A DAY THAT SAW EVERYONE RUNNING
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.”