Villagers urged to take part in One Show relay

nrhn 080312 ''TV presenter Alex Jones is calling on the people of Ambergate to take part in the One Show 1000 on Thursday, March 22.
nrhn 080312 ''TV presenter Alex Jones is calling on the people of Ambergate to take part in the One Show 1000 on Thursday, March 22.
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AN EPIC countrywide relay in aid of Sports Relief is set to run straight through Ambergate.

The One Show 1000 will see people from all over the UK join forces to run a mile each in a non-stop 1,000 mile relay.

nrhn 080312''The One Show 1000 relay is taking place throughout the UK from March 16.

nrhn 080312''The One Show 1000 relay is taking place throughout the UK from March 16.

Now organisers are calling on the people of Ambergate to sign up to the one-off event - and carry the baton through the village.

This week the News spoke to hosts of BBC One’s The One Show Matt Baker and Alex Jones in a bid to rally villagers to take part.

Former Blue Peter presenter Matt, said: “Can you imagine if, during the entire relay, if there’s a link missing, the chain breaks?

“That would just be tragic.

“Sport Relief is a great cause, so many people in the world and in the UK can benefit from your efforts.”

The relay will start in the Isle of Mull north of Scotland on March 16 and finishing 1,000 miles later at a grand finale on the Mall, London, on March 25.

The One Show 1000 is due to head through Ambergate on March 22.

Runners will continue for 24 hours a day, taking in towns across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Matt continued: “We first set out and thought is this possible - can it be done?

“If we pull it off it will make the history books I’m sure of it!”

Fellow One Show presenter Alex Jones said: “We need people from places all along the route to enter The One Show 1000 now and help us raise lots of money to help change lives all over the UK and in the world’s poorest countries.”

Matt, who also presents BBC One’s Countryfile, is no stranger to a charity endurance challenge after he rode a rickshaw 484 miles from Edinburgh to London for Children in Need.

He had a chance to witness how Sport Relief money can help the poorest people in the world when he went to Bangladesh in 2010.

“We didn’t take cameras, it wasn’t filmed or anything like that - it was very personal,” he said.

“To see the conditions that some people are living in - those things do stay with you forever, knowing how much even three pounds can make a difference.”

Alex said £5 can buy victims of domestic abuse a warm meal and a safe house for the night

A pound could feed a child living on the streets of India for two days.

And £12 could give a child clean water for his or her entire childhood in Kenya.

Anyone wanting to take part in the Ambergate leg of the One Show 1000 must be 16 or over and from the village.

To sign up, head to www.sportrelief.com/the-one-show.

Entries are open now and will close when all miles have been filled.

Successful applicants will be notified by telephone or email.

Full terms and conditions can be found at www.sportrelief.com along with a complete map of the relay route.