Chil­dren turn out in force for fun run

Oldham Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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