Getting active for Sport Relief this weekend

Both teams before the Girls v Boys netball game at The Deepings School
Both teams before the Girls v Boys netball game at The Deepings School
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HUNDREDS of people in the area will be getting active, having fun and raising funds for a good cause at Sport Relief events this weekend.

Events will be running across the area with a host of Sport Relief Miles taking place on Sunday.

Many people have already been doing their bit to raise money throughout the week for the national appeal.

Stamford is set to host its first ever Sport Relief Mile, with runners setting off at midday from Stamford Rugby Club and passing through Empingham Road playing fields.

Event organiser Steve Fowkes said: “It’s going to be a great day for anybody and everybody to come along and enjoy fundraising as part of a national event.”

Uppingham School Sports Centre, in Leicester Road, Uppingham, will also be hosting the run.

The event 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 this week staff and pupils have been doing push-ups, sit-ups and squats to raise additional funds. Fitness instructor Ed Moore is taking on a 24-hour kettlebell challenge tomorrow.

Rutland Water will see more than 230 runners giving their all. The event, which starts at 10am at Sykes Lane in Empingham, has been put together by Catmose Sports Centre in Oakham.

Sport Relief Miles will also be taking place at Deeping Rugby Club, in Linchfield Road, starting at 10am, and Bourne Rugby Club, in Milking Nook Drove, with runs commencing from 1.30pm.

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

To book a place to run at one of the runs visit www.sportrelief.com People can also turn up and donate to run on the day.

And running is not the only sporting activity that people have been taking part in to raise funds this week.

Year 10 pupils at The Deepings School organised a Girls v Boys netball match to a crowd of more than 150 at the school on Monday.

The girls won the match 10-1 and captain Darc’y Stokes said: “We wanted to play the game to highlight to the boys that netball was a real sport and in turn raise money for a really worthwhile cause.”

Faculty head Jo Robertson said: “I am very proud of what the students have managed to achieve this week.”

The school is hoping to raise £8,000 in total.

Material handling company Advanced Handling, in Market Deeping, is holding a bake-off competition, sports quiz, and fancy dress at its premises on Northfields Industrial Estate today.

Staff at Sainsbury’s in Bourne will be cycling the equivalent miles to the Olympic Stadium and back on an exercise bike in store this weekend.

Sport Relief raises money to help disadvantaged people in the UK and the world’s poorest countries, and is held every two years. For more information, visit www.sportrelief.com