Children turn out in force for fun run
THERE may have been no sun, but 700 children agreed that their morning run was still lots of fun as they completed a 2km route for anti-obesity awareness.
The youngsters from 25 primary schools packed the grounds at Chadderton Hall Park to take part in the INEOS Go Run For Fun.
The event was set up by manufacturing boss Jim Ratcliffe to encourage kids to exercise more.
Campaign mascot Dart, and running club, Oldham Harriers, joined the children on their jog, while parents and supporters cheered them on.
The campaign returns to Oldham at a time when latest figures show that more than 20 per cent of 2014’s Year Six pupils in the borough were classed as obese, with a further 14 per cent overweight.
National statistics from Public Health England now show that 30 per cent of children in England aged between two and 15 years, are categorised as overweight or obese.
The aim of the £1.5m campaign is to encourage children to make healthy choices and get involved in regular exercise.
By 2016, it hopes to have encouraged at least 100,000 children to run – making it the biggest children’s running initiative in the world.
Mr Ratcliffe said: “I’m passionate about getting as many children running as possible, as early as possible. The idea is simple: to get children out of the house having fun. It is not rocket science.
“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 active and healthier lifestyles in the future.”
Pupils from across the borough took part in the Go Run for Fun event at Chadderton Hall Park
Schoolchildren start the 2k race
A runner makes a dash for the finishing line