Waitrose & Partners Weekend Issue 613

18 AUGUST 202 2 4 8 SPORT Weekend is printed on certiäed, 100% recycled äbres, produced from sustainable sources in the UK Photography: Gareth Copley/Getty Images, Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images Dan Walker SPORT PICKS OF THE WEEK ATHLETICS Until 21 August European Championships, Munich The event concludes this Sunday with artistic gymnastics, athletics, beach volleyball, canoe sprint, cycling and table tennis all vying for attention. FOOTBALL 20-27 August Premier League The competition celebrates 30 years this week. Prepare for all sorts of historical montages looking back on big moments. On the pitch, Manchester United host Liverpool on Monday (22 August). CRICKET Until 3 September The Hundred The drama continues this weekend when the Trent Rockets face London Spirit at Trent Bridge and Manchester Originals travel to Headingley to face the Northern Superchargers. The past fewmonths have seen a run of top-class sporting events seamlessly flowing into each other and, likemany other families across the UK, we have hoovered upmost of them. I couldn’t quite convince theWalker tribe to watch hours of The Open Championship, but then I wouldn’t want to inflict my golfing obsession on them– not yet anyway. I wanted to keep the interest going, so on the back of the victorious Lionesses, followed by hours watching the excellent Commonwealth Games from Birmingham, I took our children to watch The Hundred cricket at Old Tra ord inManchester at the weekend. MrsWalker enjoyed a day of ‘peace’ at home. The Hundred is the latest iteration of cricket which sees each team face just 100 balls, so games only last a couple of hours. There is music and live interviews with the crowd in between overs, jets of fire accompany every six and women’s teams play at the same venue a couple of hours before themen. This has been a welcome innovation and something that went down well with my two daughters. The teams have all got funky names too, so we watched theManchester Originals take on the Trent Rockets bathed in glorious Lancashire sunshine. The girls loved it and the standard of cricket was brilliant. The only slight disappointment came when I asked on the way home what their highlight had been and they said it was a either theman in the tier below, whose bald head got redder throughout the day, or the comfy beanbags they sat on in the break betweenmatches. tennis and triathlon together. In amildly confusing way, the European Swimming Championships are also taking place, but you won’t see themappearing on theMunich medal table as it’s a separate event in Rome. In Germany, the plan is to increasemedia exposure by bringing together a number of championships which, on their own, might get lost. The concept was trialled when a number of events took place simultaneously in Glasgow and Berlin four years ago, but this is all happening in the host city of Munich. One of themen behind the idea is Paul Bristowwho, in a previous role, helped to breathe fresh life into a revamped Champions League in the early days of the football tournament. We are still in the early stages with these larger European Championships, but the hope is that it will become an important addition to the sporting landscape. It’s not being done on the cheap but the budget for these games (£110million) is dwarfed by the billions it costs to stage an Olympics or the near £800m spent on the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. There was no opening ceremony, but there have been cultural events and concerts around their Olympic Park to cater for people of every age. Crowds have been good, but organisers have been quick to point out they are putting on a huge event in a post-pandemic Europe, during a conflict inUkraine in themidst of a cost-ofliving crisis. The challenges are huge, particularly when, as we have all seen, the battle for our eyes and ears has never been so competitive. The lesson I’ve learned is, if you want your kids to enjoy it, get some decent beanbags. @mrdanwalker When we arrived home to ruinMrsWalker’s peace, she was watching the European Championships fromMunich. We settled in for some BMX action and sawGreat Britain’s Kieran Reilly win a wonderful silver behind Anthony Jeanjean of France. The championships run until Sunday (21 August) and are di erent to what we have seen before. The Germans are excited about this and are billing it as the biggest multisport event held in the country since the 1972 Munich Olympics, with 4,700 athletes competing in nine sports over 11 days. Froman athletics point of view, it comes on the back of theWorld Championships and the Commonwealth Games, but this is much bigger than just track and field. We are used to seeing European Championships being in di erent cities at various times of the year, but the plan in Germany has been to bring athletics, beach volleyball, canoe sprint, cycling, gymnastics, rowing, sport climbing, table eyes on Ian Cockbain of Trent Rockets hits out against Manchester Originals (right); Kieran Reilly (below) Action-packed viewing for all amid a feast of summer sport