Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay and Opening Ceremony

So, the Commonwealth Games has finally started, and to be honest the atmosphere in Glasgow feels great- lots of stewards in the park and excited tourists looking around. I have tickets for the athletics on Friday evening (next week, 1st), whilst my S.O. has quite a few sessions to see.

When I was at my parents over the weekend I caught the baton relay coming through their village:

Village baton relay- Photo from my IG.

I wish there was more announcement on the individual carriers- it was cool to see but I had no idea who they were, and its oddly anticlimactic when you wait and wait just to have someone jog past with what looks like a fancy punnet of chips.

Our running club president, Des Gilmore, also got to carry the baton past the University, and our coach carried it in Queen's Park:

Des at the University- Photo belongs to C. Gunn
And then of course the opening ceremony last night, where they hilariously couldn't get the lid off of the baton to get the Queen's speech. Hey, at least we can laugh at ourselves. Also jeez Louise some of the national costumes (ours included) are horrendous. I also found the dancers a little awkward, although I did really appreciate the charity aspect.
I'll be off to the Commonwealth Games on Friday 1st, where we get to see (among others): the men's 3K steeplechase and men's 10K finals; the women's 800m and 100m hurdles finals; and several 4x400m and 1500m heats. 
There are also a wealth (har de har de har, I'm hilarious) of other activities ongoing in Glasgow. For example on Saturday morning I plan on going to the Run 4 It 4 mile run (at 8.30am from the Commonwealth mascot at Kelvingrove Art Gallery), then there are the arts and culture events associated with the Commonwealth festival, and some 'come and try' sports sessions- Glasgow is going to be busy! 

Are you coming to the games at all? What to see?

Did you see the baton?

What did you think of the opening ceremony?

Any other events you know of that I should check out? 

PS: LOVED the Scottie dogs!


  1. The sprit relay tri yesterday was great! I also like watching the swimming in the evenings. Glasgow has looked great in the stunning weather so far :)

    1. Thanks for your reply! The weather is being a dick- beautiful all week, rained all weekend, now set to be beautiful all week...