WITH more than 200 medals up for grabs, residents of Broughton Gifford tapped into their competitive streak to take part in this year’s spoof Olympics.

The 8th annual Broughton Gifford Village Games took place on Saturday July 6 in five different venues around the village.

More than 20 events took place for both children and adults such as tug of war, putting the cabbage, wellie wanging, a scooter dash, ladder gold, hobby horse jumping, precision bowls and more.

For the last eight years, the event has been organised by residents with sponsorship from local estate agents Hunter French and support from Wiltshire and Swindon Sport.

Angela Andrews, one of the organisers, said: “It has been an amazing success. We started off with a slow burn in the morning but it picked up at lunchtime.

"We have some new properties and some new families in the village and they came out to take part and to support us.

"Our new landlord, Pascal Rivalt, at The Bell on the Common, put on some wonderful events and a hog roast for us and by the end of the day there was a fantastic atmosphere."

The village games were first staged in 2012 as a spoof on the London Olympics and have taken place every year since.

“We see people of all ages take part, our youngest medallist was only 19 months old and our oldest medal winner was 85," Mrs Andrews said.

The events started on The Common at 10am with nine different events including precision frisbee throwing, a penalty shootout and an canine obstacle course.

At 11am, contestants moved on to the Bowls Club for precision bowls. At 12.30pm there were tug-of-war challenges on The Common followed by events at St Mary’s School and the Village Hall.

The events ended with the traditional medals ceremony at 6.15pm, with local MP Michelle Donelan, handing out the medals to the winners and runners up.

The MP said: "I was honoured to award the medals again at the Broughton Gifford Village Games. I do this each year and love it.

"The sports day ranged from precision frisbee throwing, a scooter dash, and an obstacle course for dogs to new age Kurling.

"The event really does bring all the village together from young to old. Well done to all the organisers for pulling off another great day!”