24-hour event on Grand Pier

THOUSANDS of Grand Pier visitors were treated to an Olympic-style display at the weekend.

Nearly 200 youngsters from North Somerset Athletic Club kept a replica of the event’s famous torch moving around the 700m circuit on the Weston seafront attraction on Saturday and Sunday.

The North Somerset group wanted to raise awareness and funds to build a home for athletics in the district.

The 24-hour relay, which was covered by a live stream webcam viewed by no less than 1,360 online visitors, involved the athletes covering 465 miles and nearly 1,000 laps of the 700m pier.

There were several notable achievements over the two days, with head coach Chris Millard and Steve Hollier, endurance coach, each completing 30 miles during the 24 hours.

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Nick Marsh, a disability athlete, completed an outstanding 21km. The club was joined during the night by Scott Murray, former Bristol City player.

The club estimates it has raised in the region of �5,000.

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