A whole host of celebrities from the world of sport and entertainment, including Dermot O’Leary, Louise Redknapp, Denise Van Outen and Jonny Wilkinson, have already pledged their support for Sport Relief 2012 as the nation celebrates the biggest ever year of sport.
The entire country can join in the fun as the Sport Relief Weekend from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 March is set to be huge; with over one million men, women and kids expected to take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile and a whole weekend of entertainment planned across the BBC.
And, the best bit, all the money raised will help people living unimaginably tough lives in the West, the UK and across the world’s poorest countries.
In September, David Walliams started Sport Relief off with an epic splash when he completed The BT Sport Relief Challenge: Walliams vs The Thames. Despite battling a nasty bacterial bug, itchy water flea bites and bitingly cold water, David swam a staggering 140.54 miles – that’s seven times the length of the channel – and raised over £1million for Sport Relief. Here’s how the public can do their bit:
The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile
Sport Relief is inviting the public to enter the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in their local area on Sunday 25 March. There are a Mile events taking place across the West where you can join in the fun and walk, run, hop or skip your way round the course. Visit the website to find out where your nearest Mile is taking place. With hundreds of Mile events happening across the UK, everyone can come together and complete 1, 3 or 6 miles. There will be a whole host of famous faces to spot as celebrities take to the streets and participate alongside the great British public. There’ll be a whole host of fundraising activities planned at schools and workplaces across the land on Friday 23 March. Highlights will be beamed out to living rooms across the UK in the BBC’s Mile Show on the Sunday evening – so anyone who enters the Mile might make it onto the telly too. The public can enter the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile now at sportrelief.com.
Take a step in the right direction – The official Sport Relief Socks
Why not leap into action in a pair of Sport Relief Socks (Adults £2.50 and Kids £2), available from Sainsbury’s. To coincide with the nation’s biggest ever year of sport, the Socks have a special Union Jack design. Perfect for training in and made from Fairtrade cotton, it’s not just your feet that will thank you.
Show your personali-tees – The official Sport Relief 2012 T-shirt
They’re fashionable, they’re made with Fairtrade cottonand they’re raising money for Sport Relief. The official Sport Relief 2012 T-shirt is available from Sportsdirect.com stores and online. There are four variations of the T-shirt – the Sport Relief T-shirt (Adults £8 and Junior £6) and three limited edition designs (£10). For the first time ever, the Sport Relief T-shirt can be personalised by adding letters and numbers to give them their own unique twist – with anything from a name, catchphrase or a funny quote.
A seriously sporty selection
And that’s not all – there’s even more Sport Relief merchandise available from Sainsbury’s to deck the British public out from head to toe. The dazzling Deeley Boppers (£2) and retro-inspired Sweatbands (£1.50) are back to add a touch of sporting style. Also, brand new for Sport Relief 2012 are the Sport Relief Wristbands (£1) and Clappers (£1). Finally, don’t forget the Water Bottle (£1.50) to complete the look.
Grab a Ryman Sport Relief pen
Perfect for noting down Mile training plans and writing down family and friends’ fundraising pledges, the new Sport Relief pens are a must have. Available in two different designs, the eye-catching pens only cost £1, with the whole £1 going straight to Sport Relief, so make sure you pop into Ryman and buy one! Or buy on line at www.ryman.co.uk
Be a Seriously Good sport!
We all know that preparation is key to success, so this Sport Relief prepare like an athlete and cook up a tasty dish using Seriously Good cooking sauces, the range developed by Gordon Ramsay to raise money for Comic Relief all year round. The Italian sauces provide a delicious and nutritious accompaniment to pasta; a much loved staple in runners’ diets. And for those who like it hot, Seriously Good also offers a delicious range of Indian cooking sauces – partner them with fresh vegetables and brown rice for a slow-release energy fix. Seriously Good is priced from £1.89 and is available in selected major retailers.
Top tips from Fitness First – Sport Relief 2012’s official fitness partner
1. Create a training schedule · If it’s your first race, set yourself a training schedule to keep you on track. Set yourself a distance and complete this at run/walk intervals. Once you’re comfortable running, challenge yourself to complete the distance at least once a week without walking.
2. Work those legs · Skipping is a great way to tone and strengthen the legs. Find your old skipping rope and hop to it! 20 minutes of skipping, four days a week will help you gain the strength you need to cross the finish line.
3. Always stretch after exercising · Stretching is great for easing aches and pains and ensures you’re in good shape for the run!
4. Power in numbers · Sign up for a class to keep yourself moving and motivated. It’s easy to give up on training if no one is watching; working out with friends will give you focus and the push you need to keep up the hard work.
5. Don’t let your legs do all the work · Include some core exercises in your gym routine to strengthen your abdominal and back muscles.
If in doubt, please consult your doctor prior to undertaking any physical activity.
Go the extra mile for Sport Relief 2012. Find out more at sportrelief.com