Get active and raise some cash

Kind-hearted Northumberland residents are being encourgaed to get active and help raise money for underprivileged people living in the UK and across the world.

This year, Alnwick’s Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre and Druridge Bay Country Park are among the venues hosting special events as part of the Sports Relief Games in March.

The coastal beauty spot, near Amble, is holding the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile on Sunday, March 23.

Particpants can chose between one, three or six-mile events.

Neville Duncan, from Northumberland Sport, said: “This is the third time the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile has come to Druridge Bay Country Park, so let’s don the headband, get training and show the rest of the country what we can do.

“There will be plenty of activities including Nordic walking taster sessions designed for the whole family, which will be delivered by local qualified instructors.”

Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre is hosting the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon from Friday, March 21, to Sunday, March 23.

Swimmers can take on the challenge on their own or in a team of between two and five people.

There are three distances – 1.5k, 2.5k and 5k.

The mile and swimathon are part of Sport Relief events taking place nationwide, but alternatively, people can fund-raise in whatever way they like.

On Friday, March 21, the BBC will showcase a special night of Sport Relief TV, with presenters including Gary Lineker, Gaby Logan, Claudia Winkleman, Jack Whitehall and Clare Balding.

To enter the run or swimathon or to find out more about organising your own fund-raising evnets, visit

l And the Gazette will be getting behind all of the Sport Relief events taking place across north Northumberland.

If you’re organising an event, we want to hear about it and we want you to send us videos featuring action from the events over the Sport Relief weekend.