Updated Photo gallery: Beccles Olympics 2011

The town of Beccles celebrated the one-year countdown to the London 2012 Olympics today by hosting the Beccles Olympics 2011 event, one of dozens taking place across Suffolk.

Business partners Christine Pinsent and Kate Lee were behind the event which included a Chariots of Fire challenge, a triathlon and a Great British Market.

Mrs Pinsent, who said there were too many highlights to name, said: “It’s gone really well and there’s been great atmosphere in town.

“The races went amazingly well and the triathlons whizzed by and I am just really pleased with the way it’s gone.”

The Chariots of Fire race saw teams of competitors running around New Market while the clock stuck noon, with serious runners followed by fun runners.

The teams entered were V C Cooke, Beccles Caxton FC, Beccles Town Council ‘Dream Team’ and Beccles Lido Lifeguards. Waveney MP Peter Aldous also took part in the race.

Beccles Lido hosted the triathlon which saw participants running two laps of the Chariots of Fire race, then cycling a planned route in Beccles via the quay before proceeding to the lido to complete two lengths at the pool.

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This was then followed by a display of synchronised swimming, a puppet theatre and a diving competition, finishing off with fun on the ‘famous’ inflatable.

The Great British Market was also on all day with crafts, food, drink and local produce.