Young and old go extra mile for Sport Relief event

Norman McFadyen
Norman McFadyen

YOUNG and old stepped out in the sunshine to raise money for disadvantaged people.

More than 120 people took part in a Sport Relief Mile event in Hartlepool yesterday – including a few police officers.

Charity fundraisers taking part in the event at English Martyrs ad Sixth Form College in Catcote Road

Charity fundraisers taking part in the event at English Martyrs ad Sixth Form College in Catcote Road

In glorious weather, they ran or walked from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road.

There were various routes for people to try on the day, from a one-mile walk to a six-mile run.

The sponsor money raised by participants will go to the Sport Relief charity, which helps people both in the UK and abroad.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s sports and recreation service organised the day, which all saw visitors given the chance to try various sports and learn about different opportunities available in the town.

Liam Lewis, assistant sport and physical activity officer with the council, said: “It was a great turnout for the various walks and runs.

“Quite a lot of young ones took part in the one mile event, while the three miles and six miles had adults of various ages taking part.

“There were a lot of happy faces and it was a great day. We even had the weather on our side.”

It was the last of a host of events held in the town last week for Sport Relief.

Thursday saw more than 700 children descend on Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park to see their teachers take on a police team in a charity football match.

Schools across the town also held events from runs and games to raffles and non-uniform days.