Ok, so far 2014’s great summer of sport hasn’t exactly gone to plan. Roy’s boys bombed out of the group stages of the World Cup, the cricketers got beaten by Sri Lanka, and the rugby team were on the receiving end of a whitewash by the All Blacks. But fear not, there’s plenty of other sporting events taking place around the country to help take your mind off it.
There’s now less than a month to go until the Commonwealth Games finally get underway. That’s right, for 10 days from the 23rd of July onwards, Glasgow will be home to some of the greatest athletes in the world. So, will Mo Farah be able to carry on with his Olympic form? Will Usain Bolt be fit enough in time to race, and if so, how fast will he run the 100 metres this time round? All will be answered come the 3rd of August!
Alternatively, if you prefer a slightly more laidback sporting experience then the Henley Regatta may well be the thing for you! A true mix of sport and social occasion, Henley has been running ever since 1839 and had around 200,000 visitors show up last year. You can expect over 200 races throughout the five day long regatta with some famous faces from the London Olympics and many future stars of the sport.
The British Grand Prix
Then there’s always the British Grand Prix as Silverstone plays host to one of the biggest events of the Motorsport calendar. In terms of the home interest, Lewis Hamilton has sadly slipped into second place, 29 points behind his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, despite winning four races on the bounce earlier on in the season, so make sure you tune in to see if he can close the gap this time around!
Tour de France
Finally, there’s the Tour de France, which this year starts off in our very own Yorkshire! This means that you’ll be able to see the world’s greatest cyclists from Chris Froome to Mark Cavendish and many, many more as they vie for the famous coloured jerseys. With stages running between Leeds and Harrogate, York and Sheffield and also Cambridge and London you’ll have plenty of opportunities to catch some of the action before the tour heads back over the channel to its spiritual home!
So there we have it, a brief guide from Sykes to some of this summer’s great sport but don’t forget there are plenty of other options, from Wimbledon to the British Open, and of course the final of the World Cup, provided that you’ve managed to get over England’s performance! Hopefully you’ll all have enjoyed reading it and are now planning your schedules, but make sure to let us know if we’ve missed anything out, either over Twitter or Facebook!