Event to help celebrate one year until the Olympics

Share this article

FAMILIES have been set a challenge of completing a short distance run along Newbiggin promenade as part of the London 2012 Open Weekend.

The initiative – supported by BP – sees a series of sporting and cultural events taking place across the UK for hundreds of thousands of people celebrating the ‘One Year to Go’ countdown to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Organised by Blyth Valley Arts & Leisure, the Make-a-Move team will be offering a wide range of activities including beach games, bungee trampoline, school sports day events and face painting on Saturday, July 23.

It will be in addition to a fun run on the promenade and the Couple Challenge Swim organised by Tri Northumberland.

The weekend will conclude with Tri Northumberland’s Couple Challenge Triathlon on Sunday, July 24

The Make-a-Move Open Weekend in Newbiggin joins hundreds of other Open Weekend challenges – ranging from an outdoor screening of The Tate Movie in Trafalgar Square to a celebration of Jamaican culture in the centre of Birmingham.

Lee Paris, sport inclusion officer, said: “London 2012 Open Weekend provides a great opportunity for families in south east Northumberland to celebrate the ‘one year to go’ countdown to London 2012.

“We hope to be able to offer something exciting for everyone from face painting and beach activities for young children to old fashioned school sports day events such as tug of war and three-legged races.

“In addition the weekend will attract visitors as Tri Northumberland delivers another quality triathlon event in the county.”

London 2012 chairman Lord Sebastian Coe said: “For our fourth year, Open Weekend is focused on celebrating the ‘One Year to Go’ countdown to the London 2012 Games and helping communities across the country experience the best of British sporting, artistic and cultural talents up close.

“I’d encourage people to get involved at a local event as part of this nationwide celebration; it will be an amazing event.”

The Make-a-Move Open Weekend has been supported by Newbiggin Town Council.

For more information about the event contact Lee Paris on (01670) 542338 or e-mail lparis@bval.co.uk

Full listings at www.london2012.com/openweekend