Norwich hosts Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games

Young and old take part in the Sport Relief Games at UEA Sportspark.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Young and old take part in the Sport Relief Games at UEA Sportspark.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Norwich was one of only six cities in the UK that today hosted a Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games.

The event, which put it in the company of London, Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow and Sheffield, saw the Sportspark at the University of East Anglia hosting a combination of running, swimming and cycling events.

Sport Relief raises funds for Comic Relief, with half the money spent in the UK, and half internationally.

People young and old took part in the events, with all the places for the swimathon booked up ahead of the day, and others opting to run or walk either a one, three or six mile course, or cycle a three mile route.

Professional warm up activities were provided by Bread and Butter Theatre, and entertainment around the route helped to boost the spirits of participants.

Edward Beake, eight, from Thorpe St Andrew, took part in the three-mile running event, with his mother Christine.

He said: 'It was quite easy. It was a bit scary to start with, because there were a lot of people, and I have not run that far before. It was stamina and strength.'

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The day also included an event village at the UEA, put together by Active Norfolk, where free events included rugby taster sessions, a cricket factory, a football speed kick, sports massages, and golf extreme.

Lewis Cook, culture and events officer at Norwich City Council, said: 'It's going really well. People are really enjoying it.'

Ali Minto, from Sport Relief, said: 'People of Norfolk are actually raising money for other people who might need that money, and live in Norfolk.'

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