Sport Relief: Event round-up across Norfolk

Some of the First Eastern Counties staff that took part in Sport Relief 2014 team (left to right): Lucy Wright, Chris Speed, Kathryn Wright, Lee Howes, Hugo Forster. Some of the First Eastern Counties staff that took part in Sport Relief 2014 team (left to right): Lucy Wright, Chris Speed, Kathryn Wright, Lee Howes, Hugo Forster.

Friday, March 21, 2014
5:24 PM

Thousands of men, women and chidlren will be running, swimming and cycling throughout Norfolk over the next few days as the nation puts on its trainers and trunks for Sport Relief.

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The event, held every two years, raises cash to help some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people both in the UK and around the world.

NORWICH

Staff from First Eastern Counties swapped buses for bikes when they took part in Sport Relief 2014.

Fifteen members of staff from directors to drivers walked, ran and cycled 120 miles – the length of the firm’s longest route, the X1 which runs from Peterborough to Lowestoft.

Almost £400 was raised for charity during the event, which was held at the Sportspark.

Hugo Forster, general manager of First Eastern Counties, said: “I am very proud of our team who managed to complete the challenge in just under seven hours. We smashed our predicated time and the fundraising target – well done to everybody who took part and thank you to those who supported us.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at the Sportspark for their generosity and help with this event.”

LOWESTOFT

People have been putting the fun into fund-raising across Lowestoft, after pulling on their trainers to get active for Sport Relief.

Lowestoft Library has hosted some activities for one of the UK’s biggest fund-raising events this morning (Friday).

Youngsters attending the family play session enjoyed colouring games and competitions, singing and playing instruments, making sheep masks – in the style of popular CBeebies character Timmy, from Timmy Time – and took part in a name the dog contests along with a teddy tombola, which proved popular.

With more than 50 parents and children, up to pre-school age, regularly attending the weekly Friday morning play sessions at the central library, in Clapham Road South, the latest fund-raising event was hailed a success.

Although the final amounts raised are still to be counted, the teddy tombola, which features more than 200 teddies, is running all weekend.

Inquiry officer at the library, Wendy Jinkerson, said: “It’s great to be involved in a national day of activities, as the children and parents are raising money for such good causes.”

At Ormiston Denes Academy, in Yarmouth Road, students and staff have held a non-uniform day, with donations of £1 each being made. The final total raised is not yet available.

An academy spokesman added: “We also held a sponsored mile run on the sports field, where about 60 students took part.” An event for staff was also due to be held this afternoon (Friday).

Tomorrow (Saturday) Waveney football club will be holding a fun run to raise funds for the national appeal, This will start at 9.30am at Barnards Meadow, prior to the club hosting their regular Saturday Football Club sessions for youngsters.

And on Sunday, the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile will take place for the first time in Lowestoft. The sponsored run, over one, three or six miles, is being hosted by Lowestoft and Yarmouth Rugby Club.

The Sport Relief Mile will be setting off from Royal Green at 10am.

MID NORFOLK

Youngsters battled it out in the kitchen, a schoolgirl arrived at school by horse and a giant lobster could be seen running around a playing field as pupils and teachers in mid Norfolk got in the spirit for Sport Relief.

Fundraising activities kicked off in Reepham earlier this week when staff and students at Reepham High School and College took part in a Great Reepham Sport Relief Bake Off.

Fourteen teams of two, consisting of one member of staff and one student, whisked, mixed, baked and iced a sport-themed cake which was produced and decorated under timed conditions on Wednesday.

The cakes were then judged by catering teacher Angela Gibbs, professional cake baker Laura Wyand and a Year 11 student at the school yesterday. They were then raffled to raise money for Sport Relief.

First prize with a cake in the shape of a Nike trainer went to Head of Maths Paul Beale who worked with Zac Burchinshaw. They each won a voucher for afternoon tea at Byford’s in Holt.

Lottie Waller, 13, whose boxing ring cake came in second, said: “I expected the evening to be stressful, but everyone was so friendly about the competition.”

The fundraising effort at Reepham High did not stop there. Today, the pupils have been getting competitive on the rowing machines, with live reports on BBC Radio Norfolk.

Elsewhere, 10-year-old Mia Fletcher donated £10 from her own savings to ride her pony, 15-year-old Tommy, to her school, Thomas Bullock Primary in Shipdham.

And in Swaffham, pupils at both Swaffham Infant and Nursery School and Nicholas Hamond Academy held their own Sport Relief Mile.

Meanwhile, Dereham Sixth Form College students raced teacher Pete Elphick who was dressed as a lobster. Twenty-five pupils were cheered on by 70 fellow classmates as they chased Mr Elphick around a mile-long course which took in the school’s field and Neatherd Moor. Just four students managed to catch him.

Kirsty Aldis, from the college, said: “It was really good and fun to do something to get the college involved in Sport Relief.”

GREAT YARMOUTH

Office workers left paperwork behind when they abseiled down a 25 metre (80ft) tall tower for Sport Relief today.

