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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Stockton steps out for Sport Relief

Monday, March 12, 2012


Stockton Council is calling for unique, crazy and colourful fancy dress entries to take part in Stockton's Sport Relief Mile.

The Sport Relief Mile is a national event which raises money for vulnerable people in the UK and around the world.

In Stockton people have the option of running or walking the one, three or six mile routes along the Riverside.

Prizes and goodies for the best fancy dress costumes will be given out on the morning of Sunday 25 March.

27 year old Mark Tindle, who lives in Thornaby, will be setting himself a bigger challenge than most by running a mile in full cricket kit - with full-length leg pads, a helmet, gloves and bat in hand.

Mark said: "Sport Relief is such a good cause and I wanted to do something a little bit different to raise money for it.

"Wearing the cricket kit will make the run a lot harder for me and anyone who knows me knows I like a challenge!

"I hope lots of other people join me in fancy dress as it really is a simple way to contribute to the fun atmosphere on the day!"

Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Ken Dixon, said: "The Sport Relief mile will be a fun and enjoyable day and it will be fantastic to see Stockton Borough's residents really get into the spirit of things year!

"Sport Relief is for everyone, no matter what your age or fitness level and I would encourage as many people as possible to walk or run one of the routes and raise some money for the people who most need it."

Anyone who enters the Sport Relief Mile can log the event as part of their Personal Podium Challenge. The Personal Podium is Stockton Council's new scheme to encourage residents to achieve their personal goals during 2012. If you submit your challenge on www.personalpodium.co.uk you will be recognised on the Personal Podium website. Anyone completing outstanding achievements will receive a medal in public ceremonies on a podium in Stockton High Street during the Stockton International Riverside Festival in August and the Stockton Sparkles festival before Christmas.

Entry for the Sport Relief Mile costs just £6 for adults, £3 for children and £15 for a family of four. To book a place or for more information, visit www.sportrelief.com/the-mile and enter "Stockton-on-Tees" in the search box or contact Stockton Council's Leisure and Sports Development Team on (01642) 526274.

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