We’re known for our reserve.
Our ‘calm in the face of a challenge’ heritage.
Our still upper lip.
That was the scene in the BBC commentary box as Mo Farah ran a perfect race in the 10,000 metres last night. Hot on the heels of Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford’s gold success stories.
Can’t say the scene in my front room was much different to that commentary box. That sofa’s on its last legs now, that’s for sure.
We’re third in the medals people! Amazing.
And when I went out for my run this morning, my fellow runners? Just a little more smiley, a couple more good mornings and a nod of acknowledgement that we’re in the same gang. If part of the Olympic legacy is pride and joy in running that is now bad thing, but Government investment in supporting sport – for everyone – is what’s important.
We talk about nurturing the athletes of the future, but what about giving a thought to the over 60s and activities for them as well. We’re a society made up of people of all ages, why should we not invest in the people who have given us their entire working lives?