With a long-standing history in the area, Lowther Show has become a staple in the Cumbrian events calendar. The show was originally set up as a three-day horse carriage driving trial in the 1970s, and was often publicised as a favourite sporting event of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. After a brief pause in proceedings in 2010, the show was back a few years later.
In my last post, I wrote about the first evening of Athletics at the 2017 IAAF World Championships. It was a great night, and if you haven’t caught up yet, you can just hop back a post.
Although the tickets to get into the London Stadium to watch the Athletics did cost money, there were some events, such as the Men’s Marathon that were run on the streets of London and free to watch. Well… most of it, I think. There may have been ‘paying’ areas near to the start and finish areas at Tower Bridge, but I don’t know that for certain, so don’t quote me on that! As it was though, we were in a free-to-watch area along the Embankment, right opposite Cleopatra’s needle.
Every two years, the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) holds the World Championships, a nine-day global event bringing together around 1,800 athletes from about 200 countries. This time round, it was London’s turn to host the Championships, and really our whole trip was based around this event, having bought the tickets many months in advance.
I was so lucky that my last weekend in France coincided with the arrival of the Tour into Paris. The race has been finishing on the world-famous Champs-Élysées for the past 42 years, and it really is quite a spectacle! What I didn’t realise though, not being a huge watcher of cycling, is that there’s a huge advertising parade, or ‘caravan’ as it’s apparently called, which precedes the actual cycling. I was also surprised with a flypast which sported the typical red, white, and blue contrails. Having said that, the sky was so overcast that the bright white became a murky grey.