Go the distance for Sport Relief

Youngsters Fran Higton, Joe Wilkinson and Sam Wilkinson with Jon Clare, Tom Knight, Tim Groenewald, Wayne Madsen and coach Karl Krikken at White Rose.
Youngsters Fran Higton, Joe Wilkinson and Sam Wilkinson with Jon Clare, Tom Knight, Tim Groenewald, Wayne Madsen and coach Karl Krikken at White Rose.
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THERE are plenty of opportunities to strap on your running shoes and raise some cash for good causes in Ilkeston this Sunday.

Runners can choose to sign up for a one, three or five-mile run at one of two events on offer in the town at Rutland Sports Park and West Hallam White Rose Cricket Club.

Other events at Shipley Country Park and Long Eaton rugby club have proved so popular they have run out of places.

One group of fundraisers is hoping to complete their mile while flipping a huge tractor tyre four times around the track at Rutland.

The team of four from Manor Health and Racquets Club in Manners Road will be flipping the 118kg tyre about 1,200 times – about 300 times each.

The secretary of White Rose cricket club has urged residents to get involved with the run there on Sunday.

“This is the opportunity for local people however old to do something extraordinary and be a part of possibly the biggest sporting event in the UK,” said Maurice Lawson.

“Sponsorship from our participants can help change the lives of many people.

“The club is grateful for any help you can give in publicising the event for the Sport Relief charity.”

Erewash Borough Council is running the event at Rutland oin the morning.

Cllr Mike Wallis, lead member for culture and leisure, said: “The Sport Relief Mile is a great way for family and friends to get together and get active while raising vital funds that will change the lives of disadvantaged people living in the UK and in the world’s poorest countries.”

To take part register online before the day at www.sportrelief.com.