STUDENTS ditched their trainers and pulled on steel-capped boots to run a mile for Sport Relief.
Around 100 students from the Swadlincote Construction Campus of Burton and South Derbyshire College took part in the charity event.
The mile took them from the campus in William Nadin Way to Sainsbury’s supermarket in Civic Way.
Paul Dace, learner services co-ordinator at the campus, said: “It is the first time we have taken part in the Sport Relief mile. The campus has not been here that long. We are one mile away from Sainsbury’s so the staff and students decided to take part.
“Some of them ran it, with some of the younger ones finishing in about six minutes.
“It was very enjoyable and we got lots of beeps of support from people driving by. The weather also held out – it was really good.
“Sport Relief is a very good cause and students were keen to do something for the charity. Staff and students came up with the idea.
“We had a construction theme with students wearing hi-vis jackets and some students running the mile in steel-capped boots.
“We would also like to say a big thanks to the Sainsbury’s manager for helping out.
“There are more than 100 students in on a Wednesday and they all took part. They enjoyed it immensely and wanted to raise £100, but passed it by £45 to raise £145.”
The money was raised by members of the public dropping their donations in charity buckets.
There is a range of Sport Relief events taking place in Burton and South Derbyshire over the next few days.
Gresley Football Club mascot Elvis Gresley will be taking part in the Swadlincote Sport Relief Mile on Sunday.
The Swadlincote Woodlands Mile takes place at Swadlincote Woodlands, in Derby Road, at 11am.
Swimming, cycling and running events throughout the country will raise cash for people in need in the UK and abroad.
For more information on events in the area log on to sportrelief.com