A fantastic Competition, took place at Harlow Athletic Club Athletics Track at Mark Hall Sport Centre on Saturday 3rd May. With 44 Participants, who travelled from all over Essex.
The Challenge Cup is a team based competition where althletes can take part as individuals or as part of a team. On arrival athletes were put into teams and they competed in different events from races, throwing events and jumping and also the annual Boccia Challenge.
This event was organised by our group with the help of Harlow Athletic Club. This was a Community Games Event with the Olympic and Paralympic Inspire Mark also joined on the day by Richard Chiassaro, who is a coach and athlete from Harlow Athletic Club and is currently Great Britain No 1 for 100m racing and placed 5 in the world. He was there supporting the teams and raising everyone’s personal best.
Many Trophies and medals were won which included overall winner over 16’s male 1st place Steven Burks, 2nd place Daniel Sedgwick and 3rd place Luke Lowe who all compete for Harlow Athletic Club. In the ladies 1st place was Hetty Bartlett from Ipswich Panthers, 2nd place Rosa Huntington and 3rd place Emma Kirbey both from Harlow Athletic Club
In the Under 16’s Boys 1st place was Matt Travers, 2nd place Ggo Mizume, both from Harlow and 3rd was Curtis Rulton from Chelmsford. In the Girls Under 16’s 1st place was Isabel Stevenson from Uttlesford, 2nd was Freyer Barnes, and 3rd was Florence Truscott both from Saffron Walden. The Boccia competition was won by YMCA Romford and Harlow Hurricanes got 2nd place. The overall winning team was won by Ritesh Rajcoomar, Steven Burkes, Hetty Bartlett, Jenny Savage and Steven Biggins.
The special memorial cup in memory of Karen Joy was presented to Hetty Bartlett. All trophies were presented by Spider Man who was doing a charity abseil from the Water Tower the following day (Chairman Neil Man).
Lots of extra fun was had between events as participants helped to make a banner about what sport means to them. A big thanks was announced to all the excellent volunteers who helped from first aiders, team leaders and officials, the scoring operators and St John’s Ambulance Cadets. Plus to our trophy sponsor ‘Care at Hand’ where all the competitors that took part received a medal with a Ritesh Rajcoomar Perseverance Award.
This was a community games event inspired by 2012 with Sport England lottery funding linked via Active Essex and the County Sports Partnership also promoting Countdown to the Commonwealth games and Lagacy 2014