Drag relay and 50m mince highlights of gay sports day

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The gay men’s health charity GMFA and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern will once again host gay sports day on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August.

The number of teams is limited by the local council to 20, but places are filling up fast.

The teams, each with five members, will compete in a series of competitive events with a comical twist such as the drag relay, the handbag throw and the 50m mince.

“The great thing about this Sports Day is that there are events for everyone, from the light-hearted and frivolous events, which you might expect at a particularly broad-minded school’s Sports Day, to the events that are a little bit more athletic,” said Matthew Hodson of GMFA.

“You don’t have to be Ben Cohen to take part, or even to win – although if he wants to put together a team and come along he’d be very welcome.”

Last year’s event attracted more than 500 people, who took part in non-competitive events such as a live duck race and a gay Punch and Judy.

This year’s event will be officially opened by the Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Angela Meader.

“The Sports Day is a lot of fun,” added Hodson, “but it also raises much needed funds for GMFA, which goes towards those projects that receive no statutory funding, such as our work for HIV positive gay men.

“We’re delighted that the event supports local Vauxhall charities too, and we’re thrilled to have Lambeth’s Mayor coming to give the day her official blessing.”

Established in 1992, GMFA is dedicated to gay men’s health and has provided courses for over 10,000 gay men over the past fourteen years.

GMFA is still accepting team applications. To enter the event, teams are being asked to get as many people as possible to sponsor their team.

There will once again be a trophy for the winning team, and another trophy for the team that manages to raise the most money.

For more information or to enter a team contact Matthew on 020 7738 6872 or email: [email protected].

Join the thousands of visitors who have watched last year’s event by visiting YouTube.