Knockout Challenge goes out with a bang

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HUNDREDS of competitors raised cash for charity at the weekend in what is likely to be Grantham’s last Knockout Challenge event.

A total of 28 teams with up to ten members in each donned fancy dress outfits for the event on Saturday, based on the popular ‘80s series It’s a Knockout.

The day, held at the King’s School playing fields off North Parade, was organised by Kelly Stewart and her Knockout Challenge committee to raise cash for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

Kelly said: “The whole purpose of the event is to raise money for children with cancer. Over the last two years we have raised £25,000 and I’m hoping this year we will have raised between eight and 10 thousand.

“When my son, Daniel, was diagnosed with Leukaemia, CLIC Sargent were the ones that really stepped forward and helped me out and just took over my life for me so I could concentrate on Daniel.”

The first Knockout Challenge was held at Kesteven RFC’s ground at Woodnook but this year’s event was switched to the King’s School playing fields.

As well as the Knockout Challenge, there was also a five-a-side football competition, stalls, play areas, hot food and much more.

Interest in the event appeared to have waned this year, with just 11 teams having entered before a big final push in the last couple of weeks.

Saturday marked the final Knockout Challenge but Kelly is still keen on holding another event in its place next year - possibly with an Olympic theme.

She said: “Next year we are going to look at doing something totally different, so watch this space!”

l To watch a video of the event, go to www.granthamjournal.co.uk

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