On the run for Sport Relief

Francis Benali at Springhill School for Sport Relief

Francis Benali at Springhill School for Sport Relief

First published in Sports Relief

HAMPSHIRE has been awash with red and white as hundreds of people donned rival football kits and sprinted round the school field for Sport Relief.

Schools, colleges and workplaces played their part in helping to raise thousands of pounds for disadvantaged young people at home in the UK and abroad on Friday.

In a painful exchange, avid Saints fan Paul Davies pulled on the blue of Portsmouth in a ‘shirt of hurt’ exchange that saw his colleagues Martin Duck and Mark Robertson in Saints shirts.

• The Sport Relief Mile takes place in Southampton today

Springhill School in Southampton raised more than £600 by holding a red and white day for the charity combined with supporting Saints on the way to Wembley. And at Cadland Primary more than 300 children donned red and white, completed obstacle courses and held a danceathon, also raising more than £600.

Pupils at Highfield Primary School raised more than £200 by holding a red and white day in support of Saints and Sport Relief.

While at 11 other schools and two colleges in the city pupils took part in a mammoth rowing challenge, completing 2,010 miles and raising cash for the sporting arm of Comic Relief.

Thanks to a £100,000 grant from the Steve Redgrave fund the schools were provided with rowing equipment and wanted to give something back for it through Sport Relief.

Meanwhile an Ugly Bug Fun Run was held at Shakespeare Junior School, Eastleigh, to help raise money.

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