Fundraisers are all good sports

SCORES of Sport Relief fundraisers from across the county took up the challenge to take part in the marathon charity effort.

Schools, nurseries, colleges, gyms, and stores across the north of the county all hosted fundraisers throughout the day yesterday to raise money for Sport Relief.

Diana’s Health and Fitness Club in Finedon Road, Wellingborough, put on a 15-hour treadmill relay from 6.30am to 10pm.

Fitness manager Thomas Jones said: “We’ve had so much interest in our relay and it’s all money that goes to a great cause.

“Our members have been doing 15 minutes each and every slot has been taken.

“Collectively we’ve done 100km so far and have raised £100 – it’s been a great effort.”

Pupils from various schools in Corby, Kettering, Rushden and Wellingborough hosted their own wacky races to raise funds for the national initiative.

Proceeds from Sport Relief go towards helping disadvantaged people both in the UK and abroad.

About 200 students from Tresham College’s Kettering campus donned fancy dress and ran a mile around an obstacle the campus, raising about £300.

Olivia Morton, communications officer at the college, said: “We were really pleased with the amount of students and staff who all made this event successful.”

Almost 500 pupils from Thrapston Primary school ran a mile in glorious sunshine yesterday.

Kerry Owen, PE co-ordinator at the school, said: “All the kids really enjoyed it, most of them ran it which shows how eager they were.”

Jackie Black, manager of Stepping Stones pre-school, in Kettering, organised an hour-long dance-a-thon which raised £56 for the appeal.

She said: “The turn-out today has been one of the best we’ve had here.

“All of the kids really enjoyed it, they all had big smiles on their faces.”