Marking 100 days to go

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Saturday saw the first track and field event of the Olympic Year organised by Rugby and Northampton AC to celebrate 100 days to the start of the Olympic Games.

Over 100 athletes took part in a myriad of events from a very talented group of junior and senior athletes competing in a top quality hammer competition to a series of fun relays and obstacle challenges from the traditional 4x100m relay, the unconventional speed bounce relay to the tough and probably now annual ‘Chasing Dave’ where teams of five runners run 2 x 500m to try and beat Dave Moorcroft’s world record breaking time 13:00.41.

This is a virtual impossibility despite a good attempt by Nick Garner’s distance group but shows how spectacular that world record was!

One challenge that was beaten was for teams of 5 running 100m twice to see who can get the baton round a kilometre in the fastest time.

One team beat the world record breaking time of 2:11.96 set by Noah Ngeny.

Most of the athletes had a very busy day having a go at everything including the Tug of War from the original games.

Thanks to funding support from Rugby Borough Council towards selected local events in this Olympic year, the winners were awarded specially designed medals to remember the day.