GLADSTONE'S Little Athletics Saturday events are a lot busier this season with a growth of more than 25 members.

Club president John Sherriff said he could believe how many youngsters were on the field on Saturday, with more than 160 turning up.

It is not just new faces which have made the difference but people returning from a hiatus from the sport.

"It has been a bit on the promotion side of things to get out club out there," Sherriff said.

"It is the most we have had. Lots of kids are returning, some who have not been in a couple of years."

The increase has made the job of managing the events a touch more difficult.

But the patient children have taken the time to wait their turns, still achieving personal-best times and distances.

"There is a brilliant group of parents helping out," Sherriff said.

Little Athletics breaks for Christmas after December 13 and then returns on January 17 to lead into the state championships.

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