Hitchin Olympics
18th April 2012
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Go Hitchin!

The Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse presents

Hitchin’s answer to the London 2012 Olympics

One of the millions who weren’t lucky enough to get their ticket allocation?  Then don’t despair, because over the weekend of 7th/8th July, The Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse and The Advertiser Newspaper are bringing the Olympics to Hitchin!

Saturday 7th July is the date for the Grand Sports Day, to be held at Hitchin Boys’ School.  This is a day of finals, so you’re in for some close fought competition; the culmination of heats taking place across numerous local schools.  There’ll be something for everyone, a real family day out.  Follow The Advertiser for more details closer to the day, but don’t forget to mark it on your diary as a “must not miss this!”

And that’s not all; in the afternoon of Saturday 7th July there’ll be a Grand Parade though the town.  Starting in Bancroft and Finishing in the Market Place, a parade led by the fantastic Brazilian style drumming band Toque Tambor will be the kick-off to a party around the town, not to mention a Duck Race on the River Hiz.  Again, follow The Advertiser for more details closer to the day, and don’t forget to mark it on your diary!

If that’s what Saturday will have to offer, then Sunday is something completely different: the return of the Hitchin Hard Half Marathon.  Last run in 2002, this gruelling event will now start and end in the grounds of Hitchin Priory, but will closely follow the original, out and return, course to Preston. 

Oh those hills; now you know why it’s the Hitchin HARD Half Marathon! 

If you are up for it, please visit www.h3m.co.uk for more details.

“When Tilehouse President Elect Maggie Dyer suggested we ought to do something to mark the London 2012 Olympics, we hadn’t imagined something on quite this scale”, said Tilehouse member, and Event Coordinator, Tim Ray “but the idea has grown, and now I feel we’ll have something to interest all.  We a really looking forward to seeing you over the weekend”

Finally, if all this talk of Olympian competition is making you feel sporty, then why not take advantage of our Sport Everywhere programme.  Tilehouse are working with local sports clubs to provide a taste of what they have to offer and, perhaps, encourage individuals to take part.  The clubs involved so far include, Priory Netball Club, North Herts College (7-a-side-football), Archers Gym, Preston Cricket Club, Hitchin Cricket Club, Ickleford Squash Club, with more being signed-up daily. 

In recognition of the importance of sport in the community, Sport Everywhere has been included in the Olympic Inspire Programme, so if your club wants to get involved, please email sporteverywhere@tilehouserotary.org for further details.

Track Go Hitchin progress at www.tilehouserotary.org, or find us on Facebook as “Friends of Hitchin Tilehouse” www.facebook.com/friendsofhitchintilehouse

Attached photo –

The Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse President Elect, Maggie Dyer, and Event Coordinator, Tim Ray, proudly display the logo of the Olympic Inspire Programme, which has been awarded to Tilehouse’s Sport Everywhere initiative.

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