Easter Egg Event in Oliver’s Battery
On Easter Sunday, Oliver’s battery eggs exploded with delight. About 180 people, young and old, participated in four Easter egg hunts.
Running simultaneously, each trail starting and ending at St Mark’s Church Hall, the beautifully renovated building welcomed the community in an event that brought residents to mix and mingle again after dark days during the pandemic.
The 5km long open course stretched around the Oliver Battery area and further up the fields to Yew Hill Butterfly Reserve. Walkers/runners had to find their clues and return to St. Mark’s Hall to have their time validated. They were competing for trophies and that all-important Easter egg!
The 3km Open Short Course crisscrossed the Long Course, and again had an orienteering feel, but remained within Oliver’s battery rules. This journey took about an hour and a half.
The Junior 1km event remained within 300 meters of Battery Green. It required supervision on road crossings and lasted about an hour. This gave the younger competitors a taste of the longer courses, returning to Saint-Marc to collect their individual chocolate prizes.
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While these classes were running, on Oliver’s Battery Green itself, trees were hung with illuminated pictures of Easter eggs, and accompanied toddlers and infants ran excitedly, recording matching pictures on their score sheets. Some families took advantage of the good weather to picnic on the Green before completing the course, or sat on the grass enjoying the sun.
It was also possible to take more than one lesson during the afternoon, a ‘mix and match’ approach that allowed families to complete courses for children of different ages within the family.
This flexible approach was central to the planning, said a spokesperson for Oliver’s Battery Events Group: “We want the whole event to be as inclusive as possible, we have tried to plan the day in such a way that that the different trails appeal to people from different walks of life. ages and fitness levels.
Organizers estimated around 180 people attended with prizes awarded to the fastest participants to complete the course. Brian Mitchener, chairman of the parish council of Oliver’s Battery, presented the awards late in the afternoon.
The Easter Egg Hunt is just one of the events planned by the Oliver’s Battery Event Group throughout the year, designed to build community by sharing activities, having fun and building new relationships. . If you would like to get involved, just email [email protected]
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