My London 2012

Manc girl in the big Olympic city


While there is lots of good stuff happening in Manchester for the Olympics, at the end of the day it is London 2012. So with that in mind, and wearing my ace reporters hat, I headed south.


London 2012 Olympic Rings


Like most people we spectacularly failed to get Olympic tickets (other than men’s and women’s semi final tickets for Old Trafford), however I did manage to get tickets for the big concert in Hyde Park – a band representing each of the four nations – which coincided with the opening ceremony. And I’m fortunate to have in-laws who live on the road race and time trial cycling routes.

If the photos cropping up on Facebook are anything to go by, lots of you were much luckier than me and have Olympic memories which include beach volleyball on Horse Guards Parade, swimming at the Aquatics Centre and the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.

However, for the record – this my diary of six days in London 2012.


Hyde Park Concert – Friday July 27th

Fully prepared with a Duran Duran t-shirt, a London A-Z and a kagool, me and my friend (and 4Manchester Women guest blogger) Cat headed out across London to see The Stereophonics (Wales), Snow Patrol (Northern Ireland), Paolo Nutini (Scotland) and Duran Duran (England).

London appeared to have been branded with the same colour palette as a packet of Opal Fruits. There were Olympic volunteers and security staff everywhere who out-numbered visitors on a ratio of at least 3:1, but they all matched and looked very colourful.

Like the little boats at Dunkirk, every available London bus (vintage included) had been drafted into action to ferry people around the city, and the way finding and signage around the city was a triumph. Anyone who did get lost was quickly scooped up by enthusiastic volunteers who were delighted to have something to do.

The buzz of London 2012 – an Olympic city was amazing.

While it took us over an hour to get through security, which meant we missed Paulo and the first four Duran songs, once inside, the sun started to shine and the bands were on good form.


Duran Duran Hyde Park July 27 2012


Watching the Olympic opening ceremony on the Hyde Park big screens to a live sound track of Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol is a memory which will stay with me forever, and while the crowd loved the opening ceremony – they proved the common held theory that no one knows the second verse to ‘God Save The Queen’!

Our taxi driver however thought that the opening ceremony was rubbish – because the musical montage didn’t include any Phil Collins!


Men’s Cycling Road Race, Bushy Park – Saturday July 28th

A twenty minute route march to our predetermined observation point set off a coughing fit (I’m currently on the tail end of whooping cough) which meant I missed Team GB whizz past the first time.

After reviewing our tactics we chose a different place to watch them come back from their circuits of Box Hill.


Bushy Park cycling 27th July 2012


Five minutes of speeding support cars and Police motorcyclists high fiving and videoing the crowds later, this was our chance to roar at Cav, Wiggo, Froome and Miller as they sped past, 50 seconds off the pace and with not very far to go. Bummer :-(





Women’s Cycling Road Race, Bushy Park – Sunday July 29th

We regrouped the next day and stood in the rain at the entrance to Bushy Park for the Women’s Road Race. Things took a dramatic turn as one of the cyclist crashed down on the corner, slipping on the wet road.

We repositioned again for the inbound part of the course – but mistimed our arrival. Under a huge fork of lightening the three front runners, including a Brit came powering through the torrential rain. The crowd ignited.

We dashed into the local church (tea, coffee and biscuits provided) to watch Lizzie Armitstead take a brilliant silver medal. Apologies if I uttered any bad language – it was all in the spirit of encouraging Lizzie across the finishing line!


On the hunt for Olympic tickets – 11.30pm Sunday July 29th

I cannot believe that I was actually on line on the London 2012 web site when an additional 3,000 tickets were released. Unfortunately, in the ten minutes it took to decide what we wanted to do, all the tickets were gone. Grrrrrr!


Soaking up the Olympic atmosphere – Monday July 30th

After our epic fail to get Olympic tickets, we decided to go into the city to soak up some Olympic fun. The South Bank of the Thames looked amazing and was full of street performers and tourists with national flags and painted faces.

We found a brilliant spot in the sunshine in front of the best big screen in London – right next to the huge Olympic rings hanging under Tower Bridge. Who’d have thought Water Polo and Gymnastics could be so entertaining!

We waited until it was dark before taking a boat back down the Thames, under all the bridges lit up specifically for the Olympics. London never looked more stunning!


