Hundreds of people got active this weekend as they raised thousands of pounds for Sport Relief.
There were plenty of events going on across the area all weekend in aid of the national appeal which raises money for vulnerable people in the UK and abroad.
More than 100 runners turned up for the Sport Relief Mile at Empingham Road playing field in Stamford on Sunday. Organised by Stamford Striders, people of all ages and abilities completed either one, three or six-miles routes.
Race director Nick Wells said: “It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves and, at the same time, raising funds for Sport Relief. I would like to thank everyone who took part; Stamford Striders for organising the event; Stamford Rugby Club for allowing us the use of their Clubhouse, and Malcolm Sargent School for the use of their car park.”
Hundreds turned out at RAF Wittering on Friday. Events organised by the Station’s Physical Education Flight included a 12 by one-mile relay, a 25-mile bicycle ride, a six-mile bicycle ride and a mass run over the course of a mile.
Service personnel, their families, civil servants and contractors arrived from across the station just to be part of the day.
Flight Lieutenant Jason Rowell, 42, of the base’s Force Headquarters, completed 26 miles on an indoor rowing machine in three hours and 18 minutes.
Flt Lt Rowell said: “It’s been tough, particularly the third quarter, because you know you’ve got so much more to do. That said, I got there in the end and it’s great to raise some money.”
A total of £850.77 was raised.
The children at ABC Day Nursery in Tallington had a fun-filled day getting involved in a number of sporting activities on Friday. The highlight of the day was the running events the children competed in, from bean bag races to toy horse races.
On Thursday last week One Touch Football soccer school replaced its usual training session with a sponsored “dribbleathon”.
Players and coaches dribbled a collective distance of 200 miles at Empingham Road playing fields in Stamford.
It took each participant roughly 18 laps to complete, which they did in less than two hours despite wind and rain. There was a special appearance from Peterborough United mascot Peter Burrow and captain Grant McCann.
Youngsters at Headstart nursery in Market Deeping made healthy cakes and biscuits to sell. They dressed in trainers and joggers for a physical activity day and made a giant “Hokey Cokey” circle with 60 children.
Headstart in Bourne organised a conga around the town’s memorial gardens. The children all get involved along with a number of parents and grandparents.
Pupils at Bourne Academy had a chance to challenge their teachers at a game of dodgeball. Teams of students and teachers took to the sports hall to compete against each other. Pupils also got involved in a fun run and non-uniform day to help raise money.
Bourne Westfield pupils Joe Manning and Alex and Dan Galpin, all nine, cycles 50 miles from Greatford, around Rutland Water then back to Greatford. They raised £180.
Rutland Sports in Bourne invited customers and local businesses to take part in a cycle challenge. A static bike was set up in the shop window for volunteers to cycle for 25 minutes
Individual cyclists were asked to donate £2 to charity while teams of three were asked to donate £5. A prize was also on offer for the person who cycled the furthest in 25 minutes.
One of the eager volunteers to get involved was Felicity Davis, who is set to run the London Marathon.
As well as the cycle challenge the store was running a raffle and selling Sport Relief cakes to try and raise as much money as possible.
Staff from Sainsbury’s in Bourne cycled to their colleagues’ store in Stamford. They also had a rowing machine in store, on which staff rowed the length of the River Nene.
Scores of runners also turned up for the Sport Relief Mile held at Rutland Water on Sunday.
Foundation Learning students from Rutland County College organised a variety of activities to support the appeal. Events throughout the week included a combined 80-mile cycle on an exercise bike, a car wash, a fancy-dress run around the school, a sponsored silence, the return of the stocks, a bake sale and leg waxing session.
A total of £300 was raised throughout the week and the college has thanked everyone who helped make it a successful week.
Wakerley and Barrowden Cricket Club hosted a 12-hour sponsored walk to help raise money for Sports Relief.
The challenge took place throughout the day with all ages of the local community joining in the walk.
Chairman Bob White helped to organise the event with his son Chris, who said: “It’s been a great day we’ve had plenty of people come and get involved, from dog walkers to young children.”
A group of Year 6 boys from Brooke Hill Academy organised a day of sporting activities for the whole of the school. Activities included; penalty shoot-outs, cricket, obstacle courses, circuit training and basketball hoop shooting.
The most popular activity of the day was the fun run named “run ‘til you’re done”, with all the children racing up and down the school field.
Leo Davies, 11, who helped organise the event, said: “We’ve all enjoyed it and I’m sure all the school have enjoyed the day as well.”
Market Overton Cricket Club played the Oakham Co-operative in a football match at Greetham Community Centre on Saturday. The cricket club won 10-4 and the event raised £1,440 for Sport Relief.
And staff at EducationCity in Oakham dressed up as their favourite sports stars for a day.
The appeal has raised more than £53m nationally.