Fitness Fundraising and Family Fun at Brighton Sport Relief Mile

One of the many younger participants of the Brighton Sport Relief Mile 2012

One of the many younger participants of the Brighton Sport Relief Mile 2012
PHOTO: Hope Wisechild

Over 3,000 fundraisers completed one of 17 flagship Miles on Kemptown’s Madeira Drive on Sunday helping Sport Relief raise a record £52 million.

Alongside serious runners including cricketer Clare Connor, Brighton participants completed 1, 3, or 6 miles dressed as clowns, superheroes, sailors, animals and even food.

Children ran, hopped, scooted or bounced the mile raising sponsorship to allow Comic Relief to change lives in the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

Paralympian Sophia Warner, who participated with three friends, one in a wheelchair and one in a pushchair said: “I’ve been so inspired to see thousands of people, of all ages and abilities, supporting Sport Relief today”.

Brighton Rock Choir flashmobbed the event and finish line entertainment provided opportunities to dance to the Millstones Big Band, hula hoop or play wheelchair football.

Sid the Shark was there to encourage youngsters to bat, bowl and catch in a seafront Sussex County Cricket Club cricket cage.

Kimberley Sibbald of The Hula Honeys, who had hooped along the seafront, said: “It’s a great way to have fun and get a little active.”

BBC South East Today presenter Rob Smith undertook a triathlon challenge from Brighton to Margate which took around 10 hours to complete.

He swam one kilometre around Brighton Pier, cycled to Ramsgate and ran 10-miles around the Thanet coastline finishing at the Turner Gallery.

BT Sport Relief Challenges was a series of celebrity endurance feats including Helen Skelton’s 500 mile Antarctica expedition and David Walliams’ 140 mile Thames swim.

Comedian John Bishop completed a “Week of Hell”, running, cycling and rowing 295 miles from Paris to London before running the Mile in Manchester.

Over 40 MPs and Lords including paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson completed a Westminster Mile on 14 March, and David Cameron ran in Buckinghamshire on Sunday.

The One Show 1000 was a 10 day 1,000 mile public relay from the Isle of Mull to the Mall, finishing with the London Mile.

Over a million participated in UK local Miles and hundreds more global events included Prince Harry running with children on the Rio de Janeiro beachfront.

The record breaking sum raised by Sport Relief 2012 includes a Government £10m matching Comic Relief’s commitment to funding work in African slums.

As well as sponsoring local Sport Relief Miles, Sainsbury’s raised over £4m with Sport Relief merchandise and special products including a donation in their price.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave £2.5m for African vaccination projects, and UK projects supported include the Alzheimer’s Society in Brighton.

 


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