Today (Saturday 10th March) Prince Harry donned his trainers and took to the Flamengo beachfront of Rio de Janeiro to run a Sport Relief Mile. He's hoping to inspire people across the UK to do the Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 25th March and raise money for those that need it most in the world’s poorest countries and the UK.
Prince Harry started the race for the hundreds of people by waving a Union Jack and Brazilian flag and then joined in and ran a Mile for Sport Relief along the beach in sizzling temperatures of 35 degrees. Running against the beautiful backdrop of Sugarloaf Mountain, The Prince ran the race with a group of children in eight minutes and 32 seconds, and even donned a mask of his brother during the run. He then spent time handing out Sport Relief medals to his fellow Milers congratulating them on taking part in the event.
The model Lily Cole also took part in the Sport Relief Mile and said: “It’s been amazing running the Sport Relief Mile today but it’s so much hotter than in my gym!” Amanda Horton-Mastin from Sport Relief said: “It’s wonderful that Harry is here in Brazil taking part in the Sport Relief Mile joining thousands of people who are doing a Mile around the world as well as the million people who will be doing it in the UK. It’s great that this morning he’s seeing how we raise the money and this afternoon he will see how the money is spent when he opens a project that Sport Relief is funding in the Alemao favela.”
Sport Relief 2012 has gone global with hundreds of Mile events taking place all over the world including Delhi, Moscow and Quito. The Sport Relief Mile in Rio de Janeiro was organised by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office as part of Prince Harry’s official tour to Brazil.
This year, over one million men, women and children are expected to pull up their socks and take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in order to raise some serious cash for vulnerable people across the UK and the world’s poorest countries. To follow in Prince Harry’s royal footsteps, simply enter your nearest Mile today. There are literally hundreds of Mile events happening across the UK on Sunday 25th March so there’s bound to be one near you. And you can even choose your distance, 1, 3, or 6 miles, whichever suits you best.