Dig out your fancy dress and join Sport Relief fun

JLS wear the official Sport Relief T-shirt
JLS wear the official Sport Relief T-shirt
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Fancy stretching your legs and raising money for a good cause – in fancy dress?

Runners of all abilities can pull on their trainers later this month to take part in the Sport Relief mile in aid of Comic Relief.

And with three different distances to take part in, there’s something for beginners and more experienced runners to enjoy on Sunday March 25.

The Portsmouth mile will take place at the Mountbatten Centre in Hilsea and is being organised by the University of Portsmouth’s Students’ Union.

Union vice-president Stephen Roberts says: ‘We thought it was a really good opportunity for students to get involved. It’s also about volunteering and fundraising. The more people that can get involved, the better.’

More than 400 people have already registered to take part in the Portsmouth event but the organisers are hoping to get the numbers up to around 700.

Portsmouth Football Club will be at the Mountbatten Centre to lend their support and student sports groups will be there manning stalls and doing demos.

Those planning to take part in the one-mile event have been encouraged to wear fancy dress to make it more fun.

‘It’s an opportunity for everyone to get involved,’ adds Stephen. ‘We want to make it a really good day out.’

By getting sponsored to take part, runners can help Comic Relief support people in the UK and some of the world’s poorest countries.

Taking part costs £6 for an adult, £3 for a child and £15 for a family of four.

You can register by logging on to sportrelief.com

Your guide to all our local Sport Relief mile events:

· Portsmouth

Organised by the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union.

Meeting place – the Mountbatten Centre, Hilsea, Portsmouth.

Event opens at 10am and closes at 5pm with the three and six-mile runners setting off at 11am and the one-mile runners leaving at 12.30pm.

There will be food and drink plus entertainments and fundraising stalls.

· Fareham

Organised by Fareham Leisure Centre.

Meeting place – round the back of the leisure centre, Park Lane, Fareham.

Event opens at 9.30am and closes at 2pm with the one-mile, three-mile and six-mile events setting off at 11am.

There will be a group warm-up prior to the start with a cafe, showers and toilets available in the leisure centre.

· Havant

Organised by Havant Borough Council and Victory Athletics Club.

Meeting place – Leigh Park Gardens, Staunton Country Park, Havant.

Event opens at 2pm and closes at 5pm with the six-mile event starting at 2pm with the three-mile following at 2.15pm and the one-mile runners heading off 15 minutes later.

· West Meon

Organised by West Meon and Warnford Sports Club.

Meeting place – West Meon Sports Pavilion at West Meon Recreation Ground, Headon View.

Event opens at 10.30am and closes at 2.30pm with the first runners heading off at 11am and the rest then leaving at 15-minute intervals.

There will be a fully licensed bar and hot snacks available plus plenty of parking and a children’s playground on site.

· Chichester:

Organised by Chichester District Council.

Meeting place – Graylingwell Park, off College Lane.

Event opens at 9.30am and closes at 1pm with the first runners leaving at 10am and the rest then leaving at half-hour intervals.

There will be music, fun inflatables, face painting, refreshments and Zumba demonstrations.