Olympic London and tower bridge 2012


Olympic London and tower bridge 2012


Olympic London and tower bridge 2012


Olympic London and tower bridge 2012


Olympic London and illuminated bridges 2012


Olympic London and illuminated bridges 2012


London eye at night


Women’s Time Trial – Tuesday July 31st

Bit of a theme emerging – rain, someone jumping out in front of me at a critical moment etc. etc. But notwithstanding we still caught some fabulous action.


Waiting for Womens Time Trail Kingston July 31 2012




Men’s Time Trial – Wednesday August 1st

Right, this was it – last chance. This time, the race ran right along the end of my in-laws road. This really was the Olympics on your doorstep!

Tactics = watch the cyclists start at Hampton Court on the telly, leg it down the road to find a good spot and then shout at Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome until our lungs burst. Good plan!

This time we were behind barriers so no one could stand in front of me. We were on the right side of the road.  My camera was fully charged and I’d tested and double tested my shot.


Mens time trial London 2012 Hampton Wick 1 August



The crowds were enormous.

I was standing next to a man with a radio – at the 18km mark BW was already 11 seconds ahead. Come on Bradley Wiggins.

There was a massive cheer for Chris Froome.

Four more riders to go.


Mens time trial London 2012 Hampton Wick 1 August


And there he was – and I got my picture – THE picture!


Bradley Wiggins Mens time trial London 2012 Hampton Wick 1 August


Then somewhere, from round about my knees a noise started to grow. It rumbled around my lungs and almost in slow motion, as Bradley disappeared, it emerged as an ear shattering “GOOOOOO-ORRRRNNNNN” which along with the rest of the crowd must have literally blown him down the road.

 Awesome! Absolutely Bloody Awesome!


So that was our London 2012 week. The good, the bad and the absolutely bloody awesome! Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope you’re having an absolutely bloody awesome Olympics too!


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Alison Staples, Duran Duran

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Celebrate Team Manchester 2012

Party celebrating Manchester’s Olympic & Paralympic heroes.


If Greater Manchester had been a country, we would have finished eighth on the Olympic medals table – with nine olympic and 16 paralympic golds.

This summer gave us some amazing memories – now it’s your chance to say thank you to our Manchester stars of 2012, at a big free party:


Albert Square

this evening (Friday 26th October) from 5pm – 6.30pm.


British Cycling stars Sir Chris Hoy, Laura Trott and Sarah Storey and taekwondo’s Jade Jones will be among the medalists on show.






They will be joined by other a host of other cycling stars and Olympic and Parlaympic athletes from sports including cycling (BMX, mountain bike, road and track), taekwondo, swimming, water polo, athletics, handball and other sports.

Volunteers, coaches and Olympic torchbearers – will also be honoured.

The event will be compered by BBC commentator Paul Dickenson, and will feature memorable Olympic and Paralympic moments on a big screen along with music and a few surprises (whatever they may be!).

This is your chance for one last Olympic and Paralympic hurrah! And for Manchester to show our athletes just proud we are of them, and how much we loved our golden summer of sport.


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Wikipedia Sir Chris Hoy, Wikipedia Sarah Storey

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An Olympic Games Maker

A MancGirl, the Olympic Park and a natty pink outfit!


As the Olympic and Paralympic carnival packs up and rolls out of town, we’ve all been left with some incredible memories.


Olympic & Paralympic logos


While we’ll never see the like again in our life time, what we all hope is that things will have changed. We might not see it straight away and it might be subtle – but our hope is that some how things from this point onwards will be different.


Patriotic Olympic Supporter


When we are old and grey – many of us will look back on the Summer of 2012 and smile. Whether we were in the Olympic Park, lining the route to cheer on the road cyclists, at Old Trafford cheering on the footballers, or on the edge of our sofa’s yelling at Mo Farah – we were there.

We’ve heard a lot about The Games Makers – the volunteers who gave up their time and made London and all the other Olympic venues so special. But what was it actually like to be a volunteer?

We asked 4Manchester Women guest blogger and keen cyclist Lucy, a 2012 Manc Games Maker what her memories were of London 2012.


Over to you Lucy ……

Hello Lively Ladies!



My London 2012 was spent as a volunteer – a Crowd First Responder (that’s first aider to me and you) and it was brilliant.

London was turned into a village for a couple of weeks with strangers talking to each other on the tubes. It felt like there was a big party going on.

So, how was the volunteering lark and how close did I get to my first love – the cycling?



I was lucky enough to be placed in the Basketball, BMX and Velodrome section of the Olympic park which was the same ‘venue’ with a shared backstage area.

