Mrs F, Daughter-of-Furtheron and yours truly had a great night last night. We went off to the British Swimming Championships at the new Olympic Aquatic Centre. Firstly if the experience we had last night is anything to go by the Olympics will be a great success. Loads of helpful, friendly marshalls, good factilities - the Aquatic Centre is superb!
The racing was brilliant. I think the mens 200m IM was my favourite of the night as James Goddard was just beaten by Joe Roebuck and the 100m Women's Free with another close finish and the ever effervescent Fran Halshall taking gold.
Nailbiting finishes, Olympic qualifiying times a plenty and then to cap it off in the disability swimming session Ellie Simmonds broke the world record in the 200m IM - the first world record to be set in the venue! There weren't many dry eyes as Ellie took her medal. Straight after that excitement the truly inspirational Lyndon Longhorne broke the Bristish record in the 150m IM in a fantastic solo effort - he was the only competitor in that final. The crowd cheered him on and against the clock he hit his new record.
We're back there tonight for another round - I can't wait!
Here is a picture of the girls as we took our seats whilst the warm up was underway.