Successful year for Downham Market games

Downham Games - The winners and runners up with Josh and Jacob Murphy. ANL-150614-233305009
Downham Games - The winners and runners up with Josh and Jacob Murphy. ANL-150614-233305009
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Hundreds of people flocked to a very successful Downham Games over the weekend.

More than 500 people went along to the Memorial Field on Sunday to try their hands at a variety of different sports.

Downham Games - Jacob Murphy on the ball for a kick about with some youngsters. ANL-150614-233253009

Downham Games - Jacob Murphy on the ball for a kick about with some youngsters. ANL-150614-233253009

Norwich City players Josh and Jacob Murphy also went along to support the event.

The Games were founded in 2012 as one of the London Olympics Legacy projects.

Co-ordinator Frances Rayner was over the moon with the day’s success.

She said: “We had more than 500 people there which was four times the amount in our first year and more than double last year.

Downham Games - Josh Murphy poses for a selfie with LtoR - Sarah Hawkes, Karen Buckland and Ellie Biele. ANL-150614-233238009

Downham Games - Josh Murphy poses for a selfie with LtoR - Sarah Hawkes, Karen Buckland and Ellie Biele. ANL-150614-233238009

“It was brilliant. All the people running the taster sessions were inundated during the day.

“We were worried about the weather but I think it might have worked in our favour as it was not a particularly good day.

“The highlight was seeing how many families were there and their faces as they were having such a good time.”

The athletics competition proved popular once more with 170 children and adults taking part.

Downham Games - Jacob Murphy takes part in the tug o war ANL-150614-233225009

Downham Games - Jacob Murphy takes part in the tug o war ANL-150614-233225009

Separate competitions for the over and under eights were held during the day.

Competitors were presented with a medal, which was designed by Zain Nyarko.

Alive Leisure went along on the day to run fitness classes, which included zumba and yoga, which proved to be popular.

Families were also able to try out cycling, which was a new activity to the games.

Downham Games - Frances Rayner with Norwich City players Jacob (left) and Josh Murphy ANL-150614-233214009

Downham Games - Frances Rayner with Norwich City players Jacob (left) and Josh Murphy ANL-150614-233214009

Basketball, squash and cricket were also among the sports put on during the day along with jazzacise.

Youngsters had a blast firing foam darts from nerf guns.

Mrs Rayner said: “Everyone loved the nerf guns. It could have just run and run.”

For many youngsters the big highlight of the day was the arrival of Norwich City Players Josh and Jacob Murphy.

The pair not only signed a pair of football boots which were the prize in a penalty shoot out competition.

But the brothers also played football with youngsters along with lending their backs in a tug of war competition.

Downham Games - Holly Lawrence (9) in the hurdles. ANL-150614-233159009

Downham Games - Holly Lawrence (9) in the hurdles. ANL-150614-233159009

Mrs Rayner said: “Everyone was thrilled to see them and had their photographs taken.

“We can’t thank them enough as they are such lovely lads who wanted be part of our community event.”

Mrs Rayner says preparations have already begun for the 2016 event, which again falls in an Olympic year.

She said : “The event has such fantastic community support.

“It is amazing to think that we are coming round to the next Olympics and we are still here.

“I think the Downham Games is a great example of the legacy of the London Olympics.”

Downham Games - Lydia Callaby (9) on her way to victory in the 100mtrsg ANL-150614-233146009

Downham Games - Lydia Callaby (9) on her way to victory in the 100mtrsg ANL-150614-233146009

Downham Games - Sally Gooderson takes part in the Javelin. ANL-150614-233133009

Downham Games - Sally Gooderson takes part in the Javelin. ANL-150614-233133009

Downham Games - Maddie Carpenter (6) holds Barn Owl 'grace' from Majestic Falconry. ANL-150614-233118009

Downham Games - Maddie Carpenter (6) holds Barn Owl 'grace' from Majestic Falconry. ANL-150614-233118009

Downham Games - Children enjoy the Nerf war games ANL-150614-233104009

Downham Games - Children enjoy the Nerf war games ANL-150614-233104009

Downham Games - Jake Barber (11, left) and Joshua Gooderson (11) race under the bar in cycling races ANL-150614-233050009

Downham Games - Jake Barber (11, left) and Joshua Gooderson (11) race under the bar in cycling races ANL-150614-233050009