Sport Relief Mile is racing back to South Tyneside

People taking part in a past Sports Relief even in South Shields.
People taking part in a past Sports Relief even in South Shields.

Runners and walkers are encouraged to go the extra mile when one of the country’s biggest fundraising events returns to South Tyneside this spring.

The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile is taking place on Sunday 20 March, between 11am and 1pm, and will see super sprinters and willing walkers choosing to complete the challenge over one, three or six miles.

Setting off from The Leas in South Shields, the South Tyneside mile will take in the sights of the borough’s stunning coastline.

Every year, thousands of people across the UK will rise to the challenge in Sports Relief Miles. The money raised through sponsorship is spent by Comic Relief to support people living incredibly tough lives both in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries.

The event is being organised by South Tyneside Council’s sports development Team with hundreds of participants of all ages expected to get involved.

Coun Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: “This year will be the sixth time for South Tyneside to host the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile. Once again, it is a great honour.

“The run gives everyone a real opportunity to join forces with thousands of people from across the country to help Comic Relief raise a life-changing amount of money to transform lives forever. From little ones with their mums and dads, to runners looking to beat their personal best, there’s something for everyone on the big day – whether you do one, three or six miles.

“We hope to see hundreds of people showing their support for Sport Relief by entering this incredible event in South Tyneside.”

The national Sport Relief Games is taking place across a full weekend, from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March, with three whole days of energy, entertainment and events. The weekend will kick off with the country getting active and raising money at home, school or work, before enjoying a star studded Friday evening of Sport Relief TV on the BBC.

People can enter the Sport Relief event in South Shields by visiting www.sportrelief.com Entrants can also register on the day.

For further information about the South Tyneside event contact Doug Worley, sport and leisure programme officer at South Tyneside Council, on 424 7998.