Media article Monday 3rd March 2008

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN: LESS THAN two weeks to go until IPSWICH rises to the challenge FOR SPORT RELIEF!

Bobby George, Keith Deller and Karen Pickering sign up for Ipswich Mile

The countdown to the Ipswich Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile has begun with less than two weeks to go before residents go the distance for Sport Relief on Sunday 16th March.

Places are filling up fast; Bobby George, Keith Deller and Karen Pickering have already signed up and are calling for the residents of Ipswich to join them:

Bobby said: “I’m really looking forward to setting off at Portman Road on the 16th – this is something everyone can take part in so if you haven’t already signed up then do it now at and join me on the day! It’ll be great to see the people of Ipswich out in force for this brilliant cause.”

Sport Relief 2008 is all about challenging yourself, friends, family and colleagues to do something sporty and raise cash. Milers in Ipswich will take to the streets around Portman Road, Ipswich Towns’ stadium. They will start under the watchful eye of the famous Sir Bobby Robson statue and also pass the statue of Sir Alf Ramsey, England’s World Cup winning manager.

Milers can choose to do 1, 3 or 6 miles, so can select the distance that is a challenge for them and make sure they get sponsored while they do it. Last time a staggering 400,000 men, women and children did a Mile for Sport Relief – including Prince William who ran at Sandhurst, giving his royal seal of approval.

Sport Relief harnesses the power and passion of sport to change lives for the better. By doing sport, having fun and raising money, everyone can do good and feel good. Comic Relief spends the money raised to help vulnerable people living incredibly tough lives both at home in the UK and in the world’s poorest countries.

Tune in for a fantastic night of TV entertainment on Friday 14th March. Sir Alan Sugar is set to boss ten top celebrity candidates in Sport Relief Does the Apprentice, Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly will be hosting a very special edition of Strictly Come Dancing and Jimmy Carr will be keeping the teams in line for a Question of Sport Relief – and much, much more.

Coverage from the Mile events will be shown during The Sport Relief Mile Show on Sunday 16th March on the BBC, with those participating being the stars of the show.

For more information / pictures or to visit projects that Sport Relief cash has helped in Ipswich contact:

Sharon Heard or call 0207 820 5598

Ian Lulham or call 0207 820 6944

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Notes to Editors

Rise to the challenge for Sport Relief by doing the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 16th March. Visit to find out more or enter by post: fill out an entry form - call 0845 605 8000 for a kit (Calls cost no more than 4p per min from BT landlines. Other operator and mobile rates may vary).
There are 23 flagship Miles to choose from:

Belfast Custom House Square, Birmingham Centenary Square, Brighton & Hove Madeira Drive, Bristol Harbourside, Cardiff Cardiff Bay, Coventry The Whittle Arches, Edinburgh West Princes Street Gardens, Gateshead Saltwell Park, Glasgow Glasgow Green, Hull Queen Victoria Square, Ipswich Portman Road, Leeds Roundhay Park, Liverpool Waterfront, London Victoria Embankment, Manchester Albert Square, Middlesbrough Centre Square and MIMA, Milton Keynes Midsummer Boulevard, Norwich St Peters Street, Nottingham Victoria Embankment, Plymouth Plymouth Hoe, Sheffield Millennium Square, Southampton Palmerston Road, Swansea National Waterfront Museum

There will be over 200 other Mile events across the UK. Details of these can be found at

  • To make a donation, call 08457 910 910 (calls cost no more than 4p per minute from BT landlines. Other operator and mobile rates may vary)
  • Since its launch in 2002, almost £50 million has been raised through Sport Relief
  • Comic Relief spends the money raised to help vulnerable people living incredibly tough lives both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries.
  • Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568