PENSIONERS took part in a joyous celebration of the Olympics – with a 100m relay.
Members of the Rainbow Club had their zimmer frames at the ready for the three-lap race around Jubilee Hall, in Horndean, yesterday ahead of this weekend’s official torch relay.
The heavy rain stopped them from running in the park. But it certainly didn’t spoil their fun as the runners, walkers and even some using zimmer frames took part as their excited friends waved flags and cheered them on.
The winner of the first round was 89-year-old Janet Lane, from Clanfield.
She said: ‘I had no idea I could go so far and I didn’t for one minute think I’d win. I was getting knocked at the back of my heels from other runners. It was very close between me and my friend but I managed to get in front and didn’t let her in.
‘I’m delighted, it’s the first time I’ve ever come first in any race.’
The Rainbow Club is run by volunteers on behalf of the charity Brendon Care. The group meets once a fortnight for games, and a chance to have a chat over tea and biscuits.
Rita Muston and her husband Brian, both 76, have been attending the club since it was set up by the Red Cross 30 years ago.
Mrs Muston, of Merchistoun Road, said: ‘We’ve had so much fun doing the relay. It’s actually got us really excited about the Olympics, especially the Paralympics because I think it takes more skill to win if you are disabled.’
The 25-strong group raised sponsorship money for the relay.
Group leader Sylvia Gamblin said: ‘We’ve all had brilliant fun and already I’ve got £120 in sponsorship and that’s only half the money that’s been raised so far.
‘All the money will go back into the group which is a great opportunity people to have a good chat, play games and make friends.’
Volunteer helpers and drivers are needed for the group. To volunteer your services call 01962 852133.