Nearly a thousand primary school kids took part in a free running event in Nottingham, part of a global campaign to encourage children to get off the sofa and get active.
Part of the INEOS GO Run For Fun mission, this Nottingham event took place at Wollaton Park on Thursday 16 June. The youngsters wore distinctive pink T-shirts displaying the event logo and ‘get off the couch’ slogan and proceeded to do just that, running 2K (one mile) and having fun at the same time. Team GB athlete and Olympian Lynsey Sharp sounded the horn to set them off.
Whilst having fun is the goal of this worldwide running initiative, there is a serious message behind all of this: to encourage children aged between 5 and 10 years old to take up running with a view to it becoming a lifelong habit. An added bonus is if this leads to a healthier lifestyle in the long term.
The GO Run For Fun campaign is the brainchild of INEOS owner, Jim Ratcliffe who heads one of the largest manufacturing companies in the UK. This multinational chemicals firm announced a £1.5 million donation, spread over three years to the GO Run For Fun charitable foundation. “I am passionate about getting children running early in the lives. The idea is simple, to get children out of the house and have fun,” said Jim Ratcliffe who co-hosts this campaign with The Great Run Company.
This Foundation is supported by iconic figures from the world of athletics including Brendan Foster, Lord Coe, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Daley Thompson. With official backing from corporate partners and patrons who are committed to making a difference to children’s lives in the UK and overseas.
Other GO Run For Fun events are planned around the UK. Visit the website
for more information or register your child for an event.
Photo courtesy of Gardiner Richardson