People suffering from post Olympic and Paralympic blues are getting their spirits lifted thanks to one legacy programme that vows to keep the spirit of the Games alive.
Through Community Games – a Cabinet Office-funded programme – it is anticipated the legacy of the Games will live on for years to come encouraging people all over the country to enjoy in their own min-Olympics, annually.
Community Games events are planned for Axminster on Sunday, October 7 and in Budleigh Salterton on Thursday, October 11. The grassroots project, which encompasses sporting and cultural activities, was originally set up in, and for, the West Midlands but was such a triumph it was later rolled out across the country.
One year on, nearly 2,000 Community Games have taken place throughout England attracting around two million people to them.
The Minster Challenge is a hilly, multi-terrain run of just over 7 miles, on road, pavement, country lanes, uneven footpaths and wooded areas, participants are warned to expect plenty of mud. The run starts at The Axe Valley Community College, Axminster. The local Majorettes and a steel band will be opening the day and there will be a cake stall and bacon butties, and light refreshments on offer to all. For those that need a little TLC after the run, a local Sports Masseur will be offering their services.
The Active Budleigh Festival in Budleigh Salterton starting on Thursday, October 11, offers a fun-filled couple of days for all ages featuring adventure and traditional sports and activities to enjoy.