Great support for Sport Relief events

Mugdock Country Park'Sport Relief Day'Start of the 1 mile race. The sun also turn up!!!'25th March 2012'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
Mugdock Country Park'Sport Relief Day'Start of the 1 mile race. The sun also turn up!!!'25th March 2012'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

PEOPLE of all ages from Milngavie and Bearsden joined in Sport Relief activities last week and at the weekend to raise cash for vulnerable people in the UK and abroad.

The current national total raised is £52,070,587 with more money still being collected.

Loads of runners turned up to take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile at Mugdock Country Park on Sunday.

Participants were allowed to choose their own distance, from one, three or six miles and as well as running there was an array of fun day activities on offer including music from a local DJ, a bouncy castle, record fair, zumba and Indian head, back and shoulder massage.

In addition, local company Wild by Nature held a family fun quiz with Easter egg prizes, a ‘Come and try Survival’ guided session and ‘Bush ‘n’ Bash’ sessions for children exploring and playing adventure earth games.

East Dunbartonshire Council’s head of development and enterprise, Thomas Glen, said: “It was an amazing event. It’s fantastic that so many local people gathered together to show their support for Sport Relief 2012.”

Last Friday children at Craigdhu Primary School in Milngavie ran a mile along the Craigdhu Wedge after a warm up zumba session.

Headteacher, Rebecca Murdoch said: “Many thanks to the parents who came along to help as marshalls on the day - we have made over £200 for Sports Relief so far.”

Bearsden Primary pupils did their bit by completing an assault course and paying a donation to wear red to school.

Westerton Primary in Bearsden held a dress down day for pupils they also walked, jogged, ran or skipped for a mile and took part in a sport themed treasure hunt.

Pupils at Glasgow Academy Atholl in Milngavie bought red wrist bands to wipe the sweat from their brows as they ran circuits around the school. They also hung balloons and red bunting on the school fence and used red buckets to collect loose change from their parents.

Nursery/kindergarten held an exercise session in the playroom with all the staff joining in the fun by running a lap with the pupils with ‘Chariots of Fire’ music being played to encourage them to complete the course. The PTA held a pasta night and raffle with local Italian restaurants donating vouchers.

Jo Swinson, MP for East Dunbartonshire, swapped her suit for a t-shirt and trainers to complete the Westminster Mile for Sport Relief through St James’s Park on Wednesday, March 14 - and was the first woman to cross the finish line.

Ms Swinson said: “There was a great atmosphere and it was good to see colleagues from both houses and across parties come together and support Sport Relief and all the inspiring work that they do.”