Sport Relief 2016: Do Yourself Proud!

There are just two weeks to go until the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in Burton upon Trent on Sunday 20th March. Loads of local people have already signed up to run one, three, or six miles, but there’s still time to bag a place, don your deeley-boppers and do yourself proud!

Councillor Colin Whittaker, Deputy Leader for Cultural Services, said: “We are delighted that so many people have already signed up but we want even more people in Burton upon Trent to take part and make it the best Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile yet. So let’s show the rest of the country what we can do and raise as much money as we possibly can for this incredible cause!”

This year’s Mile will take place at Shobnall Leisure Complex. Registration will take place in room 2. The 1, 3 & 6 mile routes will all start and finish on the track. The 1 mile route will involve walking/running 4 laps of the track. The 2 mile route will take in 1 lap of the track over towards the A38 bridge around Percy’s Grove, back over the bridge, turn left around the football pitches, across the path, around the football pitches opposite the astro and back into the complex, and back out for a second circuit. The 6 mile route involves 1 lap of the track and 4 laps of the circuit. Marshalls and signs will support the route.

In February, marathon man Eddie Izzard embarked upon his staggering attempt to complete a gruelling 27 marathons in 27 days across South Africa for Sport Relief.  This epic challenge will see Eddie aim to run over 700 miles in temperatures of up to 30°C, tracing the story of Nelson Mandela’s life. Comedienne Jo Brand ‘did herself proud’ by taking on a Sport Relief Challenge which saw the 58-year-old walk an incredible 150 miles, coast-to-coast across the country from Hull to Liverpool.

On Friday 18th March the BBC will treat the nation to a special night of Sport Relief TV, with James Corden’s character ‘Smithy’ making a big comeback and announcing his intention to run for FIFA President. In an exclusive sketch for BBC iPlayer, some of footballs greatest names will come out in support of Smithy’s vision for the future of the beautiful game, including; England World Cup winning hero Sir Geoff Hurst, Brazilian football legend Pele, England icon Steven Gerrard and the ‘Special One’ himself, Jose Mourinho. In the spoof sketch, Smithy shares his dream for the future of the game and how he believes it can restore itself to its former glories on the world stage. His announcement will go live on BBC iPlayer at 7.15pm on Saturday 20th February before being shown during the Sport Relief Night of TV on BBC One on Friday 18th March from 7pm.

Then, on Sunday 20th it’s over to you Burton upon Trent to come together and take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games. Now it’s your turn to get sponsored and help transform the lives of people living here in the UK and around the world. Enter a running event now at the Burton upon Trent mile or at one of more than 500 locations across the UK at

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