[JUNE 29, London] Today, the world’s largest children's running initiative, GO Run For Fun, together with The Daily Mile, brought together 5000 primary school children from London and across Britain take part in a 2km fun run at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.
Cheering on the children at the event were VIP guests from the world of sport including Olympians Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson.
Olympic medallist and broadcaster Denise Lewis said: “GO Run for Fun & The Daily Mile are two amazing projects that are inspiring a new generation of children and schools to become more active in their daily life. I am looking forward to cheering on the 5,000 children here today and hopefully these young ambassadors will continue to enjoy exercise and even join a local sports club”.
GO Run for Fun and The Daily Mile have been making a positive impact in engaging and educating schoolchildren on the importance of healthy living, wellbeing and regular physical activity over the past four years, supported by Jim Ratcliffe, Chairman of INEOS.
The GO Run For Fun Foundation celebrated its 200,000th child crossing the finish line at today’s event, with pupils from over 2000 schools having been involved to date. The event also featured 800 children from London schools that have been taking part in The Daily Mile.
GO Run For Fun is, however, more than just a fun run. With the UK Educational Programme the initiative ties in with the national curriculum by visiting schools before the event to enable teachers to educate children on nutrition, hydration, the importance of team work and an active healthy lifestyle. Teaching materials including short films featuring the event mascot DART are available to schools. This programme will have engaged with a remarkable 19,500 children across 65 schools in its pilot year.
This year The Daily Mile is also getting involved, originally founded by former headteacher Elaine Wyllie, whose mission is to encourage every child to walk, jog or run for 15 minutes every day in school. Since launching in 2015, and being supported by INEOS, the scheme has been adopted by more than 2,500 schools with over half a million children taking part on a daily basis.
At the event, Denise Lewis hosted a panel discussion featuring Elaine Wyllie, Jack Shakespeare (UK Active), Gary Palmer (London Sport) and Colin Jackson. The panel discussed the importance of encouraging children to be more active and the role of parents, teachers, schools and Government in improving the health and wellbeing of children in London, the UK and beyond.
GO Run For Fun and The Daily Mile are both supported by INEOS, a multinational company headquartered in London, with health and fitness and the heart of its ethos. INEOS Chairman Jim Ratcliffe, who is himself deeply passionate about running, said: “It has never been more important to support young people in leading healthier, more active lives. We are very proud to support and celebrate these two initiatives that have been making a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of children in the UK and beyond, for the last four years.”
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