Hundreds go the extra mile for Sport Relief

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HUNDREDS of people went the extra mile and contributed to the millions raised for Sport Relief last week.

Communities across Suffolk and Norfolk jogged, paced, cycled and donned fancy dress for the national event, which benefits the disadvantaged at home and abroad.

About 400 runners took the fund-raising lead in the Sport Relief Mile at West Suffolk Athletics Track, in Bury St Edmunds.

Dressed in a variety of colourful costumes, residents aged from just a few months to 60 plus, completed one, three or six miles and everyone received a medal.

Bury Leisure Centre also held an open event with activities for £1 and a Sport Relief zumba class.

Michelle Banfield-Curran, partnership manager for Abbeycroft Leisure, said: “The atmosphere was excellent.”

Meanwhile, school children put their best foot forward including those at Horringer Court Middle who joined forces with Westley Middle and County Upper for an ambitious activity.

More than 700 children formed a 1.1 mile line from the two middle schools and passed along a replica Olympic torch and rings.

Today, Horringer Court were due to hold a non uniform day to pocket more funds for the cause.

At Abbots Green Community Primary, in Bury, pupils and staff dressed in sports gear and completed the Sport Relief mile.

Meanwhile, Queensway Community Junior School took part in a similar activity – donning sports gear and notching up at least one mile –to raise £146. Glade Primary, in Brandon, amassed more than £300 from their mile run.

On the individual endeavours, Thurston Community College student Claire Robinson, 14, and her friend Chloe Vail, 15, of Soham Village College collected £210 from two two-mile swims and a four mile run around Nowton Park.

Her twin brother Tommy and his friend Alfie Henwood also raised £210 after 70 minutes of football, a 1km swim, 1km run and 18km bike ride through King’s Forest.