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Run the Sport Relief Mile

The Manchester Mile is back on 16 March

Published on March 3rd 2008.


Run the Sport Relief Mile

The Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile is back in Manchester for 2008. Famous faces from the worlds of sport and entertainment such as Take That, Tess Daly, Ricky Hatton, Andrew Flintoff, Leona Lewis, the Spice Girls, Davina McCall, Alan Shearer, James Cracknell and Mark Ramprakash are all lending their support to this year’s campaign.

Manchester Milers set off from Albert Square, following a route through the heart of the city. Places are limited so people are encouraged to sign up for their nearest Mile at sportrelief.com as soon as they can.

Sport Relief 2008 is all about challenging yourself, friends, family and colleagues to do something sporty and raise cash. The ultimate challenge for the public is doing the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile where hundreds of thousands of people across the UK will take to the streets and go the distance for Sport Relief.

Following the huge success of the flagship Manchester Mile event in 2006, the 2008 Mile will take place on Sunday 16 March. Manchester Milers set off from Albert Square, following a route through the heart of the city. Places are limited so people are encouraged to sign up for their nearest Mile at sportrelief.com as soon as they can.

Milers can choose to do 1, 3 or 6 miles, so can select the distance that is a challenge for them and make sure they get sponsored while they do it.

Comic Relief spends the money raised to help vulnerable people living incredibly tough lives both at home in the UK and in the world’s poorest countries.

Live coverage from the Mile events will be shown during The Sport Relief Mile Show on Sunday 16th March on BBC ONE, with those participating being the stars of the show.

An example of a project that has benefited from Sport Relief cash in Manchester is The Benchill Sports Inclusion Project. The project is targeted at disenfranchised 12-18 year olds. The aim is to provide a safe place where they can enjoy themselves within defined boundaries. Activities are designed to create social, physical, learning and mentoring opportunities. The project offers a range of services including football, lacrosse, athletics, crèche and after school clubs.

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