The Anniversary Games 2016

For a group of about forty Year 4 and 5 children the summer holiday got off to a fantastic start with a trip to London for the third Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Park. The games were established in 2013 to recapture the spirit and excitement of those great nights of athletics during the London 2012 Olympic Games. And with two British records and a WORLD RECORD on the night, it certainly lived up to everyone’s expectations.

Ready to set off to London.

Ready to set off to London.

Not our train ... thankfully!
Not our train … thankfully!
Everyone is excited about seeing some great athletics.
Everyone is excited about seeing some great athletics.
On the train from Luton to Farringdon.
On the train from Luton to Farringdon.
We then got an underground train from Farringdon to Tower Hill.
We then got an underground train from Farringdon to Tower Hill.
A short rest break in front of the Tower of London while we wait for our KFC!
A short rest break in front of the Tower of London while we wait for our KFC!
It started to drizzle with rain so we moved indoors for our KFC.
It started to drizzle with rain so we moved indoors for our KFC.
We want chicken!
We want chicken!
After eating, we walked along the Thames a little way to Tower Bridge.
After eating, we walked along the River Thames a little way to Tower Bridge.
Crossing over Tower Bridge.
Crossing over Tower Bridge.
Down to the London Underground again.
Down to the London Underground again.
After a very hot, crowded and uncomfortable journey to Stratford we finally reached the Queen Elizabeth Park.
After a very hot, crowded and uncomfortable journey to Stratford we finally reached the Queen Elizabeth Park.
The video screens at the Westfield Shopping Centre helped to build up the excitement.
The video screens at the Westfield Shopping Centre helped to build up the excitement.
Finally we could see the Olympic Stadium.
Finally we could see the Olympic Stadium.
Some of us were glad we were not going on the Orbital slide.
Some of us were glad we were not going on the Orbital slide.
Great weather for an evening of top class athletics.
Great weather for an evening of top class athletics.
After buying souvenirs at the merchandise stall, we were ready to go into the stadium.
After buying souvenirs at the merchandise stall, we were ready to go into the stadium.
Great seats, directly opposite the giant video screen, the whole track in view, and we were close to the pole vault competition. And the 200m final would start right in front of us!
Great seats, directly opposite the giant video screen, the whole track in view, and we were close to the pole vault competition. And the 200m final would start right in front of us!
The stars of the evening were introduced as they rode around the track in open top cars.
The stars of the evening were introduced as they rode around the track in open top cars.
Our first look at the great man himself!
Our first look at the great man himself!
Terrific views down the back straight.
Terrific views down the back straight.
We could spot analyse the baton changeovers as the relay runners came round the bend.
We could analyse the baton changeovers as the relay runners came round the bend.
Perfect organisation to bring out the hurdles.
Perfect organisation to bring out the hurdles.
One of the pole vaulters.
One of the pole vaulters.
Sprint hurdles.
Sprint hurdles.
Another pole vaulter.
Another pole vaulter.
Women's 400m.
Women’s 400m.
The Anniversary Games mascot.
The Anniversary Games mascot.
The Anniversary Games mascot
The Anniversary Games mascot
More hurdles to put out. They did it all very quickly and precisely.
More hurdles to put out. They did it all very quickly and precisely.
400m hurdles
400m hurdles
Finally, one of the pole vaulters clears the bar. This athlete was the eventual winner of the competition.
Finally, one of the pole vaulters clears the bar. This athlete was the eventual winner of the competition.
We all wanted to have one of the remote control buggies that are used to take the javelins back to the start. Each buggy costs £3000!
We all wanted to have one of the remote control buggies that are used to take the javelins back to the start. Each buggy costs £3000!
The Emsley Carr Mile race
The Emsley Carr Mile race
More hurdling from the women.
More hurdling from the women.
Kendra Harrison realises she's just broken the world record!!
Kendra Harrison realises she’s just broken the world record!!
The skies are darkening as we look forward to the final events of the evening.
The skies are darkening as we look forward to the final events of the evening.
12:20! A new world record! From an athlete that didn't even qualify for the USA Olympic team.
12:20 seconds! A new world record! From an athlete that didn’t even qualify for the USA Olympic team.
Britain's Laura Muir on her way to winning the 1500m.
Britain’s Laura Muir on her way to winning the 1500m.
Laura Muir celebrating her new British record! She broke the 12-year-old record set by Dame Kelly Holmes.
Laura Muir celebrating her new British record! She broke the 12-year-old record set by Dame Kelly Holmes.
Men's 100m final.
Men’s 100m final.
Pyrotechnics as each race comes to an end.
Pyrotechnics as each race comes to an end.
The runners come out for the final event of the evening.
The runners come out for the final event of the evening.
Usain Bolt is in lane 6.
Usain Bolt is in Lane 6.
A couple of warm-up starts from Bolt.
A couple of warm-up starts from Bolt.
Usain Bolt thanks all the spectators for their support.
Usain Bolt thanks all the spectators for their support.
And they're off!!!
And they’re off!!!
Usain Bolt interviewed on the giant video screen after winning the 200m.
Usain Bolt interviewed on the giant video screen after winning the 200m.
Usain Bolt goes on a lap of honour.
Usain Bolt goes on a lap of honour.
Fireworks to celebrate the end of an evening of great athletics.
Fireworks to celebrate the end of an evening of great athletics.
A final group photo before heading for the underground station to return home.
A final group photo before heading for the underground station to return home.

The huge crowds all leaving the Olympic Stadium meant that it took quite a long time to get to the platform. The trains were crowded again but we soon got to Liverpool Street where we changed lines to continue to Farringdon. The Thameslink train to Luton was much less crowded and everyone was able to sit comfortably for the journey home, returning to school at 1 a.m.