September 18 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Scores of sporty fundraisers laced up their trainers to run round Great Yarmouth’s famous golden mile for Sport Relief today.
Around 150 people took part in the biennial race, which saw friends, families, school mates and college chums complete either a one, three or six mile course along the seafront.
And while some donned brightly coloured sports wear to pound the pavements, others wore fluffy onesies and fancy dress for the fundraising dash - including one man who completed the course in a dinner suit complete with bow tie.
Organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, this was the second time the resort has hosted the event and Mayor John Burroughs said there had been a good atmosphere among runners and their supporters.
“It’s fantastic to see all ages take part,” he added. “We’ve had little children from about two-years-old to grandparents. And we have got plenty of spectators.
“I’m pleased with the turn out, we always like more but it’s nice to see people coming out for it.
“It’s lovely that it’s not raining, last time I was here it was pouring with rain. It’s a bit chilly but at least it’s a lovely day.”
Five races were held throughout the morning and every runner was presented with a medal as they crossed the line.
Among those taking part was Jo Cook with her eight-year-old daughter Issy Henderson-Cook.
The pair from Hemsby ran the race in 2012 and returned on Sunday with Issy’s friend Kaitlyn Frosdick, eight, to complete the three mile course dressed in onesies and wearing bright face paints.
Issy, a student at Martham Primary School, said: “It’s fun. We have raised about £50 and we get a treat at the end if we complete it.”
Jo, 44, added: “I think it’s a great opportunity to raise some money and it’s fun. We have all supported the cause and I think it’s a good way of getting the kids active.”
Little Lilah Howell was among one of the youngest to take part. The two-year-old completed the one mile course with her mum Lizzy, grandmother Davina Balls and older brother Evan.
Lizzy, 26, said: “She walked some of it but she was on her feet the whole way round, I couldn’t run and carry her!”
Evan, six, who raised £31.52 with his sporty efforts, added: “I ran then jogged, it was good fun.”