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Storm didn't stall runners

Evesham Editorial 6th Nov, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

VALE runners put their best foot forward and even braved a ‘freakish’ hail storm to help raise more than £4,000 for charity.

The 2014 Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile saw hundreds of keen joggers turn out in Abbey Park, Pershore where people of all ages were sponsored to do one, three or six miles around the site.

A total of 300 people from Evesham, Pershore and the surrounding areas got involved in the Wychavon District Council organised run and raked in £4,276.

The Sport Relief National Team has just closed the accounting books for this years overall figure and a record-breaking £71.8million was collected.

Sport Relief is a charity event from Comic Relief which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money every other year to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the most deprived areas globally.

Mark Williams, Wychavon’s Sport Development Officer, said: “Despite the freakish giant hail storm it was a fantastic day.

“Watching the community come together to support such a great cause was brilliant.

“We feel very proud knowing that the money raised will help people living unimaginably tough lives right here in Wychavon,

across the rest of the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries.”

Plans for Sport Relief 2016 are already being drawn up and details will be announced next year.