Medal win­ner in­spires run­ners

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - In Business -

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

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