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Open Weekend Draws in the Crowds


The fifth annual Hethersett Open Day held over the weekend of July 5th and 6th proved another success with hundreds of people taking part in four events over the two day period. Our picture top left shows some of the 215 runners setting off in the two mile funrun. Top right shows the proud finishers with their medals. Bottom left is the first runner home Adam Lewis who clocked a time of just over 10 minutes. Next to him are just some of those who took part in the tug-of-war contest held at the end of the Come and Try Sports event. To read a report of the weekend click here. A gallery of photographs of the funrun is available by clicking here


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.