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Running initiative GO Run For Fun held its first free UK event of the year in Hull on 24 April, inviting 1100 local primary school children to take part in a run and learn more about living a healthy lifestyle.
Aged between 5 and 10, children from 21 primary schools* across the Humber area came together at Brantingham Park, home to the Hull Ionians Rugby team, to tackle the 2 kilometre route. Interest was high, with many more schools on a waiting list alongside the schools already involved.
The event was a huge success, with Commonwealth gold medalist and sprinter Harry Aikines-Aryeetey showing his support as the ambassador.
When speaking about what attracted Harry to the event, he said:
“I’m a strong believer of staying active and enjoying progress/training whilst having fun. I’ve always loved running from a young age [and] the feeling of being fast always fascinated me. Running has taught me many life skills, most importantly how to be the best me.”
Harry also offered his advice for young people on staying active, saying:
“Always enjoy sport as it’s a luxury. Never make it a chore or something negative.”
Alongside the event, GO Run For Fun provided a Health & Wellbeing programme to educate young children about the importance of diet and regular exercise. Special Agents were selected and have been set a six week mission to get their school healthy and active.
Kate Atkinson, Youth Event and Education Executive at GO Run For Fun, said:
“We are very excited to have kick-started our 2018 GO Run For Fun programme in Humber; a new location for us and a great place to launch our new Health & Wellbeing programme.”
GO Run For Fun, which is run in partnership with the Great Run series, is aiming to get a total of 55,000 children running by the end of the 2018 by organising a total of 20 mass running events across the UK.
The initiative is supported by INEOS, a multinational company headquartered in London, with health and fitness at the heart of its ethos.
INEOS Chairman, Jim Ratcliffe, who is deeply passionate about running, said: “It has never been more important to support young people in leading healthier, more active lives. We are very proud to support and celebrate these two initiatives (GO Run For Fun & The Daily Mile) that have been making a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of children in the UK and beyond, for the last four years.”
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