Staff go the extra mile in charity run

Staff from Sainbury's in the north of the county take part in their Sport Relief mile
Staff from Sainbury's in the north of the county take part in their Sport Relief mile

Scores of staff and pupils went the extra mile in a charity fundraiser.

Dozens of Sainbury’s staff from 17 of the region’s superstores, including Kettering, Burton Latimer and Wellingborough, ran a mile yesterday for Sport Relief.

The staff were joined by 120 Year 7 pupils from Kettering Science Academy and more students from Millbrook School for a one mile run around Kettering Rugby Club’s athletics track in glorious sunshine.

The money raised will go towards Comic Relief.

Chris Dix, store director at Kettering Sainsbury’s store, in Rockingham Road, said: “It’s for a great cause and I’m looking forward to taking part, it’s perfect weather for it today.

“The whole store has embraced Sport Relief this year, we’ve got exercise bikes in store amongst other fundraisers and we’re hoping to raise £5,000 as a store.

“There’s a great turn-out here today and everyone is excited to start.

“It’s important to promote the cause.”

Kettering Science Academy raised £120 to help the cause with each pupil donating £1 for their entry to the mile.

Michael Oldershaw, acting head of PE at the school, said: “A member of Sainsbury’s staff asked us if we wanted to come down, and as it’s a for a fantastic charity we jumped at the chance.

“We’ve got half of our Year 7 down here which says a lot at how excited the pupils are to take part.”

He added: “Our pupils are proactive and have responded well.”

The crowd of runners were joined for the run by Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King, who is running 32 miles around the country in just four days.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to running at Kettering Rugby Club for my Sport Relief Mile Challenge.

“Our colleagues really do go the extra mile for Sport Relief so it will be a pleasure to run with them.”