Children donned their trainers as the Uk’s largest running event for youngsters arrived in the North East.
The INEOS Go Run for Fun series has already seen more that 30,000 five to 10-year-olds bitten by the running bug across the country.
Yesterday children ran a mile at Morpeth’s Chantry Middle School, with co-organisers the Northumberland Athletics Network hoping it could be just the first step to a fit and active future.
“We are so pleased to be involved with Go Run for Fun,” said Hemant Desai of the Northumberland Athletics Network.
“It’s great to have local athletics clubs, schools, the community and national campaigns all working together, to encourage children of all ages and abilities to start and keep running.
“These fun events are a great way for your kids to get out of the house and have fun running with their mates.
“We really must make sure that kids are given the opportunity to get active from an early age, and GO Run For Fun provides the chance to do just that.”
The GO Run For Fun series was the idea of Jim Ratcliffe, owner one of the UK’s largest manufacturing companies INEOS, who gave a £1.5m donation over three years to establish a new charitable foundation to encourage children to run for fun.
Jim said: “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.”
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 the campaign, visit www.gorunforfun.com