Naomi Cook and Jess Rees Battle it Out in the 60 m Race


The Bob Cook Games took place at the County Ground Athletics Track, Swindon on 12th August. Named after the late Charter President of the Lions’ Club of Chippenham, the games take place every year on the second Sunday of August at the Athletics Track at Swindon’s County Ground Sports Complex.

We had been watching the weather report for a few days and it did not look good…  A great deal of inclemency had been forecast, but this eased as we got closer to the day and the difficult decision was taken to go ahead with the event. As it turned out, the day dawned with soft rain which eased later, but the day remained generally dull and cool throughout. However, we did not allow these conditions to dampen our spirits...

This year we had participants from all over the district and beyond to give us about 200 entrants from 15 clubs along with their helpers.

For Chippenham ladies, the day started at the crack of dawn with rolls and butter and many other ingredients as they started to assemble 400 lunch packs to feed contestants and helpers. Back at the sports arena, Lions from many clubs were also working with canvas, poles, tables and chairs to create ‘pop-up city’ to house all of those who would be arriving for the day. By 9:30 everything was pretty much in place and Highworth and District Lions fed the crew with breakfast butties.

Contestants and their helpers started to appear and the tents were full when the games were formally opened at 10:25 by the District Governor, Sally Marsh who wished everyone good fortune and great enjoyment in taking part.

Both track and field events were contested strongly with large entries for field events such as the discus, javelin, shot-put and welly waggling. We introduced boules last year and many chose to try their hand at this most gentle of sports.

The first event took place immediately after the opening and competition continued until about 4:00 with a short break for lunch.

Whilst medals were awarded for success in every event, two major trophies are awarded to the lady and the gentleman who were judged to best represent the games’ true sprit of determination against the odds. This year the ‘The Joy Cook’ memorial trophy went to Carole Edmonds (Open Door) and was awarded by Julie Hamlen; daughter of the late Joy Cook and wife of Chippenham Lion, Norman. For the gentlemen, a trophy was awarded in memory of a late Chippenham member and tireless supporter and worker for the games; Ivor Bull.  A trophy in his honour was awarded by District Governor, Sally to Nigel Stovold (Kennet Gateway).

At lunchtime we were fortunate to be entertained by the Britannia Majorettes and Miniettes of Swindon who are aged between 6 and 16 and who introduced colour and music to give us a display of faultless precision marching and drumming.

The day ended with group photographs and the departure of the athletes; happy, but tired and festooned in medals.  The Lions then set about the task of breaking camp and the dispersal of ‘pop-up city’. Hundreds of chairs and tens of tables plus tents, large and small, were all returned to storage and ready for use next year.

We are also grateful, once again, for the assistance of Atlantic College staff, Swindon Harriers and UKA for their supervision and to The Croft Leisure Centre for their valuable assistance.

As usual, most of the organisation of the day was provided by Chippenham with particular help from Highworth and District Lions Club, however, financial support and manpower is provided by many clubs throughout the District. Club duties ranged from marshalling events, ensuring that competitors got to the start of their event in time and prompting winners to collect their medals etc. Chippenham Lions would like to thank all those who took part or helped on the day.  Their help is essential to the success of the games.

All helpers will take back their own memories of the games, but I shall recall the tremendous determination shown by all competitors and the pleasure and pride they gained as they were presented with their medals.

The games are always on the lookout to involve more competitors and more Lions’ Clubs so if your club would like to be there, then why not approach a Disability Club in your area.

Next year’s games will be held on 11th August 2019.  Put it in your diary now and plan to be there for another great day.

Martin Horton


'Pop Up City' Takes Shape Before The Contestants Arrive


Highworth Lions Helped With Tables and Chairs and That Essential Breakfast​


The Event was Opened by District Governor, Sally Marsh


DG, Sally Marsh and Physical & Learning Disabilities Officer, Tony Buchan were amongst our Presentation Team for the Day. Also on hand were Chippenham President, Sue Gilbert and PDG, Surinder Malhotra


The Games Get Underway with the 60 m Races


Mark Whittingham and Liam Tomlin Show Great Determination


Sandra Philip Competes Strongly


The Agony and the Ecstasy of the 'Every Link Counts' Relay Team


It was a Triumph for Mark Allaway


Robbie Lincez is Pleased with his 400 m Run


We are Always Pleased to See Michelle Young at the Games


Jess Rees Romps Home


Julie Rowlands and Sid Saunders Compete in the Javelin


Betty Porter Competes in the Shop Put


Raymond Byles Competes in the Discus


Becky Twedle and Rita Hamblin Compete in the Gentle Sport of Boule


The Majorettes Provided Colour and Movement at Lunch Time



Mark Findlay Receives his Medal from DG, Sally Marsh


Keith Shaw Receives his Medals from DG, Sally Marsh


Andrea Richards Receives her Medals from DG, Sally Marsh


Tola Adeko Shows Off His Collection of Medals


Carole Edmonds Receive the Joy Cook Cup From Julie Hamlen


Nigel Stovold Receives the Ivor Bull Cup from DG, Sally Marsh


The Cocklebury Farmhouse Group For Their Parting Photograph


The Cartrefi Cymru Provided a Large Group for The Games


The Enterprise Club Show Off Their Medals Before Departure



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