Runners and ‘cyclers’ get set for Sport Relief charity miles

Sport Relief CroydonCroydon Council, which has a fairly feeble record when it has come to embracing national sporting and cultural events, is doing the right thing by Sport Relief in March.

A press release issued last week calls on local “runners, joggers, cyclers, and walkers” to participate in the sporting fund-raiser at Croydon Arena on Sunday March 20.

Yep. “Cyclers”.

The Sport Relief Mile asks participants to cover four laps of the track, on bikes at 1pm, timed running miles organised by host club Croydon Harriers at 2pm, or in a fun mile at 3pm.

“Participants will be helping collect life-changing money for Sport Relief 2016 and will be doing their bit to make a difference to people living both across the UK and in some of the world’s poorest communities,” the council release notes.

“There will be side stalls and additional family activities all day long.”

Councillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure, and sport, said: “Croydon’s leg of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile is a great opportunity for people to take pride in covering the distance for a great cause. It’s open to everyone – from little ones with their mums and dads, through to runners who have set themselves up against the clock, so there’s something for everyone to make a contribution.”

Sport Relief will be all over BBC television and radio from Friday, March 18. “Half of all the money raised by the public is spent in the UK, with the other half used to make a difference to poor communities elsewhere in the world.”

Anyone wanting to take part and raise money should enter now at

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