Thousands go extra mile

Sport relief mile at Castleford Tigers
Sport relief mile at Castleford Tigers

THOUSANDS of Five Towns’ residents ran, walked and danced a mile to raise cash for Sport Relief.

Around 650 pupils from Airedale Academy completed a one-mile run around the Crewe Road school’s playing fields on Friday and raised £800.

Sport relief mile at Castleford Tigers

Sport relief mile at Castleford Tigers

Liz Harrap, head of sixth form, said: “The atmosphere on the day was absolutely fantastic and the students really enjoyed it.

“We asked the whole school to take part in the event, some people ran around, some walked and others even tied themselves together and did it as a three-legged race.”

“We had a banana, Smurfs and a few clowns in fancy dress and it was all over in about 40 minutes but even the people tied together managed to cross the line.”

Students donated £1 to enter the race, and £1 to play in staff versus students netball and football matches. Sport Relief wristbands were also sold at the school during the week.

The school has so far raised £769 and is collecting final donations this week before sending the cash to the charity, which has so far raised more than £50m for the world’s poorest countries and community projects in the UK.

Castleford Tigers’ held their first Sport Relief mile at the club’s Wheldon Road ground on Sunday.

Alex Green, Tigers’ community manager, said: “It was a fantastic day and the atmosphere was incredible. Despite the miserable weather in the morning, we had lots of people turn up to support this worthwhile charity. We still don’t know how much we raised for the campaign but we know everybody enjoyed themselves doing it.”