LAST Thursday almost 500 children competed in a busy afternoon of athletics to celebrate the Olympic torch relay coming to Rugby.
The afternoon, organised by Rugby and Northampton AC and sponsored by local companies, involved year 1 and 2 children from five schools local to the club to compete in four events around the track, This included the 50m dash, howler throw, standing jump and agility challenge.
With special medals on offer, the six and seven-year-olds from Northlands Primary, St Matthews Bloxam, Eastlands Primary, Brooke School and Paddox Primary had a busy afternoon finishing with keenly fought 50m finals showing we have a lot of fast children in Rugby!
After school, around 100 local children aged between eight and 13 competed in the same series of events with the sprints at the end of the afternoon, watched by local girl and 400m Olympic bronze medal winner Katharine Merry and ex-5,000m world record holder David Moorcroft. It was an emotional return for Katharine as her first coach and Rugby’s junior sprints coach, Grant Taylor was officiating on the day.
A good time was had by all and the children were thrilled to receive medals from the Olympians, who showed great interest in their athletics.
The clubs are always looking to welcome new children into athletics and in this special year have very exciting Star Track holiday courses planned in August for ages seven to 15, just after the Olympics.
For details see the club website randnac.org or come along to our Saturday Track Club 9.30-10.30am year round. Sessions cost £2 each and teach all aspects of athletics to ages seven and upwards.