Most of my shifts were in the Basketball Arena, I then covered the whole of the BMX competition in my last three days at the games.


Olympic Park basket ball court


Before the games started we didn’t know where our shifts would be so I presumed I would be working in the Velodrome and must confess I was gutted when I found out I wouldn’t be working there. It turned out not to really matter, I was there to take care of the health of the audience after all!


Olympic Park Velodrome

With my accreditation I went to watch the cycling on breaks and before my shifts, so I got to pick up on the vibe of the place and I have to say, it was awesome.

One day I watched Ed Clancy ride in the elimination race, each time he crossed the line the crowd cheered. A couple of times it was really close and we didn’t know if he’d made it through, until the compare announced the rider eliminated and then the crowd roared!


Velodrome Olympic Park


I got goosebumps on the back of my neck just walking in. I think the shape of the arena intensifies the experience because the crowd feels much closer to the action. There had been issues with empty seats but the Velodrome was pretty packed the whole way through and the crowd were hanging on every moment.

Sometimes in competitions there are lulls where you can feel people focusing on other things and going off for food etc. This didn’t happened in the Velodrome. People were definitely concentrating on the action on the track all the time – even in the early heats. It was a privilege to be there and soak up some of that feeling, as well as be part of the whole thing; Velodrome and beyond.

We only had one major incident (the patient is now OK) while I was on duty -  most of the time it was trapped fingers from the seats. All the people we dealt with were very friendly and grateful which was heart warming and humbling; I still feel emotional when I think about the scale of the work the volunteers did and the willingness we all showed to get involved. I was sat at home on my own sofa with a cold beer for the closing ceremony and completely welled up when the volunteers got a standing ovation.


Olympic volunteer


The BMX competition was great. It was fantastic to be outside after all the Basketball. I don’t know how the BMX riders do it, basically if you think of the kids at school who were scared of nothing – the ones who were made of rubber. Well those kids become BMX riders and enter these crazy competitions.


BMX Track Olympic Park


The skill and courage they showed was immense. However they are not made of rubber! The Field Of Play medics had stretchers stashed between the bumps and humps all around the track!


BMX Track Olympic Park


Shanaze Reade did really well in the competition, qualifying 5th overall and then coming 1st and 2nd in the semi-finals. It was really hard to see her come 6th in the final. I had read an interview that morning where she said she ‘only’ took home a certificate from Beijing saying she’s finished 8th and she was ready for a medal.


BMX Track Olympic Park


Liam Phillips did really well until he was in a crash. I think it’s a pretty unpredictable sport which can all change with a crash (of which there are many) so I expect the athletes learn to be pretty philosophical about it all.

I stayed in London at a friend’s for the two weeks that I worked. I saw the Men’s Road Race go in and out of London through Knightsbridge, I also saw the Men’s Time Trail from Kingston Bridge. I saw endless Basketball and loads of cycling as well as swimming on the Park Live screen and got to know my way around the Olympic Park like the back of my hand.


Olympic Park


To sum up my Olympic volunteering experience:

  • Had one migraine
  • Cycled 148 miles
  • Treated 23 medical issues
  • Gave away £50 worth of souvenirs (fool! people want those badges?)
  • Saw a lone fox in the Olympic Park when I was leaving late at night
  • Ate 10 pretty awful meals in our backstage canteen
  • Had one twitter convo with David Harewood (actor from Homeland no less) as I sent him updates of the US v Nigeria Basketball game
  • Met loads of really great people
  • Met a couple of right wierdos
  • Chatted to far too many strangers
  • Got on the telly twice
  • Drank too much free diet coke
  • Lost 4 lbs
  • Had 1 weekend visit from my partner
  • Came home safe and sound in time to watch the closing ceremony.





Have a look at this volunteer, she deserves a medal!


London 2012 was an amazing experience. I’m so pleased that I volunteered to be an Olympic Games Maker!


Lucy x


Photographs: Alison Staples (London 2012 logo from a photograph taken of the Samsung vehicle on the torch relay), Lucy Sutcliffe.

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Previous articles by Lucy:

On your bike girls






My Paralympics 2012

Come with me into the Paralympic Park – 31 Aug 2012


I spent six years working for the National Library for the Blind. My sister works with people with mental and physical disabilities and Tris’ (hubby) parents used to give respite care to disabled children. We couldn’t not go.


London 2012


Our friend Will Norman is in the GB 5-a-side blind football team – so we got organised and got our backsides down there to support him.

