Burnley gets running for Sport Relief

People of all ages and abilities went the extra mile over the weekend to raise buckets of cash for Sport Relief.

Around 200 runners, families and dogs all gave up their Sunday lie-in to run the Burnley Mile for Sport Relief 2016.

They gathered at Towneley Park to tackle either one, three or six miles to raise money for a charity.

Before the race got going at 10.30am, runners were treated to a fun mass warm-up which left everyone excited to start the race.

Then a member of staff from Burnley Leisure, which organised the event, blew the whistle to set the wave of runners on their way.

The route took participants around the park past the football fields and the historic Towneley Hall before finishing near the Riverside Café.

Sarah Darcy, sport activator at Burnley Leisure, said: “We are extremely pleased with the amount of people who took part in the Burnley Mile. There was a great atmosphere and it was a real community event.

“Most people knew someone taking part so everyone was out cheering on the runners. Each person took on a distance that was a challenge for them.”

The Sport Relief Weekend kicked off on Saturday (19th March) with a fantastic night of sporting fun and sketches galore as this year’s Sport Relief Night of TV entertained the nation while raising an incredible £55 million.

The figure has grown since then and the current total stands at a staggering £56,984,007!

The money will help make a real difference to people living incredibly tough lives here at home in the UK and across some of the world’s poorest communities.

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