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An old school sports day, christened the ‘Elympics’, saw nearly 100 school children compete in sack, egg and spoon and sprint races.

Between 600-700 residents and parents turned out to cheer on eight schools who competed against each other on North Ely Recreation Ground off Archer Road.

Peter Sullivan from community group Ely Garden Villagers, who helped organise the event, was delighted with the turnout.

He said: “The feedback from schools, parents

and kids has been fantastic. It’s been a bit

crazy getting it all organised but to give the

school’s a sports day is great. We’re already

looking forward to doing it all over again next


Mckensey Jones, 11, from Herbert Thompson School, won the sack race.

St Francis RC Primary School came out on top, with Hywel Da second and Herbert Thompson’s third.

Mike Williams, headteacher at St Francis, said: “It was an excellent event. To win was just the icing on the cake for us, the whole idea was fantastic and well done to everyone that organised it. Just to take part was brilliant.

“It wasn’t all about the winning, there was a real team spirit on the day.”

The five other schools taking part were Windsor Clive, St Fagans, Millbank, Trelai and Cwrt Yr Ala.

Ely & Caerau Communities First also helped organise the event after a grant from the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action and the Community Foundation in Wales.

Old school sports day held in Ely