ATASS Olympics 2022

In 2019 we started a bi-annual track and field event known as the ‘ATASS Olympics’, the second instalment of which was due to be held last year but sadly, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we couldn’t go ahead with it. Fortunately, we have been able to hold it this year and we’ve just got back from an exciting few days at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre in London.

Our team travelled up from Exeter the night before and enjoyed an evening of good food, good company and, of course, a few board games at a local hotel. In the morning we loaded up on oats, avocado and, for some, a good old full English, and were all set for a day of competition. Perhaps the funniest part of the day was the warmup, which included a dance off even Beyonce would have been proud of (maybe not).

Morning track events included the 1500m, an over 35’s 3000m (one competitor was 34 & ¾’s but who’s going to know), 100m heats, and an 800m walk. Also early on were the shotput and high jump which made for great spectating. 

Newly added this year was a rowing and cycling competition, pitting people head-to-head to see who could cover a set distance in the quickest time. The heats were hard, especially in the errr…heat (it was a glorious June day) and there was many a red face by the end.

The sack race provided some great entertainment in the afternoon. For those taking part, it mostly provided sore knees from too much time spent face-planting the grass. There was also a tug of war, a hotly contested 100m final and to finish, a series of relay races.

The medal ceremony marked the end of the active part of the day, and we were very lucky to have superstar sprinter Dwain Chambers on hand for the presentation.

Away from the athletics, we had a mobile food van on hand providing much needed refreshments in between events. Then there was a tasty BBQ in the early evening just before we headed back to the South West, sweaty and tired but in high spirits after a great day out!