Medal winner inspires runners
ATHOUSAND children from around Halton put their best foot forward as they completed a two-kilometre run around Victoria Park in Widnes to learn about the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.
They were helped on their way courtesy of some pro-level motivation from Commonwealth Games Team GB long jump silver medallist Jazmin Sawyers who was on hand to speak to them.
The event also marked a milestone for the Go Run For Fun scheme as the 240,000th runner to ever take part crossed the finish line in Widnes.
Go Run For Fun’s aim is for 55,000 children to take part in mass runs across the UK in 2018.
The programme is supported by Ineos and its billionaire petrochemicals owner Jim Ratcliffe, whose empire includes chlorine manufacturer Invoyn in Runcorn.
Mr Ratcliffe, also reported to be passionate about running, said: “It has never been more important to support young people in leading healthier, more active lives.
“Go Run For Fun and The Daily Mile have been making a positive impact on the health and well- ● being of hundreds of thousands of children in the UK and beyond for the last four years.
“We are very proud to support these two initiatives and everyone who runs in them.”
Speaking about what attracted her to the event, Team GB athlete Jazmin said: “Anything to do with encouraging kids to get into sport, I’m into.
“I know how much sport did for me growing up and if I can help more children to be active and regularly involved in physical activity, I know it’ll be to their benefit!”
Jazmin also added some e advice for young children n on staying active.
She said: “Find something you enjoy – try new w things until you find one e that makes you smile, you’re much more likely to o stay active if you’re looking g forward to the activity!” ●
Go Run For Fun welcomed Halton children to Victoria Park on June 7 to take part in a run and learn about living a healthy and active lifestyles Jazmin Sawyers, also left, with eager competitors and, above, starting the run