In what was billed as the world's biggest children's fun run, the INEOS GO Run For Fun event brought schoolchildren aged between five and ten from London and all over the country to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Entertainment was provided by X Factor runners-up Reggie ‘N' Bollie, with athletics stars Richard Kilty, Colin Jackson, Emily Diamond, Anna Limbach and Brendan Foster on hand to cheer on as wave after wave of kids became the first to run on the brand new track within the stadium used for the 2012 Games.
The event, arranged by children's running initiative INEOS GO Run For Fun working in partnership with the Great Run Company and Newham Council kicks off activity within the area that will continue with the Great Team Relay corporate event on Thursday night, the Great Newham London Swim at Queen Victoria Docks on Saturday, before the Great Newham London Run 10KM event and the Great Newham London Family Run that take place on the Sunday – both finishing in the iconic Stadium.
The 2km fun run saw GO Run For Fun's 160,000th finisher since its launch in 2013.
Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, was delighted to see the legacy of the 2012 Games in action at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
"We have such a fantastic stadium here and getting involved with a campaign like GO Run For Fun is helping us create a legacy, a real legacy from the Olympics,” he said.
"To be able to help children get active from an early age is really important, if we can start to get kids involved in events like this it will help them learn to shape and live a healthy life in the future."
Reggie N Bollie played a 25-minute set in the blazing sunshine within the former Olympic Stadium, and said: "We are so excited and happy to be here this afternoon at the former Olympic Stadium.
"We support everything that GO Run For Fun does and everyone needs to go out there and get running.
"Kids, Go Run For Fun!"
So far, more than 1,500 schools have taken part in GO Run For Fun events which, in line with the Olympic legacy, have sought to address the critical lack of physical activity among today's children.
INEOS Chairman and founder of GO Run For Fun, Jim Ratcliffe, said: "It's good 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.”
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