Runners go the extra mile for Sport Relief
Release Date 27 March 2012
Around 600 runners laced up their trainers to take part in Reading's Sport Relief Mile at the University of Reading on Sunday.
As well as athletes of all ages, hundreds more supporters came out in the glorious spring sunshine to cheer on friends and family at the University's Whiteknights campus.
Former Reading FC captain and BBC Radio Berkshire football expert Ady Williams set the first wave of runners off at 10am.
He was joined on the start line by University of Reading Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell, who joined participants in a lap of the one-mile course.
Sir David said: "The University of Reading is proud of its world-class facilities and beautiful grounds. We were delighted to welcome so many people to our Whiteknights campus on Sunday in support of such a good cause.
"My thanks to all those who took part, supported friends and family, and especially the volunteers who gave their time to help the event run so successfully."
Among the participants was a woman celebrating her 78th birthday, a unicyclist, and athletes in fancy dress including computer game brothers Mario and Luigi, a gingerbread man, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the film Ghostbusters.
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