Everyone has already mentioned the volunteers, but I really have to echo it. From handing out strawberry ice cream lollies to the crowds at Waterloo to their dead pan commentary from on high in their umpire chairs, to chatting and smiling and high fiving. They really set the tone for a fantastic day.


Paralympic symbol


Paralympic volunteer


On the way to the Olympic Park


Olympic park


We visited the Olympic Park back in March when Tris ran in the National Lottery 5 mile race – the first competitive event to take place in the park and stadium (you can read about it here). But back then it was still very much a work in progress.

Now it was finished and in the sunshine it looked fantastic. Muddy slopes had been planted with wild flowers, the proper food courts were in place, instead of a few scabby burger vans, and although I hated it when I first saw it, now I think I’m a little bit in love with The Orbit. It really added to the site and with Orbit’s red, the white stadium and the beautiful blue sky it was a real Rule Britannia moment!

Just like the Sydney Opera House and the Eiffel Tower – every step revealed a new photograph.


Olympic Park


Wild flowers at Olympic Park


Orbit at the Olympic Park


Orbit at Olympic Park


We timed our arrival at 1pm just right. No queues. No stressed out security. It had clearly become a well oiled machine! This was echoed by two old ladies I overheard in the palatial port-a-loos as they sat next to each other in adjoining cubicles ……

“Well that wasn’t too hard at all Brenda.”

“No Beryl – these loos are lovely – you could eat your dinner off them!”

Ahem – so if you are ever invited to dinner by a Beryl or Brenda – think very, very carefully!




As we made our way through the Olympic Park it was heaving with patriotically dolled up spectators. All the venues looked spectacular and everywhere looked polished and new.

When I was ill (Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma diagnosed almost three years ago to the day) and things looked very black, the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 sounded like a lifetime away. I couldn’t get excited because I really didn’t think I’d live long enough to see them.

Every so often something happens and I think back and I get a bit choked. I NEVER thought I’d be walking through the Olympic Park in August 2012. All those times when I just couldn’t see the point of going on with my treatment – well this was one of those times two years down the line that made all the chemo worth while. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!


Olympic Park



German supporters in Olympic park


Australian fan paralympic games


Olympic Park


Coca Cola building Olympic Park


Velodrome Paralympic Park


Patriotic wheel chair



Blind 5-a-side football – The Rules!


Blindness isn’t always an absolute situation. Some people can’t see anything while others have limited vision depending their eye conditions. To make it fair all players wear eye masks so no one can see anything.

The ball has jangly little balls inside which make a noise to help the players to locate it.

The goalies are sighted.

You can have as many substitutions as you like and you can bring players back on again.

Teams can call a time out each per half.

If a team commits three fouls, the opposing team is awarded a long penalty.

The long sides of the pitch have boards which keep the ball in play. This means players are free to smash into them and each other in pursuit of the ball!

The pitch is divided into three parts. The goalie shouts instructions and controls the first third. The coach stands on the sidelines and shouts instructions for the middle third and a guide stands behind the goal, shouts instructions for the final third and hits the goal posts with a metal rod so that the players know where to aim.

Because the game is controlled by sound, the crowd have to sit on their hands and dig their nails into their buttocks to stop themselves from cheering.


Our first game at The Riverbank Arena was:


Argentina vs Iran


Argentinian supporters 5-a-side football Paralympics 31 August 2012


Iran supporter 5-a-side blind football 31 August 2012 paralympics


It was very difficult to know who to cheer for!

I was amazed by how physical it was. You try shutting your eyes and launching yourself at full pelt into goodness knows what. Once in possession it was like the ball was glued to their feet as they ran like little penguins until someone else stopped them.


Argentina meet Iran


Iran 5-a-side paralympic blind football 31 August 2012


Argentina v Iran 5-a-side blond football Paralympics 31 August 2012






Supporters 5-a-side football Paralympics 31 August 2012


As with all Paralympic athletes, each and every one of them has a story to tell about their disability. You couldn’t help but wonder what it must be like to be visually impaired in Argentina and Iran.

The football was jaw droppingly good.




In the end Argentina were very pleased indeed with their 2-0 victory.


Argentina blind 5-a-side football Paralympics 31 August 2012


Argentina blind 5-a-side football Paralympics 31 August 2012



And then it was time for Paralympic Team GB to stuff some Spanish pimento!


