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East Northamptonshire goes the extra mile for Sport Relief

Published Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Walking groups, residents and officers from East Northamptonshire Council and Freedom Leisure.

Took fundraising in their stride this weekend walking 70,000 (35 miles collectively) in aid of Sport Relief.

Participants set off from the start of the Greenway at Washbrook Rd at 9am on Sunday 8 March, joining a guided walk of the designated walking and cycle route that connects the town to nearby greenspaces along to Rushden Lakes and back completing 4,600 steps each.

The money raised and donated by participants will go to Sport Relief as part of the nationwide event which inspires people across the country to raise life changing amounts of money and take on some of the world’s most pressing problems through the power of sport. 

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North, said:

“We are so pleased that people of all ages from across the district joined us for the Sport Relief challenge and fundraised for Sport Relief which will make a huge difference the vital projects it supports.

“Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us on their Sunday mornings and to Morrisons which provided water and fruit for all participants.”

Active Communities Manager at Freedom Leisure, Johnathan Rudland, added: 

“We are passionate about encouraging people of all ages and abilities to get outside and get active, and it was great to see so many familiar and new faces join us to explore the Greenway and raise money for Sport Relief. We will be organising more exciting fundraising events this year so keep an eye for more information coming soon.”

The event also commemorated the one year anniversary to the Beat The Street game, which saw people across the district walk 73,000 miles over six weeks from 27 March 2019 tapping beat boxes and earning points to win prizes.