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Walk the talk: Sports Relief Mile this weekend

shoes-72284_1280 Fancy taking part in this year’s Sports Relief ? You don’t have to run 27 marathons in 27 days like Eddie Izzard, you can walk (in my case), jog or run a single Sports Relief Mile.  I’ve made it easy-peasy for you, here’s a list of venues around Somerset.  Just choose a place, pick a distance (1, 3 or 6 miles), check the times (the start times of runs are staggered at some venues) and enter. It costs £7 for adults, £3 for children and £17 for a family of four. Most events will have refreshments. See you there?

Walk, run or jog

The Blackbrook Mile, Blackbrook Pavilion, Blackbrook Pavilion,  Taunton, TA12RW. 1 mile starts 10.30am; 3 miles at 10.40am and 6 miles at 10.50am. Group warm-up beforehand and entertainment.

The Bridgwater Mile,Bridgwater College Academy Sports Development Centre, Parkway,  Bridgwater,  TA64QY.1 mile starts 12pm, 3 miles at 11.30am and 6 miles at 11am. There’s the chance to try out other sports and activities too.

The Burnham-on-Sea Mile, Apex Park, Marine Drive,  Burnham-on-Sea,  TA8 3YY. Starts 2.30pm. Music and entertainment plus a bouncy castle.

The Castle Cary Mile,  Caryford Leisure Centre, Maggs Lane,  Ansford,  Castle Cary,  BA7 7JJ. 10.30am start. Mass warm-up, music, sporting activities and bouncy castle.

The Cheddar Mile, Kings Fitness & Leisure, Station road,  Cheddar,  BS27 3AH. 10am start. Free swim for everyone afterwards.

The Glastonbury Mile, Glastonbury Leisure Centre, St Dunstan’s School,  Wells Road,  Glastonbury,  BA6 9BY. 11.00am start. Free taster classes, trampolining and an inflatable assault course, self-propelled Didi cars and Play Shapes for younger kids.

The Clevedon Everyone Active Stadium Mile, Everyone Active Stadium, Davis Lane,  Clevedon,  BS21 6TG. 1 miles starts 10.30am, 3 and 6 miles at 9am. Plus bouncy castles, music, games and football shoot out.

The Grand Pier Mile, Grand Pier Ltd, Marine Parade,  Weston-super-Mare,  BS23 1AL. 1 mile starts at 10.20am, 3 and 6 miles start at 10am. Group warm-up beforehand, live music to keep you going and St Patrick’s Day Festival on the Pier.

The Wells Mile, Wells Blue Sports Centre, The Blue School,  Kennion Road,  Wells,  BA5 2NR. 10.30am start. Mass warm-up first!

The Yeovil Mile, Yeovil Recreation Centre, Chilton Grove,  Yeovil,  BA21 4AW. Starts 12.30pm. Free activities as well as the fab pirate playship and mini golf and pitch and putt.


swimming-pool-1229130_1280Online entry for the Swimathon events around Somerset has now closed but you can take part in SimplySwim. All you have to do is decide your distance (60 lengths; 100 lengths, 200 lengths or further of a 25m pool), choose your pool and enter (£12 adult; £9 concession). You have to complete the swim (all in one go) any time between now and 30 April 2016.


stuntman-1107701_1280You can also cycle for Sports Relief through SimplyCycle, select your distance: 3miles, 25 miles, 50 miles or more. Entry fee £11 adult/£5 child. You have to complete the bike ride (all in one go) any time between now and 30 April 2016.

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