Sun shines on Downham Market’s annual Games

Downham Games at Memorial Fields, Lynn Road, Downham

Warming up at the start ANL-140525-173150009

Downham Games at Memorial Fields, Lynn Road, Downham Warming up at the start ANL-140525-173150009

Families enjoyed an afternoon in the sun taking part in athletics competitions, zumba and tug-of-war during this year’s Downham Games.

The annual event continues to grow in popularity and this year attracted a record crowd of an estimated 300 people down to the Memorial Field on Sunday.

Event organiser Frances Rayner was over the moon with the day’s success.

She said: “It was a great day. The highlight was having so many families come down and everyone was having a good time.”

Double decathlon winner Robert Simmonds went along to support the event and later presented medals.

Athletics was a main theme of this year’s event with 125 people taking on the 100m sprint, 400m run, standing long jump, standing high jump, javelin and shot putt disciplines.

People taking part were also given the chance to try out a new sporting activity thanks to the taster sessions in golf, croquet, squash, football, boxing, rowing and tennis.

But parents and children were also able to have a go at traditional game such as the egg and spoon race and hurdles.

Staff at Downham Leisure Centre also got behind the event by running a tyre pushing challenge and mini triathlon.

Frances said an “incredible” amount of people got involved with a tug of war, which was held while the scores were being compiled.

She has also praised the hundreds of volunteers, including those from the Ryston Runners Athletics Club, who helped to put on the event.

Frances said: “The volunteers were amazing. I have a group of people who are happy to give up their Sunday to come along.”

Winners were: womens: eight to 10 years – 1st Sara Rayner, 2nd Mila Varga; 11-13 years girls – 1st Sasha Nurse, 2nd Anna Bryder; 40 plus – joint first place Sally Gooderson and Gill Hart. Mens: eight to 10 years – 1st Joshua Gooderson, 2nd Max Pike; 11-13 years – 1st Ben Rayner, 2nd Tom Griffen; 17 plus – 1st Tom Duffield, 2nd Kevin Rooney; 40 plus –1st Jason Porter, 2nd David Lane.




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