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Newark's YMCA Sports and Activity Village to host Nottinghamshire Amateur Athletics Association four-minute mile challenge




An Olympic-inspired athletics event is coming to Newark next year.

Nottinghamshire Amateur Athletics Association are to host their first athletics festival at the town’s newest running facilities.

The day of athletics will be open to local athletes, schools and community groups at the YMCA Community and Activity Village on Bowbridge Road.

Athletics Track at YMCA Community and Activities Village, Bowbridge Road. 181219TV3-2. (24604662)
Athletics Track at YMCA Community and Activities Village, Bowbridge Road. 181219TV3-2. (24604662)

Alongside races, throwing and hurdles, the main event invites nationally recognised athletes along to attempt the rare sub four-minute mile.

The event will take place on May 6, exactly 66 years after Sir Roger Bannister, a celebrated British Olympian, first broke the sub-four-minute-mile in 1954.

“Athletics is an incredible spectacle”, said life vice president of NAAA, John Hallatt.

Athletics Track at YMCA Community and Activities Village, Bowbridge Road. 181219TV3-2
Athletics Track at YMCA Community and Activities Village, Bowbridge Road. 181219TV3-2

“We want to celebrate the continued success of the association and the sports we love, by holding an event that brings the local community together for athletics.”

“Before Sir Roger Bannister, the world thought the sub-four minute mile was impossible.

“His dedication and performance has inspired athletes for generations, and we hope to recreate that buzz and excitement as part of this local athletics festival.”

The event was inspired by both the new facilities in Newark, and the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and NAAA hoped the event would inspire newcomers to the disciplines.

Athletics Track at YMCA Community and Activities Village, Bowbridge Road. 181219TV3-2
Athletics Track at YMCA Community and Activities Village, Bowbridge Road. 181219TV3-2

“With it being an Olympic year, 2020 is the perfect time to get young people excited about athletics,” said Liz Robertson, community and youth development manager at YMCA Newark and Sherwood.

“Our charity looks to break down barriers to participation in sport and health, and so we are delighted to be working with NAAA on such a fantastic event.”

“Athletics is a fantastically accessible sport, regardless of income or skill level,” said Hallatt.

“Many people enjoy it at school, but don’t get involved outside of that.

“We’re here to show that athletics really is for everyone.

“There are countless local clubs and groups to join, and we can all be excited by the thrill of live races.”

Schools, groups and sponsors who would like to be involved can contact NAAA by emailing info@nottsaaa.org


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