BBC staff run Sport Relief Mile in fancy dress as Queen officially opens race during Jubilee tour

By Claire Holden & Hannah Hulme

BBC staff ran a mile in fancy dress for Sport Relief this afternoon, as Her Majesty the Queen officially opened the charity race.

It was with a wave of a flag that The Queen officially opened the Sport Relief Mile, following her tour of the new BBC buildings.

Hundreds of people attended the event to raise money for Comic Relief, including members of the Mastermind team and Question of Sport staff.

Rebecca Gayle, one of the Mastermind team, described seeing the Queen as ‘monumental’.

She said: “The Queen was up on the plinth smiling away. I really like her; she does a great job for our country.”

CELEBRATION: Balloons released as The Queen officially opened the Sport Relief Mile

The race got off to a flying start with a confetti cannon and balloons being released into the air.

Members of the Research and Development team at the BBC raised around £350. Among their team of five were an Elvis and a cowgirl.

The team said: “It’s such a lot of money to raise in just eight minutes! Our motto was to stick together through the race, we start together, and we finish together.

We’ve had a really great day.”

ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE: BBC staff take part in a conga line for Sport Relief

The event concluded with a giant conga-line of staff and other fancy-dress runners coming over the MediaCityUK Swing Bridge and back into the piazza.

Mastermind’s assistant producer Lizzie Foster said: “It’s a bit depressing to have to go back to the office after all this excitement!”

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