PICTURE GALLERY: Runners and rowers from across north Norfolk raise hundreds for Sport Relief

Colourful cavalcades of runners and racers sprinted, jogged and walked their way around north Norfolk today in aid of Sport Relief.

Charitable participants in Cromer, Mundesley and Blakeney braved the chilly start to the day to complete a one, three or six mile circuit around their respective towns as part of the nation-wide fundraiser.

In Cromer a pair of clowns and two tutu-clad ladies joined racers in front of the pier to take part in one of four races along the promenade.

Phil Harris, who helped organise the event, said more than 100 people had taken part, helping to raise over �600.

Speaking from the pier this morning he added: 'When we organised it we hadn't realised the clocks went forward so for some people it's been a very early start.


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'We have raised over �600 for Sports Relief, which is what it's all about and everyone's having a good time.'

In neighbouring Mundesley around 100 runners of all ages turned out to complete the choice of circuits, and raised more than �160.

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Participants were invited into the Church Room to take part in a warm-up, led by organiser Sophie Appel, before heading out to complete their course.

Mrs Appel, who runs Norfolk Fitness, said most people opted to run the one-mile race at 11am and the whole morning had gone 'really well'.

'There was a really good atmosphere and everyone seemed to really enjoy it and enjoy the fact there was something like this in Mundesley,' she added.

Runners taking part in all the races were presented with a medal upon crossing the finishing line.

While hundreds lace up their trainers for Sport Relief fundraisers in North Walsham hopped onto a pair of rowing machines to take part in a head to head charity challenge.

Staff from Rossis Leisure took on Sainsbury's workers in the 12 hour, two-day challenge in the supermarket's foyer to see which team could row the furthest.

The closely fought contest, that culminated yesterday, was scooped by Rossis staff who managed to cover 157,246 metres, beating Sainsbury's distance of 141,268 metres.

Sonya Powley, gym manager, said: 'People were very supportive especially the Sainsbury's staff and some of our members who came down to watch.

'Some of their staff hadn't even sat on a rowing machine so it was pretty close.'

? North Walsham High School pupil Gabbi Ryan successfully completed her flipping marvellous feat for Sport Relief on Friday. The 15-year-old took three hours to backflip her way around her school field and fought through pulled muscles to complete the course.

The former county gymnastics champion raised more than �175 for Sport Relief and said her epic charity feat was one of her 'biggest achievements to date'.

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