Eleven days flew by in Glasgow as the Scottish city hosted the Commonwealth Games 2014. There was a huge sense of pride and a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere in Scotland’s largest city as thousands of athletes and many, many thousands of spectators enjoyed a superb Glasgow 2014.
Macs Adventure is based in Glasgow, at the heart of the city, so we lived and breathed the Games. Here’s what we loved about Glasgow 2014. We also hope you’ve been inspired to try or take up one of the many sports that were a part of this Games, hailed worldwide as one of the most successful yet.
1) The Opening Ceremony, especially the Human Tunnock’s teacakes, the fabulous Team Scotland kilts, Scotland’s adopted super-rockster Rod Stewart and the start of “Bring it On”.
2) Track cycling superstar Sir Chris Hoy saving the day at the opening ceremony when Prince Imran struggled to open the Queen’s Baton.
3) So many families enjoying quality time together.
4) Leaving the cars behind. Many people walked, cycled and used public transport to get to the sports events. Why not take this a step further and enjoy a walking or cycling holiday together?
5) The ability of Scotland to laugh at itself, even when things don’t go to plan or the weather falls apart.
6) The Royals entering into the spirit of the Games. For example, this Instagram picture of The Queen getting in on a selfie behind the Australian hockey players.
7) Scottish sprinter Libby Clegg winning gold on the track in the T12 100m race.
8) The home nation’s amazing medal haul. Team Scotland came fourth in the countries league table and finished with 19 gold, 15 silver and 19 bronze medals.
9) Cheering on the winners – and the losers. The spectators got behind every single competitor, whether they come home first, fifth or last
10) 15,000 volunteer Clydesiders and Clyde, the amazing mascot, himself.
11) Kimberley Renicks winning Scotland’s first gold of Glasgow 2014 in the judo, before her sister Louise won one herself.
12) The Weegie Wave. This is a step up from the Mexican Wave and it worked a treat at various stadiums.
13) Clean streets. There was a big clean up in many areas of Glasgow. We hope it stays this way. Why not visit the city before joining one of Macs Adventure walks or cycles in Scotland, such as the West Highland Way?
14) Festival 2014. How amazing to have so much also going on in the city as well as the sport. Glasgow enjoys many other festivals throughout the year.
15) Scottish swimmer 20-year-old Ross Murdoch’s face as he realised he had won gold in the 200m breaststroke.
16) The moment when another Scottish youngster Erraid Davies, aged just 13, became the youngest ever winner of a Commonwealth Games medal, bronze in the women’s 100m breaststroke Para-sport SB9 final.
17) The camaraderie between the nations, even when pipped at the finish post.
18) Track cyclist – and Keirin star – Chris Pritchard when he got down on one knee to propose to his fiancee Amanda Ball after his race.
19) The inspiration given to all cyclists by the determination of the track, trail and road cycling athletes. Why not take this to a new level yourself this year with a cycling holiday?
20) Another proposal as track para-cyclist Aileen McGlynn’s partner Graeme Hinchliffe, who also asked her to marry him after she won silver.
21) Charlie Flynn, the Boxing Lightweight gold medallist, entertaining with his amazing Weegie patter, post-match speech.
22) The men’s sprint B2 tandem track cycling gold medallists Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean.
23) Eilidh Child’s emotional silver medal finishing behind Kaliese Spencer in the 400m hurdles.
24) Jo Pavey. She might be 40 and the mother of two but athlete Jo still looked amazing as she ran to third place in the women’s 5k.
25) The new selfie, aka the Commonwelfie, now called the welfie.