘snail shell’ on our back, stopping wherever we fancy, but the boat share will bring new adventures. For any family or couple looking for really exciting, good value holidays, Sally Ann, the camper van will give you these in spades! Still, there is nothing more certain in life than change and we’re looking forward to our next adventures …
Now on our way back to MK from London and going to stop for a Sunday roast – Izzy has certainly earned one and her dad, step-dad and I (her recycled family!) are all happy to join her for a civilised pub dinner to celebrate her success!