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Radio presenter runs Bollywood Mile for Sport Relief

BBC Asian Network presenter Tommy Sandhu ran his socks off to help raise money for Sport Relief.

The BBC Asian Network Drive Time presenter was joined by over 700 Asian Network listeners, staff and Asian celebrities, as they all clubbed together to complete the BBC Asian Network Bollywood Mile at Birmingham’s Sport Relief Mile in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham.

A host of Bhangra legends including H Dhami, Malkit Singh and KS Bhamrah ran alongside Tommy and Breakfast show presenter Adil Ray, who was recruiting ‘Mummy Cheerleaders’ on air last week, brought them along to cheer the team to the finish line.

Speaking about the race, Tommy said: “What a day! Bhangra legends came out, our beautiful listeners were there in mass along with presenters and staff from the BBC Asian Network and of course the sun was out too! All in the name of Sport Relief! We brought our Bollywood and Bhangra flavour to the mile, making it the noisiest one of them all!”

Tommy started training for the event weeks ago with a special warm-up session back in February in Victoria Square, Birmingham. He was put through his paces by Hina and Co Bollywood Dance Group and welcomed some very helpful tips from Dame Kelly Holmes. He also received advice from Gabby Logan and Lawrence Dallaglio prior to the big event.

His fellow runners on the day were happy to chip in for Sport Relief.

Singer H Dhami said: “It’s a good cause and seeing everyone get together and trying to make a change is great. I feel proud representing the Asian community running in Birmingham.

Adil Ray added: “It was a great event to be part of and I don’t think the runners would have made it if it wasn’t for our cheerleading or my pink tracksuit – that was probably a welcome distraction.”

Money raised through Sport Relief is spent by Comic Relief to help support people living incredibly tough lives. Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief says: “Money raised by the public for Sport Relief helps support a variety of projects working with Asian communities both in the UK and throughout Asia.”

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