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Halifax Harriers: Countdown to the Olympic Games
Halifax Harriers: Countdown to the Olympic Games

OLYMPIC fever is underway with less than 100 days to the big event.

And, with mass media coverage of London 2012 Games starting to gather momentum, UK athletic clubs are expecting a surge in membership.

An early taster of what is on offer was given to hardy souls turning up on a wet night at Spring Hall, Halifax.

The Halifax Harriers held a “Try Athletics Day” to give the community the opportunity to exercise.

It was part of a nationwide campaign promoted by England Athletics to encourage more people to get involved in athletics during the Olympic and Paralympic year.

Harriers treasurer Raymond Hall said the evening was well supported by club members who gave advice to those who turned up.

They were encouraged to run 2012 metres and try the long jump, javelin, shot put and relay races.

“People that came along really enjoyed themselves,” he said.

“We are expecting a lot of interest and an influx of members nearer the time and over the summer.”

Mr Hall - who joined the Harriers aged 53 - expected new recruits to be mainly from the younger generation.

Alex Copeland, a development officer with England Athletics, said clubs such as Halifax Harriers offered great opportunities to become involved in athletics.

“Our sport has an incredible range of people involved as athletes, volunteers, coaches and officials.”

The Olympic Torch will be carried through Brighouse and Halifax on June 24 by 13 people with five of those from Calderdale.

Thousands are expected to line the streets to see the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.

Hannah Cockroft, 19, of Halifax, and Rebecca Bell, 22, of Soyland, will be carrying the torch through Brighouse.

Christopher Green, 57, of Hebden Bridge; Halifax Harrier Frank Chislett, 62, of Halifax; and Frank Rothwell, 75, of Hebden Bridge, will carry it in Halifax.

And, hopefully there shouldn’t be a hitch after Olympic organisers Locog announced after stringent tests the Olympic torch emerged with its flame alight.

Tecosim Technical Simulation, of Basildon, were tasked with exploring how the torch would react to extreme weather and it was exposed to wind, rain and snow.