Running for Sport Relief

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CAVEMEN, fairies, knights and dogs spent the weekend in their running shoes and sweatbands to raise money for Sport Relief.

Children and adults across the city got together to make a difference to the charity that supports impoverished people around the world.

Schools took part sporting activities, with Netherton J&I School running and jumping around the school field in fancy dress.

And Dane Royd J&I School raised more than £500 with donations and wristband sales.

Jane Barry, headteacher at Dane Royd J&I School, said: “The children had a super day, we’ve got photographs up all over the school.

“Sport Relief linked in with our build-up to the London 2012 Olympics as an elite school within the Yorkshire and Humber with the Get Set network.”

Wakefield College got involved with a Sport Relief Mile at Pugneys Country Park that included three-legged races and fancy dress.

Runs of one, three and six miles were also held with Sainsbury’s at Stanley Royd playing fields and Nostell Priory.

And the Xercise4less gym, on Denby Dale Road, hosted a five-hour Zumbathon that raised around £600.

Bea Firth, Zumba class leader, said: “Zumba is so much fun that I thought people would be happy to have five hours of fun while raising money for such a deserving charity which Sport Relief clearly is.”

The Ridings Shopping Centre spent the day collecting donations in buckets while staff at Sport Direct rowed a marathon. Sport Relief 2012 has so far raised more than £52million.