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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 June 2006, 12:59 GMT 13:59 UK
Tanni goes the Extra Mile
Tanni Grey Thompson
People should do the mile because it's just a great event - absolutely anyone can do it, you can go as quickly or as slowly as you want.
Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson
Britain's most successful wheelchair athlete Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson has urged people to sign up for Sport Relief.

Tanni will be doing the NewcasleGateshead Sport Relief mile on July 15th and wants as many people as possible to join her.

"It's one mile, it's ten minutes out of your life it's about making a difference for other people," she said.

Sign up now to get your first red sock, then just get yourself sponsored and do the mile to get your second red sock.

Sign up for the Sport Relief Mile

There is no need to be super fit like Tanni, the point of Sport Relief is that anyone of any age or ability can do a mile.

"People should do the mile because it's just a great event - absolutely anyone can do it, you can walk as quickly or slowly as you want."

"I did the last one," said Tanni "I just had such a good laugh chatting to other people and finding out why they were doing it.

"It's about having fun, you can do it with your mates, your family or your work colleagues - everybody can be there and it can be a really great community atmosphere."

Sign up for the NewcastleGateshead Sport Relief Mile

"Sport Relief is just a great even to support because anyone can get involved in any way they want."

Sign up for Sport Relief

Although happy to join in the fun on July 15th Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson has always been deadly serious when it comes to winning gold medals.

Tanni has won a staggering six London Marathon wheelchair races and an astonishing 11 Paralympic gold medals, and is keen to see others get the same chances

"I have been very fortunate with my family and the support I have had to become an athlete, but lots of young people in this country just don't get that kind of support.

"It's about raising money to make sure there are more opportunities for young people - If everyone just does one mile it can make a massive difference for people not only in the UK but around the world.

"If that just takes doing one mile, well then that's not a lot to do to really make a difference.

Sign up for the Sport Relief Mile


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