Leaps of faith at St Albans church community sports day

PUBLISHED: 06:43 26 July 2011

Louise Harden.

Louise Harden.

VARIOUS churches and faith groups within the district came together for a community sports day.

The recent event at Westminster Lodge saw more than 140 people aged between three and 60 taking part in 70 events including ‘whizzy’ javelin, long jump, sack races, egg-and-spoon races and running races.

Following the events Tony Smith, community engagement officer, awarded medals to winners of each of the 14 age groups and the trophy was given to the Marshalswick Baptist Group.

But organiser Paul Morillon said winning was not the main focus, rather the camaraderie and having fun together. He added: “Picnics and drinks were shared, as was the sun cream, sunhats, laughter and groans from those who had not raced for a while. Being part of this day gives the children that sense of belonging to a wider family and community.”

Tony Smith said: “This is a great day with a fun atmosphere – you don’t get better days for the family.”

The Rev Graham Clark said: “It’s a nice fun event for all churches, for mums and dads, doing something together with their children.”

The event organisers thanked everyone involved for their hard work and enthusiasm and St Albans district council for sponsoring the event, now in its seventh year.

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