Open Weekend Draws in the Crowds
Hundreds of people took part in the fifth annual
Hethersett Open Weekend which this year featured sports events, a church
service, a concert and the annual two mile village funrun.
Heavy early morning rain failed to dampen the spirits
as the weekend got off to an energetic start with 14 activities being
featured in a come and try sports day on Hethersett Memorial Field
organised by Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee in conjunction with
Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association and Active Norfolk.
Archery, five-a-side football, bowls, cycle speedway,
petanque, croquet, netball, tag rugby, cycling, cornhole, table tennis and
badminton were all included over a four hour period which culminated in
some tug of war fun for all the family.
Sunday morning saw an inter-denominational church
service held in Hethersett Social Club, led by the Rector of Hethersett
the Rev Derek McClean. This was followed by one of the most popular events
in the Hethersett village calendar, the two mile run the square funrun.
It was raining as 215 runners, some in fancy dress,
were sent off by Norfolk Olympian Paul Evans, who also conducted the
pre-event warm up. First home once again was regular front-runner Adam
Lewis in an impressive time of just over 10 minutes. He was followed by
serious runners, fun-runners and even some walkers as everyone completed
the course to gain a special “run the square” medal.
The weekend was rounded off by a special fund-raising concert in St Remigius Church featuring pupils from Hethersett Academy (many of whom presented original self-penned songs) and a performance by the Wymondham Rock Choir.