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Hebden Sports strikes gold with Olympic hero’s homecoming
10:30am Thursday 30th August 2012 in News
Hebden Sports hit gold this year.
Despite the inclement weather, residents of Hebden and other local villages, turned out to support the event.
And the village’s Olympic gold medal rower Andy Hodge was there to present the fell race trophies.
Andy, a former pupil of Upper Wharfedale School, Threshfield, powered his way to victory in the men’s four in the London Games, cheered on by many local residents.
“Andy was very happy to show people his gold medal and was included in many of the photographs taken during the afternoon,” said Hebden Sports secretary Pam Hargreaves.
The stalls and games were busy regardless of the wet field and most of the races were run despite the poor conditions.
Thirty-nine runners entered the senior open fell race and top honours went to Ilkley Harriers’ Hector Haines, who had won at Burnsall Sports just two days earlier.
“Families and friends turned out to enjoy the day and, as usual, their support was greatly appreciated by the organising committee,” said Mrs Hargreaves. “Although cold and wet at times, those helping to man the stalls and games made the day a success, together with all those who braved the elements to join in.”