PICTURE GALLERY: Family fun at Downham Games

There was fun for all the family at Downham Market at the weekend with the town hosting an Olympic-themed event.

Organised by the town council, Active Norfolk and Ryston Runners, the Downham Games on the memorial playing field gave people the chance to try different sporting activities.

The event ran from 10.30am to 3pm on Sunday with the main attraction being a six-event athletic competition which saw 80 participants showing off their shot put and javelin skills as well as sprinting 100 metres.

Downham Market village games sports co-ordinator Frances Rayner said: 'It was an absolutely brilliant day. I couldn't have wished for it to have gone differently.

'We had nearly 80 people take part in the athletics competition and with people coming along to cheer them on, we easily had more than 200 people at the event.'

There were five age categories – eight to 10 years, 11 to 13, 14 to 16, 17 to 39 and 40 and over – and each category was split into male and female groups.

All entrants received a medal on completion and there was a gold and silver medal in each category for overall winners.

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There were also free sports taster sessions throughout the day in archery, squash, tennis and croquet – which were very popular according to Mrs Rayner.

She continued: 'I took a moment during the day to just have a look around the field and you could see that everyone was so happy and they all looked like they had a grand time.

'We also had some old school games for all the family to join in with and they were so much fun.

'It was great to see so many dads reliving their childhood and competing against their kids.'

She added: 'We are hoping we can repeat this event next year and hopefully start to build on it to become a regular event.'

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