60 teams to battle for title of ‘Suffolk’s fittest’ at Suffolk Games

Competitors at the Suffolk Games in 2016. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Competitors at the Suffolk Games in 2016. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Sixty teams will fight it out for the honour of being named ‘the fittest team in Suffolk’ at the second annual Suffolk Games in July.

The event will see some of the best CrossFit athletes in the region do battle, as well as those from other disciplines testing their strength and endurance.

Often called the ‘sport of fitness’, CrossFit is one of the fastest-growing sports on earth, and sees competitors tackle set workouts to see who can finish fastest or do the most rounds.

At the top of the sport, the CrossFit Games features elite athletes from around the world and attracts thousands of people to stadiums to watch their efforts.

The Suffolk Games, which will be held at Trinity Park on July 22, will see 60 teams of four pushing themselves to the limit over the course of the day, competing in four events.

CrossFit session at ISC will be demonstrated at Suffolk Show 2017. Picture: Chris Lawson.

CrossFit session at ISC will be demonstrated at Suffolk Show 2017. Picture: Chris Lawson. - Credit: Archant

Matt Brennan, of CrossFit GFP in Ipswich, is organising the event along with colleagues at the town’s CrossFit ISC.

He said: “It’s going to be a big event. Our main target audience is the CrossFit gyms, but we’ve got lots of rowers and rugby players and boxers taking part.

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“The main CrossFit Games crown the fittest man and woman on earth, and in that vein, we want to find the fittest team in Suffolk.”

Workouts are notoriously tough, with one Suffolk Games test, called ‘Twin Engine’, calling for teams to tackle a series of 50-metre runs, kettlebell swings, hay bale jumps, a 100kg wood carry and an 800-metre row.

The event is open to spectators too, and Brennan says those who come to watch and support are in for a treat.

“It’s a lot of fun to watch,” he explained.

“People really get involved and support each other and it’s very entertaining.

“You see people hitting it as hard as they can, flat out, and finish completely exhausted – it’s just really compelling stuff.”

Tickets for the games are £5 per person, with under 16s getting in free. As well as the competition, there’s food and games on offer, along with clothing and equipment stalls.

You can buy tickets through the Suffolk Games website at www.suffolkgames.co.uk or through searching for the event on www.eventbrite.co.uk.

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