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Sport Relief event may yet go ahead

PUBLISHED: 13:55 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:16 07 July 2010

FAKENHAM Football Club is to consider re-staging a Sport Relief event it was forced to cancel at the last minute due to wet weather.

Dozens of people had registered to take part in a sponsored mile, three miles or six miles on Sunday morning around pitches at Clipbush Park.

FAKENHAM Football Club is to consider re-staging a Sport Relief event it was forced to cancel at the last minute due to wet weather.

Dozens of people had registered to take part in a sponsored mile, three miles or six miles on Sunday morning around pitches at Clipbush Park.

But heavy rainfall the previous day meant that the running tracks were waterlogged and club officials decided it was too dangerous to stage the event.

A meeting is being held this week and a decision will be made about whether or not the event can be staged at a future date.

Club vice-chairman Paul Wright said that after it was decided to cancel the event messages were broadcast on Radio Norfolk and North Norfolk Radio and a cancelled notice was posted on to the club's website.

People who had intended to run in the Fakenham event can apply to get a refund for their entry fee. They should contact 0871 200 15 15 or email info@sportrelief.com.

Residents of the Albany House home for the elderly in Fakenham, had a “wheely” good time when they were pushed in their wheelchairs by staff for a mile around the town.

Ida Benson, 101, who took part in the event, which raised £211, said: “I'm not so bad for a young one.”

Students and staff at Bircham Newton's National Construction College raised almost £2,500 at the weekend by running a mile for Sport Relief.

Nearly 200 students, staff and local residents of all ages took part in the run around the Bircham Newton site, which also included a heavy plant machinery display.

Jon Pulford, the activity co-ordinator for student services at the college, said: “Sport Relief is a fantastic way to promote a healthy lifestyle.

“We have been planning this since Christmas, so it's fantastic to see such a great turn-out.”

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