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Hundreds turn out for annual fun and Games in Downham Market

By Lynn News Reporter

From javelin throwing to archery, and bowls to cricket ­– there was something for everyone at this year’s Downham Games.

The annual event, now in its seventh year, saw people of all ages and abilities take on a variety of activities and taster sessions at the Memorial Fields on Sunday.

Downham Games 2018 (2462841)
Downham Games 2018 (2462841)

The event was declared officially open just before 11am by town councillor Charlie Pyatt, after which hundreds of people took part in the athletics competition.

Participants were tasked with a number of sporting challenges, including a shot putt and a standing long jump.

Those who had the best results in their category were declared winners, and everyone who took part received a medal and a goody bag.

Anyone who wanted to give a new sport a try were truly spoilt for choice during the day, with an abundance of free taster sessions which included cycling, golf, tennis, squash and tennis, among others.

Visitors were also able to take on a number of challenges to put their physical fitness to the test and youngsters were given the chance to have a go at Nerf gun wars.

Zumba, jazzercise and a tug of war were also on offer, and a penalty shoot out raised £116 for West Norfolk Deaf Association (WNDA).

The Games hosted a This Girl Can competition as well, which encouraged women aged 11 and over to take part in the day’s events.

Organisers thanked participants, volunteers and supporters who helped make the day “amazing”.

A post on the Downham Games Facebook page said: “What an absolutely amazing day thanks to everyone who came. Feedback has been amazing but the superb weather today really helped.

“We hope WNDA had an amazing day with us. Our first time working with a charity and what a great cause it is.

“A big well done to everyone who won a prize and to our athletics winners – out of 230 entries – you guys were awesome.”

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