Grab your kit and get set for sporting success South Yorkshire style

Runners make their way round Hillsborough Park
Runners make their way round Hillsborough Park
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On your marks, get set and get ready for the return of Sport Relief – South Yorkshire style.

Dozens of events are taking place across the region on the weekend of March 21 to 23 for Sport Relief 2014.

Sheffield’s Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is encouraging people to sign up for a Sport Relief run of one, three or six miles.

Meanwhile, for the first time, there are options to take part in a 1.5km, 2.5km or 5km swim, or a three, 25 or 50-mile cycle.

Sport Relief is a nationwide event urging people to get active while having fun and raising cash for the needy in the UK and overseas.

In Sheffield, you can dust off your trainers and get involved in a run at Hillsborough Park or the Sheffield Transport Sports Club event in Meadowhead.

Alternatively, Rotherham Council is hosting a fun run around Clifton Park in partnership with the Rotherham Harriers Athletic Club.

If swimming is more your thing, events are taking place at Sport Sheffield’s Goodwin Sports Centre in Broomhill, Concord Sports Centre, Chapeltown Baths, Rotherham Leisure Complex, Eckington Swimming Pool and Hathersage Swimming Pool.

Official cycling events are taking place in London, Manchester and Glasgow.

Plenty of schools, organisations, groups and clubs in South Yorkshire are holding their own events.

Denise Van Outen, who launched this year’s event, said: “I love Sport Relief. This year I’m going to do something more challenging and swim 5km. My three-year-old, Betsy, has just started having swimming lessons so I thought it was time for mummy to learn properly too.”

* For more information about what’s happening locally, visit www.sportrelief.com and enter your postcode.

Great Sport Relief Bake off

Sheffield’s cricketing legend Michael Vaughan will be among the celebrities donning their aprons for the Great Sport Relief Bake Off 2014.

The former England cricket captain and Silverdale School pupil, from Baslow, will join the likes of Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton, singer Michael Ball and impressionist Alistair McGowan as he attempts to impress judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood with his baking creations.

Sixteen celebrities will compete across four shows on BBC 2 from Monday to Thursday, January 13 to 16.