Children from primary schools around Mansfield took part in a two-kilometre fun run at Sherwood Pines Forestry Park on Wednesday 2 November, cheered on by parents, friends and the GO Run For Fun mascot, Dart.
Having encouraged more than 168,000 children to get running through over 260 events so far, the GO Run For Fun campaign is the biggest children’s running initiative in the world. By the end of this year it aims to encourage many more kids to get off the couch, give the TV a rest and get active.
The GO Run For Fun 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 via the GO Run For Fun charitable foundation.
He explained: “I’m passionate about getting as many children running early in their lives. 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 next year with events planned across the UK, as well as internationally in the US and Europe. 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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More than 500 primary school children joined forces in Mansfield this week for this year’s INEOS GO Run For Fun™ event.