Flemingate Goes For Gold With Olympic-Themed Sprint

Flemingate Goes For Gold With Olympic-Themed Sprint

’s development is embracing the Olympic spirit by inviting the region’s fastest young runners to compete in a Usain Bolt-themed sprint.

The “ Bolt” is a 100 metre race running the length of ’s main street. Sprinters will ‘bolt’ from the starting lines outside and race to the finishing post outside artisan and coffee shop Deli No.1.

Fleet-footed competitors will aim to be the fastest in their age range in a series of races which , Centre Manager, hopes will become an annual event.

Mr Tait said: “We wanted to embrace the spirit of the Games in Rio and create our own ‘Olympic’ event. Usain Bolt is such a great role model that we came up with the idea of the Bolt, a race for young visitors to to take part in.

“There will be a race track with barriers and stewards along the way and winners will be presented with medals once the results of the two days have been collated.

“It will be a really fun couple of days on August Bank Holiday weekend and an event that everyone can come along and enjoy.”

There will be five separate categories for competitors to enter. Youngsters aged six and under will run 30 metres. Those between the ages of six and eight will run 40m. Eight to 10 year olds will run 50m. 10 to 12 year olds will run 75m and those between the ages of 12 and 15 will run the full 100m distance to emulate the multi-Olympic title winner Jamaican sprinter.

Girls and boys will be timed separately so there will be 10 winners in total with finishing times recorded by stewards outside Deli No.1.

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Race times are 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm on Saturday, August 27, and Sunday, August 28.

All runners must wear suitable clothing and footwear for the race and complete an entry form.

Mr Tait added: “We’re keen to promote as a space for a wide variety of outdoor events and this the latest example of how we are bringing people into to enjoy all that the town has to offer.”

The Bolt is part of a fun series of summer activities taking place at Flemingate throughout the summer break.

Flemingate’s programme of summer fun features:

  • Tuesday, August 23 – Bowls with Pétanque Clu
  • Wednesday, August 24 12noon – 4.30pm – Fun and games with and
  • Thursday, August 25 12noon – 4.30pm – Rugby skills and ball games with
  • Friday, August 26 12noon – 4.30pm – Tri-golf with pro, Stewart Fraser
  • Saturday, August 27 – A visit by The Bear from ‘Masha and The Bear’ at The Entertainer
  • September 3-4 – Funfair and fairground attractions

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