November 23 2014 Latest news:
Andrew Fitchett, Reporter
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Athletes of all ages have been battling it out for the South Norfolk leg of the Village Games.
More than 350 people ran, jumped, skipped, bowled, rolled and threw at Long Stratton Leisure Centre earlier today, with 12 villages represented in 11 sports.
Entrants as old as young as eight and as old as 80 took part.
Sports included table tennis, badminton, adults football, athletics, archery, rounders, tennis, short mat bowls, darts, tag rugby and a fitness triathlon.
The villages split into three size categories, with Aslacton and Great Moulton topping the podium in the small category, Long Stratton taking the medium, and Hethersett and the Meltons, and Diss and Roydon tied for the top spot in the large category.
They will be joined in the county-wide final at UEA Sports Park on July 13 by runners-up The Forncetts, and Scole and Dickleburgh.
Alex Bond, rural sport development officer for Active Norfolk, said the event was intended to foster active communities throughout the year.
“The idea is that at the start of the year we encourage villages to take part in sport in their local communities and make use of facilities.
“We then hope they’ll put a team together and enter the games,” she said.