Call for more runners to join Sport Relief

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There is still time for willing walkers and runners to sign up for this year’s Haverhill Sport Relief Mile.

Although hundreds of people have already entered into the challenge to complete a distance of one, three or six miles, starting at the town’s leisure centre, organisers are keen to get even more involved.

Ian Evans, Physical Activity Development Manager at Abbeycroft Leisure, which is putting on the run in partnership with St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said he wanted this year’s event to be the biggest so far.

“We are delighted that so many people have already signed up but we want even more people in West Suffolk to take part and make it the best Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile yet.

“So let’s show the rest of the country what we can do and raise as much money as we possibly can for this incredible cause.”

The Haverhill Mile is being held at 11am on March 20 at the leisure centre. A mass warm up, led by qualified fitness instructors from the centre, will take place before entrants run or walk along Ehringshausen Way and Manor Road, then along the town’s railway walk.

It is the second time the town has hosted a Sport Relief mile and a number of the staff at the leisure centre have also entered. They are dividing themselves up into teams of two, with one person running three miles and the other six. The team with the fastest combined time will crowned the winners.

Since it began in 2002 Sport Relief has raised more than £262 million with the money spent by Comic Relief going towards improving the lives of those living in poverty in the UK and across the world. Earlier this year comedian Jo Brand walked 150 miles from Hull to Liverpool in aid of the charity.

To join the Haverhill Mile go to www.sportrelief.com.