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Over 300 local people turned out in force on Sunday 20 March at the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in Harrogate.
Runner of all ages were sponsored to walk or run themselves proud round a gruelling course spanning Valley Gardens and up through the Pinewoods. As well as the mile event, runners also had the opportunity to test themselves over three and six miles.
The day was a massive success with friends and families joining together to go the extra mile for Sport Relief 2016. A beautiful sunny day showed the best of Harrogate for all of the runners, and brought out dozens of spectators and supporters. Runners of all ages and abilities took part, including a team of four who ran the 6 mile event in full ‘Lord of the Rings’ style fancy dress complete with beards, face masks and false ears.
Lindsay Spicer, Sports Development Officer at Harrogate Borough Council, who was the Harrogate Event Organiser said:
It was a fantastic day. Watching the community come together to support such a great cause was brilliant! We had lots of families taking part and it was fantastic to see so many children running the longer distances. We feel very proud knowing that the money raised here today will help people living unimaginably tough lives right here in Yorkshire, across the rest of the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries.
We have run this event here in Harrogate numerous times now and we always have great support from local people who come and take part, raise lots of money for the charity, and also volunteer to help run the event. I would like to give a big thank you in particular to the Harrogate Lions Club and the Straybirds who supported the event with a number of volunteer marshals on the day.