With more than 100 events and 55,000 runners under its belt so far, the GO Run For Fun campaign is the biggest children’s running initiative in the world, and aims to encourage over 100,000 kids to get off the couch, give the TV a rest and get active by 2016.
The campaign is the idea of Jim Ratcliffe, owner of INEOS, one of the UK’s largest manufacturing companies, which announced a £1.5m donation spread over three years to encourage children to run for fun by establishing the Go Run For Fun charitable foundation.
Both events were supported by Links School Sport Partnership, Sheffield. Development Manager, Emma Flaherty, said: “We’re delighted to have been involved in the GO Run For Fun campaign in Sheffield this week. It’s a great way of getting our youngsters outdoors to exercise, and have lots of fun with their friends at the same time.
“Involving children in fun sporting events at a young age is a vital step towards encouraging a healthier lifestyle later on in life, and GO Run For Fun plays a pivotal role in this.”
Moving more is an important part of tackling childhood obesity which is fast-becoming one of the leading areas of public health concern in England. The latest information from Public Health England shows that 33.4% of children in Sheffield aged 10-11 are now overweight or obese.
Jim Ratcliffe, owner of INEOS, added: “I’m passionate about getting as many children running as possible as early as possible. The idea is simple – to get children out of the house having fun. It is not rocket science. Running is the basis of so many great sports. If our children can catch the running bug early, they’re more likely to stick to it, and this can only lead to them having more active and healthier lifestyles in the future.”
GO Run For Fun will continue to tour the UK throughout 2015. For more information and to enter your child for INEOS GO Run For Fun events happening near you, or to register your local club or school’s interest in joining our campaign, please visit: www.gorunforfun.com.
You can also visit the GO Run For Fun Facebook page, or find them on Twitter @_GRFF.
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500 PORTSMOUTH PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN RUN 2KM
450 CORNISH PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN RUN 2KM