Fundraising plans in place

Star Paving Services North Norfolk Table Tennis LeagueTHE fourth biennial North Norfolk table tennis marathon is just 10 days away and plans are well under way for the fundraiser in aid of the BBC's Sport Relief appeal.

Star Paving Services North Norfolk Table Tennis League

THE fourth biennial North Norfolk table tennis marathon is just 10 days away and plans are well under way for the fundraiser in aid of the BBC's Sport Relief appeal.

The marathon will take place at North Walsham Sports Centre from 9am-9pm on Sunday, August 10 and as it coincides with this year's Olympic Games, which open two days earlier in Beijing, the marathon will have an Olympic theme to it.

The three fun tournaments that were held during the last marathon in 2006 - which raised £1,100 return - but this time unique engraved gold, silver and bronze Olympic-themed medals will be given to the top three finishers in the three competitions. This means third place play-off matches will take place for the first time.

In between the tournaments - open to all - entry to each event not greater than £1 per player with all entry monies going to the charity, players who have been sponsored to ensure table tennis is continuous for the whole 12 hours will compete in a series of friendly games. Anyone is welcome to come and have a hit on the four available tables, providing they make a small donation to the charity or enter the raffle or any of the other many sideshows.

Various other competitions, with more medals up for grabs, and challenges make up the day's events - the full programme will be revealed next week, but highlights are set to include the return of some old favourites with a new twist, a left-handed challenge match between team-mates Matt Robinson and Philip Stone and the traditional light-hearted exhibition match to conclude the day's play.

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At 9pm, or following the conclusion of the table tennis marathon, on August 10 at North Walsham Sports Centre, a small charity auction will be held in aid of Sport Relief.

There is a framed photo of the gold medal coxless four from the 2000 Sydney Olympics donated and signed by five-times gold medal winner Sir Steve Redgrave; two posters from the 2006 World Rowing Championships at Eton signed by numerous British medallists, some of whom will be competing at this year's games - including Steve Williams, Peter Reed, Alex Partridge and Andrew Triggs-Hodge who have all featured on the BBC's Olympics Dreams series; and hopefully a shirt signed by the English table tennis team donated by ETTA - including two more stars of the Olympic Dreams series and potential stars of the 2012 Olympics Paul Drinkall and Darius Knight.

It is still not too late to get sponsored to take part in the table tennis marathon or you can simply turn up on the day and get playing.

For more information phone 01692 406576. The latest marathon news will appear on the website at http://seriouslybatty.bravehost.

com - the full schedule of events will be released next week.

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