Run a Sport Relief mile in Eye and make a world of difference

Eye, Suffolk. Hartismere High School ENGANL00120131022134831
Eye, Suffolk. Hartismere High School ENGANL00120131022134831
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Sport Relief - and a challenge to run a mile or more - returns to Eye in March.

The decade-old event has seen present and former mayors of Eye, firefighters in full kit and a pantomime dame running. Alongside them have been local people of all ages who realise that completing a mile can raise valuable sponsorship money to help less well-off people in the UK and around the world.

Co-organiser Sam Beveridge, head of PE at Hartismere School said: “We love this event. It brings together people from the town, the local villages and the school to make a difference. From the warm up to the last straggler coming in, it’s a great morning. It doesn’t matter if you are a regular runner or you just want a stroll with the buggy, get yourself registered and play a part.”

The event starts at 10am on Sunday, March 20, and will be open to noon for those who want to take part. A mile route goes around the school grounds, and a further loop means three and six miles can also be run.

The Women’s Institute will sell restorative tea, coffee and cake to runners, or to keep supporters going as they wait for a friend or relative to complete the route.

Eye town councillor and co-organiser Simon Hooton said “I’ve been at all the events and even at the end of three miles there tends to be a smile on my face. You feel so good at having made the effort knowing that the cash you’ve raised is going to make a real difference.”

To enter, go www.sportrelief.com and search for the Hartismere Mile for a sponsorship form, or set up a web giving page. Entrants will get a race number and a medal to mark the occasion.