No, not the ABC media channel from America. It’s us – ABC Selfstore, with our autumn round up of the best in British sport over the past few months. In what’s become kind of a tradition – who could forget that exciting 2013 when Sir Ben Ainslie was making history in San Francisco – we focus on the success of English and British sports starts and team.
But what you might ask – is a storage company giving a sports report? Well, loads of our customers do sports of one sort or another. And most of them use their storage unit as a place to keep their kit. So it’s more appropriate than you might think…
Sharper eyed amongst you will have twigged that we said celebrating success. Which sadly leaves the Rugby out. We could do that English thing of focussing on Wales’ and Scotland’s chances of success. But we’ll leave that for the pub – because there’s plenty of English and British success to celebrate.
England have qualified for the European Championships in 2016. They did it in style too – winning 9 out of 9 games and topping their qualification Group E. The naysayers will maintain it was an easy group, but the consensus amongst the pundits is that Roy Hodgson’s men have improved a lot since the disappointment of the 2014 World Cup.
Oh, and Wayne Rooney became England’s greatest Goal scorer – overtaking the great Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 goals during the game against Switzerland on Tuesday September 8th.
Athletics: Running up that Hill
The second biggest competition in Athletics – The World Championships – took place in August. Jessica Ennis-Hill, returning to track and field following the birth of her first child a little more than a year earlier, astounded even herself – and won gold in the Heptathlon.
It wasn’t just Ennis-Hill though – the London 2012 Super Saturday Dream team were all at it. Mo Farrah saw off the competition and claimed gold the 5,000 & 10,000 metres – becoming the first man in history to do the ‘Triple Double’ – gold in both events at the three consecutive major championships: The Olympics in 2012 and the World Champs in 2013 again in 2015.
Massively underrated Long-jumper Greg Rutherford proved his world class credentials netting his 4th Major championship Gold. The athlete lost his clothing sponsor 4 months after London 2012 and funded his training by setting up his own clothing line. If you need somewhere for your stock Greg, then a storage unit with us is flexible, affordable and perfect for new startups.
In another Athletics record – Roger Bannisters four minute mile running spikes sold for £220,000. Just the kind of thing you might keep safe in storage. Here they are in action:
Formula 1 – It’s Hammer Time
Lewis Hamilton has been making winning in Formula 1 look easy – winning 9 out of 15 races so far – almost certainly on his way to a third World Championship. Hamilton has also smashed several records over the past year – and become the UK’s highest paid sports star by Salary (Rory McIlroy is thought to earn more if endorsements are included). With four races still to go, he could wrap up the championship at the next race in Austin, Texas.
If you’ve been collecting Motor-sports memorabilia – perhaps a set of racing overalls, replica helmets, or even car parts such as front wings or wheels and tyres – and find yourself in need of space to store it in, well a storage unit with us will make room for it all.
Equestrianism, Thrice Yeay, Not Neigh
In the other kind of horse power the Superstar Brits did pretty well again in 2015. Charlotte DuJardin successfully defended her European Crown in dressage Grand Prix Special and achieved double gold – by also winning the Freestyle – helping the Brits on the way to a team silver overall.
Scott Brash won Show jumping’s biggest prize of €1million becoming the first ever rider to achieve the sports’ 3 Grand Slam events – Aachen, Spruce Meadows and Geneva. In the team event GB qualified for the Olympics in Rio 2016.
A quieter year for the GB eventing team saw Team silver in the European Championships. Whilst Queen of the cycle track London 2012 – Victoria Pendleton – made her debut as a Jockey, coming second on Royal Etiquette at Ripon in August.
Her second outing in September was less successful – coming home 13th out of 16 – but she’s proving that it doesn’t matter what sport you do, as long as you give it your best shot. We expect to see more of Ms Pendleton over the course of the National Hunt Season.
You might not be a gold medalist – but if you enjoy your sport and have the gear – you might need space to store it in. And for that we’re pretty much the Gold standard.