We went the extra Sport Relief mile

Children at Old Town School dressed as their favourite sport star for Sport Relief
Children at Old Town School dressed as their favourite sport star for Sport Relief

THE upper Calder Valley went the extra mile to raise money for Sport Relief.

Children and staff at several schools showed their sporty side by running the Sport Relief mile.

Riverside Junior School pupils made the short trip to Calder Holmes Park for their sponsored run.

Teacher Mr Flack said: “We had some children doing it in fancy dress, some were running and others were walking at a leisurely pace.

“It was the culmination of our Sport Relief week. We began with an assembly looking at the issues raised by Sport Relief.

“That was followed up by a series of lessons in class and then we finished with the mile and the tug-of-war.”

Students at Todmorden HIgh School chose to walk, jog, run or skip a mile.

Some even completed the distance in a three-legged race with a partner.

Staff got involved too as they challenged sixth formers to a handball match.

The catering team made Sport Relief biscuits to sell at breaktime.

Sport co-ordinator Tracy Jagger, who organised the fundraising activities with the sport and leisure faculty, said: “Two years ago we raised almost £1,000 without students completing the mile, so our target this year is hopefully £2,000.”

Pupils at Old Town School dressed as their favourite sport star for the day.

Children and staff also held a small stall of buns and biscuits and sold Sport Relief wrist bands, helping to raise a total of £182.88 for the charity.

At Ferney Lee School, Todmorden, pupils completed one of the most scenic Sport Relief mile courses in the area.

Staff set up a special course around the school’s award-winning wild garden.

Children completed several laps to make up the mile.

At Burnley Road Academy, Mytholmroyd, children dressed up in sports gear to take part in an Olympics themed event called Run to London.

Between them, youngsters aimed to run the 202 miles from their school to London.

But they enjoyed it so much that they exceeded their target and ended up running a massive 256 miles.

Emma Wilcock, six, and Mabel Lamper, seven, held a table top sale at Caldene croft, Mytholmroyd, and raised £85 for Sport Relief.