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Saturday, 30 May 2015

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Get your running shoes ready for the Hexham Courant Mile

IN the name of Sport Relief, TV personality Davina McCall is pulling out all the stops to complete a testing 500-mile triathlon.

Runners set off on the 2012 event held at Tynedale Park, Corbridge.

Following striking images of an emotionally drained Davina breaking down in tears as she prepared to carry on with her mammoth journey, the former Big Brother presenter has been rallied on by the support of the country behind her.

And now the people of Tynedale are being encouraged to get involved with the fundraising - by taking the pledge to run, or walk, just one mile.

Following the success of its debut in 2012, Hexham Courant is once again teaming up with Tynedale Rugby Club to bring the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile to the district.

On Sunday, March 23, hundreds of fun runners are expected to descend on the Corbridge club to take in the course around the rugby pitches.

In the first event at Corbridge two years ago, more than £4,000 was raised as 250 people from Tynedale jumped into their running gear all for a good cause.

With the biennial event coinciding with the Hexham Courant’s 150th anniversary, the partner organisations are working hard to make this year’s run even bigger and better this time around.

With the Hexham Courant Mile the only event of its kind within the Tynedale district, participant numbers have doubled to allow 500 people to join in the fun.

To make sure the occasion is one the whole family can enjoy, a line-up of local musical talent and dance entertainment has been arranged.

There will be a number of fancy dress competitions held on the day, while a special guest is planned to start the runs.

Tynedale Rugby Club sales and marketing manager Steve Hull said: “Two years ago, we started small because we were not certain how the event would go down with the public.

“But we were totally overwhelmed with the demand, and we even ran out of places well in advance of the event.

“The positive feedback we received gave us the confidence to push ahead this year, and I am certain the 2014 Hexham Courant Mile will be another event to remember for all involved.

“There is something for everyone planned, and we are all excited to be welcoming local runners to the club once again.

“The event encourages people to get fit, helps raise money for good causes and is a great day out for all. So what are you waiting for?”

People have the opportunity to choose whether to run one, three or six miles on the day. The rugby club will open to participants from 1pm, with the first set of runners getting under way an hour later.

Everyone who signs up for the event will see their name appear in the Hexham Courant, while there are also plenty of photo opportunities too.