Abbey to stage Sport Relief mile

Local power lifter Phil Beniston who will starts the Sports Relief mile at Newstead Abbey
Local power lifter Phil Beniston who will starts the Sports Relief mile at Newstead Abbey

HISTORIC Newstead Abbey is hosting its first ever Sport Relief mile later this month, giving residents the chance to take in its beautiful grounds while raising cash for a good cause.

The event is taking place on Sunday 25th March and is one of hundreds of Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Miles taking place around the country.

Participants can run with the one mile race or the three or six mile routes around Newstead’s ornamental gardens and parklands.

The start will be at the front of the Abbey, with the dramatic backdrop of the famous West Front sending runners on their way.

And Ashfield’s Sportsperson of the Year, world champion powerlifter Phil Beniston, will start the race, while representatives from Cobra Freestyle Kickboxing club, which Phil runs, will marshal the event.

Said Penny Beniston, Phil’s wife, who works at the Abbey: “For Newstead Abbey to host the Sport Relief event in this Olympic year is a real boost.

“Lord Byron was a great sportsman in his own right and would have been very keen on lending his support to this cause, so in keeping his spirit alive, we are looking forward to welcoming over 400 runners to the spectacular ornamental gardens and parkland.

“The Sport Relief mile is an event open to anyone, regardless of ability or age, that offers the opportunity to run, jog or walk one, three or six miles.”

The cost to enter the event is £6 for adults, £3 for children or £15 for families, with all participants receiving a medal and being encouraged to collect sponsorship for Sport Relief also.

There will be a special entrance cost of only £5 per car for spectators, including entrance to gardens and cafe.

The fun starts at 9.30 am, with the first race starting at 10am and registration via www.sportrelief.com.

A number of other Sainsbury’s Sport Relief events are also taking place in the area on the same day.

These include one at The Pit Tip Trails in Shirebrook, one at Oak Tree Leisure Centre in Mansfield and one at Dukeries Leisure Centre in Ollerton.