Picture Gallery: Waveney gets into shape and raises thousands for Sport Relief

PUMPING legs, puffed-out cheeks and a kaleidoscope of colourful costumes became a familiar sight in Waveney this weekend as hundreds of people embraced Sport Relief.

In Lowestoft, Southwold and the surrounding villages, fitness-lovers and determined fund raisers threw themselves into races, exercise events, dance-a-thons and fun days to make thousands of pounds for a good cause.

It all kicked-off on Friday when people in Lowestoft descended on the town's main library which was transformed into a sporting, fun-filled haven as a treasure trail for youngsters and a Zumbathon took centre stage.

Staff at the library in Clapham Road South got into the swing of things with sport inspired fancy dress and local Zumba instructor, Beccie Simpson.

Eight youngsters, aged under five, embarked on a 'toddle' tour around the library to find a series of sporting equipment on the sport treasure trail.

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Ellie Garrod, mother of two-and-a-half year old Zac and one-and-a-half year old Mylee, from Oulton Broad, said: 'It was really good fun'.

Samanatha Carter, with a specially painted tiger face, Cole James, Poppy James and Jack Jinkerson were among the youngsters who all enjoyed themselves - even taking part in the Zumba dancing.

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Elsewhere in the town, a teacher hailed her first Sport Relief fund raiser a success after organising a four-hour spinathon on Sunday.

Kelly Warnes, 24, of Great Yarmouth, was joined by seven people to cycle non-stop on exercise machines at the Waterlane Leisure Centre.

The part-time gym instructor and Lowestoft Sixth Form College teacher said: 'All in all I think we made about �500 for Sport Relief.

'It was nice to get everyone involved and the staff were really supportive which was lovely. Even from the very start of the process they were helping to generate interest and it was great that people were willing to give up their time.'

Meanwhile, a brisk spring breeze failed deter more than 200 runners in Southwold who strapped on their trainers and an array of vibrant outfits to complete a Sport Relief mile.

The event, which kicked-off at 3pm on Sunday from the William Goddell Sports Pavilion saw people of all ages taking part in one, three, and six mile races in a route navigating Southwold common.

Alaster Stockwell-Jones is a member of Southwold Rugby Club who gave his time to organise the day.

He believes the event raised approximately �2,000 from the sponsorship forms and refreshments served in the pavilion.

He said: 'We had 220 people taking part in the different races, so we have received some fantastic support.

'I am hopeful we can build this event up for the future and attract even more people next year, but there has been a great atmosphere here.'

In Brampton, dozens of people took part in a fitness event with a rhythmic flavour as they spent three hours doing party dances.

The dance-a-thon was part of a special Sports Relief fun day on Saturday, which included cycling competitions, a bouncy castle, XBox fitness games in the hall and a tombola.

Organiser Robyn Goodsir, 33, who lives in the neighbouring village of Stoven, said: 'The weather was spot on. I had arranged marquees for shelter, but we didn't even need them.

'The party dancing was very physical. You literally can only do about three or four before you need a break.'

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