It is not the winning that counts for Sport Relief, but the taking par –as hundreds of Sheffield people proved.
And no-one knew that more than teacher David Millns, who came first in the Sport Relief six-mile running event at Hillsborough Park yesterday, in a time of 36 minutes and 15 seconds – and dedicated his win to fellow staff and students at Westfield School in Sothall.
He praised them for raising more than £1,950 for the charity with a week of events.
David, speaking as crowds prepared to take on the one-mile route in the park yesterday, said: “I just wanted to say well done to all the staff on Friday that did a 12-hour staff triathlon – we rode ran and cycled 480 miles – and the pupils that did the Sport Relief mile.
“There were tired legs this morning, but I thought it would be a nice way to finish it.”
Families turned out to take part in the mile run – some with dozens of relatives and from as far away as Surrey.
Roobin Jokhi was on the starting line with eight-year-old son Sam and daughter Hana, aged five, wearing red costumes.
Roobin, of Whirlow, said: “The children have had events all week for Sport Relief so they were excited about doing this one too. In the past we have done other charity runs, so Sam is going to go for a good time and Hannah is just going to enjoy it.”
Another family had fostered some team spirit by calling themselves the Eagleton Massive – a nod to their home address on Eagleton Drive, High Green,
Mum Faye Highfield, who was running with daughters Nancy, two, and 12-year-old Ruby and husband Lee, said: “It’s a great family day.”
Othe events for the cause – which helps people across the world – included a big toddle by Sunny Meadows nursery in Handsworth, raising more than £600.
And more than 100 pupils from Emmaus Primary School, Wybourn, and Phillimore Primary School, Darnall, ran their mile at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe.
Ringinglow Archery group had members shooting 88 arrows at targets placed 18 metres away to create a one-mile distance.
Pupils from Holt House Junior School in Shiregreen, Dobcroft Junior in Nether Edge and Beighton’s Reignhead Primary also did the Sport Relief Mile, the latter collecting £183 with its major sporting events theme.
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