THE WORLD’S LARGEST CHILDREN’S RUNNING CHARITY, TO CELEBRATE 100,000TH RUNNER IN LIVERPOOL. OVER 1,000 CHILDREN TOOK PART IN THE ONE-MILE RUNNING EVENT ALONGSIDE HOLLYOAKS STARS JUAN PABLO YEPEZ AND RICHARD LINNELL AS WELL AS EUROPEAN AND WORLD 60M GOLD MEDALLIST RICHARD KILTY
GO RUN FOR FUN AIMS TO GET AS MANY KIDS AS POSSIBLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 5 AND 10 OFF THE COUCH AND RUNNING, AND CELEBRATED ITS 100,000TH RUNNER ON TUESDAY 24TH NOVEMBER, AT THE WAVERTREE ATHLETICS CENTRE, LIVERPOOL
JIM RATCLIFFE, INEOS CHARIMAN AND GO RUN FOR FUN FOUNDER, SAID, “IT WAS OUR AIM TO GET 100,000 CHILDREN RUNNING WITHIN THREE YEARS OF THE LAUNCH AND TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL SO SOON IS A FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT.”
GO Run For Fun – the world’s biggest children’s running charity – celebrated its 100,000th runner on Tuesday 24th November at Liverpool’s Wavertree Athletics Centre.
Over 1,000 children from local schools ran around the one-mile course alongside Hollyoaks stars Juan Pablo Yepez and Richard Linnell as well as European and World 60m gold medallist Richard Kilty. Previous events have been supported by Olympians Lord Coe, Colin Jackson and Tanni Grey-Thompson, as well as stars including Charlie Webster, Ricky Rayment and Jamie Laing.
GO Run For Fun’s aim is simple – to get children off the couch to be more active. The campaign was founded in 2013 with the target of reaching 100,000 children by 2016.
Jim Ratcliffe, GO Run For Fun founder, said, “It was our aim to get 100,000 children running within three years of the launch and to achieve this goal so soon is a fantastic achievement. The task now is to take GO Run For Fun to the next level and to help even more get children fit and healthy.”
Since its launch, the charity has organised more than 200 runs with over 600 schools taking part.
Leen Heemskerk, GO Run For Fun’s Project Director, said, “GO Run For Fun is massively popular with children and with parents, which is why we’ve reached this fantastic milestone sooner than we aimed for. It’s essential that children are introduced to healthy diets and lifestyles from an early age, which is what we are doing.”
As well as organising fun runs in the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany and the US, GO Run For Fun has also launched an animated kids film series based on Dart, the charity’s mascot. The campaign collected two silver awards at the 2015 Cannes Corporate TV and Media Awards festival for these films.
In the series, Dart explains the importance of good nutrition and regular exercise in a humorous and easily accessible way.
Leen Heemskerk added, “Dart TV is fun to watch. It delivers some serious messages as well as laugh out loud moments. We hope that teachers and schools will use it to promote the importance of nutrition and exercise to their pupils.”
The event was being organised in partnership with Liverpool City Council and Liverpool School Sport Partnership.