Wiltshire youngsters go the extra mile for Sport Relief

Wiltshire Times: From left, Harry Jones, Jack Oatley, Chris Mepsted, Sue Warder, PCSO Helen Wilson, Mark Holden and PC Kane Fulbrook-Smith at a pool tournament for Sport Relief held at the Canberra Youth Centre From left, Harry Jones, Jack Oatley, Chris Mepsted, Sue Warder, PCSO Helen Wilson, Mark Holden and PC Kane Fulbrook-Smith at a pool tournament for Sport Relief held at the Canberra Youth Centre

Groups across Wiltshire have been doing their bit to support the Sport Relief appeal.

The biennial BBC event is raising funds for vulnerable people in the United Kingdom and across the world.

Pupils from John of Gaunt School, in Wingfield Road, Trowbridge, added a twist to the Sport Relief Mile on Monday, with participants turning it into an obstacle course.

The school’s children raised £350, taking on inflatables, netting and benches.

Josh Dunbar, John of Gaunt’s head of PE, said: “It was really good fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

“We’ve done the mile run in the past but we thought it would be more exciting to try something different. We tried to make it like the Tough Mudder endurance events.

“The mile served many functions as we used it as an inter-house competition, it also built the children’s fitness and, most importantly, raised money for a good cause.”

Silver medal-winning Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies, who lives in Bradford on Avon, has appeared on TV show Top Dog in aid of Sport Relief, with her English bulldog Pig. The pair, pictured, joined other celebrities taking on a series of challenges.

Ms Davies said: “I was pleasantly surprised by how well she did bearing in mind that at home all she is capable of is coming to us when we call her and sitting when told to.

“Pig is not ideal for an agility course. She is not the fastest, but she did really well.”

She added: “It was close all the way through. No one went into it to win, we wanted to have fun and raise money for Sport Relief.”

The final of Top Dog will be aired tonight from 6.30pm on BBC Two.

Things were getting competitive in Melksham on Sunday as young people from the Canberra Children’s Centre beat the town’s police at a tense eight-hour pool marathon.

Beat manager PC Kane Fulbrook Smith organised the contest with youth services co-ordinator Mark Holden.

He said: “We played 68 games and the final result was 36-32.

“It was a good day, very competitive.

“We probably raised about £200 for Sport Relief, but the main purpose was to build engagement with the young people in Melksham.

“It was really good to see them taking it for what it was, but there was still that element where they wanted to win every game. The last match of the day was between the Police and Crime Commissioner and a special constable, and the two best players from Canberra, who won it on the black.

“We’ll definitely be looking to have a rematch at some point.”

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