A fine sunny day welcomed the runners to the first Royal Tunbridge Wells Sainsbury’s Sports Relief Mile at the Nevill Cricket Ground on Sunday, (25 March).
Just over 300 people registered to take part in the event, running one, three or six miles in support of the charity. Entrants represented all age groups, from babies being carried around the route in a baby sling, toddlers walking the mile with their parents to grandparents running the route. Novelty runners included a (two-woman) donkey, some Smurfs in full blue body paint and the ‘118’ runners.
Cabinet member for Leisure and Economic Development, Councillor Mrs Catherine Mayhew Tourism, said ‘This was a fantastic event and made all the more enjoyable for the runners and their families and friends by the wonderful sunshine; we couldn’t have asked for a better day. This was the first time Tunbridge Wells has hosted the Sainsbury’s Sports Relief Mile and its success is a credit to everyone who took part or supported the event in some way.’
Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Cllr Mrs Elizabeth Thomas officiated at the start of the run, staff from Fusion Lifestyle (who manage TWBC’s sports centres) led the runners in their warm up and TW Harriers helped out as marshals along the route.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council hopes to host the event in future years.