Huge entry for Sport Relief Mile events

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A TOTAL of well over 500 people took part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in Carnoustie and Monifieth last Sunday.

The first ever Carnoustie event was a huge success, with 115 people completing the course.

According to the organiser, Elaine Pardoe, of Jogscotland Carnoustie, the weather played an important part in the success of the event.

She explained: “We had over 80 people registered online to enter, but a lot of people turned up on the day, no doubt encouraged by the beautiful weather. It was fantastic to see so many people coming together to raise money for such a great cause.

“This was the first organised running event in the town for a number of years so it’s really good that so many chose to take part.”

Entrants could run or walk either one mile, three miles or six miles and everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Elaine believes the popularity of the event is down to the fact that it is open to anyone.

She continued: “Some serious runners took part in the six-mile run with others choosing to challenge and push themselves, while many participants chose to either run or walk the scenic three-mile route.

“The one-mile route was very popular with dog walkers and families with young children, with some people sprinting ahead!”

Everyone who crossed the finish line was awarded a well deserved medal. Elaine extended thanks to everyone who came out to support the event, including the many spectators who added to the atmosphere.

She concluded: “Thanks must also go to the members of Carnoustie Community Council who helped marshall the event, as well as the volunteers who helped set up and gave out the medals and water.”

It is hoped that the Sport Relief Mile will now remain a firm fixture on the Carnoustie calendar with the next one due to take place in two year’s time.

As well as organising the event, Elaine also runs the Carnoustie branch of Jogscotland, an initiative set up to encourage more people to become active. The Carnoustie group is for ladies and meets every Tuesday at 6.30 p.m. Contact Elaine on jog.scotland@yahoo.co.uk or 01241 410737 for more information.

Lots of local people came together in Monifieth, smashing the current runner record with well over 400 entrants on the day.

Angus Active Schools and Sport co-ordinator Jo Whaite said: “ Our target for this year was to have 200 participants. We were delighted to see the numbers soar to an incredible 300 on the Friday and then on the day for runners to total well over 400 was amazing!

“The Monifieth Mile was an incredible event made even better by the superb weather that came to greet us and the rest of the nation to raise plenty of cash for an incredible cause!”

As well as running or walking the Sport Relief Mile, all runners and spectators were offered the chance to check out some of the stalls run by local Sport Relief enthusiasts such as face and nail painting by Murroes Parent Council; hotshots and speed gates with Laura Baxter from sports development; tombola with Monifieth Swim Club with top quality prizes; and cake ‘n’ candy.

Refreshment stalls were also on hand run by Hazel Coutts, from LMART and Monifieth High School pupils. All the while Radio North Angus presented top quality entertainment to motivate all in completing the mile.

Local MSP Graham Dey started all the races.