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On your marks! Remembering Diss athletics fun

PUBLISHED: 10:14 29 July 2019

Athletics fun day in Diss, 20 August 1996. Photo: Archant Library

Athletics fun day in Diss, 20 August 1996. Photo: Archant Library

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If you dreamed of being the fastest, the highest or the jumping longest then these Diss athletics fun days were the place to be.

Athletics fun day in Diss, 20 August 1996. Photo: Archant LibraryAthletics fun day in Diss, 20 August 1996. Photo: Archant Library

Lining up on the start line were many talented teens as part of CICA Superschools, a fitness initiative that was a brainchild of Olympian Daley Thompson and former GB athlete and TV Gladiator Kate Staples, which grew from 30 to 650 schools including Diss.

As these pictures from our archives show youngsters were put through their paces with tuition on everything from the hurdles to the high jump to the hammer.

The Junior Athletics course event in Diss, 19 August 1994. Photo: Archant LibraryThe Junior Athletics course event in Diss, 19 August 1994. Photo: Archant Library

As far as we know noone went on to Olympic glory, but it did foster a love of sport and was a lot of fun. Do you remember taking part or are you in any of the pictures? Tell us in the comments below…

Athletics fun day in Diss, 20 August 1996. Photo: Archant LibraryAthletics fun day in Diss, 20 August 1996. Photo: Archant Library

Athletics fun day in Diss, 20 August 1996. Photo: Archant LibraryAthletics fun day in Diss, 20 August 1996. Photo: Archant Library

The Junior Athletics course event in Diss, 19 August 1994. Photo: Archant LibraryThe Junior Athletics course event in Diss, 19 August 1994. Photo: Archant Library

Athletics fun day in Diss, 20 August 1996. Photo: Archant LibraryAthletics fun day in Diss, 20 August 1996. Photo: Archant Library

Athletics fun day in Diss, 20 August 1996. Photo: Archant LibraryAthletics fun day in Diss, 20 August 1996. Photo: Archant Library

The Junior Athletics course event in Diss, 19 August 1994. Photo: Archant LibraryThe Junior Athletics course event in Diss, 19 August 1994. Photo: Archant Library

The Junior Athletics course event in Diss, 19 August 1994. Photo: Archant LibraryThe Junior Athletics course event in Diss, 19 August 1994. Photo: Archant Library

The Junior Athletics course event in Diss, 19 August 1994. Photo: Archant LibraryThe Junior Athletics course event in Diss, 19 August 1994. Photo: Archant Library

The Junior Athletics course event in Diss, 19 August 1994. Photo: Archant LibraryThe Junior Athletics course event in Diss, 19 August 1994. Photo: Archant Library

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