Tuesday, 27 March 2012


Nearly 250 runners turned out to run the Thanet Mile in aid of Sport Relief, double the number when the event was last held two years ago.

The event at the Marlowe Academy on Sunday (25 March) was organised by the council’s Sport Matters team. It is held every other year and this is the third Thanet Mile to be held. It was the culmination of their hugely successful Sport 4 Life campaign, which offered free sports sessions to adults over the age of 16, for 10 weeks from January of this year.

The Chairman of the Council, Cllr. Doug Clark, the council’s Leader, Cllr. Clive Hart, along with the Mayors of Ramsgate and Margate, were on hand to start the race, while 248 local people took part in.

Cllr. Iris Johnston, Cabinet Member for Community Services, was one of those cheering on the participants: “It was really encouraging to see so many local people getting involved and raising money for worthy causes all over the UK, especially as it was a slightly cold day. From the hardened athlete to three generations of a family, the Thanet Mile had something for everyone. What a great setting the Marlowe Academy was. I hope local people will realise what wonderful facilities they have right on their doorstep and will use it in the future.

She added: “So many people helped the council’s Sport Matters team with this event. I’d like to thank the Marlowe Academy for offering the use of the track and the site for free, Sainsbury’s at Westwood, Thanet Leisureforce, Thanet Roadrunners Club, Thanet Athletics Club, Pipeline Youth, Skip 2B Fit, East Kent Sports School, Pie Factory Music and Rich Rhythms African Drumming. All of them combined their efforts to make the day a great success.

Local people can use the athletics track at the Marlowe Academy in a number of ways, either by joining one of the clubs based at the track, hiring the track for your organisation or by buying a wristband to use the facility independently.

For more information on all the great sport and leisure opportunities on offer from the council, please visit www.thanet.gov.uk/sport

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