Engage Super League clubs are throwing their weight behind this year’s Sport Relief campaign and are encouraging supporters to sign up and take part in a Sport Relief Mile.
Sport Relief takes place on the weekend of 19-21 March and as part of the fundraising efforts 16 flagship Mile events are taking place around the country including ones in Hull, Leeds, Manchester and London. Thousands of people are expected to take part in the events which are around city centres and entrants can opt to run 1, 3 or 6 miles to raise funds for the charity.
In Manchester runners will get a special treat as the route will take them past the Rovers Return, Dev’s Corner Shop and Ken and Deirdre’s front door – all key landmarks on the set of Coronation Street.
To mark Super League’s involvement in Sport Relief a player from each club donned a Sport Relief T-shirt, exclusively designed by the Beckhams, at last month’s season launch event in London.
Craig Spence, Super League Communications Manager, said: “Sport Relief is a great campaign and raises millions of pounds for worthy causes. That is why our clubs have got behind this campaign and are encouraging supporters to take part in one of the Mile events around the country.
“With 1, 3 or 6 mile runs to choose from the whole family can take part, from toddlers with their parents in a 1 mile challenge to friends competing against each other in the 3 or 6 miles runs. Whatever distance people decide to run they are a great opportunity to raise money for charity whilst getting active and staying fit.”
All the money raised by the public for Sport Relief is spent to help disadvantaged people, both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries, to turn their lives around.
Funds raised from Sport Relief 2010 will help tackle three main issues – children who live on the streets or work in dangerous conditions, people affected by malaria and local UK projects.
In addition to the Mile events around the country, seven celebrities including David Walliams, Jimmy Carr, Davina McCall and Fearne Cotton are aiming to raise £1 million by cycling non-stop for approximately 80 hours from John O’Groats to Land’s End – a distance of 1,000 miles.
Comedian Eddie Izzard has already completed his challenge by running 43 marathons in 51 days around the UK, a total distance of 1,160 miles.
For more information about Sport Relief and to sign up to take part in a Mile event, please visit www.sportrelief.com.