Fri 30th March, 2012
Morris dancers, a team pulling a Landrover and group of young people with cerebral palsy in imaginative fancy dress were all part of Bedford’s sell-out Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile on Sunday.
Organised by the University of Bedfordshire, in conjunction with Bedford Borough Council’s Sports Development Unit, the Bedford Mile set off from the bandstand in Bedford Park and circumnavigated the park grounds.
Julia Lines, Sport Development Manager at the University, helped plan the event and said: “Hundreds of people came along to what was a day of two halves – very cold and foggy first thing in the morning and then two fantastic, sunny one-mile runs in the afternoon.
“We had some really great entries this year, from the Morris dancers that danced their way round to the guys pulling the land rover - a bit harder, I think, than they expected! I was also really inspired by the group of children with cerebral palsy that made huge efforts to get round the mile and were the best dressed by far.”
“A big thank you must go to all the volunteers who turned up early on a very cold morning to help make Sunday a fantastic event. Bedford should be very proud, so thank you to everyone who took part or sponsored someone – they were part of history in the making and have made a huge difference to many people’s lives throughout the UK and abroad.
“It takes a while for all of the money to come in and realise a final total, so watch out for an announcement late spring.”
The Sport Relief Mile took place across the country, with entrants choosing to complete one, three or six miles with all the money raised going to help to change the lives of people living unimaginably tough lives in the UK and in some the world’s poorest countries.
More than 1 million people took part in some sort of mile activity over the weekend - Sport Relief's biggest campaign yet.