THE clouds cleared and the sun came out just in time for the many people all geared up to take part in Bolton’s Sport Relief Mile.
Families, runners and even toddlers put their best foot forward to take part in the run at Leverhulme Park yesterday (SUN).
This is the second time Bolton Council has organised a Sport Relief Mile to raise money for those less fortunate both home and abroad.
Runners and walkers took part in a warm up to get them ready for the mile and then chose whether to take part in a one mile, three mile or even a six mile “run” around the track.
More than 100 people took part in the first mile event, which kicked-off at 1pm.
Among those taking part was Albie-James Cullen — and at just two-years-old he was one of the youngest to take part.
His family say that he skipped crawling and went straight to walking before running, which he loves.
Albie-James, who has already raised £21 for Sport Relief, was joined by his cousin Rachel Berry, aged 15, from Halliwell.
She said: “This event is so important, when I was watching Sport Relief on television I was carrying. But events like this allows young people to support it and get used to supporting events like this “It shows that everyone can help and make a difference.”
Kara Fordjones, aged seven, from Darcy Lever, said: “I really enjoy running and this event is very important in helping to raise money.”
Her cousin Katie McClelland, aged six, from Westhoughton, added: “I like running too because I like winning.
“I also took part in a run at school as well.”
Even dogs, determined not to miss out on the fun, took part with their owners, including Joanna Kiely, aged 28, from Tyldesley, who ran with her dog Sally.
She said: “I think it will be Sally leading me around the track.”
All those who took part were presented with a medal in honour of their achievements.
Janani Velayuthan, aged eight, from Westhoughton, said: “I am really proud of the medal, we were also fundraising at school.
“It is so important to support this because some people don’t have homes and we have to support them.”
The Sport Relief Mile at Leverhulme Park was the culmination of an activities, which took place across Bolton on Friday at schools and workplaces, including a 12 hour broadcast — between 7am and 7pm — on Bolton FM