CHILDREN at a village school have staged their own Olympics a week before the official torch passes through Petersfield.

The Olympic torch will sadly bypass Buriton by an agonising mile when it travels up the A3 and The Causeway next Monday.

But plenty of youngsters showed a burning desire to compete when the primary school hosted a mini-Olympic sports day this week.

More than 90 pupils were cheered on by their parents in a range of track and field events ranging from shot put to javelin throwing.

There were also various throwing competitions while the leavers race was ever popular, with year six pupils attempting the course in fancy dress.

Buriton Primary School teacher Sally Slack said the school wanted to hold an alternative sports day to coincide with the Olympics.

She said last Monday's annual event "went very well" and thanked pupils for being such good sports.