Runners from Stamford, Bourne, the Deepings and Rutland take part in the Sport Relief Mile

Sport Relief Mile at Stamford Rugby Club - Start of the three mile event'Photo: SM250312-114js
Sport Relief Mile at Stamford Rugby Club - Start of the three mile event'Photo: SM250312-114js
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HUNDREDS of people gathered to get active and run together to raise funds for Sport Relief this weekend.

A host of Sport Relief Mile events were held throughout Stamford, Rutland, Bourne and the Deepings on Sunday and families and individuals of all ages took part.

Sport Relief Mile at Sykes Lane, Empingham - start of the six mile event'Photo: SM250312-026js

Sport Relief Mile at Sykes Lane, Empingham - start of the six mile event'Photo: SM250312-026js

Stamford held its first ever Sport Relief Mile, with participants running from Stamford Rugby Club and passing through Empingham Road playing fields.

Organiser Steve Fowkes said: “It was absolutely fantastic. We had about 200 people take part and it was a great day.

“The weather was brilliant which made it a special day and it was just a privilege to put it on for the town.”

Deepings Rugby Club was also a venue for an event, in which about 120 people ran for the cause.

Event organiser Carole Langton said: “It all went very well and it was a great family day out for all those involved.”

Runs were held at Rutland Water, organised by staff at Catmose Sports Centre, Uppingham School Sports Centre and Bourne Rugby Club. Participants could run either one, three or six miles at the events.

Schools and business throughout the area boosted the cause as well with a host of fundraising events.

Organisers are currently counting their final donation totals.

More than £50m was raised nationally for the appeal, which raises money to help disadvantaged people in the UK and the world’s poorest countries, and is held every two years.