Wednesday, 24 February 2010

JUDO WEEKEND...

Well on Friday at 4.10pm we started what seemed like an epic trip to Manchester for the NW Open Age Banded Judo Championships.... we decided it would be easier to fly so Allan booked us flights via Dublin - Dublin you might ask, only place that Ryan Air flies to out of Aberdeen... and all the other airlines were way to expensive.... Arrived in Manchester airport around 9.30pm and headed straight to the hotel... Weigh-in was 8.15am to 9am the next morning in St Helens so it was an early start... Found the Leisure Centre no problem with the help of our trusty Tom Tom Sat Nav (best invention ever, wonder how many marriages have been saved due to this device...lol...).
Morgan didn't get of to the best start losing his first fight but he gave it his all... he won his second and lost his third so no medals home with us this time... I have to say tho that the judo was harder and faster than anything they have experienced before as was the judging... but hopefully it will have opened their eyes as to what is in store for them in the future...

After this we headed to Old Trafford where Allan and Morgan did the tour (I declined this having done it before) and sat in the bar watching Man Utd get beaten by Everton 3-1...

Hoping this is who Morgan aspires to when he is training with Aberdeen Football Club....lol...


When they were finished we went over to the Trafford Centre and I feel like such a hick for saying it but it was amazing....shops upon shops upon shops and the food hall (The Great Hall) was simply something else...

The next morning we woke up to about 3" of snow and we got to the airport to find it shut... we sat in the executive lounge drinking cappuchinos and hot chocolate and eating croissants for 3 hours before our flight finally checked in... it was touch and go whether we would make it to Dublin in time for the connection to Aberdeen but we did and got home about 4.30pm picked up the girls and got Morgan finished packing for his school ski trip the next day....It's been relatively peaceful here with just the girls if you don't count Niamh....xoxo