Games will be reet good fun

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yORKshire is known for its Olympic pedigree - and now Leeds residents have been offered the chance to take part in a distinctly Yorkshire version of the Games.

The Reet Good Yorkshire Games will test competitors’ process in quirky events such as coal running, welly wanging, wheelbarrow racing and sausage dunking. Athletes will be able to demonstrate their true Yorkshire grit in the tug-of-war, while regular brew-makers can put the kettle on in the tea relay.

The Games are the brainchild of Leeds leisure venue The Light and Yorkshire Tea, and all money raised at the multi-sports challenge will be donated to the Forget Me Not children’s hospice.

Entries are now open and organisers are hoping for a strong turn-out at the John Charles Centre for Sport on Saturday September 26. Teams of between 10-15 members can take part, and one athlete per group will be handed a prize for the best Yorkshire-themed fancy dress.

A bouncy castle, barbecue, licensed bar and family entertainment will also be on offer. Each participant will receive a medal and the winning team will be presented with a trophy.

“We wanted to put on a new and exciting event to raise money for the vital work of Forget Me Not – and came up with the idea of an ‘It’s a Knockout’-style event with a Yorkshire twist,” said Stephanie James from organisers The Light.

“The event will be a brilliant family day out and the challenges will definitely have some unexpected twists in store for those taking part. Whether it’s with friends, family or colleagues, get your team together and register now!”

Each team must pay a £100 entry fee and raise £700 for Forget Me Not. Register by visiting www.thelightleeds.co.uk.