Travel- I drove the entire way myself! It took about 6 hours in total each way. On the way there, we left at 5.15am on the Friday morning, and checked into the hotel by 11.15. I stopped at services three times on the way there, but only once on the way back. The drive was pretty easy as pretty much all of it for us was on the motorway, and once we got to the Lake District, there was very little traffic at all. I didn't enjoy the driving in the dark with all the HGV's around me, but I imagine it would have been a lot worse going past big cities during rush hour if we had left it any later to leave home. Fuel wise, it cost us around £70 for the round trip, which is cheaper than any train tickets or flights I found.
Hotel- We stayed in the Travelodge Paisley Road. I booked it back in March for £120 for two nights, which was a pretty good deal considering when I checked a month later it was close to £200 for the same weekend there! The room was comfortable and had everything we needed for the small amount of time we actually stayed there. It was a bit noisy as it is so close to the motorway, but it didn't affect my sleeping as I was so tired. Staff were great and really friendly. The location is pretty good- opposite the Springfield Quay for lots of chain restaurants, and there is a Tesco Express within walking distance. It is on the south side of the river, and is within walking distance to the SSE Hydro, but we decided to drive to the arena as it was raining and the event finished late at night.
|View from our Saturday seats- block 202, row E.|
Congratulations if you made it to the end of this post! I thought this would be a better format rather than a journal style post, but I'm starting to think a journal would have been quicker to write. If any of you want to learn any more about gymnastics, drop me a message and I can enlighten you :)