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Photo gallery: Family-friendly Downham Market Games prove to be a true sporting success story

11:35 26 May 2014

Action  from Downham Market Games 2014. Picture: Matthew Usher

Action from Downham Market Games 2014. Picture: Matthew Usher

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The Downham Market Games was hailed a success after more people than ever turned out for the sporting event.

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Action  from Downham Market Games 2014. Picture: Matthew UsherAction from Downham Market Games 2014. Picture: Matthew Usher

The Games, which is in its third year, saw people flock to the Memorial Fields to take part in the 100m, 400m, squash, standing long jump and shot putt.

Plenty of fun was had as visitors had a go with the penalty shootouts, croquet and the ‘ball in cones’ game as well as a relaxing round of golf.

Frances Rayner, 45, key organiser for the event, said: “I am absolutely amazed how many people have come – I am over the moon.

“There are people here of all ages – children and adults. I think this event is pretty unique, you can come and try something new here. The taster events are very good and they are safe as they are run by professionals.

“This gives families the chance to get together – there’s a real family feel to it. The old-fashioned sports day games always gets everyone involved too.”

The event started with a group warm-up to pop music which got everybody in good spirits.

Kirsty Badman, 41, from Downham, took her two children to the Games. She said: “It’s brilliant, it brings everyone together – and my son Jack enjoys the football.”

Daughter Sophie, 11, added: “It’s excellent, and it’s all for free. My favourite is the tyre-flipping.”

Last year’s Games winner of the men’s over-40s 400m, David Lane, was back this year to see if he could secure his place. He said: “I have done it in 1 minute, 17 seconds so I am pleased. It’s nice to see all the youngsters here to take part in sport.”

Are you arranging a interesting event this year? Email natalie.copeland@archant.co.uk

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