TEAM GB ATHLETE KICKS OFF 4TH YEAR OF GLOBAL CHILDREN’S RUNNING CAMPAIGN IN CHESTERFIELD

Around 1,800 primary school children joined forces in Chesterfield this week to kick off this school year’s INEOS GO Run For Fun™ UK campaign.

Children from primary schools around Chesterfield will took part in the run at Mount St Mary’s College on Tuesday 20th September, cheered on by Team GB 400m hurdler, Meghan Beesley and the GO Run For Fun mascot, Dart.

Meghan is an Under 23 European and World Junior Medallist, raced at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics, but was ruled out due to injury.

She said: “It’s brilliant to see so many young runners taking part in Go Run For Fun. This event is an amazing opportunity for the children to represent their school, feel pride at crossing the finishing line and most importantly have fun!”

Having encouraged more than 160,000 children to get running through over 250 events so far, the GO Run For Fun campaign is already 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.

Mark Tournier, Chesterfield Partnership Development Manager, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the GO Run For Fun campaign to Chesterfield and welcome schools from across the Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire School Sport Partnerships. The event is a fantastic opportunity to inspire young people to enjoy physical activity with their friends, promoting a healthy active lifestyle and hopefully encouraging them to take up running.”

Last week, GO Run For Fun celebrated as they had their first ever event in Norway with 630 runners joining together in Stathelle.

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 the UK throughout 2016 with other events planned for Sheffield, Falkirk, Neath and Port Talbot.  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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