It’s a family affair for Sport Relief

Hayley McGuffie and family members (from left) mum Pam, niece Lacey and aunt Kim shape up to run for Sport Relief
Hayley McGuffie and family members (from left) mum Pam, niece Lacey and aunt Kim shape up to run for Sport Relief

Hayley McGuffie so enjoyed running to raise money for Sport Relief last time it was held that she has persuaded her family to join her this time around.

The 31-year-old IT worker from St Annes will be joined by a quartet of close relatives – including five-year-old niece Lacey – for the charity run taking place at Fairhaven Lake on Sunday as part of a national fund-raising drive which includes runs at 500 locations around the country on Sunday as well as a TV marathon on BBC1 tomorrow.

Runners have the chance to cover one, three or six miles and the Lytham St Annes event, sponsored by Sainsbury’s, starts at the Stanner Bank car park, Fairhaven at 1pm.

While Hayley and brother Karl Doran have opted to cover six miles each, Lacey, Hayley and Karl’s mum Pamela and aunt Kim will be running a mile. We are hoping to raise as much money as possible for this fantastic charity,” said Hayley.

“I ran this race two years ago and really enjoyed it.

“There is a great atmosphere and it’s really lovely to see so many families getting involved.

“My famiy were there to support me last time and all that encouragement really made a difference. They saw first hand what great fun it was and I’m really looking forward to running with them this year.

“Lacey is very excited to be taking part and hopes to beat her grandma to the finish line.”

Sport Relief, which was first held in 2002, is part of Comic Relief, which since 1985 has raised more than £1 billion in its bid to create a just world, free from poverty.

Hayley, of Otley Road, St Annes, is a great believer in the work of the charity and has seen first hand the poverty which Sport Relief is looking to ease, on a trip to Africa with a previous employer.

“It was very moving and an experience I will never forget, which makes me all the more determined to raise as much money as possible for this great cause,” said hayley.

Hundreds of people took part in the Sport Relief run at Fairhaven Lake last time it was held two years ago.

The event has again proved popular this year and registration will be available on the day from 12.15pm. Coun Cheryl Little, chairman of Fylde Council’s tourism and leisure committee, said: “Let’s show the rest of the country what we can do and raise as much money as we possibly can for this incredible cause.”

More details about the run from www.sportrelief.com, while the Hayley and family can be back via https://my.sportrelief.com