Sport Relief is a biennial charity event from Comic Relief in association with BBC Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world’s poorest countries. Sport Relief 2016 ran from 18th – 20th March with over 1000 running, swimming and cycling events taking place.
I sit on the charity committee at work and this event was right up my street. We asked employees to come into work dressed in either their sports gear or as their favourite sports person for a £1 donation, and I organised an internal Sport Relief Mile which saw a number of colleagues lacing up and taking to the streets during their lunch break for another £1 donation. A Plank Challenge took place in the canteen immediately afterwards (yes, for £1 donation), with the winner lasting an impressive 5minutes 40secs! I only managed 2minutes so clearly need to work on my core… Lastly we had devised a Sports Quiz (£1 to play) which was handed out at the beginning of the day and collected at close of business, with the winner receiving a Juice Bar voucher. Overall the day was a success, we all had fun and our building raised an impressive amount of money for Sport Relief!
Saturday 19th saw a long walk and a trip to Bounce in London where I played Ping-Pong… not remotely related to Sport Relief, but it counts with regards to being active!
On Sunday 20th I took part in an official Sport Relief event at Paddock Wood Athletic Track. I ran 5K round the newly laid track and received a cute bespoke medal, a rubber bracelet promoting fitness, and a voucher for a free gym session at the local Fusion leisure centre. The event was very small with few participants and supporters, but those who were there seemed enthusiastic and were clearly having fun. A 10K and 1 Mile race surrounded the 5K and I couldn’t help but think that it was a perfect location with great facilities, and this event was an ideal chance for anyone of any age and ability to get out and take part.
A great three days of sports-related activities. See you in two years, Sport Relief!