Search

Hundreds of youngsters join Lord Coe at Olympic Park for launch of children’s running charity

12:29 14 May 2014

The young runners set off on their fun run around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Pic: Ken Lennox.

The young runners set off on their fun run around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Pic: Ken Lennox.

KEN_LENNOX PHOTOGRAPHY

Lord Sebastian Coe returned to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to support the launch of Britain’s biggest children’s running charity.

Lord Sebastian Coe with a handful of some of the 500 young runners. Pic: Ken Lennox.Lord Sebastian Coe with a handful of some of the 500 young runners. Pic: Ken Lennox.

The four-time gold-medal winning Olympian was surrounded by a sea of pink as hundreds of youngsters donned t-shirts bearing the new GO Run For Fun charity’s logo.

Lord Coe, who was an integral part of the hugely successful London 2012 Olympic Games, was joined by fellow former Olympians Brendan Foster and Sharron Davies along with the charity’s founder Jim Ratcliffe.

Up to 500 children took part in the fun run on Thursday, May 1, with each receiving a medal from TV stars including Ricky Rayment from The Only Way Is Essex and Jamie Laing and Ashley James of Made In Chelsea fame.

Lord Coe said: “GO Run For Fun aims to help children get more exercise and have fun at the same time. It’s a great new initiative and I am pleased to be supporting it.

Brendan Foster, Lord Sebastian Coe and Jim Ratcliff, Ineos boss and founder of Go Run for Fun, with the runners at the Oympic Park to launch the new charity. Pic: Ken Lennox.Brendan Foster, Lord Sebastian Coe and Jim Ratcliff, Ineos boss and founder of Go Run for Fun, with the runners at the Oympic Park to launch the new charity. Pic: Ken Lennox.

Founder and owner of INEOS chemicals company Mr Ratcliffe provided £1.5million of seed funding to get the new charity off the ground.

It has the simple aim of encouraging Britain’s five to 10-year-olds to take up running.

The charity recently comissioned a You Gov poll that found more than three-quarters (77 per cent) of people thought children should get more exercise.

Visit gorunforfun.com for more information.

Latest Newham News Stories

Students at Lister Community School celebrate their GCSE results

Students across the borough have defied the national trend and shown an improvement in GCSE grades.

17:33
Jack Edwards, left, and Luke Sixsmith-Hughes

Three men have been convicted of stealing “lifesaving” firefighters’ equipment worth more than £100,000.

Silvertown
16:40
Members of the Chinese trade delegation met with local businesses

A Chinese delegation met with local businesses on a visit to the University of East London (UEL) yesterday.

European Union
14:10
Honey Rose, who has been convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence

An optometrist who failed to spot symptoms of a life-threatening brain condition during an eye test of an eight-year-old boy who later died has avoided jail.

India

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Read more
Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now