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Big name stars support Sport Relief at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

PUBLISHED: 16:20 22 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:20 22 March 2016

Danny Dyer (centre) and Danny-Boy Hatchard (centre left, Dyer's on screen son in Eastenders) taking part in the Sainsburys Sport Relief Mile during the Sainsburys Sport Relief Games, at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London.

Danny Dyer (centre) and Danny-Boy Hatchard (centre left, Dyer's on screen son in Eastenders) taking part in the Sainsburys Sport Relief Mile during the Sainsburys Sport Relief Games, at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London.

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There was no gold medals at stake, but thousands gathered to run, walk, swim and cycle across Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for charity on the weekend.

Big name stars taking part included EastEnders actor Danny Dyer – originally from Canning Town – Sky Sports News presenter Olivia Wayne, Jay McGuiness from The Wanted and Strictly Come Dancing’s Aliona Vilani.

Clebrities led the campaign by joining thousands of participants on the track at the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games.

Runners took on either a one, three or six mile course round the park in Stratford.

The weekend raised more than £56 million that will go towards helping disadvantaged people across the UK and in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Kevin Cahill, Comic Relief chief executive, said: “We’d like to thank the British public for their outstanding generosity and compassion. “Year on year we ask them to dig deep and do their bit and once again they’ve risen to the challenge - We can’t thank them enough.”

The race at the Olympic Park led the charge in London, but it wasn’t the only Sport Relief fundraising activity going on at the park at the weekend.

Former two times Olympic champion rower James Cracknell set a Sport Relief record for the furthest distance ridden on a retro Raleigh Chopper bicycle in one hour, by riding 141 laps of Lee Valley VeloPark’s indoor velodrome track on Friday 
night.

Cracknell praised the “brilliant atmosphere”, adding: “It’s wonderful to see so many people of all ages and abilities out engaging with sport and pushing their abilities to help raise money and change lives.”

Nearly £57m has been raied for Sport Relief this year so far. Visit sportrelief.com for more.


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