Sport Relief mile returns to Haverhill

Castle Manor Academy hosts the Haverhill Sport Relief mile, organised by the town's running club
Castle Manor Academy hosts the Haverhill Sport Relief mile, organised by the town's running club

If you fancy a charity challenge then the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile is returning to Haverhill for the second time.

Castle Manor Academy will host the event on March 23, with Haverhill Running Club organising one, three and six mile routes around the campus to suit walkers and runners.

You can enter the nationwide event, which raises money to help British people and those living in some of the world’s poorest countries, at and then search for the Haverhill Mile.

The Sport Relief mile was last held in Haverhill in 2012, with the route then setting off from the leisure centre and going along the railway line.

Nick Kirkham from Haverhill Running Club said: “This is the second time Haverhill Running Club has organised the Sport Relief Mile in Haverhill.

“I hope as many people as possible take the challenge to put on their running shoes, get training and show what Haverhill can do.

“Don’t forget to rope in your friends, family, and colleagues too.”

Andrew Barratt, team leader for PE at Castle Manor, added: “Our campus provides a host for various sporting events throughout the year and it is wonderful to see it being used as a central part of the Haverhill community.

“Our student sports leaders are well versed in directing runners around the site and this route looks to be an exciting and challenging run.

“We’re looking forward to inviting the community in to raise funds for this worthwhile cause.”

On March 21 the BBC will televise a special night of Sport Relief, with presenters including Gary Lineker, Gaby Logan, Claudia Winkleman, Jack Whitehall and Clare Balding, hosting a show full of celebrity performances, comedy sketches, highlights from this year’s challenges and films about the work the charity initiative supports.

Del Boy and Rodney will also be back on screens after ten years with a special ‘Only Fools and Horses’ Sport Relief sketch.

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ host Tess Daly will reveal the judges’ favourite partnership from ‘Sport Relief Does Strictly’, where four Paralympians and their professional dance partners will have taken on a group dance challenge, hoping to impress the judges and take home the Sport Relief glitter ball trophy on the night.

It’s not just the public who will be taking on the fund raising challenge.

Davina McCall has pledged to go the extra mile in the BT Sport Relief Challenge ‘Davina – Beyond Breaking Point’.

She will travel across the UK, all under her own steam – and all in the name of Sport Relief.

By running, swimming and cycling for seven solid days, Davina will hit the streets – and waters – of the UK in a bid to raise as much cash as she can and inspire the great British public to take on their own challenges, sporty or not.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (February 20) Echo.