September 17 2014 Latest news:
By MARK BOGGIS
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Waveney MP Peter Aldous hit the startline in Lowestoft as the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile took centre stage along the town’s promenade.
The sponsored run, over one, three or six miles, was held for the first time in Lowestoft this morning (Sunday) – with the event successfully hosted by Lowestoft and Yarmouth Rugby Club.
About 100 people – some in fancy dress – lined up in good early-morning weather as they completed a choice of distances, following a route from the East Point Pavilion to just past Cefas and back along the prom to the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club.
Welcoming the entrants before the start of the event, Lowestoft mayor June Ford said: “Good luck everyone, enjoy the day. Its really special and such a great cause.”
Before taking part in the three-mile run, Mr Aldous said: “Its great that there are so many people here. Thank you to Jerry and Zoe Stone, and the rugby club, for all their efforts and the athletes for taking part in a very, very worthwhile cause.”
Mrs Ford set the competitors off and the runners made their way along the course, before all received a medal at the finishing line. Speaking afterwards, Mr Aldous said: “It was a privilege to be part of this inaugural event for Lowestoft, which is raising funds for a very worthwhile cause.”
With mini rugby showcased alongside music and stalls on the Royal Green, it proved to be a fun morning for all the family. Zoe Stone, 19, who organised this inaugural event, said: “It has been hard work for the past three months, since we said we would run it. But today its been great for everyone to be involved and part of it – especially the rugby club, who have been great.”