Get your running shoes on in aid of Sport Relief

HUNDREDS of people are set to dig out their tracksuits and lace up their trainers to raise funds for Sport Relief next weekend.

A number of events will be running across the area and organisers are calling for people to get involved and raise money for a good cause.

Stamford will be hosting its first ever Sport Relief Mile on Sunday, March 25.

Runners will set off from Stamford Rugby Club and pass through Empingham Road playing fields.

Event organiser Steve Fowkes, president of the rugby club, said: “I was quite surprised that Stamford has never done it before so I’ve taken on the mantle of trying to organise it. We’ve got the facilities at the club to host the run so I thought why not make something of it?

“We’ve got about 80 people signed up so far but we’re hoping for about 200 or more. It’s going to be a great day for anybody and everybody to come along and enjoy fundraising as part of a national event.”

Refreshments and a licensed bar will be available at the club throughout the day.

People can register on the day at the venue from midday.

Uppingham School Sports Centre, in Leicester Road, Uppingham, will also be hosting the Sport Relief Mile.

The run kicks-off at 11am on the Sunday but the school will also be putting on a host of other sporting activities.

Participants will be able to cool off after the run at the centre’s swimming pool and throughout next week staff and pupils will be doing push-ups, sit-ups and squats to raise additional funds.

Participants can chose to run either one, three or six miles at both events.

Sport Relief raises money to help disadvantaged people in the UK and the world’s poorest countries, and is held every two years.

To book a place to run at one of the events, or for more information, visit www.sportrelief.com.

For full listings of all the events in the area see next Friday’s Mercury.