Sainsbury's and Morrisons staff go head to head for Sport Relief

Wiltshire Times: Morrisons worker Dan Bendall and Sainsbury’s counterpart Tim Knight were among rival staff who took part in a football match at the weekend Morrisons worker Dan Bendall and Sainsbury’s counterpart Tim Knight were among rival staff who took part in a football match at the weekend

Schools and clubs are putting on their running shoes and doing their bit to raise money for Sport Relief.

Two rival stores kicked off early by going head-to-head on the pitch when staff from the Chippenham Morrisons and Sainsbury’s stores met at Stanley Park on Sunday.

Sainsbury’s has won the two previous games but this time Morrisons has the bragging rights after a 2-1 win.

Bucket collections by Sainsbury's staff raised £113.47 for Sport Relief.

The store is going the extra mile this year with the first-ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games.

The games run from Friday until Sunday and involve running or swimming to raise cash to help Comic Relief in its aim to make the world free from poverty.

The public can take part in swims in Chippenham, Calne, Corsham and Royal Wootton Bassett, with Chippenham and Calne also hosting running events.

The Chippenham Mile takes place around the cricket pitches or tennis courts at Chippenham Sports Club at 10.30am on Sunday.

Meet at the entrance to the sports club in Bristol Road. £6 adult, £3 child or £15 family.

There is also the option to run six miles, from 10am, or three miles, from 10.15am. There will be a barbecue and bouncy castle and fancy dress is encouraged.

The Olympiad swimathon runs from Friday to Sunday and costs £11 or £6 concessions.

There is a choice of 1, 2.5 or 5km, which is 60, 100 or 200 lengths of the 25m pool, and a selection of four different speeds.

Sainsbury’s colleagues will also be showing off their dance moves in a Sport Relief flashmob in Chippenham on Friday. 

The official T-shirt went on sale today priced at £10 with a minimum of £4 going to Sport Relief.

Checkout team leader Tim Knight said: “I’m looking forward to being involved in the exciting fundraising plans this year. I can’t wait to get sporty for Sport Relief and help to make a difference.”

He and his colleagues kicked off early by going head-to-head on the pitch with another of Chippenham’s big superstores at the weekend.

Enter the games online at www.sportrelief.com

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