Abbey goes extra mile for Sport Relief

POWERPLAY -- world champion powerlifter Phil Beniston, pictured at the abbey's West Front, will start the Sport Relief fundraiser -- NMAC12-0462-3
POWERPLAY -- world champion powerlifter Phil Beniston, pictured at the abbey's West Front, will start the Sport Relief fundraiser -- NMAC12-0462-3

HISTORIC Newstead Abbey is hosting its first-ever Sport Relief mile later this month, giving residents the chance to take in its beautiful grounds while raising cash for a good cause.

The event is taking place a week on Sunday March 25 and is one of hundreds of Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Miles taking place around the country.

Participants can take on one, three or six-mile routes with the start in the shadows of the iconic West Front at the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron

Ashfield Sportsperson of the Year, world champion powerlifter Phil Beniston, will start the race, while representatives from Cobra Freestyle Kickboxing club, which Phil runs, will marshal the event.

Said Penny Beniston, Phil’s wife, who works at the abbey: “For Newstead Abbey to host the Sport Relief event in this Olympic year is a real boost.

“Lord Byron was a great sportsman in his own right and would have been very keen on lending his support to this cause, so in keeping his spirit alive, we are looking forward to welcoming more than 400 runners.”

The cost to enter the sponsored run is £6 for adults, £3 for children or £15 for families, with all participants receiving a medal.

There will be a special entrance cost of only £5 per car for spectators, including entrance to gardens and cafe.

The fun starts at 9.30 am, with the first race starting at 10 am and registration via www.sportrelief.com.

Cash raised by Sport Relief will be spent by the Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries. It helps across the board, from those suffering mental-health problems to children living on the street.