GALLERY: Comet country backs Sport Relief 2014

Fairlands Valley Spartans hosted an event at Ridlins End running track in Stevenage

Fairlands Valley Spartans hosted an event at Ridlins End running track in Stevenage - Credit: Archant

Peope across Comet country have been getting active in aid of Sport Relief.

Staff at Nationwide Building Society's Stevenage branch with MP Stephen McPartland

Staff at Nationwide Building Society's Stevenage branch with MP Stephen McPartland - Credit: Archant

The bi-annual event, which ran from Friday until yesterday (Sunday), has raised more than £50 million so far to support vulnerable people in both the UK and the world’s poorest countries – with many fundraisers taking place in our area.

Pupils at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock completed a course around their school playing fields

Pupils at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock completed a course around their school playing fields - Credit: Archant

Pupils at Wilshere Dacre Junior Academy in Hitchin played their part by completing the final mile of a running challenge which has seen them cover the distance it would take to reach Ghana in Africa.

Abbie Cooper, pictured with her mum Jenny, held a quiz night at her home in Newton Road, Stevenage

Abbie Cooper, pictured with her mum Jenny, held a quiz night at her home in Newton Road, Stevenage - Credit: Archant

Youngsters at the school have been clocking up the miles in their PE lessons since January, culminating with the last of 3,005 miles on Friday when they were joined by Year 2 pupils from Strathmore Infant and Nursery School.

Pupils and staff at St Mary’s Junior School in Baldock also did their bit for the cause on Friday, dressing in something red and making their way around the school field to raise £160.


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On the same day Nationwide Building Society’s Stevenage branch completed an eight hour cyclathon in the town centre store after gym Fit 4 Less lent the team an exercise bike.

Cakes were also sold with more than £700 donated as a result of the fundraiser, which was supported by Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland.

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During the evening a quiz night was organised by 11-year-old Abbie Cooper at her home in Newton Road, Stevenage.

Just under 40 people attended the event, which raised more than £150 for Sport Relief.

Saimsbury’s staff have also been supporting the cause, with employee at the Corey’s Mill store in Stevenage taking part in a dance routine with the help of cheerleaders from Marriotts School.

The supermarket’s chief executive Justin King played his part too, running 17 miles in different regions in the country over four days – including a leg at Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage on Saturday.

Five-year-old Mia Roberts hosted a guess the number of marshmallows in a jar competition over the weekend alongside her four-year-old sister Iona and two-year-old brother Robin at Stagenhoe Bottom Farm in Whitwell. They raised just under £50.

Stevenage running club Fairlands Valley Spartans brought activities to a close yesterday when 170 people – aged from three months to 80 years – completed one, three or six miles at Ridlins End running track.

The event, supported by Sainsbury’s, raised approximately £700.

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