What was all the hullaballoo this weekend about sports and clown’s noses and why March 21-23 was Sport Relief! Sport Relief is a biennial (happening every two years) set of charity events organized by the organization Comic Relief (whose logo resembles a clown’s nose) along with BBC Sport. The two organizations combine entertainment and sports and bring the nation together in sport (or comedy depending on the year) to raise money for vulnerable people around the world and within the UK.
This past weekend involved the Sport Relief Games which encompassed the traditional Sport Relief Mile, as well as several bicycling and swimming events across the UK. The Sport Relief Mile is open to anyone regardless of age or ability, but this year featured a new option where one could run, bicycle or swim the mile. You not only get to choose your pace, but also the distance which can be just the one mile or more. It originated in honour of Roger Barrister’s sub-four-minute mile in 1954.
The mile took place all across the UK and even as far away as Bangladesh where the England cricket team ran the mile in the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium The mile took place all across the UK and even as far away as Bangladesh where the England cricket team ran the mile in the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. In UK, several generations showed up as did celebrities including David Cameron and his family, joining the mile in Oxford. The Park hosted events such as a 25 mile charity bicycle ride, a series of ‘have-a-go’ events where participants could give various activities a try, several photo opportunities including posing with 2012 Olympic memorabilia and games such as a giant Jenga.
Altogether, the event broadcast raised £51,242,186. A new record! If you missed it this year don’t worry, there’s no reason you can’t join in for the next round. Registration for events generally begins around September so mark your calendar now; the events are getting bigger and better every year!
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