Sport Relief

It’s that time of year again (or what is the fortnight equivelant for a year?)- Sport Relief will be here soon.

Two years ago I did a 6 mile run for Sport Relief, which ended up being on a track, a 400m track, and I think only 4 people did the 6 miles (most did the 3 mile option). I actually really enjoyed it, and ended up finishing first lady! You have to be in it to win it after all. But they are not doing that event this year. I have been sent some information about cycling and swimming events, as they seem to be focusing more on this this year. It’s for a great cause, so have a look if you, or anyone in your family, might be tempted to have a go at one of the events.


 Renowned charity event returns with the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games from 18th – 20th March 2016

 More than £71 million was raised in 2014, breaking all previous records

Sport Relief is back for 2016 with the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games. The fundraising event which encourages the Great British public to do themselves proud will take place across the country over the weekend of 18th – 20th March. Participants will have the chance to walk, run, swim or cycle in the steps of their favourite athletes to raise money and help to transform people’s lives across the UK and the world’s poorest communities.

This year there are more ways than ever before to get involved with flagship events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, and in Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Norwich and Sheffield. There are also hundreds of local event across the nation, so there’s no excuse not to sign up and get involved!

The public can walk or run at the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile. With a host of events to take part in, fundraisers can make every step count with events covering one, three and six miles so people of all ages and abilities can join in and help change lives.

Budding bikers can take part once again with the return of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Cycle. Cyclists across the UK will be securing sponsorship and saddling up to raise much needed cash across the country. The pedal powered events offer a number of distances for first time cyclists and enthusiasts alike:

 3 mile Family Cycle for those that to prefer to ride as a team

 For all yellow jersey wannabes there’s the opportunity to sign up for 25 miles or 50 mile challenges, raising the heart rate and some serious sponsorship

 Simply Cycle where participants can set their own goal

Finally for those that favour the water, the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon, the UK’s biggest swimming event, will welcome eager entrants. With over 600 venues across the UK, including the London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, there will be no shortage of opportunities to get involved across a variety of distances:

 1.5 km for novice swimmers

 2.5 km for those who want to up the ante

 5 km for those looking to go to great lengths

 Those who prefer to swim as a team can join a relay over 1.5 km, 5 km or simply set their own distance in Team Swim and splash their way to super sponsorship

Michele Settle, Director of UK Campaigns and Brands at Comic Relief said of the Games: “As one of the UK’s largest fundraising events, Sport Relief aims to inspire people to do themselves proud by getting active and raising much needed funds to transform people’s lives across the UK and the world’s poorest communities.

In 2014 we broke records raising over £71 million; this year we hope to inspire more participants and raise more funds than ever before, so we can continue to support communities around the world. For 2016 we’ve got more exciting things to come and fantastic celebrities involved than ever before so watch this space!”

To take on an event and get sponsored to walk, run, swim, or cycle yourself proud, head to to locate and sign up to your nearest event.

Sport Relief 2016 will take place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March 2016. You can run, swim, cycle or even walk yourself proud at events across the country. There’s a distance for everyone in the

Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, whether you’re sporty or not. Find out more at


All challenges are available across a variety of distances for both solo and team participants, please find further details below:

Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile

 1 mile (walk or run)

 3 miles (walk or run)

 6 miles (walk or run)

Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Cycle

 Family Cycle: A 3-mile ride providing the perfect chance for keen cyclists of all ages to saddle up with family and friends.

 25 miles (solo cycle)

 50 miles (solo cycle)

 SimplyCycle: Create your own sponsored cycle, pick your own distance and time and participate either with individually or with friends and family.

Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon

 1.5k (solo or team swim)

 2.5k (solo swim)

 5k (solo or team swim)

 SimplySwim: Set your own distance and time and swim solo or with friends and family

Have you every taken part in any of the Sport Relief activities before? What do you think encourages people to get into sport?


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6 thoughts on “Sport Relief”

  1. As Anna said, it’s a great way of getting all non-sporty people to try something they wouldn’t otherwise have done. Schools and workplaces tend to really get involved in this which is fab.

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