Strawberries and cream at the ready in London! The start of the summer of sport in the UK is pulled into focus by Wimbledon (24th June – 7th July). Murray Mount will be filled with tennis fans, whilst those lucky enough to be get a seat in centre court will be making the most of the various bars serving Pimms and lemonade.
Andy Murray is currently ranked 2nd in world tennis and his passion in the 2012 Wimbledon tournament tugged at the heart strings of the nation. Having recently overtaken Roger Federer, Murray will be holding the hopes of the nation on his shoulders. There are certainly high hopes for British tennis.
Ascot will bring the ladies and their hats to the champagne bars, while the Ashes (10th July – 25th August) will be watched in pub gardens in the country and outdoor bars across the cities (Howzzaat?!). There is much for the summer of 2013 to live up to, the 2012 London Olympics brought sport into focus, with the popularity of athletics increasing tenfold.
Since the end of the Olympics many have been asking whether there will really be an “Olympic Legacy”, but from 26th-28th July London will be hosting the London 2012 Anniversary Games. This will give London another chance to showcase the venue, meaning that those who could not make it to the Olympics will be given a chance to experience everything the venue has to offer, from the sports to the general aesthetics of the venue and even the stadium bar!Great London Swim – © Copyright Nigel Chadwick
Anyone looking for something more unusual will find the Great London Swim on 31st August, which is a 1 mile swim from the Royal Victoria Docks; you can even compare your time to the Olympic open water swimmers of 2012! Or if you’re further north you can get involved in the Tin Bath Races on the Isle of Man (13th July) which goes across the island, its link to the Castleton Ale Drinker’s Society, suggests the potential for some good quality ale on top of entertaining sport!
Although the weather might let us down this summer, the sport and entertainment is unlikely to disappoint. We can look forward to some exciting and interesting moments this summer; bring on another summer of great British sport!