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Youngsters get active for national campaign

Go Run For Fun event at Chantry Middle School, Morpeth, showing some of the runners with mascot 'Dart'.
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Go Run For Fun event at Chantry Middle School, Morpeth, showing some of the runners with mascot 'Dart'. REF 2108145683

Dozens of youngsters put on their running shoes to highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Morpeth Chantry Middle School played host to the latest Go Run for Fun event.

The campaign aims to get children aged five to ten to get off the sofa and run a mile for fun with their friends, regardless of ability.

Hemant Desai, of Northumberland Athletics Network, said: “We are so pleased to be involved with Go Run for Fun.

“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 is the idea of Jim Ratcliffe, owner of manufacturing company INEOS, who has given a £1.5m donation spread 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 visit www.gorunforfun.com

 

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