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We kicked off with track events managed by Lizzie and Phil Amos and Susie and Jamie McLoughlin. First up were obstacle races for children aged under 6 to adults of any age. It was hilarious to watch just how competitive the “adults” were!

We moved on to 60m races for all age groups and then walking races. There was one adorable little boy (about 3 years old) who, though he only had to walk 40m, insisted on walking the full 100m to get his sticker – and the crowd really cheered him on.

Next up were the 150m races – where there were some outstanding performances in all age groups. Some children competed multiple times in order to cover their tops in stickers – amazing what an incentive a sticker can be (just wish I’d realised this when my kids were growing up!)

We then progressed to the throwing events. Firstly the howlers, where almost everyone took part and, from where I was standing, it looked like some were being thrown a mighty distance – this was followed by the discus throwing. Sophie and Stuart Mace did a cracking job on demonstrating throws and maintaining a leader board – the lucky winners getting yet another sticker and a sweet – woo hoo!

High jump and long jump were next up – managed by Rob Smith and helpers. There were definitely some interesting run-up techniques ( ) and the children loved the sandpits.

Throughout the day a speed bounce was in progress as well as a treasure hunt superbly organised and run by our Meeting Secretary, Cat Mackay.

The penultimate event was mixed age and gender relays.

Finally, it was time for the tug of war; well I say that, but multiple groups had been trying out the tug of war all day – with some very unfairly balanced teams I might add.

Overall the day was a big success and I must give a huge shout out to all those who volunteered their time to help make it happen – apologies if I haven’t named you specifically.

It takes a lot of fabulous volunteers to run the club. Do you happen to know someone with a little time to spare – perhaps someone recently/soon to be retired? If you, a parent, grandparent, relative, friend or neighbour would like to get involved with the club we would be most grateful. It can be really inspiring to see the events up close. There is training available for officials and coaches which the club will fund.

Aside from that there are a number of roles that become vacant from time to time. In fact the circumstances of our chair have recently changed resulting in his having to step down at short notice so if you are interested in any of the roles do get in contact by emailing Clint Marks