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Sport Relief events praised in Dartford and Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 11:08 22 March 2016

Runners in Gravesham - Photo Credit: Jane Packham

Runners in Gravesham - Photo Credit: Jane Packham

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Sport Relief events were held in both towns

Across north Kent, runners and walkers took to the streets and decided to get active to raise money for Sport Relief.

Up and down the country the nation took part in the charity event, which has already raised more than £55million.

In Gravesend the Sport Relief mile was held on Sunday, with runners take on a one, three or six mile course to raise money.

Amit Hayer, from The Gr@nd was one of the run’s key organisers.

He said: “We had around 150 people taking part, as well as 21 young people volunteering as marshals, 15 of which we had given first aid training to last month.

“We won’t know how much we’ve raised for a few weeks, but in the past we’ve raised between £7000 and £8000 in our events.

“We had all types of people turning up, families, older people and regular runners.”

The Gravesham route saw participants jogging alongside the Gordon Promenade, starting and finishing at fort gardens, with the course winding past the dell.

Meanwhile in Dartford, local running group Dartford Harriers put on their own Sport Relief mile for locals to take part.

Locals took to the race track in Dartford’s central park to take part in their own one, three or six mile race.

Tony Durey, president and honorary treasurer of Dartford Harriers Athletic Club described the day.

He said: “Its always a popular event, we had slightly less people than in previous years, but everyone who turned out had a good time.

“We had a lot of children there taking part, and I think the locals enjoy the chance to get out their on the track and raise money for Sport Relief, its all for a good cause.”

The two races were part of more than 500 happening across the country, to help raise money in the fight against poverty.

So far, this year’s Sport Relief has raised £56,984,007, with that figure set to rise as more donations come in from the weekend.

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