North Norfolk fundraisers are great sports

Cromer Town Council hosts the Sport Relief in the town with a choice of a one mile, three mile and s

Cromer Town Council hosts the Sport Relief in the town with a choice of a one mile, three mile and six mile option round North Lodge Park area for members of the public to raise money for charity.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Young and old and even some superheroes all came together to help raise cash for this year's Sport Relief challenge.

Nearly 200 people entered the Cromer Sport Relief Mile challenge on Sunday , organised with the help of deputy clerk to Cromer Town Council, Janet Warner.

The route around North Lodge Park and Happy valley, included a one mile, three mile and six mile run.

And it proved to be the youngsters who had the winning wind behind them as 11-year-old Martha Shawyer from Sheringham came in first running a mile in around 10 minutes.

Martha, who is a member of the North Norfolk Harriers Athletics Club and likes cross-country running, said: 'I found it quite easy, but it was my birthday recently and I got new trainers which are really bouncy and which helped.'

In second place was seven-year-old Jacob Minns from South Walsham, who was running the mile with his dad Chris, 46.

Mr Minns said: 'Jacob is very competitive and I could not keep up with him.'

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Cromer Mayor Tim Adams was at the finish line to award medals to those completing the challenge.

He said: 'It is fantastic to see so many people raising money for a charity which helps causes both near and far.'

Megan Webdale and her partner Chris Woodhall were joined at the hip in a walk from Stalham to North Walsham on Saturday to raise cash for Sport Relief.

Bound together by a beach sarong, they followed a 7.5 mile stretch of Weavers Way between the two towns.

The endurance feat took them three-amd-a-half hours and ended at the Sainsbury's store in North Walsham where the couple both work.

Megan, 23, from Sheringham, and Chris Woodall, 21, from Stalham, have been dating for almost a year and are planning to get married.

Chris said they had managed to raise around £100.

He added: 'Several people at work were doing sponsored walks and I thought it would be quite cool to try something different.'

A former Miss Teen also came up with an inventive way of doing her bit for the charity by completing the Sports Relief mile, starting and finishing at Cromer Pier, on stilts and dressed as superwoman.

Gabbi Ryan, 20, is originally from Swafield, near North Walsham and was Miss Teen Norfolk in 2014.

She is now based in London much of the time as a full time performing artist.

She said: 'As soon as I learned how to do jumping stilts that was it I thought that is what I am going to do next.'

She has raised over £100 with her efforts.

It is not the first time she has done something different for the mile challenge, backflipping it in 2012 and doing it on a pogo in 2014.

Victory Swim and Fitness Centre in North Walsham also played host to the Sport Relief mile challenge.

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