Marathon effort from fundraisers

HUNDREDS of people are digging out their running shoes and fancy dress costumes having signed up for this year’s Sport Relief Mile.

Entry is still open for miles in Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, and Stanwick Lakes ahead of the nationwide event next Sunday.

So far, at least 600 people have signed up for the showpiece runs in the north of the county.

Kettering’s mile will start at the town’s Market Square, at midday and organisers are urging people to join the 250 people already signed up to take part in the run next weekend.

Shaun Birdsall, who has organised the run on behalf of Kettering Council, said: “Anyone can come and do it, it’s a really fun event for a good cause.

“It’s shaping up to be a great day. We had 350 people last year and we’re aiming for the same amount of numbers this time round.

“Hopefully we’ll have some lovely sunshine and see lots of people in fancy dress.”

The fundraisers, which are sponsored by supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, give people the chance to take part in one, three, or six-mile runs.

People’s entry fees go towards Comic Relief, but they can also get sponsorship forms to raise more funds.

Corby’s mile takes place at the Rockingham Triangle at 11am.

A spokesman from Corby Council said: “Already we have had nearly 200 people register to take part in this year’s Corby mile in aid of Sport Relief.

“We aim to raise as much money as we possibly can just as we have done in previous years so I hope that even more people sign up and dig deep for an excellent cause.”

The Wellingborough mile has 150 sign-ups so far and it starts at 10.30am at Redwell Leisure Centre, in Barnwell Road.

Stanwick Lakes racers will begin their run at 11am.

Entry for each mile is £3 for children, £6 for adults, or £15 for two adults and two children.

Fundraisers can sign up now by going to www.sport relief.com and select their preferable mile.