Patriotic supporters


Will Norman Paralympic GB


Paralympic GB 5-a-side football team hug


Paralympic GB 5-a-side football lined up for national anthem


Paralympic GB 5-a-side football subs bench


Paralympic GB 5-a-side football team hug


After a spot of warming up, The National Anthem and a team hug it was time to get down to business (our friend Will (No 3) was on the bench).

This time the shouting was all in English, which made considerably more sense.

There were plenty of “It’s behind you!” moments as the players tried to locate the ball, and “GET UP! GET UP!”  as the coaches urged them back up onto their feet after some screaming tackles.


Paralympics GB 5-a-side blind football vs Spain 31 August 2012


Paralympics GB 5-a-side blind football vs Spain 31 August 2012


After a nervous start, Spain scored first from a penalty. This was just the football boot up the bum that the team needed. Captain Dave Clarke was having none of it and responded quick sharp with an amazing solo effort, cutting through the defense like a hot knife through butter. It was so quick that I totally missed it! But I caught the celebrations afterwards.


Paralympic 5-a-side blind football. GB vs Spain celebrating Dae Clarke's goal 31 August 2012


Frankly it was a relief for the crowd to finally stop holding their collective breath and make some noise.

For me, when I’m watching sport the crowd always comes a close second in terms of my attention. This bunch didn’t disappoint. They’d dressed up splendidly for the occasion.


patriotic supporter


Patriotic supporter


Patriotic supporters


Patriotic supporters


Skyline from the riverbank arena olympic park


From an uneducated point of view it seemed like a reasonably even match. Captain Dave got a bit battered and was on and off more times than Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Super sub Darren Harris was like a terrier crossed with a bull in a china shop – getting booked within seconds of coming on. According to a large swathe of the audience “There’s only one Darren Harris” which I think the opposition were quite pleased about!




Darren Harris Paralympic GB 5-a-side blind football 31 August 2012


Paralympic 5-a-side blind football GB vs Spain 31 August 2012


Paralympic 5-a-side blind football GB vs Spain 31 August 2012


Paralympic 5-a-side blind football GB vs Spain 31 August 2012


With the seconds ticking away and the score line stuck at 1-1, even Jim couldn’t fix it for the Spaniards to win!


Spanish coaching team


Spanish coaching team


So that’s how it finished – even stevens.

Unfortunately our friend Will didn’t get off the bench on this occasion. But having seen him warm up, we have high hopes that he’ll come on in future games, win them all single-handedly and be playing in the Premiership this time next year.


Paralympic Team GB no 9


Dave Clarke & Darren Harris


Paralympic GB football no 4


I don’t think you could have got much closer to a perfect day. The weather was beautiful, the atmosphere was amazing, the sport was breath-taking and I was really happy to British – and alive.

We finished up with some wheelchair basket ball and watched the big screen until it was dark, listening simultaneously to the commentary and the cheers erupting from the stadium.

By night the Olympic park glowed and took on almost a physical presence. Lit up from the inside the basket ball arena for example looked like a huge illuminated pulsating lung. Sadly I don’t have any photos because I’d run my camera out of juice.

It’s a funny thing Olympics vs Paralympics. While the Olympians are truly amazing and will no doubt inspire the younger generation. For us oldies who remember coming last in cross-country and cannot see a single parallel between themselves and Jessica Ennis – the Paralympians are the real inspirations. Good Lord, if someone can cycle around the velodrome with one leg or run 200m with cerebral palsy, then I can get my sorry ass off the sofa and throw in a few star jumps.

I loved it – thank you Paralympians for  being brilliant and thank you London 2012 for putting on the greatest show on earth!


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs & videos: Alison Staples

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My London 2012



Olympic Legacy – take up a sport

Be inspired by the golden Olympics and find a local club


It’s been an amazing couple of weeks – everything that we could have hoped for and more. At the start I was convinced that we’d manage to cock it up some how and make ourselves look like idiots in front to the rest of the world. But I should have had more faith.

And so today, the morning after the night before the buzz word is legacy – how can we harness this fantastic sporting momentum and bottle the feeling that if we work hard enough then anything is possible?





We’ve got some great new role models, who are a refreshing change from the tabloid fodder we’ve got used to over the last ten years.

Let’s grab this bright, optimistic, colourful, red, white and blue opportunity with both hands before it disappears, and the world once more fades to gray.

If you’ve been inspired to tackle taekwondo, have a go at handball or give canoeing a crack then now is the time.


Want to get involved with sport in your local area?


