More than one million men, women and children took part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile during the weekend, with a record number of people taking to the streets on Sunday March 25 at hundreds of Mile events across the length and breadth of the UK.
A host of famous faces joined the public to celebrate the UK’s biggest year of sport including Danielle Lineker, David Tennant, James Cracknell, JLS, Kara Tointon, Dame Kelly Holmes, Louise Redknapp, and Sir Steve Redgrave among many others.
Milers in cities from Brighton to Belfast completed 1, 3, or 6 miles at 17 Flagship cities around the UK, weaving their way past some of the UK’s most iconic landmarks. This year, for the first time ever, the London Mile took place along the Mall with Milers enjoying fantastic views of Buckingham Palace. Hundreds of local Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile events also took place across the country, with communities coming together to raise cash and change lives.
From families having fun in the sun to super sprinters up against the clock, there was something for everyone on the big day which was filled with energy, entertainment and excitement.
Former Doctor Who David Tennant said: “What a fantastic day. It’s so amazing to see thousands of people out here doing the Mile in this gorgeous sunshine. I’ve seen the difference money raised by the public can make and it really is life-changing.”
Dame Kelly Holmes added: “Brilliant atmosphere here today, It’s great to see so many families here taking part.”
Other notable Milers who have also taken part this year include Prince Harry who ran a Sport Relief Mile in Rio de Janeiro and Prime Minister David Cameron who ran a Mile at Prestwood leisure centre in Buckinghamshire.
The winner of the First Nation Home challenge was Team England, captained by Josh Lewsey, who won with a total of 36 points.
The One Show 1000 also finished their relay at the London Mile. The event started 10 days ago and has seen members of the public from all over the UK join forces to run in a 1,000 mile relay from the Isle of Mull to the Mall in London.
The Sport Relief 2012 total currently stands at £52,070,587 with more still coming in from Milers getting sponsored and the public raising money in all sorts of inventive and challenging ways.
Sport Relief would like to say a huge thank you to each and every person who has donated money or given their time to go the extra mile.
Money raised from Sport Relief will be spent by Comic Relief to help some of the most vulnerable people in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries.