Oakley Sports Weekend is a big success

The Oakley Sports Weekend fun run gets under way.

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First published in Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

HUNDREDS of people proved they were good sports by taking part in sporting events across Oakley last weekend.

The annual Oakley Sports Weekend, organised by Oakley Community Association, saw families and individuals try out a variety of sports activities organised by the village’s clubs.

New for this year was a 4k or 7k fun run, starting at the Peter Houseman recreation ground.

Around 100 participants raced around the village, cheered on by spectators, as the rain held off for the Saturday afternoon event.

Joanna Searle travelled from Warminster to take part in the run with her father, who lives in Oakley.

The mother-of-two said: “I want to get fit after having a baby four months ago. I think it’s brilliant getting people out together as a community and doing something active, and it follows on from the London Olympics legacy.”

Debbie Morris, 53, took part in the 4k run. The 53-year-old mother-of-two, from Oakley Lane, said: “I wanted to support the event. I think it’s really good and gets everyone involved. I might try the badminton tomorrow.”

All runners received a medal, a banana from Fyffes, and refreshments from the Community Church.

A packed timetable was on offer over the weekend, and included cycling, football, lawn tennis, rambling and orienteering.

Oakley Bowling Club, in Malshanger, opened their doors to the public for the weekend for people to try out the activity.

Barry Lee, captain of the club and founding member, said: “We have 120 members. I think people enjoy it because it’s relaxing, particularly with the location.”

Coral Wearne, 71, a past president, who lives in Cranbourne, Basingstoke, added: “We had good reports from those who tried it out, and one signed up and paid.”

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