Walking on broken glass for Sport Relief

Harborough's Sainsbury's boss Richard Higson on a static bike in the foyer as part of the shop's London-to-Edinburgh cycling challenge for Sport Relief.

Harborough's Sainsbury's boss Richard Higson on a static bike in the foyer as part of the shop's London-to-Edinburgh cycling challenge for Sport Relief.

Hardy staff at Sainsbury’s in Market Harborough have been doing more than their fair share for this year’s Sport Relief cause.

Four people from the town’s store in St Mary’s Place shopping centre headed to Olney in Buckinghamshire on Wednesday for a national Sainsbury’s event in aid of the cause.

Sainsbury’s is the main national sponsor for Sport Relief.

Melanie Wisher, the store’s community champion, was joined by colleagues Jasmine Tansur, Darren Potter and Louise Walsh for a daunting glass walk.

Three of them had completed a fire walk across flaming embers two years ago for the same cause.

The sponsored glass walk alone has raised about £500 with the store’s total fundraising amount now reaching the £3,500 mark.

The Harborough quartet were given an hour’s briefing about how to tactically tackle the shards - purposeful and slow was the method.

Mel told the Mail: “The worse bit was probably hearing the glass crack underfoot. But we all completely it successfully. There were some others there who had a few cuts.”

Aside from the glass walk, the store has also been doing a sponsored exercise bike challenge in the foyer.

They started on Wednesday at 9.30am using a static bike.

They are hoping to cycle the equivalent distance of London to Edinburgh – about 400 miles – with new store manager Richard Higson doing his bit for the challenge.

Night shift workers have also been getting in on the act by keeping the bike going overnight and they will be carrying on until Saturday.

And at 1pm today staff took part in a flashmob dance that was also happening at every other Sainsbury’s store across the country.

To add to the glass walk fund, visit Mel’s justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/Melanie-Wisher.

The main Sport Relief event for Harborough is the fun run this Sunday. See the Mail story here for news about VIP paralympic guest Sam Ruddock: British Paralympian to be VIP guest.

People can participate in one, three or six-mile runs which will all set off from outside the café at Welland Park in town at 10.30am.

To enter the Market Harborough event, visit the website www.sportrelief.com or pop along on the day.

There are also Sport Relief runs taking place in Fleckney and Broughton Astley and swimathons in Harborough and Lutterworth

The Fleckney event is on Sunday where people can tackle distances of one, three or six miles.

It sets off from Fleckney Sports Centre in Leicester Road at 9am.

Corrin Bradgate, from Fleckney Sports Centre, said: “We are delighted that so many people have already signed up, but we want even more people in Fleckney to take part and make it the best Sport Relief event yet.”

Broughton Astley will be holding its second Sport Relief event on Sunday with three and six-mile runs from 1.30pm.

They will start from the Frolesworth Recreation Ground in the village.

And Swimathon events are also being held at Lutterworth Sports Centre and Harborough Leisure Centre from today until Sunday.

Swimmers can take on distances of 1.5km, 2.5km or 5km.

To find out more about all of these events in the district visit the same website www.sportrelief.com

Story by Alex Blackwell

Follow Alex on Twitter, @BlackwellHarb.




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