We went the extra mile

Ethan Mockton and his mum
Ethan Mockton and his mum
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A THOUSAND runners turned out in the sunshine for a sun-soaked Sport Relief mile in Sheffield yesterday.

Fancy-dressed families, fundraisers and sports lovers laced up their trainers on the first day of summertime for events around the region.

Around 1,000 people took part in runs at Hillsborough Park in Sheffield alone.

Sporty Ethan Mockford, aged 11, was the first child over the finish line in his run - and beat proud mum Sarah Allsopp by a few minutes.

The Lydgate Junior School pupil said: “I’m really pleased. I didn’t find it too hard but I play a lot of sports.

“I just kept on moving my legs and people were cheering us on as we went round.

“It’s a good idea to raise money for charity by sports.”

As people dressed as Red Indians, princesses and even Father Christmas sprinted around the park one family had really gone the extra mile.

Dad James, mum Julia and eight-year-old son Luke Hope-Gill, of Sheffield, went as cartoon family The Incredibles to raise about £200 – which will be spent helping people living tough lives in the UK or abroad.

Julia said: “We said if we raised £150 we would go as The Incredibles.

“It was quite warm to run in the suit but it was a beautiful day for it.”

Tom Albane, 25, of Nether Green, was planning a full day of fitness for Sport Relief after attracting lots of attention in a skimpy skirt and blonde wig.

He said: “I’m going to Ponds Forge to do swimming, then a couple of classes and some cycling - although I won’t be wearing this costume the entire time!”

The Hillsborough event was organised by Sheffield Council. Julie White, from the major events unit, said: “It’s gone really well, it was a bit murky this morning but it brightened up.

“By Saturday morning we had more than 900 people signed up and we think more came along on the day.”