Greek gods arrive at Penshaw Monument for family Olympic event

Staff from the National Trust joined members of the Invictus Gladiator Re-enactment Group and the Sixth Legion Victrix from York for an Olypmics-themed sports day on Penshaw Hill. Joshua Pearson, nine, from Donwell in Washington, was one of the first youngsters to arrive and battle with a 'Greek God' in the guise of Chris Wood from the National Trust.
Staff from the National Trust joined members of the Invictus Gladiator Re-enactment Group and the Sixth Legion Victrix from York for an Olypmics-themed sports day on Penshaw Hill. Joshua Pearson, nine, from Donwell in Washington, was one of the first youngsters to arrive and battle with a 'Greek God' in the guise of Chris Wood from the National Trust.
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GLADIATORS descended onto Penshaw Monument in a day of activities for young athletes.

Go For Gold saw kids battle it out in a series of Olympics-themed games testing accuracy, balance, distance, speed and strength.

Zeus, Poseidon and Aphrodite were some of the Greek Gods who helped families step back in time to ancient Greece for the day.

Chris Wood, National Trust Ranger for North York Moors, Coast and Durham Properties, said: “The idea because of the Olympics is that we want to encourage children to have a bit of fun outdoors and bring a little bit of the Olympics to Penshaw.

“And with Penshaw Monument being modelled on Greek architecture it was the perfect place for Go For Gold.”

Go For Gold games included a frisbee throwing competition to test accuracy, a balance game where contestant and a Greek god tried to knock each-other off a podium with a paddled pugil stick, a javelin throwing game to test distance skills, an obstacle course to test speed and strength test of throwing bean bags at tin cans.

As well as the games there was gladiators from battle re-inactment group Invictus, the chance to try on some armour, crafts and a treasure hunt.

The day edned with medals for the youngsters who completed all the games, and overall winners received certificates.

Chris, 25, added: “Our events at Penshaw Monument are always a great success.

“Go For Gold is something a bit different for families to get involved with and it was great to have the staff dressed up as well.”