Sport Relief 2016 :- How You Can Get Involved

Sport Relief 2016 :- How You Can Get Involved

Mar, 15 2016

~When I think back to P.E. ( physical education ) at  school it was
neither  fun or enjoyable. Being the last to be picked in the teams selection for football was both humiliating and quite frankly quite demoralising. Thankfully, that was some 20 years ago now and I can look back with humour, err despite still being terrible at football and still lacking judgement and complete ignorance of the rules of football.

As adults, we fortunately have the free will and choice to play any sport we like. We could climb Mount Everest if we felt brave. We could swim the rapids of Niagura Falls if, we were that insane!

Sport we know is something we do to stay healthy and lead active lives. Sadly, for some they may never have felt encouraged to take part in any sport in order to look after their physical and mental health.

Since 2002, however and occurring biennially ever since, ‘Sport Relief’ has pushed the boundaries of exercise. It has made working out fun again and challenged us to do our bit for charity.

The last time it graced our television screens was back in 2014 and it raised a whopping £51,242, 186. This Friday (March 18th )  marks it’s return till Sunday March 20th.

Here’s how you can get involved :-

Sponsored by Sainsbury’s The Sport Relief Games encompass runs and swims. The following 15 miles will be run on Sunday March 20th and there is a choice of either 1, 3 or 6 mile routes :-

* The Preston Avenham and Miller Park Mile

* The Chorley Mile

*  The Barrow Park Mile ( Barrow In Furness)

* The Burnley Mile

* The Kendal Mile

* The Lancaster and Morecombe Mile

* The Lytham and St Annes Mile
* The Blackpool Stanley Park Mile

* The Thornton YMCA Mile ( Thornton Cleve leys )

* The Clitheroe Castlefield Mile

* The Wigan Mile

* The Ormskirk Mile

* The Pendle Mile ( Nelson)

* The Rochdale Millipede Mile

Additionally there are also swimathons taking place across the district. They are taking place between Friday March 18th - Sunday March 20th and you can have a choice of either 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k swims :-

* Fulwood Leisure Centre :- Preston

* Rural Splash YMCA ( Lancashire )

* Brinscall Swimming Pool ( Lancashire )

* Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre

* Darwen Leisure Centre

* Palatine Leisure Centre ( Lancashire )

* Fleetwood Leisure Centre

* Pendle Leisure Centre

* Heywood Sports Village ( Greater Manchester)

* Castle Leisure Centre ( Manchester )

* Rishworth Sports Club ( Calderdale )

* Salt Ayre Sports Centre ( Lancashire )

* Nye Bevan ( Lancashire )

* The Jason Kenny Centre ( Lancashire )

* Farnworth Leisure Centre ( Bolton )

* Irlam Leisure Centre ( Greater Manchester )

Visit the Sport Relief website ( for more information and to sign up.

In the 14 years it’s been with us it’s seen famous faces stage brave acts all in the name of charity. In 2006, David Walliams swam the English Channel. A nine month training programme helped him prepare and he accomplished it with great skill.

In 2009, Eddie Izzard began  running 43 marathons in just 51 days. He raised over £1, 152, 510. Sources say he’s attempting a similar feat this year!

And in 2014 telly presenter Davina Mcall did an inspiring challenge. She cycled, ran and swam in 7 days from Edinburgh to London!

This years show sees a line up of stars taking us through the evening. These include :- John Bishop, Gary Lineker, Claudia Winkelman, Greg James and Alesha Dixon. Have they swam, ran or cycled till the sweat was no more? You’ll have to tune in on Friday March 18th BBC1 at 7pm to find out.

Enjoy Sport now in 2016 whether you’re an adult and have the free will  or whether your still tied to the  school reigns. Get together with friends and family and make this years Sport Relief an exhausting one!