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Summer of sport inspires 18 Plus to have fun with their Silly Sports Day

Cuddly toys were pummelled and sweets went for bike rides in a series of novelty sports events held by Redbridge 18 Plus. The social group was inspired by the Olympics and Paralympics to put their own twist on sport, and created the Jelly Baby Olympics and Silly Sports Day. The Jelly Baby Olympics earlier this month used the classic sweets in events including the table top sprint, long jump, high jump and cycling. Organiser Trevor Eley said: "It was one of my weird­est ideas. We had a couple of bags of Jelly Babies and we put them on little tiles and bikes and things. "For the races, you had to push them and the fastest one left on won." For the high jump, a spoon was used to launch the sweets over a bar between two chairs at the "arena" in the York Room of Redbridge Central Library. The Silly Sports Day in­volved 10 "athletes" compet­ing in fun events in Valen­tines Park, Cranbrook Road, Ilford. Highlights included the stuffed toy target shoot, three-legged race and penal­ty shoot-out. Events officer Gary Silver said: "Having enjoyed the great sports so far this sum­mer, we thought we'd hold our own events, but with the emphasis on fun and a bit of madness." Redbridge 18 Plus is a social group for people aged between 18 and 40. Meetings are on Friday evenings at Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford at 8.30pm.

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