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Take the train … to Sports Relief

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Get fit and fundraise – by taking the train to take part in the Sports Relief Mile. Hundreds of Sports Relief events will be taking place across the country on Sunday 25 March 2012, so get your running shoes on and race to the platform to make sure you’re part of this fantastic charity run.

But before you rush to the starting line, check our journey planner for cheap train tickets first – you could put the money you save towards your sports gear or use it to boost your fundraising total.

Wherever you are in the UK, you’ll find a Sports Relief Mile event nearby. Here are details of just some of the events taking place this year – and if you fancy taking part in any of them, you can register on the Sports Relief website.

You’ll need to choose your event, select the distance that you want to run (1 mile, 3 miles or 6 miles) and choose a start time. Entry costs £6 per adult, £3 per child and £15 for a family of four – and don’t forget to ask everyone you know to sponsor you too.

Take the train … to the London Mile

There are ten Sports Mile events taking place across the capital, but the largest is the London Mile. The route begins at Horse Guards Parade, and you’ll pass some of London’s most famous landmarks on the way, including Buckingham Palace and the Queen Victoria Memorial. You’ll be able to enjoy some great entertainment during the day too – which should give you the boost you need to carry you over the finishing line.

There are meeting points and information points at Horse Guards Parade, Admiralty Arch and the North Horseride (which will be transformed into a vibrant entertainment area). Jump aboard a train to London and take a Bakerloo or Northern Line tube to Charing Cross – Horse Guards Parade is just a short walk away.

However, you might want to book a hotel room and head off to the Big Smoke a day earlier. Top boy band JLS, who are launching a single to raise money for Sports Relief, will be performing at a special fundraising concert at the o2 Arena at 12.30 p.m. on Saturday 24 March, along with a host of special guests, including Olly Murs and Rizzle Kicks.

Take the train … to the Edinburgh Mile

Hop on a train to Edinburgh and take part in the Edinburgh Mile – you’ll get to see some of the Scottish capital’s historic landmarks and enjoy its beautiful architecture whilst raising money for a good cause.

The Edinburgh Mile starts next to the stunning 14th century St. Giles’ Cathedral (or the High Kirk of Edinburgh), on the city’s famous Royal Mile. It’s just a five minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley Station, so it’s ideally located by anyone travelling to the city by train.

Take the train … to the Plymouth Mile

Jump on board a train to Plymouth and you can take in the sea air as you complete your charity run. And landlubbers starting their race at 10.45 will be accompanied by the Pirates of Plymouth too, adding to the seafaring atmosphere.

The Plymouth Mile takes place at Plymouth Hoe Promenade, and you’ll be able to enjoy superb views of Plymouth Sound and Drake’s Island as you proceed along the route. The starting line is only a 5 minute taxi ride or 25 minute walk from Plymouth Railway Station, so getting there is simple when you travel by train.

More fundraising opportunities

If the thought of running turns you cold, no matter how warm-hearted the cause, don’t worry – water babies are also catered for in Sports Relief’s charity event programme this year. You can swim your mile rather than running it at one of the Big Splash Mile events taking place at pools throughout the UK on 27 – 29 April 2012 during Sport Relief’s Swimathon Weekend.

But if preparing for the Sport Relief Mile has inspired you to take your running a little further, you could sign up for the Sunderland City 10k run on 6 May. We’re sponsoring this challenging but enjoyable event – also known as the Marathon of the North – which will help to raise funds for many charities, including our partner charity, The Railway Children.

Will you be taking the train to a Sports Relief event this year? Let us know below…

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