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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 June 2006, 20:30 GMT 21:30 UK
Running for Parliament

Sir Roger Bannister lines up with MPs ahead of the Sport Relief Mile
Sir Roger Bannister lines up with MPs ahead of the Sport Relief Mile
Sport Relief hit the dizzy political heights of Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday 7th June.

Sport-mad Labour MP for Loughborough Andy Reed asked the PM if he planned to go the extra mile for Sport Relief.

"I am doing a mile for Sport Relief - It's an absolutely excellent idea and Sport Relief does huge work across the globe to relieve poverty," Tony Blair told the house.

Over 100 Members of Parliament then put aside their political rivalries to take part in the Westminster Mile for Sport Relief straight after PMQ's.

The event was started by legendary miler Sir Roger Bannister and London Marathon race director David Bedford was on hand to ensure it all went smoothly.

Sir Roger Bannister started the Westminster Mile
Sir Roger Bannister started the Westminster Mile

MP's of all shapes and sizes donned their Sport Relief red socks and huffed and puffed their way around St James' Park on a baking hot day in central London.

Sports Minister Richard Caborn was among the first to finish but claimed his time of: "around seven and a half minutes" was "nowhere near his personal best."

Caborn hopes that people will follow the MPs' lead and sign up for Sport Relief:

"You don't have to be an athlete, you don't have to be a great runner, just go and enjoy the atmosphere that's really what it's all about.

"If you want to walk it, walk if you want to hop it, hop it if you want to run it, run it, but just join in and enjoy it!"

Labour MP for Eastwood Jim Murphy led home a Scottish one-two in a very credible time of five minutes and 19 seconds.

"I just thought that if Scotland are not going to win the World Cup, we might as well win something this year," he said.

"Sport Relief is such a great charity and on the 15th of July there are miles taking place all across the UK including in my home city of Glasgow.

Labour MP for Eastwood Jim Murphy finished first in 5:19 secs
Labour MP for Eastwood Jim Murphy finished first in 5:19 secs

"It's all good fun, you don't have to beat my time, Glasgow Green is a great venue and I hope everyone can get involved and get sponsored.

After a warm welcome from Sir Roger, Jim was presented with his coveted second red sock, which is given to all milers when they complete their mile.

Andy Reed was delighted with how the event went and is looking forward to joining in again on July 15th in Loughborough.

"Loughborough is the eminent university for sport in the UK and we hope to be on the map with our own mile on the day.

"Last time out even my 18 month-old-daughter did the mile, so anyone can do it, there is no excuse for not taking part!"

Please sign up for your nearest mile now, get your first red sock and get ready to go the Extra Mile on July 15th.



SEE ALSO
Tony Blair runs a Sport Relief Mile
08 Jun 06 |  Photo Galleries
Sign up for Sport Relief now!
25 May 06 |  TV/Radio Schedule


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