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Rain fails to dampen the spirits of visitors to the Hethersett open weekend

16:30 08 July 2014

The Round the Square fun run line-up at this year

The Round the Square fun run line-up at this year's Hethersett open weekend. Photo: Peter Steward


Heavy rain failed to dampen the spirits of hundreds of people who flocked to south Norfolk this weekend for a two-day event packed with sport, food and live music.

The tug of war event at the Hethersett open weekend. Photo: Peter StewardThe tug of war event at the Hethersett open weekend. Photo: Peter Steward

The fifth annual Hethersett open weekend event got off to a lively start on Saturday with a come and try sports day, where archery, five-a-side football, bowls, cycle speedway and cycling were just some of the activities for visitors to turn their hand to.

Organised by the Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee in conjunction with the Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Assocation and Active Norfolk, the four-hour sporting session culminated in a tug of war fun for all the family.

The heavens opened once again on Sunday, just in time for the two-mile Run the Square fun run, a firm favourite in Hethersett’s social calendar.

But enthusiastic runners weren’t phased, as more than 200 people lined up to take on the challenge - with the eldest participant a 72-year-old man.

Norfolk Olympian Paul Evans led the warm-up and started the race. He said: “Hethersett Run the Square is a perfect example of a real Community Event and Norfolk Athletics best kept secret. It was great to see such support from spectators who lined the two-mile course on closed village roads.”

First across the finish line was local athlete Adam Lewis, who completed the challenge in an impressive time of just over 10 minutes.

Shane Hull, from Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee, said: “It was great to see all the smiles of the competitors despite the rain and for everyone to finish safely and claim their medals.

“Thank you to all the helpers and unsung heroes that make this a much anticipated annual Hethersett event.”

The weekend was finished with a special fund-raising concert in St Remigius Church, where pupils from Hethersett Academy and the Wymondham Rock Choir took to the stage.

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