Runners Brave Weather At Sport Relief Miles

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Runners Brave Weather At Sport Relief Miles

More than 600 runners did their best to raise some charity cash on Sunday when Cotswold District Council hosted four Sport Relief Mile events at its leisure centres around the District.

Venues at Chipping Campden, Bourton on the Water, Fairford and Tetbury all played their part in the nationwide charity day by organising a course for the 624 keen charity runners, who all ran one, three or six miles in the wet and windy conditions across the Cotswolds.
Almost 40 people – both leisure staff and willing volunteers – turned up to help the four events run smoothly, while each race saw a cross-section of different people, with elderly runners mixing with the young, people running with their dogs and others ferrying push-chairs around the course.

And the venue at Fairford attracted the most people, with 203 turning up to race, while runners from Bristol and Cheltenham turned their attentions to races at Tetbury and Bourton on the Water respectively after the conditions put paid to their original race venues.

Scott Burry, Youth Sport Development Officer at Cotswold District Council who helped to organise the Sport Relief venues, said:
“The atmosphere over the weekend and at all of the races was great, and I'm sure we can use this year's event as the basis for something bigger and better next year.
“I'd like to say a big thank you to everybody who came along and took part, and especially those who gave up their Sunday to help out with this event. We are incredibly grateful.”

Sport Relief – which this year will organise over 200 events across the UK – has raised £50 million for charity since first being formed in 2002.

Sport Relief is a spin-off of national charity drive Comic Relief, which helps poverty-stricken people in the UK and around the world.

Posted : 18/03/2008 23:43:57

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