90 Wolverhampton primary school kids will take part in the largest running race for children in the UK. They will be amongst 4,000 children aged between 5 and 10 years at the GO Run For Fun event, held this Thursday 14 July at the former Olympic Stadium within London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
These junior runners will participate in a mass two-kilometre run inside the stadium, joined by sporting stars past and present including Brendan Foster, Colin Jackson and Richard Kilty.
GO Run For Fun is a worldwide running campaign launched in August 2013 by global petrochemicals company INEOS who seed funded this charitable foundation. The idea for this mission came from INEOS owner Jim Ratcliffe whose goal is to get kids running and lead healthy, active lifestyles: to encourage children off the sofa and outside the house, doing something that is inexpensive, enjoyable and sociable.
He said: “GO Run For Fun has already inspired over 160,000 children around the world to enjoy running. This massive event will help encourage even more children to get active and healthy.”
This event will also be promoting the innovative ‘Daily Mile’ project aimed at improving the wellbeing of primary school children by motivating them to run a mile each day. The scheme founded by head teacher Elaine Wyllie who was concerned at the lack of fitness of her pupils and devised this fun and accessible solution. Schools who are part of the ‘Daily Mile’ project will be taking part in this mass fun run with enthusiastic support from Elaine.
Blue Peter TV presenter Radzi Chinyanganya will act as host for the event with an added treat in the form of a live set by X Factor stars Reggie ‘N’ Bollie.
For more information, visit the INEOS GO Run For Fun website.
Photo courtesy of Gardiner Richardson.