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IM­PRES­SIVE sta­tis­tics have been recorded from the first ever Sim­ply­health Great Run Day, held ear­lier this month.

More than 1.5 mil­lion miles of ac­tiv­ity was clocked up by more than a quar­ter of a mil­lion peo­ple, in­clud­ing many who signed up for the ini­tia­tive, which en­cour­aged peo­ple to be part of the UK’s most ac­tive week­end.

Data from the so­cial net­work Strava in­di­cates that 190,103 runs were recorded in the UK over the Septem­ber 9-10 week­end, sug­gest­ing that the day of the Sim­ply­health Great North Run is set to be the most ac­tive day of the year.

In all, 564,964 of the miles were recorded by the record­break­ing 43,127 fin­ish­ers in the Sim­ply­health Great North Run, the world’s big­gest half-marathon, won by Mo Farah for a fourth con­sec­u­tive time.

Claire Lo­mas, who com­pleted the Great North Run over five days in 2016 de­spite be­ing paral­ysed from the chest down, recorded a mile in her bionic suit as her per­sonal con­tri­bu­tion to the to­tal.

Ro­mana Ab­din, CEO of Sim­ply­health, said: “The Sim­ply­health Great Run Day is a com­pletely new ini­tia­tive, and a ma­jor step to achiev­ing our am­bi­tion to get mil­lions mov­ing.

“We want to in­spire in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties to be more ac­tive and firmly be­lieve that move­ment is the cor­ner­stone to good health.

“It doesn’t mat­ter whether for you that means run­ning a half marathon, or just tak­ing that first step to get­ting ac­tive; ev­ery lit­tle counts.”

Claire Lo­mas

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