‘Join In Local Sport’  aims to get as many people as possible to turn up and take part in activities at their local sports facilities on 18th – 19th August 2012 – the first weekend between the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The aim of the initiative is for every sports club and community group in the UK to put on a special event in a bid to encourage more people to get involved as members, supporters or volunteers.

More than 4,000 local sports clubs will be opening their doors to host events and show people just how they can get involved.

As well as tips on playing sport there will be information on coaching, supporting and how to help out.

London 2012 is also running a number of sport taster sessions encouraging people to take part in sport and fitness across the UK throughout the year.

From a free taster session at Trafford Rowing Club to Judo at Sale Leisure Centre – click here to find out what’s going on in the Manchester area.


If you want to track down a local club for a particular sport, then try:


Sport has never been more inspirational. Who wouldn’t be jealous of this fine looking bunch fooling around to Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen (includes special guest appearances from Jessica Ennis, Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton).




Let’s see if we can keep the Olympic flame burning!


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Royal Mail


Golden Girl

A little bit of bling to honour Golden Girl Jessica Ennis


I’m not quite sure of the link between Jessica and Manchester, but it seems we claim her as one of our own as a Trafford AC athlete.

Either way, as the Olympics draw to a close, I think that Jessica and all our amazing Olympic athletes have been spectacular. Thank you for letting us come along for the ride!



Golden Girl

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

Photographs: As listed above
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Cool Britannia style

Patriotic fashion – I love this Union Jack


If the gold rush at the Olympics is making you feel all patriotic, here’s just a teeny flash of inspiration for you.


Cool Britannia flag of fashion


Right – I’m off to dig out my red hand bag, blue heels and white ………. knickers!

Rule Britannia – Hurrah!


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: John Lewis – from their Cool Britannia range.

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Olympic fashion

Show your support with a bit of style


When it comes to fashion, we like to think it’s one of our strengths. So it came as no surprise when they drafted in Stella McCartney to knock TEAM GB’s style into shape. While sports kit as day wear can look a bit chavvy, here are some looks which will help you to feel like an essential part of the team (which doesn’t involve a shell suit).



Womens olympic fashion ideas

1. Adidas London 2012 Olympics Women’s Poster T-Shirt, Black £24   2. Limited Edition Womens Olympic Union Jack T Shirt £19.99  3. Adidas Gold Team GB by Stella McCartney T-Shirt, Sand £37  4. Adidas Team GB Lion Head Women’s T-Shirt, Collegiate Blue £19.20  5. Team GB Women’s Hoodie, Grey £40  6. Adidas Women’s London 2012 Olympic Stella McCartney 3/4 Pants, Legend Ink £40  7a. Links Of London 2012 Collection Friendship Bracelet, Pink £130, 7b. Team GB Heart Hair Clips, Red/Blue £5  8. Adidas Gold Team GB by Stella McCartney Image Tank Top, Dark Indigo £40  10.  Adidas London 2012 Women’s Olympic Torch Relay T-Shirt, Black £24


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: As above.

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Knit your own Olympic athlete

Make your own mini woolly Ennis!


When I typed this into Google, I thought it might be a challenge too far. Seems I was wrong.




Knitlympics really does exist and even better, there is a free pattern to download so you can make your very own Golden Girl!




There are free downloads here to knit:

Sir Steve Redgrave

Jessica Ennis

Or you can buy the whole Knitlympics book here.

Alternatively you can can try The Olympknits whose stars feature in this hilarious film – boxers, runners, cyclists, rowers, weight lifters, synchronised swimmers and even a knitted streaker!



So what are you waiting for? Let’s knit for Britain!


Alison x  (your 4Manchcester Women Editor)


Photographs: The Making Spot

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Kids Olympic gear

 For a Babylmpics trendy TEAM GB tot!


We’re really getting into the Olympic spirit today with some ideas for funky Team GB members of the future.


Children's Olympic Fashion Collection


1. Spoilt Rotten – Babylympics Official Dribbler Olympics + in funky Milk Carton £14.99  2. Team GB Rings T-shirt, White/Blue £8  3. Team GB Baby Sunhat, Red £5   4. Team GB Spotted Romper Suit, Red £12  5.  Dirty Fingers – Toddler Triathlon Champion – Little Rocker Style £14.99  6. Adidas Team GB Baby Trainers, Blue/White £20  7. Team GB Flag Bib Set, Red/Blue £10   8. London 2012 Olympic Games Wenlock backpack £26.00  9. White T-Shirt With Bulldog Print To The Front For Olympics from  £3.00


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: As above

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