Mud, glorious mud for Games revellers

Belper Games 2014. Competing team, Blunsdon Babes.
Belper Games 2014. Competing team, Blunsdon Babes.

The weekend saw hordes of competitors and well-wishers brave the elements and flock to Belper Rugby Club to participate in and enjoy the third instalment of the Belper Games.

Despite the disastrous stormy conditions thousands turned up to the games, which had been described as the most ambitious to date.

The popular event was first 
established to help raise funds for Belper woman Penny Wheeler.

Mrs Wheeler, who suffered from two rare diseases, 
scleroderma and pulmonary fibrosis, lost her battle in 
December 2012.

But her family vowed to continue raising funds for the charities that support 
sufferers of the rare conditions.

Organiser Nick Wheeler, Penny’s husband, said: “It was probably the best Belper Games to date, despite the horrendous weather.

“At one point we all stood in the pouring rain thinking what are we doing?

“We were close to packing up and just calling it a day, we thought it was going to be an absolute disaster as the bad weather had put anyone off coming down.

“Although, in the end that wasn’t the case, the sun came out and thousands turned 
up, it was a complete turnaround.

“The whole day was an 
emotional rollercoaster, the mood went from disappointment to sheer elation.

“One thing we can take out of the day is that people’s spirit is priceless. When the rain stopped people whipped their clothes off and were wrestling in the mud.

“We could never have planned anything like that, people made the best of it and it was an amazing day.”

Money raised from the day is yet to be totalled but there’s still time for you to get 

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