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Communities around the Harrogate district are warming up to raise funds for Sport Relief.

Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 12:00 pm
North Yorkshire County Council staff took part in a bike-a-thon earlier this week. What are you doing for Sport Relief?

Harrogate is hosting a Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile on Sunday, March 20, with runs over three miles and six miles being organised as well.

Setting off from Valley Gardens, the Harrogate Mile will take in the sights and sounds of the park and the Pinewoods.

The one mile race begins at 11.30am, the three mile race heads off at noon, and the six mile runners will get underway at 1pm.

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Coun Stanley Lumley, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for sport, said: “Every miler will be doing their bit to make a difference to people living across the UK and in the world’s poorest communities.”

The entry fee is £7 for an adult, £3 per child and £17 for a family of four.

For more information, contact organiser Lindsay Spicer on 01423 556725.

Staff at North Yorkshire County Council took part in a bike-a-thon earlier this week in the run-up to Sport Relief.

Richard Webb, corporate director of health and adult services, led the bike-a thon, which saw a number of staff aiming to cycle the equivalent of the width of the county (approximately 100 miles) on exercise bikes to raise money for the charity appeal.

“North Yorkshire is a beautiful and varied county and provides many opportunities for people to take up cycling or walking or others games and sports,” Richard said.

“Sport Relief provides every chance for people to get involved at all levels.”

Nidderdale High School is going the extra mile for Sport Relief this year, with pupils running five marathons in five days.

Following in the footsteps of the achievements of Eddie Izzard and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the ‘Niddathon’ sees school pupils recreate such famous events as the Berlin, Paris, Boston and London marathons.

The Niddathon will be completed when the final marathon – a Disney-themed fancy dress event – takes place on Friday, March 18.

“I wanted to do something that helped the children raise money for such a good cause, that involved them in a sporting activity, and that inspired them while having fun,” said Evie Jackson, PE teacher at Nidderdale High School and creator of the Niddathon.

Three Harrogate based practitioners will bid to complete the Three Peaks Challenge on Friday to raise money for Sport Relief.

Chiropractors Dr Ben Grant and Dr Niko Skobris, along with physiotherapist Jamie Noble, will set off from their centre on Leeds Road, Harrogate, as they aim to complete the gruelling challenge in under ten hours.

Two members of staff at Stomp in Knaresborough are aiming to bike continuously in the shop on Friday from 9.15am until 5pm, as well as holding a prize draw to raise cash for Sport Relief.

And numerous activities including a relay marathon will take place at the Sports Pavilion in Dishforth village on Sunday, March 20, between 10am and 1pm.

For more information, contact Carolyn Mulligan on 01845 577187.