On your marks, set, fundraise

NEAA-LC-100302D2 - Colliers Wood Moorgreen
NEAA-LC-100302D2 - Colliers Wood Moorgreen

Runners are being urged to put on their trainers and stride out near Eastwood for charity.

Fundraisers are invited to sign up to a Sport Relief Mile at Colliers Wood, Moorgreen, which invites runners to choose from a one-mile run, a three-mile run or a six-mile run.

Money raised from sponsorship at the event on Sunday, March 20, will go the Sport Relief charity, helping kids in the UK and abroad.

The idea for the event came from Jeff Buck, who put the suggestion to staff at the Greasley Sports and Community Centre, who went on to organise it.

Jeff, of Watnall, has taken part in many half marathons to raise money for charity and said he wanted to do his bit for Sport relief as he thought it was a very worthy cause.

He said: “I just think Sport Relief is a great charity and it’s an ideal opportunity to raise some money.

“We would like a lot of people to turn up at the event, but it’s not about numbers.”

In the past Jeff, aged 61, has raised money for the Ryan Lee Trust, the RNLI and he also regularly takes part in Nottingham’s Robin Hood half marathon.

He said he felt raising money for charity was more important now than ever.

He said: “Most charities exist because they meet a need and see something that needs doing and they then want to do it.

“The more people that can raise money for charity the better, because we need them.

“With public services being cut, charities are taking on a lot of these services and filling the gaps, so they are more important now than ever.

“There’s enough to choose from and you can always find one that’s important to you. And that’s what I do.”

People who want to take part in one of the three runs on March 20 should visit the Sport Relief website and click on local events.

The one-mile run will start at 10am and the other two at 10.15am.