Jake Humphrey, CBBC presenter (left) and Jeremy Goss, former Norwich City player
Norwich will host a flagship Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile this spring - people can now register to take part at www.sportrelief.com as the campaign launched across the UK on Tuesday 15 January. Famous faces from the worlds of sport and entertainment such as Leona Lewis, the Spice Girls, Davina McCall, Alan Shearer, James Cracknell, Tess Daly and Mark Ramprakash are all lending their support to this year’s campaign.
Jeremy Goss, former Norwich City player and Jake Humphrey, CBBC presenter urged people to take part and raise money when they officially launched the event in Chapelfield Gardens in Norwich.
Sport Relief 2008 is all about challenging yourself, friends, family and colleagues to do something sporty and raise cash. The ultimate challenge for the public is doing the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile where hundreds of thousands of people across the UK will take to the streets and go the distance for Sport Relief.
Following the huge success of Sport Relief across the UK in 2006, a Mile event will be taking place in Norwich on Sunday 16 March. Norwich Milers will be taking to the streets through the centre of the city, taking in the historic market place, the lush greenery of Chapelfield Gardens and back to finish on Millennium Plain at the Forum. Places are limited so people are encouraged to sign up for their nearest Mile at www.sportrelief.com as soon as they can. Last time a staggering 400,000 men, women and children did a Mile for Sport Relief – including Prince William who ran at Sandhurst, giving his royal seal of approval.
Milers can choose to do 1, 3 or 6 miles, so can select the distance that is a challenge for them and make sure they get sponsored while they do it.
Sport Relief harnesses the power and passion of sport to change lives for the better. By doing sport, having fun and raising money, everyone can do good and feel good. Comic Relief spends the money raised to help vulnerable people living incredibly tough lives both at home in the UK and in the world’s poorest countries.
Steve Morphew, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “We’re delighted that Norwich has been selected to host this exciting event and are looking forward to seeing thousands of residents taking part, getting sponsored, and raising money for Sport Relief”.
The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile sits at the heart of the Sport Relief campaign and is the ultimate way to get involved. As well as in Norwich, flagship Mile events will take place in 22 other locations across the UK. There will also be over 200 locally organised Mile events so you shouldn’t have to travel far to take part.
There are all sorts of other ways to get involved too - throw down the gauntlet on the 5-a-side pitch with mates, host a sports quiz at the office, or play keepy uppy on the school playground. Whatever you do, make sure you raise cash while you do it and help someone to turn their life around.
The whole of the BBC will be behind Sport Relief - delivering brilliant entertainment across TV, radio and online. Nine weeks of sporting fun across the UK will culminate with The Sport Relief Weekend - an action packed three days of entertainment, events and energy designed to challenge the entire nation from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 March.
Live coverage from the Mile events will be shown during The Sport Relief Mile Show on Sunday 16 March on BBC One, with those participating being the stars of the show.
Last Sport Relief saw David Walliams swim the English Channel in just 10½ hours, while 12 brave stars learnt to show-jump for ‘Only Fools on Horses’. Take a lead from their example and challenge yourself, your family, friends and colleagues to do something sporty and raise cash at the same time.
Get kitted out
Whether you're a Miler or just want to show your support, kit yourself out in a pair of Sport Relief socks available from Sainsbury’s stores from 13 February and from www.sportrelief.com or Bannatyne’s Health Clubs from 15 January. Priced at £2, at least £1 will go to Sport Relief. Keep a look out for other official Sport Relief merchandise in Sainsbury’s or on www.sportrelief.com from 13 February.
For further information and how to enter go to www.sportrelief.com.
If you would like to enter by post call 0845 605 8000 for a kit (Calls cost no more than 4p per min from BT landlines. Other operator and mobile rates may vary).