In the UK, May-June is the time of year when we usually turn our gaze from seemingly endless football (soccer) to summer alternatives like cricket, tennis and athletics – though not this summer as Euro 2012 is all over our screens. Northern Scotland is a great part of the world, but it’s so hard to get to world-class sports events from here – so much takes place south of the border. Yes, I could get down to Glasgow or Edinburgh to watch international football or rugby but they’re just not my sports. I was lucky enough to take in a day at an England-Australia Ashes test match at Trent Bridge back in the 1980s, and saw the great Ian Botham in action, and I’ve also been to an All-Ireland Football final at Croke Park in Dublin, but that’s about it. I’d love to get to an NFL match and that may be possible as they now have the occasional game in London.
Before it’s too late, I’d really like to get to see some more world-class sporting events, two in particular. A day at the races – I’d love to see the Derby at Epsom, or a day at Royal Ascot, but most of all, a day on Centre Court in the second week at Wimbledon is my ultimate sporting choice. Ironically, Epsom and Wimbledon are only about 10 miles apart, but a plane journey away for me. For Wimbledon, I’d have to book well in advance. I’ve seen some recent advice on getting advance Wimbledon tickets here.
What major sporting events do you intend to get to in your part of the world? What have you managed to take in already? Drop a comment below.
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