Good sports go that extra mile

Tutus to the ready: staff at the Sir John Gleed School (Girls' Campus) (from left) Alice Dooley, Hannah Bray and Christine Ringrose in the Sports Relief spirit. Photo: SG230312-127TW
Tutus to the ready: staff at the Sir John Gleed School (Girls' Campus) (from left) Alice Dooley, Hannah Bray and Christine Ringrose in the Sports Relief spirit. Photo: SG230312-127TW
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HUNDREDS of people across south Lincolnshire went the extra mile – or two – to help transform the lives of people across the UK and in the world’s poorest countries.

People of all ages across the district responded in typical warm-hearted fashion to raise thousands upon thousands of pounds for Sport Relief.

Youngsters at Holbeach Primary School ran a mile, raising £320 in the process, while an inter-house dodge ball tournament at Bourne Academy, plus non-uniform, sale of cakes baked by Let’s Get Cooking group and participation in a one-mile sponsored walk looks to have raised hundreds of pounds.

The girls and most of the staff at Sir John Gleed School in Spalding took part in the sponsored race, some wearing tutus or special T-shirts, and hope to have raised more than £600.

Deepings Rugby Club was the venue for about 120 runners to take part in one-mile, three- and even six-mile races, with money also raised from cake sales and donations. Fitness First at Peterborough took care of the pre-race warm up.

At Bourne Rugby Club, Harvey’s Universal Fitness Centre ensured runners warmed up first and ran a raffle to boost funds. Both clubs hope to raise hundreds of pounds to boost the fundraising efforts.

Sainsbury’s at Spalding organised races on the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field and had various fundraising efforts in store with a target amount to raise of £3,000.

Events included face painting, a clown, manager Paul Bryan in the stocks, while a team of staff members rowed the length of the Thames on static machines.

Security guard Philip Wigger sang for customers, crooning his favourite songs.

At Sainsbury’s in Bourne, store manager Karl Cunningham cycled all the way from Bourne to Spalding, while in store staff were with him in spirit, cycling on a static machine, as well as collecting contributions in buckets.

n See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for more Sport Relief stories and pictures.