Aid Rope Access, based on the Harfrey’s Industrial Estate in Great Yarmouth, held a charity abseil from 1pm-4pm and anyone over 18 was invited to get involved in return for a donation.

The company specialises in industrial rope access and working at height and uses its 25m tall tower for training offshore workers.

Rebecca Martinez, Siobhan Tyler, Claire Keyzor and Nicky Rankin from Yarmouth firm Derrick Services Ltd were among the fundraisers.

Together they raised more than £1,500, smashing their £300 target with help from colleagues and customers.

“It was certainly a bit daunting,” said Nicky, senior personnel coordinator.

“The worst bit was standing on the edge and being told to ‘just step over’. But the views were beautiful and once you got over the edge you could enjoy it.”

Derrick Services supports offshore workers are regularly puts offshore workers through the training process, which includes abseiling and rope work from the Aid Rope Access tower on Harfrey’s estate.

To sponsor the staff call 01493 669141.

Elsewhere, children at Caister Infant School had a Sportathon day in aid of Sport Relief, completing a ‘trim trail’ and activities such as skipping. Youngsters also being invited to dress up in sporty clothes for a 50p donation.

And tomorrow, hundreds of people are expected to take part in the Yarmouth ‘Golden Mile’ for Sport Relief.

There will be three courses - one mile, three miles and six miles, all starting from outside the Merrivale Model Village on Marine Parade from 10am onwards.

Encouraging people to sign up, Yarmouth mayor John Burroughs said: “This is a fantastic chance for people of all ages and abilities to get together and take part in a large community event, while raising much-needed cash for good causes.

“Most healthy people can jog or walk one mile so there is no excuse for not taking part.

“Run on your own, or with friends and family. Maybe dress up, or even tackle it on a Spacehopper. But whatever you decide, make sure you sign up online as soon as possible, as places are limited.”

About 300 people took part in the 2012 event.

To enter, participants must pay a Sport Relief Mile administration fee of £6 for an adult, £3 for a child, and £15 for a family comprised of two adults and two children.

KING’S LYNN

School pupils were given the day to take part in sports games and activities to raise money for Sports Relief.

Teachers and children of the Howard Junior school, King’s Lynn, dressed up in sporty gear and onesies.

One of the challenges was to see how many miles the children could clock up on an excerise bike.

Headteacher Gregory Hill said: “It is amazing. We are really enjoying it. Sports Relief promotes a healthy lifestyle in our children whilst raising money for charity.”

Mr Hill said that the children chose which activities to do as part of organising the event.

They chose volleyball, dodgeball, penalty shoots and by using the WII game Just Dance, pupils had a danceathon.

Class teacher Izzy Rowe said that the children have also designed their own healthy eating food product.

She said: “They really enjoyed it, and then they used iPads to make an advert for their designs.

“They have enjoyed doing some different sport like dodgeball which they don’t usually do.”

Pupil Hollie Castle, 10, said: “I think it has been very good and I really like to help people by raising money.”

Another pupil, Emily Hambridge, also 10, explained why she thinks Sports Relief is important.

She said: “We are helping other children like those in Ghana who haven’t even got a pencil to use, which is their only way to help with their education.”

NORTH NORFOLK

Wacky outfits, racing against dogs, gunging teachers and pogoing for over one mile were the highlights of Sport Relief fund-raisers in north Norfolk today.

About 40 teenagers from North Walsham High School dressed up in a variety of costumes to run one mile around the school field.

Students wore wigs, pyjamas, onesies and some were even taped to each other and rolled around.

The school also put more than 30 pupils against a pair of dogs in an agility race - won by the animals each time.

Evo the border collie, owned by former student Abi Cooper from North Walsham, and Zena, a hearing dog for head of modern foreign languages Jessica Presland, took part.

Other events included a cake sale, hula hoop competition and Year 9 pupils washing staff cars.

Suzie Sharp, communications officer for the school, said: “This is the most the school has ever done for Sport Relief. It was brilliant and it was nice the sun was shining.”

At Paston Sixth Form College, also in North Walsham, nine staff took part in a football match, pupils wore red items and there was a bake off competition.

The match result was 4-4 and went to penalties and the baking contest was won by student Courtney Schmidgall.

Pupils Laura Childerhouse and Gemma Beasy came second and third, respectively.

Paston college pupil, Gabriella Ryan, 17, from Swafield, raised £50 by pogoing around North Walsham for a mile and half in an hour.

She said: “It was tough and I’m exhausted. I’m proud of myself. It makes me feel good to do something for charity.”

Miss Ryan raised £200 for the same cause in 2012 by back-flipping around the North Walsham High School field for one mile, while she was a student there.

Eight teachers at Aylsham High School were given a grilling by students before getting gunged.

They were asked tough questions by members of the student council. Pupils also sold cakes today.

The events raised more than £125, which will be split equally between Sport Relief and supporting former student Michael Sawyer-Stone, 17.

The teenager is studying A-levels at Gordonstoun in Scotland and will be travelling to a village in northern Thailand in June 2014 to help provide clean water. He needs to raise £2,000.

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