GALLERY: Comet country does Sport Relief

FROM running to squashathons, no activity was off bounds as people from Comet country put their best foot forward for charity.

Last week, people participated in a range of sporting events to raise money for Sport Relief, which helps people living tough lives in the UK and abroad.

On Sunday, Stevenage and Hitchin hosted their respective Sport Relief races, seeing hundreds don fancy dress and running one, three or six miles for the charity.

The Hitchin event was held at Hitchin Boys’ School, and was organised by Howard Davis, who runs Tri One.

More than 400 people took part, with music provided by Jon Boys and Holby City actor Adam Astill starting the race. There was also a range of entertainment, and local companies had stalls open to the public.


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“I’m really pleased, it was a real success,” said Howard.

“We couldn’t have asked for better weather and the turn out was fantastic. We couldn’t have asked for any more considering it was the first event in Hitchin.

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“It was nice to see the local community out, not just the people taking part, but the supporters who came along too.”

The Stevenage event was organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans and saw 370 participants run around Ridlins Stadium.

As well as the races, which were started by Stevenage mayor Carol Latif, there were a range of activities on offer. There were people bellydancing and even hoola hooping their way around.

Schools and businesses in the area also joined in the fun, with Hitchin Boys’ School holding events throughout the week, and Priory School holding their own races on Friday. Sports Direct in Stevenage also got involved in the activities.

Ickleford Squash Club spent 24 hours playing squash, raising more than �2,000 for the charity and putting them in 36th place overall on the national fundraising leaderboard. Sixteen players competed in 223 games, covering around 68 miles on court collectively.

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