Computastars

On your marks, get set, go and register for Computastars, the IT industry's very own sporting extravaganza

On your marks, get set, go and register for Computastars, the IT industry's very own sporting extravaganza

This year's competition, run in association with Computer Weekly, promises to have an extra edge, as 2002 is Computastars' silver jubilee year.

Gordon Cairns instigated the competition 25 years ago and remains the driving force behind the event. Inspired by watching Superstars on television, he has succeeded in creating an event that anyone in IT can participate in, regardless of skill, age or gender.

The result is a series of events that vary from year to year but have included a basketball relay, eight-legged race, weightlifting, human wheelbarrow race and the notorious steeplechase.

The only criteria for entrants is that they must work in IT, either in an IT department or for an IT company. Some people take part every year and do a lot of training to prepare themselves, others, like the team of Computer Weekly journalists that will be taking part this year, just hope they will be able to survive the day.

The longevity of Computastars is testimony to the enduring appeal of the event. More than 40,000 competitors have participated at 50 venues in the UK and Europe in the past 24 years.

Being a team competition, the emphasis is on working together. The events require good communication, co-ordinated effort and a sense of humour. It is an exciting day out, good for team morale and, most importantly, good fun. So don't delay, for more information and entry details visit www.computastars.demon.co.uk.

The deadline for entries is 4 April.

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