All smiles for a mile!

Participants in the Sport Relief mile at Fairhaven Lake 2014
Participants in the Sport Relief mile at Fairhaven Lake 2014
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Hundreds of runners – including a football mascot or two – grabbed their running shoes to help raise thousands of pounds for Sport Relief.

More than 200 runners took part in the Sport Relief mile race on Sunday at Fairhaven Lake.

One of the stars of the event was AFC Fylde’s mascot Syd the Seagull, who encouraged participants, many of which were children, throughout the race.

Event organiser, Ian Brookes, sport development officer at Fylde Council said: ‘The Sport Relief mile was a fantastic success, and I would like to thank all the participants for their enthusiasm and commitment.

“I would also like to thanks AFC Fylde’s Community Foundation for supporting the event, providing Syd The Seagull for the day and also providing inclusive free multi sports activities for the children to take part in.

“This event will take place annually and I look forward to welcoming more budding athletes down to Fairhaven Lake next year’.

AFC Fylde director of community development Tom Hutton took part in the mile and helped Syd complete the mile in 31 minutes.

Tom said: “It was great to see around 200 participants take part in a fun run which was for a fantastic cause.

“The foundation was very proud to support such a fantastic event and I would like to thank Fylde Council for the invite to be a part of this event.”

A figure of £51,242,186 was raised for the charity on Friday’s televised Sport Relief programme, breaking the previous on-the-night record of £50.4m in 2012, with more donations expected in the coming weeks.