Race to find the cream of town’s talent

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A RELAY event with a difference is being planned this summer that aims to test creative minds rather than physical prowess.

On Sunday 12 August volunteers from MatlockLive! will be hosting the Matlockathon in Hall Leys Park and they are encouraging all to take part in the event.

Sarah Bradnock, MatlockLive! volunteer, said: “It’s not a speed race but about doing the relay in the most creative way possible.

“So, whether you’re juggling, riding a unicycle, reciting Shakespeare, dressed in flamboyant clothing or whatever else – this race is about showcasing talent.”

Individuals and teams can enter the relay event – so long as they aim to carry the baton in a ‘creative, flamboyant and innovative way’ – and can race for as little or as long as they like.

As well as the relay, 1623 Theatre Company, of Derby, will be doing their Great Shakespeare Work Out and there will be numerous dance performances.

However, in preparation for the event organisers are asking people to design the baton that will be used in the relay.

There are no specific requirements for how entries should be presented so long as they are submitted on A4 paper.

There will be three categories for the competition – under 10’s, 11-18’s and 18+ – and entrants are asked to put their name, address, contact details and age category on the back of the design.

Phil Askham, MatlockLive! volunteer, said: “It should be a really good day and there’s plenty more from MatlockLive! coming up.”

In conjunction with the relay event, MatlockLive! will be displaying the 100m-long work-of-art created by the public during the Olympic Torch relay.

Phil said: “We’ll be displaying it in shops that are currently empty to add some colour and save the owners some of the empty rates costs as well.”

If you are interested in entering the Matlockathon relay event, the necessary forms can be found by visiting www.matlocklive.co.uk.

Entries to the Baton Competition should be sent to MatlockLive!, 79 Church Street, Matlock, DE4 3BY. The closing date for both competitions is July 31 and for more information call 07447 18366.