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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 July 2006, 13:54 GMT 14:54 UK
Prince sprints around Sandhurst
Prince William in a Sport Relief t-shirt
The prince was to the front of the running pack
Prince William has run a mile to raise money for the charity Sport Relief - and described the event as "awesome".

The race was held at Sandhurst military academy, Surrey, where the 24-year-old prince is training to be an officer.

About 1,500 people joined him, including his commandant Maj Gen Peter Pearson, former sprint hurdler Colin Jackson and rugby star Josh Lewsey.

The event comes a week before the charity holds its countrywide Sport Relief Mile to raise money.

Sign up for the Sport Relief Mile

The assembled soldiers warmed up by dancing to YMCA and Don't Stop Me Now, Sport Relief's official single by McFly.

They finished the course, which included having to scale 8ft high walls, in 14 minutes and nine seconds.

Speaking afterwards, the prince said: "I really enjoyed the day. It's awesome.

"I really hope next week that everyone gets involved wherever they are."

They were followed around the course by every sporting team in Sandhurst, including cyclists, a polo team, beagles and their handlers and hockey goalies.

They were also joined by tennis players, keeping up a continuous rally as they ran.

Ghurkhas in full military dress with rifles, cadets towing a truck, families of Sandhurst staff, including mothers with prams, dogs, toddlers and grandparents also did the course.

As they recovered at the finish line, the prince was told by Mr Jackson: "You were leading the pack," but he replied: "I wouldn't say I was leading it.

Prince William climbing a wall
The runners also had to negotiate 8ft high walls

"It was the commandant - he was miles away. I couldn't keep up with him."

Mr Jackson later said: "Sport Relief is a very special thing for me.

"I've seen how much something like today makes such a massive difference to people's lives and I'm proud to be part of it."

Sandhurst's chief of staff Colonel Finlayson and academy adjutant Maj Segrave also took part.

Sport Relief raises much-needed money to help vulnerable people leading tough lives in the UK and the poorer countries of the world.

Everyone who took part donated 2, meaning that the event raised 3,000.

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