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Cheering Lizzie Armitstead to a silver Olympic medal

Racing towards Putney Bridge, we spotted Marianne Vos, Lizzie Armitstead and Olga Zabelinskaya in their medal positions

We had our first taste of London Olympic action this afternoon as we cheered Team GB cyclist (and fellow Northern lass) Lizzie Armistead to her silver medal – the first podium placing for Great Britain in the Games so far….

The rain was lashing down as we huddled under an umbrella on Putney High Street, but no one’s excitement was dampened as the competitors whizzed by at lightning pace, towards the finish in the centre of town.

A Great British snack to go with your cycling?

Putney Bridge itself had a festival atmopshere, with stall holders selling strawberries, sweeties and Champagne by the glass. As soon as the riders had disappeared over the bridge we dashed into The Boathouse to watch the remainder of the race on the big screen and soak up the fantastic atmosphere.

Sweeties for the spectators

Not only have the Olympics have been fantastic fun to watch so far, it has also been ridiculously easy to get around town; we popped along to see the road race this aft without encountering a single traffic jam, parking was a breeze and getting a front row view was all too easy. Perhaps the rain put people off, perhaaps all the media hype has scared everyone into staying indoors; whatever the case, I’m not complaining. Roll on Tuesday, when we’re off to see Team GB take on Brazil in the women’s football at Wembley (what to wear for that?)

Lizzie got her silver medal – I settled for a spectator’s treat, an ice cold Aspall cider…
…and a cracking Sunday roast
This deliciously decadent rubbed roast pork with Guinness gravy was served at The Plough near Clapham Junction
Written by Johanna Payton