Thousands raised locally for Sports Relief

Stourbridge News: Mayor of Dudley, cllr Alan Finch with the Stourbugs before they set off for their Sports Relief ride. Buy this photo: 131410MH. Buy this photo Mayor of Dudley, cllr Alan Finch with the Stourbugs before they set off for their Sports Relief ride. Buy this photo: 131410MH.

FITNESS fanatics cycled, ran and showed off their best dance moves to raise thousands of pounds for Sports Relief.

Stourbridge cycling club, Stourbug, saddled up for their charity challenge, to ride 2,000 miles collectively, on Saturday.

But the group, who were waved off from Mary Stevens Park by Dudley Mayor Councillor Alan Finch, smashed their target and clocked up 2,653 miles throughout the day, raising £1,425 to date.

A Stourbridge businessman made his three mile sponsored run even more challenging by wearing two stone worth of chainmail.

Alan Caley, owner of Eyewise Opticians, completed the run at The Ryland Centre, Bromsgrove, on Sunday.

The 47-year-old, who takes part in medieval re-enactment in his spare time, has raised just over £300 for the cause.

He said wearing the chainmail "hurt, a lot" but he managed to walk an extra half mile as he is "a sucker for punishment".

Stourbridge Pilates Rooms got involved by holding a number of classes in aid of Sports Relief on Saturday.

The sessions, targeted all abilities, raised £123, with a further £50 donated online.

Another round of classes will be held on Saturday, where it is hoped the amount will be doubled.

Staff at Sainsbury's stores in Amblecote and Merry Hill also went the extra mile to fundraise for Sport Relief and collectively raised £5,500 last weekend.

Colleagues showed off their dance moves when they performed a flashmob and also clocked up 771 miles on an exercise bike.

The Merry Hill store also played host to pupils from Gig Mill Primary, Netherton Primary and St Mary’s Primary last Tuesday.

Children arrived dressed as their favourite sporting hero and took part in a hula hooping competition and an aerobic session.

Staff at Amblecote also took part in a quiz with a difference, organised by Marcia Welch, who works on the fresh department.

She pitted the wits of her line manager, Ian Lewis, against those of grocery manager, Glyn Bailey.

An incorrect answer saw the managers pay a forfeit, by having to smash an egg across their foreheads, which were either hard boiled or raw.

Youngsters from Crestwood School, Kingswinford also got in on the act and raised more than £1,300 by walking, jogging, or running a mile.

Teacher, Kerry Humpage, said 650 pupils had participated and everyone had "a fantastic time".

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