Tomorrow marks a momentous day for the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership and its area schools as GO Run For Fun comes to the town for the first time.
In collaboration with the North East Derbyshire School Sport Partnership, the event will see around 900 primary school children take part in the one-mile run at Mount St. Mary’s College.
The GO Run For Fun campaign comes to Chesterfield for the first time after a summer which saw thousands of children from the UK, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and USA take part in fun runs.
Mark Tournier, Partnership Development Manager, Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the GO Run For Fun campaign to Chesterfield. It’s a wonderful initiative and we look forward to welcoming almost 900 young people from schools across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.
“The event is a fantastic opportunity for young people to enjoy some outdoor physical activity with their friends and perhaps inspire them to get into running and other sports.
“The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are wide ranging and sport is a fun way for children to be more active. Hopefully, by taking part in the GO Run For Fun event, children will be able to see some of these benefits and will be encouraged to make healthier decisions.”
The event has also attracted the attention of global sports stars, including John Mayock, three-time Olympic finalist, Commonwealth Games medallist and Campaign Manager of GO Run For Fun.
He said: “GO Run For Fun is delighted to work in partnership with Chesterfield School Sport Partnership to bring this event to the town. We have been amazed by the response from around the country and we are excited to be in Chesterfield for the first time.”
The run comes to Chesterfield at a time when childhood obesity is high on the agenda in the UK. Public Health England statistics suggest that 33.5% of children in England aged 10-11 are now overweight or obese.
It is hoped that by making exercise fun, sociable and appealing that more children will be encouraged to exercise regularly.