As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. All the money raised by the public helps people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries.
Sport Relief takes place every two years, and at its heart is the Sport Relief Mile. Open to anyone to walk, jog, run, wheel, bounce or crawl a distance of one, three or six miles, in 2012 over a million people took part. For Sport Relief 2014, Turriff will be holding a public mile for the first time, and everyone’s invited to be part of it, whether by covering the distance yourself, supporting someone else to do so, or helping to organise the event beforehand or on the day. Or all of those things!
The most important thing to know is the date. It’s Sunday, 23rd March 2014. You’ll be hearing that date a lot, as it will be the culmination of the Sport Relief weekend. As usual there will be all sorts of events going on across the country, and a telethon on the Friday night. Helen Skelton will probably be hang-gliding to the moon, or something. (Edit: No, she made some pizzas. Which is also a good thing.)
So what can you do? Of course, you can sign up to take part (and you definitely should!) but we also need people to help us in other ways.
Publicity. This is a nice easy one. Can you help get the word out? Put up posters, tell people about the event, maybe you’ve got some other brilliant ideas? We particularly need people who can help to publicise the Turriff mile in other towns like Banff, Aberchirder and Huntly.
Entertainment. We’re looking for things to keep people entertained before, during and after the mile itself. This being for Sport Relief, it would be nice if side attractions had a sporting theme. For example, maybe a “sticky arrows” archery challenge? A “whack the rat” style game (you know, that one with the drainpipe)? “Beat The Goalie”? Can you suggest other ideas, or could you help to run them on the day?
Nuts and bolts. Of course, we will need people to help on the day. Manning the registration desk, handing out medals and water to the proud Milers, marshalling the course, and so on. Even if you want to take part in the Mile (or three miles, or six) yourself, you can still help with the set-up and clean-up.
Walk, jog, run, bounce or crawl 1, 3 or 6 miles in aid of Sport Relief.(We don’t think many people actually bounce or crawl, but you’re welcome to try!)
Entries now open at www.sportrelief.com.
The mile route starts at the sports centre, goes round the showground, and back. The three mile loop goes out through the field beyond, up the hill to St Congans Drive and takes a brief detour before heading back down the road to re-enter the showground by the far entrance. For a greater challenge, you can do two laps for a total of six miles.
Can I bring a pushchair / pram? Yes.
Can I cycle or skate? No.
Can I come in fancy dress? Please do!
Is it a race? No. That doesn’t stop you from aiming for a fast time if you wish, but please be aware of, and courteous to, the people who are just out for a walk.
What if I change my mind and want to do a different distance to the one I signed up for? That’s fine. Your Miler number will identify which distance you signed up for, so if you appear to be taking the “wrong” turning where the three/six mile course splits off from the one mile course, the marshalls will check that you meant to go that way, but they won’t stop you.
I’d like to do the mile in a diving suit / three-legged / backwards / in some other imaginative way. Can I? We have to think about the safety of other participants – and your safety too – but we’re open to “unusual miles”. Please let us know in advance and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
Do I get a medal at the end? Yes, of course!