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Local people go the extra mile for Sport Relief

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Over 500 local people turned out in force on Sunday 25 March 2012 at the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in Ludlow and Shrewsbury. 

People of all ages were sponsored to walk, run or hop one, three or six miles.  The Shrewsbury mile was held at the Shrewsbury Sports Village and the Ludlow one at Ludlow Leisure Centre.

The day was a massive success with friends, families and workmates joining together in friendly rivalry to go the extra mile for Sport Relief 2012.  Several highlights from the day included someone doing six miles with a 35lb rucksack on his back, people competing in various fancy dress costumes including Spiderman, Smurfs and chickens to name but a few.  Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Ben Smith and team mascot Lenny the Lion were on hand to encourage milers in Shrewsbury, both of them managed to get round a mile themselves.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for active and healthy lifestyles, said:

“It was a fantastic day.  Watching the community come together to support such a great cause was brilliant.  We feel very proud knowing that the money raised will help people living unimaginably tough lives right here in Shropshire, across the rest of the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries.”

More than one million men, women and children came together to walk, run or hop one, three or six miles at the hundreds of Sainsbury’s Sport Relief events that took place across the length and breadth of the country over the Sport Relief weekend. 

The Sport Relief 2012 total currently stands at £52,070,587, with more still coming in from milers getting sponsored and the public raising money in all sorts of inventive and challenging ways.

Sport Relief would like to say a huge thank you to each and every person who has donated money or given their time to go the extra mile.