Kirklees towns ready for Sport Relief

Four-time Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds
Four-time Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds
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‘No pain, no gain’ is the motto for a Mirfield martial arts instructor gearing up for a Sport Relief charity challenge.

Anna Seabourne and 11 members of the Shoufakan Dojo are taking part in a 24-hour marathon training session in aid of the charity appeal.

The group, which includes athletes aged from 10 to over 50, will showcase Takenouchi-ryu Bitchuden moves at the Mirfield Communty Centre on Water Royd Lane.

Starting at 11am this Saturday, they will carry on until 11am the next day, with at least two people active at all times.

“I suspect the old adage ‘no pain, no gain’ will be taken to its limit! If part of that gain raises some cash for Sport

Relief, then we really hope to make a difference to people’s lives in the UK and overseas. We shall be tweeting throughout the event on @shoufukan, so messages of support would be welcome,” said Anna.

The public can watch the marathon attempt from 12-10pm on Saturday and from 9-11am on Sunday, and spectators can make donations.

The martial arts centre has a proud history of fundraising - back in 2011, members collected £700 for the Japanese tsunami appeal.

Dewsbury supermarket Sainsbury’s is also celebrating the appeal with its Sport Relief Games weekend. The store will offer customers the chance to take part in a number of sporty challenges. Dewsbury Sports Centre will provide a static exercise bike and staff are also participating in local swimming and walking events. There will be a healthy living advice stand, and shoppers can buy Sport Relief merchandise including T-shirts, wristbands, softballs and yo-yos, with all profits going to the charity.

Half of the cash raised by Sport Relief is spent in the UK and the rest on overseas projects in developing countries.

“We’re looking forward to seeing our colleagues and customers get involved in this year’s Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games. Not only is the event going to be brilliant fun but there’s the opportunity raise money for a fantastic cause. We’ll also be running fundraising events in store and have a fantastic array of merchandise on sale,” said store manager Mick Hepworth.

If you’re participating in a Sport Relief event or are involved with a school, group, club or workplace who have organised a challenge, send photos and details to grace.newton@jpress.co.uk.