Run a mile for Sport Relief

PEOPLE across Ipswich are today being urged to don their running shoes to raise plenty of cash for charity as the Sport Relief Mile event makes a return to the town.

PEOPLE across Ipswich are today being urged to don their running shoes to raise plenty of cash for charity as the Sport Relief Mile event makes a return to the town.

On Sunday March 16, a Sport Relief Mile will be held in Ipswich with tens of thousands of people expected to take part in 200 similar events across the county.

The Sport Relief campaign was due to be launched in the town today with Karen Pickering, David Sheepshanks and Ipswich borough councillor Judy Terry forming part of a gathering at Ipswich Town Football club.

The March event starts at Portman Road from 10am to 4pm with runners being given a choice of different distances depending on ability.

Comic Relief spends the money raised from the event to help vulnerable people both at home in the UK and across the world's poorest countries.

The Spice Girls launched Sport Relief 2008 by urging people to rise to the challenge and sign up.

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Melanie Chisholm, 34, said: “Signing up to do a mile for Sport Relief is such an easy thing to do.

“And it's great timing this year after the post-Christmas excesses."

Ipswich is one of 23 flagship Sport Relief Miles across the country while there are also hundreds of smaller local events planned in every area of the UK.

The last time the event was held in Ipswich was summer 2006.

It costs £5 for adults and £2 for children (under 16) to enter, or £12 for family entry (two adults and two children).

To enter the event visit www.sportrelief.com.