MPs whom the race outran!

March 18, 2010 2:07 PM
Tom after the race

Tom Brake MP with Kyran Bracken at the end of the Westminster Mile

Local MP Tom Brake teamed up with a bevy of MPs and Members of the House of Lords to complete a Westminster Mile for Sport Relief on Wednesday last week.

Party politics was set aside for a good cause, though not for long, as MPs from the regions and nations made a point of beating their local rivals. Tom Brake was the first London MP across the finishing line, and said "first from London is as good as first place."

More than 30 Parliamentarians, including the Minister for Sport, swapped their suits for shorts, trainers and Sport Relief Socks to test their sporting prowess in St James's Park.

MPs and peers called on the rest of the nation to sign up for the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 21st March. People from London can meet organisers at Victoria Embankment, and take part in several runs over the course of the morning.

"I would love to see plenty of Londoners taking part on Sunday," said Tom Brake afterwards. "It's a good cause and it's a great way to spend the day."

They were joined by former England Rugby player Kyran Bracken who joined them at the finishing line.

All the money raised will be spent by Comic Relief to help vulnerable people here in the UK and across the world's poorest countries. For more information or to sign up for the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile go to

Kyran Bracken said: "MPs are usually found running for election so it was nice to see them running for a different reason! It's been brilliant to see our politicians sweating it out for Sport Relief, so I'd encourage everyone to follow their lead and sign up to do their own Mile now at"

The Sport Relief Weekend is taking place from Friday 19th March to Sunday 21st March and it'll be three whole days of energy, entertainment and events for everyone to enjoy.

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