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Annual Sports Day 2015

Pirates in action in the three-legged raceOn Friday 19 June, an excited crowd of 200 participants, both veterans and novice staff athletes, gathered for a fine day at the 8th Annual Staff Sports Day at Ravelin Park.

A record 23 teams representing academic and support staff departments from all over the University, arrived excited and dressed for running, jumping and hopping. Unique for this year was the new team from the third floor University House that included members of the University Executive Board, A.K.A The One Legged Seagulls.

After a short captain’s briefing of the day’s activities, Cristian Lopez, Tai Chi Master, led a mass warm-up to evoke and harness the Sports Day spirit. Fun, games and raising awareness for Brain Tumour Research were the order of the day, both of which were surpassed with ease. Competitors warmed up with tai chi chuan

The games commenced with the Sack Race with staff hopping, shuffling and stumbling their way down the track way. Next up, The Dress Up Race was a distinct advantage to the larger foot as shorter competitors wrestled with flappy rubber boots. Continuing with the Egg and Spoon, Bean Bag and Three Legged Race, sympathy for the fallen and bruised was expressed with generous laughter.

Back at the Waterhole Bar after all the races were over, the energy and atmosphere was electric in anticipation for the final standings, and our honoured celebrity cake baker Enwezor Nzegwu. The winners announced were:Come on everyone, bend your knees

1st place: We Work Out
2nd place: Purple Bees Knees Stars
3rd place: ICP Green Machine
Best Dressed: Purple Beesknees Stars
Wooden Spoon: Captain Caries and the Dentathletes

Brain Tumour Research received over £2,000 in team donations and money raised on the day to add to the £5,400 raised from previous events.  A Special Fair Play award in Memory of Paul Townley was also awarded to Give us Some Credit finance team.    The Brain Tumour Reserach team with Professor Geoff Pilkington in the charity's iconic pink top hat

A big thank you to Joel Ryder and Ross Lamport – the Sports Day organisers, Tim Green Brain Tumour Research, Portsmouth Trophies, Little Monsters Inflatables, Pete Aldam et al from Estates for electricity, Ashley Whitlock for photography, Alan from English Landscapes for track markings, Denise Kercher from Catering, David Livingstone at The Waterhole, Lauren Moreton, Emma and Keiron from UPSU events, Sport and Recreation marshals and scorers, and all Sports Day participants who made the event a resounding success.

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