Moray call to arms for the local Sport Relief effort

Call to arms for Moray's Sport Relief effort
Call to arms for Moray’s Sport Relief effort

MORAY’S CONTRIBUTION TO Sport Relief takes place in just two weeks – and organisers are calling on anyone who has not yet registered for the Sainsbury Sport Relief Mile to do so.

The event is the only organised Sport Relief effort taking place in Moray with Grant Park in Forres hosting a one, three and six miles walk, jog or run for the national effort.

Behind the Moray effort is the Forres Area Soccer 7’s, for whom Shaun Moat said: “We are delighted that so many people have already signed up but we want even more people in Moray to take part and make it the best Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile yet.

“So let’s show the rest of the country what we can do in Moray – and raise as much money as we possibly can for this incredible cause!”

Shaun has released more details on the event on Sunday, March 20, with the six-mile event setting off first at 11.05am. They will be followed by those undertaking the three mile challenge at 11.30am and finally the one-mile event at 12noon.

He added: “The route will take in the stunning views of Grant Park, winding past the floral gardens and finishing at the Soccer 7’s/Bowling pavilion.”

Sport Relief 2016 is already well under way, with marathon man Eddie Izzard setting out in February on his attempt to complete a gruelling 27 marathons in 27 days across South Africa.

Meanwhile Comedienne Jo Brand ‘did herself proud’ by taking on a Sport Relief Challenge which saw the 58-year-old walk an incredible 150 miles, coast-to-coast from Hull to Liverpool.

On Friday, March 18 the BBC will treat the nation to a special night of Sport Relief TV, with James Corden’s character ‘Smithy’ making a big comeback and announcing his intention to run for FIFA President.

In an exclusive sketch for BBC iPlayer, several famous footballers will come out in support of Smithy’s vision for the future of the beautiful game, including England World Cup winning hero Sir Geoff Hurst, Brazilian football legend Pele, England icon Steven Gerrard and the ‘Special One’ himself, Jose Mourinho.

In the spoof sketch, Smithy shares his dream for the future of the game and how he believes it can restore itself to its former glories on the world stage. His announcement will go live on BBC iPlayer at 7.15pm on Saturday, February 20, before being shown during the Sport Relief Night of TV on BBC One on March 18 from 7pm.

Shaun said: “On Sunday 20th it’s over to you Moray to come together and take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games.

“Now it’s your turn to get sponsored and help transform the lives of people living here in the UK and around the world. Enter a running event now at The Forres Mile or at one of more than 500 locations across the UK at”