Sports events over the Happening weekend
A big part of the Happening over the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend was the many games and competitions organised chiefly for the children and teenagers with Damian Brown being the main organiser.
On the Saturday, June 2nd, over 200 people had a go at various football related challenges, the main attraction being the "Cross-bar challenge". Adults and children very much enjoyed the challenge and many were successful in hitting the bar, earning them chocolate and some cash prizes.
The fun run saw over 35 children run a 1.3km run around the housing estate opposite the Centre, medals were awarded to all who took part and Sami Hassan-Rawcliffe (9 yrs old) won the event in a very good time of 5 mins and 21 seconds.
The afternoon saw children from pre-school to age 11 take part in the races in the centre of the field. The egg and spoon, bean bag, and ring balancing challenges were enjoyed by over 30 children with medals and lollies awarded for competing. The adults even got involved in a sprint race to everyone's amusement A huge thank you to all who helped make the day a success.
Also on Saturday were ball games organised by Paul Darwent of Enjoy-a-Ball on the MUGA and many youngsters, and the not so young, tried out basketball, handball, dodgeball and even ultimate frisbee. All good fun. On the Sunday, although the skate park conmpetitions were cancelled because of the rain, the junior football tournament went ahead on the main field. In the morning, Halton under 9's competed against teams from Carnforth and Bare and after a nail biting final which went to penalties, Halton Under 9's won the tournament. Well done to the boys and the manager Steve Rigby who didn't let the awful weather dampen their spirits.
The afternoon saw Halton Under 7's play against teams from Lancaster City and Carnforth. The matches were played to a large crowdand all the players enjoyed the experience, with medals to all competitors awarded at the end.