Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Gallery: More than 300 school children enjoy ‘run for fun’ at Abbeycroft leisure in Bury St Edmunds

12:00 19 September 2014

300 children took part in the INEOS GO Run For Fun event at Abbeycroft Leisure.

300 children took part in the INEOS GO Run For Fun event at Abbeycroft Leisure.

More than 300 children donned their running shoes in support of a national campaign which aims to get youngsters off the couch and active.

The school students from west Suffolk took part in the GO Run For Fun event at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre yesterday morning, cheered on by teachers and fellow pupils.

The county is playing host to four such mass runs over the coming days, including one at Gorseland Primary School in Martlesham today. Overall, more than 1,450 Suffolk children are expected to take part.

Backed by sporting heroes such as British Olympians Lord Coe, Brendan Foster and Colin Jackson with more celebrity ambassadors expected to be announced shortly, the mass participation running campaign aims to encourage kids to swap the TV and computer games for physical activities.

Getting children moving is seen as an important part of tackling childhood obesity, which is fast becoming an issue for the UK.

The GO Run For Fun campaign has a target of getting 100,000 youngsters running by 2016, making it the biggest children’s running initiative in the world.

The series of runs is the idea of Jim Ratcliffe, owner of leading chemical company INEOS, which has donated £1.5million to establish a new charitable foundation to encourage children to run for fun.

Mr Ratcliffe said: “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 more active and healthier lifestyles in the future.”

Visit www.gorunforfun.com for more details.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

CCTV images from the Unruly Pig, in Bromeswell, near Woodbridge

A restaurateur has praised the ‘honourable’ parents of an Ipswich thief involved in a ‘dine and dash’ after they paid the £147 bill their daughter and her fellow diner left behind.

East Anglian Air Ambulance

A woman has been injured in a collision involving a car and a motorcycle in Nayland.

The Citroen Relay horseboxwas stolen from a house in Colchester Road on Monday

Police are appealing for witnesses after a horsebox was stolen from a house in West Mersea.

Sam Allardyce has left his job as England manager by mutual consent, the Football Association has announced. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

England manager Sam Allardyce has left the position after just one match in charge.

The University of Suffolk, Waterfron Campus in Ipswich.

Universities across Suffolk and Essex have been recognised in the latest Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide – with the University of Suffolk celebrating its entry for the first time.

(Top) Old CCTV daytime images from Colchester Borough Council, and (below) new images with upgraded cameras.

Improved CCTV coverage in Colchester town centre is being heralded by the borough council.

Photo by Angela Sharpe of Ellough Park Raceway

A man in his early 60s died after being involved in a go-kart collision at a popular racetrack while celebrating his brother’s birthday.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24