Gearing up to be a real good sport for charity

Schools sponsored swim for sports relief. (Only details supplied on job note).'121206a. Picture Kevin Allen.'20/03/12.
Schools sponsored swim for sports relief. (Only details supplied on job note).'121206a. Picture Kevin Allen.'20/03/12.

SCARBOROUGH fundraisers are on their marks for a huge sport-based charity challenge in the town.

Residents young and old are donning trainers and limbering up for Sport Relief 2012 on Sunday.

The charity event features the showpiece Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile, which will gather runners under orders at the boat deck in Peasholm Park before weaving through the scenic venue.

The fun will get under way around 10.30am and comprises of one, three or six mile challenges at the participant’s choice.

Matt Hewison, Scarborough Council’s sports development officer, said he was buoyed by the response of residents in the town to the event

He said: “This is all set to be an amazing day and it is fantastic that so many people of Scarborough are gathering together to show their support.

“We want this to be the best Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile yet – so raise your game!”

The day is also set to feature a host of other events, including a bouncy castle, bucking bronco and face painting.

However, people across Scarborough are queuing up to mark the day in their own unique ways and raise money for the charity.

Students from the Graham and Raincliffe Federation made a huge splash after taking a trip to Scarborough Indoor Pool for a mile-long swim.

Youngsters from the school are also getting geared up for a fun run tomorrow.

The run starts at 1pm from Lady Edith’s Drive and takes in Low Road, Red Scar Lane and Moor Lane before heading down Throxenby Lane to the finish line.

Shoppers in Sainsbury’s, in Falsgrave Road, are set to get more than they bargained for with special Sport Relief Zumba taster sessions tomorrow and Saturday.

The classes will be led by Kerrie Hesp, from Compass Gym, and people of all ages are welcome to join in, whether they have done Zumba before or not.

Fiona Daplyn, spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s, said: “The Zumba will take place outside, under the shelter if it’s raining.

“Staff will also be getting dressed up for Sport Relief and everyone’s looking forward to it.”

Tomorrow, there will be a Compass gym session at 9.30am to 10.15am, an open session from 11am to noon and a school special from 1.30pm to 2pm.

On Saturday, there will be a childrens’ session from 10am to 10.30pm, an adults’ session from 10.45am to 11.45am and a family fun session from 1pm to 3pm.

Collection buckets will also be at the store during the weekend.

Tomorrow, events in Scarborough will also include a children’s obstacle course event at Childhaven Nursery, in Belgrave Crescent, a sponsored walk along North Bay by a team of childminders and youngsters and a fancy dress and sports-themed day at Buckets and Spades Day Nursery, in Victoria Road.