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Elly goes the extra mile

If everyone in the country ran just one mile to raise money for Sport Relief, that's 60,000,000 miles covered! BBC Radio York's Elly Fiorentini was joined by Harry Gration, John Inverdale and a few other athletes to go the extra mile around York.

About the athletes

Here's who Elly was running alongside...

Richard Buck

19 year old 400 metre runner who is a Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic hopeful. He’s the seventh fastest runner over 400 metres in the UK, and is the 2nd fastest in his U20s age category. He got into running almost by accident. When he was a pupil at Lady Lumley’s School in Pickering, he was asked to run the 400 metres, which he won and rather enjoyed. The rest is history…

Richard Cadden

Thai Boxer from York. Richard currently holds the world super-welterweight world title for Thai Boxing, he won this title in Bangkok in October 2004 and retained his world title in March 2005. His next  fight is at Leeds Town Hall on 17th June.

Christian Fox

Former York City player turned personal trainer.

Richard Buck, Christian Fox & Richard Cadden
The real athletes

Gathered on what is fondly known as 'windy corner', the towers of York Minster loomed over us.  Go that extra mile seemed a good idea and it's all in aid of Sport Relief. 

BBC Sports presenter John Inverdale is an incentive for anyone to get involved (and I'm not just saying that because I'm a woman!) and of course the lovely Harry Gration from BBC Look North with a film crew in tow was possibly another reason to get as much publicity for an event which has raised millions over the last few years. 

It was touch and go as whether I would make it - well I did have to keep a radio show 'on air' but how can you not do your bit?  My fitness hasn't been the best of late but what the heck after hearing about Scuba Diving for All which is based at Ripon how could I not do my bit. 

It's just one organisation in the county which has benefited from the money raised.  They offer diving to people with disabilities - really proving that sport is for everyone.  Sport Relief is for everyone - you don't have to run , in fact you can do anything just to 'go that extra mile'.  John Inverdale was trying to entice me to take off my jogging bottoms but I wanted to encourage not discourage people from taking part.

So here were on a blustery day outside of one of the greatest landmarks in our beautiful county surrounded by great athletes from North Yorkshire, John Inverdale (a rugby player) and Harry Gration (a regular jogger) and me! 

Elly Fiorentini and Harry Gration
The runners take a quick breather

At just after a quarter past eleven we set off - mic in hand and doing a little radio commentary.  John and Harry set off a fair rate - I thought I ll never survive at this rate.  Just stay calm Fiorentini just stay calm!  I'll be honest I don't like running or jogging but as my mentor John kept telling me this isn't a race.  You should have practised what you preached. 

However I did notice that he and Harry kept stopping, but I think that was to make me feel better - yes I was at the back. 

John and Harry carry Elly over the finish line

As we ran through the streets of York we even got a few cheers.  By the end I felt exhilarated.  I'd done it. And don't believe the pictures, I did make it to the finish line.  I think Inverdale and Gration just wanted to show their sporting prowess. 

I hope they do have good insurance after carrying me over the finishing line! 

I don't suppose it is every day you can say that two famous men carried you by the front of York Minster! 

If I can do it anyone can.  Go on 'go that extra mile' for Sport Relief. 

Elly

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