On their marks for Sport Relief

Mansfield, Ashfield and Alfreton were on their marks, set and ready to go for Sport Relief 2014 as it reached its crescendo last Friday.

Schools, work places, groups and individuals across the area did their bit in the BBC’s national event that has raised at least £51 million for charity.

Showing off there medals for finishing the three-mile run are Willian Wood, Darren Wood, Sally Pinick and Andy Pinick.

Showing off there medals for finishing the three-mile run are Willian Wood, Darren Wood, Sally Pinick and Andy Pinick.

Mansfield TV personality Richard Bacon helped his team of celebrities, led by Lord Sebastian Coe win a ‘Clash of the Titans’ battle against a team headed by comedian John Bishop.

He was part of the swimming team who Coe said “brought home the bacon” by winning the final event and the competition overall in the London Olympic pool where Rebecca Adlington won two bronze medals.

Back in Mansfield, five students from All Saints Catholic School did a 40km (25 miles) bike ride from Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone to Clumber Park, near Worksop.

The team of Liam McLeod, Luke Powell, Sammy Booth, Max Knowles and Josh Strudwick raised over £100.

Sainsbury’s Mansfield got in on the fun with a week of events that included a bike ride from the town’s store to Balderton, two in-store zumba sessions with three Mansfield Town players, a three-legged race at Newstead Abbey, leg waxing, a football match and a sport relief mile at Doncaster Racecourse.

A terrific individual effort came from 15-year-old Philip Allard, who rowed five miles around a rather choppy King’s Mill Reservoir in his home made boat.

The Sutton teenager has so far raised over £200 with monies still coming in.

“We’d like to say thank you to those at the King’s Mill Sailing Club for letting him do the row, and to his friends who came along and supported him as well as collecting sponsorship money on the day,” said proud mum Fay.

Children at Annesley Primary School dressed in sports gear as their favourite sporting heroes.

They completed a Sport Relief mile around the sports field, while nursery children were sponsored to find the Sport Relief mascot.

Runners young and old were out in force at Newstead Abbey to run the Sport Relief mile - and some ran three - raising thousands more for the cause in the process.

Head Office staff at Slimming World in Somercotes dressed in red and wore sports kit to take part in a day of competitions, which raised more than £200.

Events included hoopla, soccer skills, target golf, a sports quiz and running a Sport Relief mile on a treadmill in the company’s on-site gym.

The day finished with the two highest scoring teams battling it out in a tug-of-war competition.

“We know that increasing activity levels, even by the slightest, can have such positive health benefits alongside eating healthy, delicious, filling meals – and what better way to do this than popping on our trainers and taking part in a Sport Relief fundraising day!” said Slimming World’s Jo Mather.

Rhys Jones of the winning team said: “For our team to win the overall event is awesome. All of the teams who took part were tough competitors and everyone great sports!”