Sainsbury’s Sport Relief took place on Sunday the 25th March at the Mountbatten centre in Portsmouth. The event was organised by the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union and was assisted by the volunteering groups RAG and VIP. Around 50 volunteers helped out throughout the day by organising parking, handing out medals and water and collecting any spare change they could.
Although the Sport Relief run was sponsored by Sainsbury’s, it was the climax of the University’s very own RAG week. So far, RAG week has raised over £1800, not including the money raised for the run.
Overall 800 runners took part in four separate running events during the day. There were the three and six mile races which took place at 11am and two separate single mile runs that took place at 12:30 and 13:30.
The runners were kept entertained by members of Pure FM who played inspirational and upbeat songs to encourage them. They also held interviews with those who had finished their sponsored run asking them how much money they managed to raise. Pure FM also helped to organise the runners for their warm up which was headed by members of the Mountbatten Centre. To provide additional moral support, the Portsmouth FC mascot Nelson the dog and the University of Portsmouth Gospel Choir were present. Further entertainment for the little ones was provided with face painting.
Runners consisted of both students from the University and other members of the Portsmouth community. There were many who braved the sweltering heat of the first day of British summer time turning up in fancy dress for their runs. Some examples of creative costumes were a Star Wars themed father and son team, a person in a sumo suit and Captain America costume.
VP Activities Milly Youngman said about the event: “The Portsmouth Mile event has built upon the great work UPSU do in the community and was a fitting end to one of our best RAG Weeks yet. The day was a fantastic success and saw students alongside members of the community joining together, whether running, volunteering or coming out to enjoy the sun and cheer on the runners”.